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Overnight Cinnamon Buns

These Overnight Cinnamon Buns are a perfect and delicious treat to enjoy first thing in the morning.  They’re especially perfect for Christmas morning while opening up gifts!  Put some coffee on, and enjoy!

Our Christmas is not complete without homemade cinnamon buns on Christmas morning. When the lights go out on Christmas Eve, these buns are rising on my counter, and first thing in the morning, I pop them into the oven. Then they’re ready to eat while we open our presents.  Best ever!

I have been making these cinnamon buns for Christmas for as long as I can remember, and now they are a cherished part of our traditions!  We look forward to them every year.

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

The buns after they have risen overnight

Easy Assembly!

These buns are so easy to make.  In fact, the recipe uses pre-made frozen rolls, so all you have to do is assemble the few simple ingredients before you turn the lights out for the night!  I usually get them ready around 8:00PM on Christmas Eve…it takes only about 10 minutes to put them together.

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

The buns the next morning after they’ve baked in the oven

Then in the morning before I even turn the coffee pot on, I pop the buns into a 350 degree oven…and 30 minutes later they’re ready! 

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

They’re so delicious, and definitely worth the minimal effort it takes to make them.  A perfect Christmas morning treat.

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

You can also add raisins to these buns…sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t…only 2/5 of us want raisins…so….

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

Oooey, gooey, cinnamony and delicious!  Enjoy.

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Overnight Cinnamon Buns


These Overnight Cinnamon Buns are a perfect and delicious treat to enjoy first thing in the morning! Put some coffee on, and enjoy!


  • 20 frozen dough rolls
  • 18 oz package (or 1/3 cup of vanilla pudding powder (not instant))
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  1. The night before, grease a 10″ Bundt pan with butter, and add frozen rolls.
  2. Sprinkle with the pudding powder.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Pour the melted butter mixture all over the frozen rolls.
  5. If you’re adding raisins, sprinkle them on.
  6. Cover with a clean, damp tea towel, and leave them out on your counter overnight.
  7. First thing in the morning, preheat your oven to 350, then bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then turn them over onto a serving plate.
  9. Enjoy!

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Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns

Peek-a-boo!  Can you see my buns?  Ha ha!  This is a really old picture, but it’s perfect because this is exactly what things look like on Christmas morning…wrapping paper everywhere, and in the middle of all of it are these delicious cinnamon buns!  Right in the Christmas unwrapping with everyone else.  So good.

More delicious Christmas Morning Recipe Ideas:

Happy Holidays!

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

 This post was originally posted in December 2011, but I have recently updated it with new images.

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    December 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Yummy, delicious! I’m sure you’re going to make them for this Christmas morning too!

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    December 27, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    We do something very similar except the pudding is butterscotch. Its not the easiest to find so I am going to try the vanilla. I couldn’t agree more with your YUM!!!!! 🙂

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    Dawn F
    November 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    I make pull-apart rolls almost exactly like these – using butterscotch pudding mix and adding pecans – no raisins. I also mix all of the dry ingredients together, then add the melted butter last. They are also a Christmas morning tradition for us – we call them Aunt Carla’s Cinnamon Rolls as she is the one that shared the recipe with our family many years ago. Happy Holidays!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      November 20, 2018 at 10:04 AM

      SO good! I love a delicious Christmas tradition like this! Happy holidays to you too!

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    November 19, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Oh these sound so yummy. I will definitley make these.

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    November 26, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Jo-Anna, do you use any specific brand of frozen dough rolls please? I’ve just never bought them before so not sure what to look for. I am in Canada. Thanks.

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      November 26, 2018 at 2:21 PM

      Hi Carolyn! I always have the best luck with the frozen rolls I find at Safeway. Happy Baking!

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    December 24, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    What kind of pudding? The cups? Or the Jello Pudding Powder?

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