Overnight Cinnamon Roll Waffles


Overnight Cinnamon Roll Waffles – all the flavors of a cinnamon roll in easier to make waffle form! Prep the batter the night before then wake up the next morning and pour it in the waffle iron.

Yeasted Waffles with Cinnamon Roll Flavors

Growing up in my family, Christmas morning breakfast was always a big deal. Why? Because it was basically the only morning of the year my mom made a big homemade breakfast. It was one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

We would usually always have pancakes, eggs, hash browns, bacon and freshly squeezed orange juice, although I’m pretty sure my mom went with a pancake mix. I don’t think she loves cooking the way I do =).

Because of this tradition Christmas breakfast is still important to me, it’s such a highlight of Christmas. That’s why I’ve tried to post a few breakfast recipe options you could prepare for your holiday breakfast.

This time around I wanted to create a breakfast entree that could be prepared the night before and then cooked the next morning, because I know it’s not likely you want to wake up and spend the morning in the kitchen. You can prepare the waffle batter as well as the cream cheese glaze the night before.

If you wanted even more indulgence you could also drizzle them with a brown sugar glaze (made with brown sugar, melted butter and some cinnamon – then I’d reduce the amount of cinnamon in the waffle batter) or you could mix about 1 tsp of molasses into the batter to give them a light brown sugar flavor like a cinnamon roll (I just didn’t think of it until after I’d prepared them =), but they were amazing the way they were).

Also, just wanted to mention the Cream Cheese Glaze is meant to be runny, like a glaze or similar to a syrup. It’s not as thick as frosting. If you want it thick just use less milk. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Overnight Cinnamon Roll Waffles

All the flavors of a cinnamon roll in easier to make waffle form! Prep the batter the night before then wake up the next morning and pour it in the waffle iron

Servings: 7
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup milk , heated to 110 degrees
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar , divided
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Glaze , recipe follows

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 6 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 6 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk , plus more if desired (for a thicker consistency use only 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a mixing bowl (or the glass liquid measuring cup used to measure and warm milk in microwave) whisk together warm milk, yeast and 1/2 tsp of the sugar. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine remaining sugar, vegetable oil, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, eggs and vanilla and whisk mixture together until well combine. 
  3. Add rested yeast mixture to butter and oil mixture and mix until well combine. Whisk in 1 cup flour and mix until well blended, then add remaining 1 cup flour and mix until well blended. Scrape down the sides of bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow mixture to rest in refrigerator 12 hours or up to 24 hours (make sure you use a big mixing bowl so it doesn't overflow into your fridge as the batter rises).
  4. After batter has rested, preheat oven to 180 degrees and set a wire cooling rack over a rimmed cookie sheet in center of oven. Preheat an electric waffle iron. Remove batter from refrigerator and whisk well, then prepare waffles according waffle iron manufacturer directions. 
  5. Transfer cooked waffles to oven to bake about 10 minutes for a crispier exterior and to keep warm while preparing remaining waffles, or enjoy warm right out of waffle iron. Serve waffles drizzled with Cream Cheese Glaze (or butter and maple syrup if you prefer).
  6. *I got 14 4 1/2 by 4-inch waffles. You can use a Belgian waffle iron you just won't get as many.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium speed, blend together cream cheese and butter until well combine and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and mix about 1 minute until well combine, adding up to 2 Tbsp additional milk to thin if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator (this can also be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator, just stir before serving).
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamo Roll Waffles
Author: Jaclyn


  • Rosita: Mine didn’t rise ;-( February 21, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

  • Azian: How long does the Cream Cheese Glaze lasts [if kept refridgerated]? January 7, 2013 at 7:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would say about a week. You may want to re-whip it to fluff it up again before serving. January 7, 2013 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Jaclyn – they’re gorgeous and I just got 10 new posts from you in my Reader and knew something was up, i.e. a feed/site change, migration, etc. and sure enough, clicked over to find your gorgeous site!

    BEAUTIFUL! It’s so crisp and fresh and you! December 20, 2012 at 5:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie that’s so nice of you to say! I like your choice of description words because that’s just what I was going for crisp, fresh and me =). Oh and sorry about the 10 new posts! What the? I have no idea why it sent so many but hopefully it was a one time thing due to all the changes. Thanks for stopping by again, have a great weekend! December 21, 2012 at 12:36am Reply

    • sally @ sallys baking addiction: I agree with Miss Averie! Jaclyn, I love love love the new site!!!! Beautiful design. Very classy. ;) December 21, 2012 at 4:57am Reply

      • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Sally! December 21, 2012 at 2:19pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: now this is a breakfast to serve on christmas morning. of any special morning that is. Well, ANY morning… ;) Jaclyn, they look beautiful and I love my cinnamon rolls in any form I can have them! December 16, 2012 at 6:13pm Reply

  • Grandbabycakes: Cinnamon roll waffles sound like the most incredible idea ever. Two of my favorite breakfast foods combined! December 16, 2012 at 5:57pm Reply

  • Whitney: I’m hosting Christmas breakfast this year and definitely marking these down – they look delicious (and combine two of my favorite things!:)) December 16, 2012 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Loretta E.: Yum! I’ve never made yeasted waffles before, but I bet they’re delicious! December 15, 2012 at 7:00pm Reply

  • The Cooking Actress: BOOKMARKING THESE! OMG These sound amazingg! December 15, 2012 at 6:23pm Reply

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