Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you’ve got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party!  These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Sprinkles have a magical element to them. Sure, they’re just colored bits of sugar. But as soon as you add sprinkles to a recipe, it becomes a party! Think about it. White cake is delicious. But add sprinkles to that white cake? Party time! Same thing goes with cinnamon rolls. I love a good cinnamon roll. But add in sprinkles? Let’s party!

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

These Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are based on a recipe I shared years ago – these Overnight Cinnamon Rolls are a favorite in our house. Homemade cinnamon rolls are amazing, but they’re a bit difficult to pull off a fresh batch for breakfast. I mean I’ll eat a cinnamon roll any time of the day, but there is something magical about serving up warm, fresh cinnamon rolls with a mug of coffee for breakfast.

Overnight cinnamon rolls are the way to go if you want an effortless breakfast! All of the work is done the afternoon before. The next morning, you just pull the skillet out of the fridge and let it rest in a warm spot for about an hour and a half. I typically just stumble downstairs when I first wake up and pull the rolls out. Then I turn my attention to making coffee and actually waking up.

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

I was craving cinnamon rolls recently, so I decided to make a batch of those overnight cinnamon rolls. But as I was grabbing the flour from the pantry, I noticed the sprinkles. That’s when it hit me – Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls. They’re identical to regular cinnamon rolls, but with a party vibe!

What is funfetti?

Funfetti is a blending of ‘fun’ and ‘confetti,’ and it involves adding sprinkles to the cake batter and frosting. Pillsbury coined this term back in 1989, and since then funfetti desserts have become wildly popular. Just look at the boxed cake mix section next time you go shopping – there are no less than 8 different versions of funfetti cake! Different colors for the sprinkles, different shapes for the sprinkles. You name it.

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Turning our attention back to these Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls, I ‘funfetti’d’ these by adding a generous amount of sprinkles to both the dough as well as the filling. Robbie, our 6-year-old son, loved the sprinkle twist. Me? I just loved having an excuse to make cinnamon rolls! I hope you enjoy these fun cinnamon rolls as much as we did – happy baking!

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Did you make a batch of these Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 16 hours
Total Time: 17 hours
Servings: 8 cinnamon rolls
Calories: 450kcal

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Filling

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

For the Dough

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter softened and divided, plus more for greasing pan
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • tsp instant dry yeast Note: this is slightly less than (2 ¼-oz packages)
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cup rainbow sprinkles divided, plus more for topping

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Cinnamon Filling

  • Using a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set bowl aside.

For the Dough

  • Using a countertop mixer, add 4 Tbsp of softened butter, sugar and salt; mix on medium speed until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes). (Note: The remaining butter will be used after the dough has risen.)
  • Add the egg and mix until just combined.
  • Add the milk, yeast and flour; mix for 1-2 minutes on low speed, or until a smooth dough forms.
  • Increase speed to medium and mix for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Add ⅓ cup of sprinkles and mix on low speed for 1 minute, or until sprinkles have mixed into dough.
  • Cover dough and place in a warm location (85°F). Let rise for 1½ hours.
  • Once risen, transfer dough onto a lightly-floured countertop. Gently press dough into a 9”x12” rectangle.
  • Spread the remaining 4 Tbsp of softened butter evenly across the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon filling (from above) and remaining ⅓ cup of sprinkles evenly on top.
  • Beginning with a long edge, roll dough into a tight cylinder. Pinch seam closed. (Tip: Take care to keep ends of the cylinder even.)
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the cylinder into 8 pieces.
  • Grease the bottom of an 8” cast iron skillet with butter. Place the rolls cut-side down into the skillet.
  • Cover skillet and refrigerate overnight. (Note: If you want to bake these rolls the same day, you can simply cover the dough and let it rise for 60 minutes at room temperature. Then skip the next step and proceed with baking.)
  • The next morning, place skillet in a warm location until dough has filled bottom of the pan and increased in size (~90 minutes). (Note: Depending on how warm the spot is, this step may take a bit more or a bit less time.)
  • Bake at 325°F for 32-24 minutes, or until tops of rolls are golden brown.
  • Let buns cool in pan for 15 minutes.

For the Glaze

  • While buns are cooling, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Once buns have cooled slightly, spread the glaze on top and sprinkle with additional sprinkles.
Add sprinkles to a classic cinnamon roll recipe, and you've got a party! These Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are a fun way to start the morning!

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20 Comments

  1. Cant wait to make this soon for me for the dough can i use vegan butter and oat milk and for the glaze can i use oat milk i never had overnight funfetti cinnamon rolls before perfect for my after office snacks and my birthday too love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    1. So I don’t have much experience with vegan butter and oat milk, Ramya – but I say it’s worth a try! I’m guessing it would work for this recipe – let me know if you try it!!

  2. I haven’t had an overnight funfetti since I was in college, and it never involved cinnamon rolls. Hmm, maybe it should’ve. Kidding aside, if anyone needed proof that you’re father to a six-year-old, surely this is it! I’m sure he found these to be absolutely delightful. But they also sound delicious! You are such an amazing and creative baker!

    1. Hahahaha – Jeff, you always crack me up! This was a fun way to get my baking addiction in while entertaining Robbie as well. 🙂 I mean sprinkles = party, right?

  3. 5 stars
    Funny thing about sprinkles, isn’t it? They instantly add a fun factor and brings a smile to anyone’s face! I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about cinnamon rolls? Well, you’ve definitely taken them up a notch with the colourful sprinkles and I just would love to have one right now to go with my lonely coffee, lol. Wish I could grab one from the screen (or, maybe 2)!

    1. It’s true! Sprinkles go into the same category as going out for ice cream on a summer night. No one can be in a bad mood when you go out for ice cream! Same with sprinkles. They just make you smile! And combine those sprinkles with homemade cinnamon rolls? Everyone wins!! I hope your coffee finds a cinnamon roll friend, soon, Dawn!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these cinnamon rolls are so much fun David! What’s not to love when there’s funfetti? 🙂 My youngest has been asking me to make more things with confetti sprinkles… may need to follow up on that request with this! 😉

    1. Haha – sprinkles just make everyone smile, Michelle! And the best part is you can take your favorite recipes (in this case cinnamon rolls) and add sprinkles. Instant party! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I knew my daughter and I would be making these as soon as I saw the first picture David! What a great idea, these Overnight Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t think of a better way to start the day. Knowing our family, we’d end up eating these breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 😋

    1. This is the best of both worlds, Shannon – the adults get homemade cinnamon rolls, and the kids get sprinkles! 🙂 Also, these are fantastic on a lazy weekend morning…just sayin’. Thanks!!

  6. oh yes sounds delicious. i tend to love anything with sprinkles – well we call the tiny round ones ‘hundreds and thousands’ or non-pareils. i love ’em! and i love cinnamon.

    1. I’ve heard that term – ‘hundreds and thousands.’ One time I spilled some of these in the kitchen, and it felt like hundreds and thousands of ’em. Haha! Thanks, Sherry!

  7. 5 stars
    Cinnamon rolls are a favourite of Lynne’s. We have a baker near here that we often walk to that makes great cinnamon rolls. I don’t think they have them iced and sprinkled with as Sherry says what we call them “hundreds and thousands” though. Might have to steal that part of your yummy recipe!

    1. Oh man, the fact that you can walk to a local bakery and get cinnamon rolls makes me jealous, Neil! That would be so dangerous on weekend mornings!! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Marissa! These cinnamon rolls were a win-win for sure. Robbie got sprinkles, and Dad got homemade cinnamon rolls. 🙂

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