Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkins are the true stars of the most exciting week of the year around here!

So showy, they brighten dark porches and add pizazz to tabletops. It’s also a perfect food making almost anything; dips, soups, breads and desserts extra delicious through out the holiday season.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls @singingwithbirds.com
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are traditionally shared with family, friends and neighbors when we get “Boo-ed” for Halloween, and then are requested till after the New Year. 

Mix up the dough, cover and give it a good rise, for about 1 hour, in a warm spot till double.
I like to use a dough cutter or dental floss to cut the dough. Knives just rip it up.
Roll dough into a rectangle. Top with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Beginning at one of the short ends, roll the dough up tightly and pinch the edge together.
Using a dough cutter or dental floss, cut the roll of dough in half, then half each end too.
Cut each section into 3 rolls. You should have 12 fairly even cinnamon rolls.

Place them on a jellyroll pan covered with parchment paper. Let rise again till double and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Note: You can freeze them at this point. Store in ziptop bags to bake later. Thaw for 5 hours, covered on a baking sheet and then bake and finish as usual.


While your rolls are baking make the cream-cheese frosting. Cool baked rolls on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before frosting.
Make caramel frosting and carefully add it to a plastic squeeze bottle.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls @singingwithbirds.com
Using a hot pad, squeeze the caramel frosting over the frosted rolls.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls @singingwithbirds.com

Serve and share with lots of love!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (or more if you like)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (or more if you like)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup soft butter
4 ounces soft cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 dash salt
3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

1. In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter just until warm and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly. In large mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar and salt. Add milk mixture and beat with electric mixer until well mixed. Beat in egg and yeast.
2. In separate mixing bowl, combine flours. Add half of flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Beat mixture on low speed 5 minutes, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Add remaining flour and mix thoroughly (dough will be very soft). Turn into lightly greased bowl, then grease surface of dough lightly.
3. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Knead a few turns to form a smooth dough, sprinkling with enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 12×10 inch rectangle.
4. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Brush surface of dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Beginning with long side of dough, roll up jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into 12 1- inch slices. Place rolls, cut side up, in greased 9 inch square baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
5. Bake rolls at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to waxed paper-lined wire rack. Cool 10 to 15 minutes. Frost with Cream-Cheese Frosting. Drizzle with Caramel frosting. Makes 12 rolls.

Cream-Cheese Frosting:
In a mixing bowl, cream soft butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with beaters. Add confectioner’s sugar and beat well. Generously frost rolls.

Caramel Frosting:
In small saucepan, heat butter until melted. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Cook over medium low heat 1 minute. Stir in vanilla, salt, and confectioners’ sugar. Blend with a wire whisk until well blended. While hot, use a funnel and pour into a plastic squeeze bottle. Use a hot pad, and drizzle over your cream-cheese frosted rolls.

Here’s hoping you have a pumpkin perfect Halloween

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Oh boy, these look great! I just e-mail my co-worker to see if I should bring these or a pumpkin roll on Friday! Decisions, decisions:@)

  2. Erin@likegrandmas

    Well, add some coffee, and I’d feel like I hit the lottery!!! Gonna try this out, I love pumpkin! Thanks Gnee:)

  3. Dustin Olsen!

    1st thing: You did a great job making these! You are such a great cook!
    2nd thing: As a testimonial to all those who might be wondering if these are good, I am here to say they are delicious! They certainly keep you smiling!

  4. Kris Fryer

    These are so good! You are a great cook! I absolutely loved these! If you plan on trying these, all I can say is, you won’t be disappointed.

  5. Kristen

    That caramel glaze just sends these goodies over the moon. What a treat!

  6. Julie Harward

    I love cinnamon rolls, they are my favorite treat! These I love…pumpkin in them has just got to make them even more yummy..thanks! 😀

  7. Erin

    WOW! These look so amazing!!!

  8. Angel

    These photos are so great, I’m actually drooling. Awesome!

  9. Debbie

    We’re just big fat pumpkin freaks around here. I definitely plan to make these for the family when the girls are home for Thanksgiving break. They’ll be perfect.

    And since I’m lame enough to ask, I will. Do you think that caramel squirty sauce would work if … hypothetically speaking of course… someone were too lazy to make the real stuff?

  10. Jana

    Those look delicious!

  11. Julie

    I’d love one of these. They looks sooooo delicious!!!

  12. Pondside

    Oh my goodness, but that looks delicious!

  13. Gypsy Heart

    I tried leaving a comment earlier and couldn’t so will try again. 🙂 These look absolutely divine and I know my family will love them! You are so talented ~ thanks for sharing.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  14. Brianna!

    I think so.


  15. Melly

    You’re amazing!
    That’s all that comes to mind 🙂

  16. Holly

    just had to add that caramel didn’t ya!!! lol they look fabulous!

  17. Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs

    These look AMAZING!!! All of these fall recipes I am running in to are just about killing me!! But my tummy has been very pleased:)

  18. Jane

    Well I know what I’m making for Sunday breakfast! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  19. Sara @ Mom Endeavors

    Those look so good! Can’t wait to give them a try sometime! Thanks for sharing with us!

  20. ButterYum

    Mmmm…. your pumpkin rolls look wonderful! I like to use the dental floss trick too – unflavored if I can find it.


  21. Adena (aka cre82learn)

    oh. my. word. and just yesterday I got weighed and decided I really need to make a concentrated effort to lose some weight. I swear I gained five just looking at these. Wish there was a scratch and sniff screen!!

  22. Mo 'Betta

    Oh.My. I’m salivating and my stomach is growling…these look and sound delicious!! Could you just send me some? haha

  23. Sue

    Wow, I love cinnamon rolls, so I can just imagine how delicious these must be with the added pumpkin!

  24. bella (roz)

    These look and sound absolutely fantastic! I selected your recipe post as one of the best that was shared in the past 2 weeks as well as your post for your lovely, lovely all quilt. Thanks for sharing on my Friday/Saturday linky! I didn’t know until now that you, too, have a link-up! Great! Hope to see you this weekend again!


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