Last Updated on February 23, 2023
You may be wondering, “can you freeze cinnamon rolls?” Let’s take a closer look. This how-to guide is the most effective method on how to freeze cinnamon rolls, so surprise your loved ones with the scent of caramelizing sugar with some fresh and hot cinnamon rolls this Christmas morning.
Making them from scratch can be difficult. Someone has to wake up before dawn to get the dough to rise, proof, then rise again and that can take as long as six hours. No wonder from-scratch cinnamon rolls are special treats for family get-togethers and holiday breakfasts.
With this method, you will learn how to freeze your homemade cinnamon rolls in advance which will help you bake them off and ice them just in time to prepare a delicious breakfast for your family. Not only will your loved ones enjoy a fresh from the oven, slathered in icing cinnamon rolls in the morning, but also this will help the breakfast cook to avoid having to get up in the middle of the night to get the whole process rolling.
What You Will Need
Now, all you have to do is roll out the dough, add the filling, and cut it into rolls using the instructions stated in the recipe you are using. However, rather than baking the rolls right away, you will freeze the unbaked rolls, then thaw and bake them later.
- A batch of cinnamon rolls
- Plastic wrap
- Plastic bag
- Aluminum foil
Check this Sensational Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe For Cinnamon Rolls
Step by Step: Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls?
Follow your cinnamon rolls recipe and go through it as usual.
Par-bake the cinnamon rolls. Rather than baking the cinnamon rolls, bake them partway for 10-15 minutes. Make sure the rolls are raised and set, not browned. Check on your cinnamon rolls after 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let it rest to cool down completely.
Wrap the pan in two layers of plastic wrap or place them into a large Ziploc bag. You can freeze it for 8 hours or up to 6 weeks.
The night before you want to serve the rolls, take them out of the freezer, do not unwrap them, and thaw them overnight in the refrigerator.
When baking the roll for the next morning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Unwrap and bake for 10- 15 minutes until they are golden brown.
When frosting the rolls, follow your usual procedure. Serve and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
A disposable aluminum foil pan is the best pan to use for this procedure. You won’t be needing to tie up your 9″ pan while holding the cinnamon rolls in the freezer. However, you can freeze them in the pan, then remove them to re-bag them and place them back in the freezer.
Remember to seal or wrap them to avoid the chance of freezer burn. If you don’t have a plastic wrap or plastic bags, use a double layer of aluminum foil. The cinnamon shelf life will last about 5 – 6 weeks only, even if it’s in the freezer.
How to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls
If you’re looking for the perfect way to freeze cinnamon rolls, it all depends on which part of the baking process you’re at. Let’s take a closer look at the different freezing methods.
- Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls. Roll out your dough and cut your dough into the shape of your cinnamon rolls. Then all you need to do is wrap the cinnamon rolls in plastic wrap (or foil) and freeze them before you prove the dough. When you want to bake them, leave them to defrost in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, and then remove them from the fridge and leave them to prove. You should prove until your dough has doubled in size. Some people prefer not to do this method as from start to finish, it is very time-consuming.
- Parbaking. Parbaking means partially baking your cinnamon rolls. You give them a chance to rise, but you don’t let them bake all the way. It’ll usually take around 15 minutes to par-bake your rolls. Once parbaking is complete, leave to cool to room temperature before wrapping. Use a pan that’s freezer safe and then cover it with multiple layers of plastic wrap. Then when you’re ready to eat them, leave them to defrost in the fridge for at least 8 hours. Then place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, or until fully baked.
- Fully Baked. If you’d prefer, you can bake them as you usually would and then freeze them. Just wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap and place it in the freezer. Once ready to eat, remove it from the packaging and heat it in the microwave. Enjoy!
Can You Freeze Cinnamon Roll Dough?
Of course! However, there are a few things to bear in mind when freezing cinnamon roll dough. The first is that freezing the dough when it isn’t baked at all can be quite time-consuming when you do decide to use the dough. As well as this, they don’t tend to rise as much as they do when you make your cinnamon rolls fresh.
Can You Freeze Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Before Baking?
Of course! Whether they’re from the store or made from scratch, you can freeze cinnamon rolls at any point in the baking process.
How to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls With Icing
Of course. Once your cinnamon rolls are cooled and iced, all you need to do is wrap your cinnamon rolls in two layers of plastic wrap and place them in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls in a Can?
Of course. You can freeze cinnamon rolls in a can for up to around 30 days. However, they should be wrapped in plastic wrap for best results, or in an airtight container.
I hope this post has helped to answer the question: can you freeze cinnamon rolls? And given you an idea of the best ways to store your cinnamon rolls. Whatever stage of baking your cinnamon rolls that you’re at, it’s super easy to do. Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to freezing cinnamon rolls? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. And remember, sharing is caring!
Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls: Best Homemade Recipe
- Plastic wrap
- Plastic bag
- Aluminum foil
- A batch of cinnamon rolls
- Follow your cinnamon rolls recipe and go through at usual.
- Par-bake the cinnamon rolls. Rather than baking the cinnamon rolls, bake them partway for 10–15 minutes. Make sure the rolls are raised and set, not browned. Check on your cinnamon rolls after 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it rest to cool down completely.
- Wrap the pan in two layers of plastic wrap or place them into a large Ziploc bag. You can freeze it for 8 hours or up to 6 weeks.
- The night before you want to serve the rolls, take it out of the freezer, do not unwrap it, and thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.
- When baking the roll for the next morning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Unwrap and bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
- When frosting the rolls, follow your usual procedure. Serve and enjoy!
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