Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

You know when you eat something really good it makes you weak at the knees?

These pumpkin cinnamon rolls will.

You will want to live in your sweatpants for the next five days after having one, or an extra day at the gym.   The problem for me is eating just one.  The are insanely good.

They are worth every bite when you are celebrating a special occasion like we are today!  We are celebrating the upcoming birth of Rachel’s from Rachel Cooks little man with a virtual baby shower!

Rachel is so sweet, and incredibly talented and I am thrilled to have gotten to know her through our blogs.   Thanks to Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny and Brandi from Bran Appetit for bringing us together to celebrate Rachel’s baby.  Wait until you see the list of amazing recipes below.  It would be a blast if we could get together and bring these fabulous dishes.  What a feast that would be!  Considering we are from all over, what better way to bring us together than with a virtual baby shower.  I am so happy for Rachel and can’t wait to “meet” her little man! 

I think many of us are tempted when we are at the mall and walk past one of those popular cinnamon roll shops.  You can smell them a mile away.   Nothing beats a warm homemade cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven drizzled with a sweet maple cream cheese glaze.  Make a few batches and put them in cute boxes for holiday gift giving.  Who wouldn’t love that sweet treat? 

You will want to make these cinnamon rolls soon, like today or at least for the weekend.  Trust me, you’ll love them.


Follow the party on Twitter!  #RachelPops

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 packet (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Maple Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. In a small bowl add water and sprinkle with yeast. Set aside to proof, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add proofed yeast, milk, butter, egg, pumpkin puree, flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Using a dough hook attachment mix on low for about 5 minutes until dough is combined and pulls away from the sides.
  3. Place dough in a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size for an hour.
  4. Generously grease two 8-inch cake pans. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Punch down dough and place on a well floured surface. Roll out dough to a 20 x 14 inch rectangle. Spread top of dough with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting on the longer side, roll dough in a tight spiral. With a sharp knife cut 18 1-inch slices and place 9 slices into each cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. While rolls are baking, add cream cheese, confectioners sugar and milk to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in maple syrup. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls.
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Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups ~ Cooking with Books
Mini Onion and Feta Pizzas ~ London Bakes
Southern Cheese Straws ~ 30A Eats

Soup & Sandwiches ~
Baby Blue Cheese Burgers ~ Budget Gourmet Mom
Cucumber Sandwiches ~ Susie Freaking Homemaker
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream ~ Pass the Sushi
Chicken Salad ~ Eat 2gather

Snacks ~
S’mores Popcorn ~ Nutmeg Nanny
White Chocolate Biscoff Muddy Buddies ~ Miss in the Kitchen
Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn ~ Bake Your Day
Bourbon Toffee Popcorn ~ Bran Appetit

Sweet Treats & Desserts ~
Snickerdoodle Scones ~ Fake Ginger
Patchwork Baby Quilt Cupcakes ~ Creative Culinary
Primal Pumpkin Whoopie Pies ~ Bread & Butter
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  1. These look amazing Jennifer. I love pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and yes cinnamon anything when I go to the mall is a must. Cinnabon really ropes you in with their aroma!

  2. So gorgeous and completely irresistible!

  3. Oh heck yes. I’d love to kick back with a bunch of these rolls!

  4. These look utterly scrumptious! Pinning it!

  5. You are speaking my language with these – WOW! They look scrumptious.

  6. I honestly drooled at the sight of these. Perfect baby shower food! Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll…especial a pumpkin one!

  7. You’ve outdone yourself with these rolls, Jennifer! They look incredible!

  8. Thank you so much for participating in this! I just wish I was eating all these amazing treats right now! It means so much to me that you all took the time to do this. Thank you!!!! xoxo

  9. This is calling my name. It’s officially on the list…the right away list. Great post!!


  10. These look so amazing!!! Wish I had one for breakfast.

  11. Stunning, Jennifer! I love everything about these. I doubt a pan would last long in my house!

  12. I think Rachel is great too! I will check out the party. Your cinnamon rolls look delish!

  13. These would be very popular for Thanksgiving breakfast in my family.

  14. Oh my! These look so perfect for fall and the baby shower! I would easily eat one…or two…ok, maybe three :) Thank you so much for being a part of this special event!!!

  15. These sound so delicious, what a great contribution to the party!

  16. I have never had a pumpkin cinnamon roll before, but I am dying to try one!

  17. I live in PJ pants. I’m ready to go and I’ll take on the whole thing! Looks great…Barb

  18. holy cow – these look amazing. i love cinnamon rolls but the pumpkin totally adds another depth and uniqueness of flavor to the traditional cinnamon roll!

  19. I had my first ever pumpkin cinnamon rolls about a month ago…. and yeah, ever since I am itching for an excuse to make another batch. These look drool worthy!

  20. Oh boy Jen now you’ve got me craving cinnamon rolls! What a great description and delicious looking photos.

    Happy baby shower Rachel!

  21. Holy moly, I could devour the whole batch! Gorgeous photos.

  22. Yeah – I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to eat just one – they look amazing, Jennifer!!

  23. I love adding pumpkin to bread – it adds such a beautiful color! And I love that you made cinnamon rolls – so great!

  24. These look so amazing! I just saved them to my ziplist so I can remember to make them :)

  25. A perfect fall weekend breakfast!

  26. They’re in the oven right now! The dough was amazing before it was baked..can’t wait to taste them after they’re baked and slathered in cream cheese frosting! I followed the recipe for the rolls exactly except I used pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon for the filling. I already had some cream cheese frosting saved from an earlier baking project, but I can’t wait to try yours in the future.

  27. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls sound absolutely to die for! I need to try these!!

  28. These look so delicious and I love pumpkin everything! Come and visit us this week. We are having a terrific giveaway – a $75 swank bag from Pick your Plum.


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