Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. These are just screaming for you to make 'em! #recipe @foodapparel

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Course Dessert
Servings 20 -24 rolls
Author Tammy Blankenship


For the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • 3-4 tablespoons warm milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups white wheat flour

For the Cinnamon Roll Filling:

  • 2/3-1 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter softened

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


For the Cinnamon Rolls:

  1. Combine milk, yeast, sugar, and salt until yeast is dissolved.
  2. Add butter, pumpkin, eggs, and spices and stir until combined.
  3. Add flour, 1 cup at a time and knead until dough is smooth, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Set dough aside and let rise for approximately an hour, or until doubled.
  5. Roll dough out into rectangle.
  6. Mix together sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  7. Spread the butter over surface of dough, than sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on top.
  8. Cut into 3/4 to 1 inch slices (I use floss to do this).
  9. Spray 1-2 large baking pans and put the rolls in them spaced for room to rise.
  10. Let rise for about another hour.
  11. About twenty minutes before bake time, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  12. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Rolls will be lightly browned and they will spring back on sides and top when they are ready.

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and butter for 3 minutes. (can also use a hand mixer)
  2. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until fully incorporated.
  3. On low speed, add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Increase speed to medium after powdered sugar starts to incorporate (this is all to avoid a mess!).
  4. Thin with milk to your desired consistency (optional).
  5. Spread cream cheese on top of cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For Bread Machine:
Throw all ingredients into machine and knead until smooth according to manufacturer's instructions. Let rise for approximately one hour, or until doubled. Proceed with the other steps as listed above.
Change it Up:
You can use all bread flour for the rolls (or even all-purpose flour) if you don't have the other on hand.
Dress it Up:
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup to the frosting.
Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts over the cinnamon sugar layer before rolling up.