Spiced Pumpkin Rolls

Nothing screams autumn like PUMPKIN.  Lord knows people put that sh*t in everything once the air turns cold so I thought I’d try my hand at this recipe I found at Something Swanky.

Bon Appetite!

Spiced Pumpkin Rolls

Adding pumpkin makes this classic a new fall themed favourite!

Total Time           Yield             Level

            Prep  1.5 hrs                   Makes about 12 rolls             Moderate
            Bake    30 min


 1/3 Cup milk
 2 Tbsp butter
 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
 1 large egg
 1/2 Tsp salt
 1/2 Cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
 2 Cup flour
 1/2 Tsp salt

 1 Tsp pumpkin pie spice

 3 Tbsp butter, melted

 3/4 Cup brown sugar
 2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice

 1 Tsp cinnamon
 8 oz cream cheese, softened

 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
 1 Tsp vanilla extract

 1 Tsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place the butter and milk into a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until butter is melted.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk. Sprinkle the sugar over the yeast. If the sugar and yeast don’t fall under the surface, swirl gently until they are submerged in the milk/butter mixture. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  5. Add the yeasty liquid, the pumpkin puree, and the egg into the dry ingredients and mix with the bread hook attachment. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the edges as needed.
  6. Once a dough ball has formed in the center of the bowl on the bread hook, continue to knead on the hook for 5 more minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  7. Once risen, punch down the dough and roll out to about 1/4 inch on a well floured surface.

For the filling:

  1. Drizzle the melted butter over the dough.
  2. Mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle it evenly over the butter and dough.
  3. Roll the dough jelly-roll style. Cut into approximately 12 slices.
  4. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Place the cinnamon rolls close together in the dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size.
  5. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

For the frosting:

  1. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar (YES! granulated!), vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Spread the frosting over the rolls.
  2. Serve warm immediately or store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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