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Spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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It’s that time of year when we are apt to say, “Oh God, not another pumpkin recipe!” Now that we are approaching Halloween and Thanksgiving, we are flooded with pumpkin recipes: McDonalds has pumpkin pancakes, there’s pumpkin beer and I’ve even seen a recipe called Red Curry Pig’s Feet with Pumpkin. But the one that amuses me the most is the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, complete with a jack-o-lantern image on top:

Pumpkin latteHowever, some people think we have gone too far with our pumpkin-loving recipes, as shown here:


What do you think, have we gone too far with pumpkin flavored everything? In my view, pumpkins remind me of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. and brings on images of being with family and friends and stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie. Nice warm fuzzy feelings tucked in my mind and ‘stomach memory.’ So excuse me, here is one more pumpkin recipe to digest, Spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.

With this recipe, you first form a yeast dough and then let it rise and double in size. Then roll out the dough in a rectangle shape and spread the spiced pumpkin filling on top. The dough is then rolled up lengthwise and sliced into pieces 1.5 inches thick and allowed to rise again. Bake and then top with a delicious cream cheese icing- you’ll never feel bad about making just one more pumpkin recipe!

 Glaze with Sour Cream Icing:



Spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Yields 10
Cinnamon rolls filled with spiced pumpkin and slathered with a delicious cream cheese icing
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For the dough
  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1/2 cup (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter
  3. 1 packet dry yeast (1/4 oz or 5 g)
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 3 cups plain white flour
For the pumpkin filling
  1. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 3/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/8 tsp nutmeg)
For the icing
  1. 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 3 tbsp. melted butter
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
For the pumpkin pie filling
  1. Combine the pumpkin puree with the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Set aside
For the dough
  1. Heat the milk and butter on the stovetop until hot but not boiling. Let cool to about 110 F. Add the packet of yeast and let rest for about 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar,salt and cinnamon and stir in the yeast/butter mixture until smooth. Gradually add the flour to the mixture, working it in with your hands or using the dough hook of your electric mixer. The dough should be rather moist and elastic.
  3. Form a ball with the dough and knead on a lightly-floured surface for several minutes. Place the dough in a bowl that has been oiled with a light coat of vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let rise for about 1 hour until double in size.
  4. Punch down the dough and rollout into a thin rectangular shape on a lightly-floured surface. Brush the surface of the dough with melted butter (about 3 tbsp.) Then spread a thin layer of the pumpkin filling on top. Roll-up the dough tightly lengthwise into a tube shape then slice into pieces about 1.5 to 2 inches thick using a serrated bread knife. This should yield about 10 rolls.
  5. Place the rolls into a buttered round (or square) dish and let rise for another 1 hour. Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 F. until the rolls are light brown. Turn the rolls out onto a large plate, let cool and glaze with the cream cheese icing.
For the icing
  1. Combine the melted butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until smooth, using an electric mixer. The mixture should be silky and smooth. If the icing is too dry, moisten with a little milk or cream.
  1. Note: I used Butternut Pumpkin (squash) for my filling since it is easier to handle than the typical larger pumpkin.
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    [email protected] Riffs
    October 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I like pumpkin recipes! The more the better. Which would be what I’d say eating these — the more the better! Lovely rolls — thanks.
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    Joanne T Ferguson
    October 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    G’day! Mouth-watering Fran and thanks for the chuckles re NOT ANOTHER pumpkin recipe!
    Did you make your own pumpkin spice or where did you obtain it locally!
    Cheers! Joanne
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      October 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Joanne. For my ‘pumpkin pie spice’ I combined cinnamon and nutmeg, however in the U.S. you can actually buy something called ‘pumpkin pie spice’ in the spice department (maybe they have this in Australia too, although I have never seen it).
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    Gourmet Getaways
    October 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I like cinnamon and pumpkin together! Happy you posted this! Plus, that’s a nasty pumpkin smiling on your cup!

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    lynne @ cookandbemerry
    October 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I love pumpkin recipes. Every year I look forward to holiday time for the new pumpkin recipes to appear. One year, there was a rumor that stores were running out of cans of pumpkin. Oh no! I went out and bought five, just in case. Your recipe looks delicious!
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      October 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thank you Lynne for your comment. Good idea to always have extra cans of pumpkin puree around the house. I always use fresh pumpkin myself, but the canned variety works as well.
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    October 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Fran, these rolls look so good, I love the pumpkin filling…I would love to have this rolls for breakfast…they are very cute!
    Have a great week 🙂
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    October 24, 2014 at 3:02 am

    People might have gone too far with the pumpkin craziness 🙂 but for sure there is NEVER too much cinnamon rolls … at least for our family. This is a very lovely variation to the traditional one. I LOVE it .. and def will be making this soon. Pinned.
    BTW: Thank you so much for being there during the hardest time of my life.. It really meant the world to me.
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      October 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Thank you Amira. I hope you enjoy these rolls when you make them. I hope you continue to heal after the passing of your father. I know that making food that our loved ones once liked, helps in the healing process.
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    October 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    After reading the recipe I like the cinnamon which is good for diabetes, I could use a sugarr substitute they look so good Colleen

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      October 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Colleen, I’m sure these rolls will taste good using a sugar substitute, although I’m not an expert on which substitute to use!
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    Lynn @ Oh-So Yummy
    October 25, 2014 at 5:27 am

    omg i totally wanna make these for my coworkers. they’ll LOVE me forever if i do it well! i have a dry yeast packet but have never tried using before. hope it’s not too difficult!
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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    October 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Oh Fran, I’m swooning over here. Don’t these look fantastic! You’re such an outstanding baker and cook.
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