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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing
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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.
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 9
Calories: 505kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef

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 (opt)
  • 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: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g