Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing

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pouring icing on pumpkin cinnamon rollsLight and fluffy cinnamon rolls made with a simple spiced dough and filled with pumpkin. Top them with sweet maple icing for a breakfast that tastes like a cozy fall morning.

I get a thrill from cracking into the first can of pumpkin puree of the fall season. Even though I’m usually testing recipes ahead, that bright orange puree is always an undeniable indication that fall is coming.

making pumpkin cinnamon rolls

Around our house, the arrival of cooler weather means earlier dinners of cozier foods – soups and stews and chili. It also means slower mornings when we’re all at home. Staying in warm pajamas well into the day, and sipping coffee or hot chocolate while we bake.

cutting dough into cinnamon rolls

Even cinnamon rolls that come together as quickly as these do (an hour or so) are more of a mid-morning brunch for us. The girls need a quick fuel-up of oatmeal when they first wake up and then are happy to stand around the kitchen counter, rolling out dough and stirring together this fragrant filling of sugar, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

uncooked cinnamon rolls in a white baking dish

These cinnamon rolls are pretty classic but have the addition of a few fall flavors. The light and fluffy dough gets a pinch of pumpkin pie spice which will make the whole house smell amazing as it bakes. The filling is lightly sweet and distinctly reminiscent of a super creamy pumpkin pie.

cooked cinnamon rolls in a white baking dish

Top it all with maple-flavored cream cheese icing and you’ll see why these cinnamon rolls absolutely deserve a place at your fall breakfast or brunch table.

a pumpkin cinnamon roll on a white plate

For a classic cinnamon roll recipe with step-by-step photos, check out 1 Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls.

a fork in a pumpkin cinnamon roll

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing
5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing

Light and fluffy cinnamon rolls made with a simple spiced dough and filled with pumpkin. Top them with sweet maple icing for a breakfast that tastes like a cozy fall morning.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 9

Equipment

  • 9x9 Baking Dish
  • Stand Mixer
  • Rolling Pin
  • hand mixer

Ingredients 

Rolls:

  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • cups Water, slightly warm to the touch
  • 1 Tbsp Instant Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional)
  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour, divided, plus more for rolling

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3/4 cup cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (see note)
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened

Icing:

  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 3 oz Cream Cheese, softened (or microwaved for 15 seconds)
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-5 Tbsp Milk

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F / 200 C.
  • Rub the bottom of a 9"x9" baking dish with 4 Tbsp of softened butter.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, dust a kitchen counter lightly with flour.
  • To the yeast mixture, add 2 Tbsp butter, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and 2 cups of flour. Mix on low until the ingredients come together.
  • Continuing to mix on low, add 1 more cup of flour and mix for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1 cup flour. Mix on low until all the flour is mixed in. Increase mixer speed to medium. Mix for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and begins to make a slapping sound as it hits the sides of the bowl.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and let the dough rest in the bowl (preferably near the warm oven), until the surface is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • While dough rests, make filling by combining pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Turn the dough out on a floured surface and roll it a 9"x18" rectangle with a long side facing you. (Note: Don't worry about being precise; use the base of your 9"x9" baking dish as a general guide.) Use your hands to rub 4 Tbsp of butter over the surface of the dough.
  • Spread pumpkin filling over the surface of the dough. .
  • Starting with the side closest to you, roll the dough into a tube. Use a serrated knife to cut 9 even slices. Place the slices in the prepared baking dish and let rise in a warm place (preferably near the warm oven) until the edges of the rolls are touching, 20 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown on top, 20-25 minutes.
  • While the rolls are baking, use a hand mixer to beat 3 Tbsp of butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 3 Tbsp milk. Continue mixing until icing is smooth. Add more milk a bit at a time, if needed, until icing is shiny and easy to pour.
  • When the rolls come out of the oven, let them cool for 5 minutes before topping with the icing.
  • Serve immediately (of course...who could wait!).

Notes

I always use Saigon cinnamon in my cinnamon rolls. It gives them maximum cinnamon flavor, but regular cinnamon works just fine.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 3817IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.50
Calories: 527
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, pumpkin
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Speaking of brisk fall mornings and hot chocolate…here we are having a little hot chocolate date at Whole Foods yesterday. (Not shown = baby June fast asleep in the stroller.)

2 little girls having hot cocoa

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. These cinnamon rolls look delicious! How fun for a fall brunch. And Molly and Clara are adorable. I love their outfits. How fun to have a hot chocolate date together!