No-Knead Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

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Brioche cinnamon rolls are perfect for a holiday brunch, or just any morning you want to have something special.
If there’s a holiday celebration in my family, you can bet I’ll be asked to provide something. Usually dessert, but sometimes a side or some homemade bread.
brioche cinnamon rolls
For Easter, we’re doing a brunch. While I could go all out and make something a little bit out of the ordinary, instead I’m just going with a classic that everyone loves. Cinnamon rolls. Because find me someone that doesn’t love a rich, buttery bun full of brown sugar and cinnamon and I’ll call you a liar.
Of course, homemade bread dough usually requires getting out my stand mixer. But not this time. Instead, we’re doing it no-knead style. Yep. The dough is super easy. Like mix a few things in a bowl and let it sit for a bit. The rolling up of the cinnamon rolls is a bit of a challenge, but it’s nothing even a novice can’t handle.
Then of course the icing, which, sorry to say, does require a mixer of some sort. I mean I suppose you can beat the ingredients together by hand, but it won’t be as lush and creamy.  And if you’re going to make the effort, go all the way.
brioche cinnamon rolls
You can make these on the same day if you must, but for the best flavor, you want to do it the overnight way. This is because, like most bread doughs, a long rise in the fridge gives the dough even more flavor. And even through the sugar and cream cheese, you will taste the difference. But your rolls will still taste good if you skip the fridge because I mean,  sugar and cream cheese.
These are great to make on a Saturday, refrigerate and bring to your brunch and bake there if circumstances allow. Just make up the icing, and bring it along to ice after baking. And you’ll be the hit of the party, I promise.
brioche cinnamon rolls

No Knead Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Perfect for brunch, these brioche cinnamon rolls are like heaven on earth. Buttery, gooey, and rich, your family will fight for the last one.
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Servings 9
Calories 431 kcal




  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup half and half


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoon butter melted
  • Pinch salt


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch salt


  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast and water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the egg and egg yolk, yeast mixture, and half and half. Stir until combined. Dough will be wet; that’s okay.
  • Let rise for about 2 hours. Dough should be roughly double in size,
  • When done rising, transfer the dough to a clean well-floured surface.
  • Roll into a tight ball and then roll into a rectangle about 15x18.
  • To make the filling, put the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl. Add the melted butter and a pinch of salt and stir to combine.
  • Spread the cinnamon mixture evenly over the dough rectangle. You can use a spatula, but I found it easier to just use my hands.
  • Carefully roll the dough into an even log.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 9 equal sized pieces.
  • Brush the inside of a square baking pan with butter and transfer the cinnamon rolls to the pan. If you have any filling left, spread it on top of the rolls.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and put the pan in the fridge.
  • Refrigerate for 8-16 hours.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Let the rolls sit at room temperature while the oven is preheating.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top is browned.
  • To make the icing, put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix using either a stand or hand held mixer until fluffy.
  • Top the warm rolls with the icing; you may have leftovers.


Storing leftovers: Leftovers can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Calories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 672mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 643IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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