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Dec 19, 2013 08:39 AM

Cinnamon Rolls: Can I let the dough sit in the fridge for 24 hours?

I made the dough for cinnamon rolls late last night. I thought I would bake it in the morning but, no, it will sit there in the fridge until I come home from work tonight.

1) Is that too long?

2) How long can you keep cinnamon roll dough, anyway? If I can make the dough in advance, it would be a fun thing to make right when people come over.

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    1. Overnight is certainly not a problem. Might even taste better!

      1. Yes you can keep it overnight, and like smtucker said, it may taste better with a slow overnight rise.

        As to your second question, if you aren't going to bake it the next day, you should probably freeze your cinnamon roll dough after its first rise. Form into a disc or block, wrap well, and freeze solid.

        Or you can prep them through to slicing, already spread with cinnamon/sugar/etc. and freeze in a single layer until solid, then transfer to Ziplocs or whatever.

        To use, either thaw the dough disc prior to using, and allow an extra hour or so to proof before rolling and filling. Or if they're already sliced into rolls--thaw and let rise in a dish until puffy, then bake.

        **Letting the dough rise in the fridge for 2+ days will likely cause it to overproof, which will result in deflated or otherwise unhappy rolls in the end.**