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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Gooey, sticky, sweet, delicious frosted pumpkin cinnamon rolls – They are perfect for Fall!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp baking powder, 1/4 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt


Want one??? Or maybe an entire pan???!

Normally, homemade cinnamon rolls are so good on their own that there’s not really much you can do to make them even better… But stuffing the pastries with pumpkin and even more cinnamon somehow manages to do just that! Imagine a cinnamon roll filled with pumpkin pie.

Add a sticky, sugary glaze and you’re taking the cinnamon rolls to uncharted territory in deliciousness.

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I made this particular batch of vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls on Saturday when my friend Sara came to visit from Minnesota. (You’ll be hearing much more about Sara in the near future.)

Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you’ve known that person your entire life?

This is exactly how I felt when I met Sara two weeks ago…

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp baking powder, 1/4 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt

We bonded over a shared love of photography, music, Saved by the Bell, and Freddie Prinze Jr. (Did you know he’s almost 40?!), talking non-stop the entire day about everything from awkward middle school dating experiences to our goals and dreams for the future.

We also spent quite a bit of time with the pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

Can you blame us?

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp baking powder, 1/4 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: Makes 13
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice (not xylitol or stevia)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, or all-purpose flour, or a combination
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar of choice
  • 1/8 tsp pure stevia extract, or 4 more tbsp granulated sugar of choice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 tbsp melted coconut oil or full-fat (but trans-fat-free) butter-type spread
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp whole-wheat pastry or all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar of choice (I like Sucanat here)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • optional, 1/2 cup raisins
  • scant 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • dash salt


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls recipe: Warm the milk in a small measuring bowl. You want it warm, but not boiling: if you have a candy thermometer, it should read 110 degrees F. Stir in the 2 tbsp sweetener, sprinkle the yeast on top, and set aside for 5 minutes. During this time, it should bubble up. (If it does not bubble up, either your yeast is no good or your milk was too hot or cold.)

In a large measuring bowl, combine the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar of choice, stevia, salt, the 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Stir very well.

Stir the melted oil and vanilla extract into the milk mixture, then pour this into the large measuring bowl of dry ingredients and stir to form a dough. Especially if using spelt flour, you may need to add a little extra flour until it’s dry enough to form a dough. Form dough into a ball, then place in a lightly-greased large bowl. Cover loosely with a towel, and set in a warm place to rise 20 minutes or until doubled in size. (If your oven has a “bread proof” setting, this is the perfect place to let your pumpkin cinnamon rolls rise.)

Meanwhile, stir together all remaining pumpkin cinnamon roll ingredients (except the 5 tbsp flour) in a medium measuring bowl. Set aside. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.

After the dough has risen, punch dough to deflate. Knead dough with your hands, adding the 5 tbsp flour as you knead so that the dough is not sticking to your hands. Knead 5 minutes. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough into a very thin rectangle. Spread the contents of the medium mixing bowl evenly on top. Carefully roll up the dough, lengthwise, lifting and rolling the dough.

Using a large, sharp knife, slice dough into 13 even rolls, wiping the knife after each cut. The filling may ooze out a bit, but this is okay. Place the rolls in the prepared baking pan, and return to the warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. When it reaches this temperature, place cinnamon rolls in the oven and bake 20 minutes. Glaze with the recipe below:

For the Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar or Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar
3 1/2 to 4 tsp milk of choice (or more or less to achieve desired glaze thickness)
Whisk ingredients together to form a glaze. Using a spoon, drizzle evenly over pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

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Published on October 22, 2013

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  1. Kapoche says

    Is it possible for you to make a single serving version of this recipe in the following future? Cuz it’s almost impossible to stop at just one cinnamon roll (we all know)

    • Julie Dove says

      Unfortunately because of the yeast I don’t think they would rise. But you might try it anyway and just maybe it wouldn’t rise but would still taste good? Be sure to report back if you try!

  2. Dave says

    Hi Katie,
    I am going to try making these. I have made several of your recipes and they are always good. I eat an oil free plant based diet so appreciate when you can substitute other things for the oil.
    Here is a neat way to cut the cinnamon rolls up: Take a piece of dental floss and wrap it around the roll of dough where you want to cut off a piece. Draw the ends away from each other essentially causing the floss to cut neatly through the roll of dough. Works great.

  3. Cora says

    First, I really LOVE your recipes and this blog! Thank you!!!
    Second, have you ever done these as overnight cinnamon rolls? I’d love to try it, and would gladly take any tips you have.

  4. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie,
    Is there a reason why you specify the sweetener at the beginning should not be stevia or Xylitol? Can I use my Truvia for this part?
    Love all your recipes btw.

  5. Becky says

    Am I reading this correctly that I don’t mix the pumpkin puree in with the dough that rises? It is spread on later?

    I’m making these for Christmas morning!

  6. Allison says

    Everytime I make cinnamon rolls, I’m too impatient and I can’t cut them up correctly… But your recipe is so tasty that it doesn’t even matter that I have a cake pan full off Frankenstein bread!

  7. Min says

    This was my first time ever making cinnamon rolls – and it went beautifully (if not a bit messy when I was rolling and cutting the dough). The dough is so soft and and pumpkin flavor isn’t overwhelming at all, but gives you the perfect hint of fall and spices when eating. I ended up using more than 5 tablespoons of flour when kneading the dough since it was sticky, but it didn’t mess with the flavor or anything at all. No butter? No eggs? Nobody will even notice if you serve them these. My next goal is to execute these with the perfect size pan (I used one that was too large) and to make the swirls more beautiful so I can take pictures and flaunt them to my friends haha~ All in all, another amazing recipe from Katie and I’m so glad I tried them! Pumpkin is the best!

  8. Petra says

    Hi Katie 🙂
    I know a few years have passed since you posted this recipe, but I was wandering n your site and I have to tell these look amazing, I have to try them as soon as I can.
    I was wondering, have you ever made/ eaten cocoa rolls? They are similar to the cinnamon ones, but they have cocoa-sugary filling.

  9. Green Trees says

    5 stars! Thanks Katie you rock! I don’t know how I could eat desserts and still lose weight like I need to, without your recipes =)
    I made these as written except I accidentally put the spices in the dough, not the filling, and I chose to add only 2 T of sugar as the sub for stevia because I didn’t want them very sweet. After cutting the rolls and putting them in the pan, I put it in the fridge with wax paper on top overnight. In the morning I set them on the stove while it pre-heated, then baked at 325. It took 35 minutes to bake to 181 degrees inside, which was perfect (I like them soft). I skipped the glaze and made tofu cream cheese to put on them to get some more protein — I used this tofu cream cheese recipe:
    So delicious I’d like to eat the whole pan hahaha.

    • Green Trees says

      Oops I see the spices were supposed to be in the dough, what I accidentally did is omit the spices from the filling. I’m sure it’s even more delicious with the spices in both =)

  10. Nova says

    Can I use bread flour instead of all purpose? Also, can I make these using a bead machine? I really want to make these, but can’t knead dough like I use to.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm, unfortunately it’s impossible to know because we haven’t tried. Be sure to report back if you do experiment! (Or for a quick pumpkin fix, I personally like the Trader Joes pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Not as good as homemade, but they’ll work in a pinch!)

  11. Elvira says

    I made this recipe last night and they turned out very tasty but I had trouble with the baking temperature as specified. I think the baking temperature needs to be changed to 375 not 325. After 20 min mine were still raw so I looked at other recipes for cinnamon rolls and they are all at a higher temperature for the same timeframe. So after 20 min I upped the temperature to 375 and cooked for another 15 minutes.

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