To make our breakfast rolls ahead of time, we mix and knead the dough the night before and let it rise like normal. Before going to bed, we shape the dough into rolls, arrange them in their pan, and then stick them in the fridge. Don't forget to cover them with a lid or plastic wrap so the dough doesn't dry out.
The first thing we do the next morning is take the rolls out of the oven and let them warm up for about an hour on the counter. When they've risen a bit and are puffy, we put them in the oven to bake. It still takes a bit of time and planning, but at least we can still sleep in a little!
It also speeds things up if your kitchen is warm or if you can put the refrigerated rolls in a warm place. Otherwise, you can warm your oven, turn it off (don't forget!), and let your rolls warm up in there.
Try it with any yeasted bread recipe - like one of these!