Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {Quickest Recipe EVER}

filed under: Bread · Breakfast on September 30, 2019

Making Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls has never been easier or more delicious! What better way to wake everyone up on a cool, fall morning than to the smell of fresh Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls! For another delicious and comforting breakfast, try my Spiced Apple Pancakes!

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

I stood in front of my refrigerator for what seemed like hours, staring at the same left-over containers and condiments almost willing there to be something new and exciting.

I had pizza dough but no pepperoni. I had taco meat but no shells.  I had plenty of ketchup (I just canned a bunch of homemade stuff) but nothing to put it on. I think you get the idea… But, there was a package of cream cheese in there… maybe I could make a semi-homemade version of cinnamon rolls with that pizza dough? Except I just used the last of the cinnamon this morning on toast. Sad trombone.

Out of the corner of my eye, I just happened to see some Pumpkin Pie Spice on the counter. I am not in full-blown FALL mode yet, although everybody else is! But at that moment, the idea of Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls for dinner sounded nothing short of amazing.

Plate of pumpkin cinnamon rolls ready to be baked

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I am ALWAYS craving cinnamon rolls, but too lazy to make up a batch and wait for hours or heaven forbid, overnight. I had just read my friend Kelly’s blog about her pizza dough cinnamon rolls, so I knew it could be done. I set to make it happen! The first batch was delicious and consumed fully within one-hour! Pleasedonttellanyone, but I made three more batches just to make sure the recipe was perfect. It was perfect every time!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients

  • Pizza dough–This recipe uses a can of store-bought pizza dough (they call them pizza crust). If you want you can make the pizza dough from scratch, which I have explained below.
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice–If you make a homemade pumpkin pie spice, be sure to half the recipe when you start. Homemade spices are generally more powerful than store-bought.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin Pie Extract
  • Salt

Rolled out dough for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Quick Homemade Dough

Just in case you don’t have any store-bought dough on hand, here is a quick recipe. It takes about 15 minutes and you are ready to assemble!

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour, salt, and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick. Continue on with instructions in the recipe below.

Spices for Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

How to Make Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Like I said in the beginning, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are delicious and easy! First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, unroll pizza dough and spread butter evenly across. This works best if butter is room temperature or even slightly melted. Then, spread the brown sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice over the butter. It’s going to seem like a LOT of the brown sugar mixture, which is exactly what I like! You can half it if you prefer a more dainty roll.

Rolled and cut, ready to bake, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Roll, Roll, Roll the Dough

Once you have covered it with the brown sugar mixture, roll it up. You can see I got a little sloppy with my rolling, don’t be like me. Whenever this happens to me (and it happens EVERY time I make rolls) I just set the wonky roll on its wonky end in the pie dish. No one ever knows. 🙂 Cut the roll into six even pieces to be baked for 25-35 minutes.

See? Everything looks even and happy. If you want you can also make sure all the ends are tucked in. The rolls will be nice and brown when done.

Overhead of baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

How to Make Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Ok, let’s talk frosting. I have seen this “Copycat Cinnabon Recipe” everywhere and they all say the exact same thing. Mix ingredients and spread over rolls. Um, no.

Frosting on Pumpkin Rolls

If you are a Cinnabon expert like me, you know that their frosting is LIGHT and FLUFFY. So that is exactly what I have created for you!! And my family. And me. Because I am nothing short of obsessed with these rolls. Look at those rolls and the whipped frosting slowly melting its way over the rolls. That is exactly how it should look. And yes, the frosting will eventually melt entirely over the rolls.

Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with whipped cream cheese frosting

Mixing the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

While the rolls are baking, mix together all the cream cheese frosting ingredients. After whipping it in the stand mixer (you may note that I use the paddle and not the whisk–I am not a fan of using the whisk for cream cheese-based recipes.) for at least 4 minutes you will see a very light frosting. JUST LIKE Cinnabon! So please, do not skip this step. Also, be sure to check out the Pure Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract that I have added to the frosting. Not only is the cinnamon roll full of fabulous fall spices and sweetness, but the frosting has been elevated to a level of flavor excellence.

Bite taken out of Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

The Icing on the Cake…Oops, I mean Rolls!

I think there is nothing better than a hot cinnamon roll with ooey gooey brown sugar filling and a pumpkin pie flavored cream cheese frosting flowing into every nook and cranny. It’s a mouthful. Literally. 😉

One Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

Can I Freeze Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes! In fact, you can choose when to freeze your Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. You can prepare the rolls before baking by covering them in plastic wrap and tin foil. A second option would be to bake the rolls and freeze them before adding the whipped cream cheese frosting. If you baked and frosted the Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and you have leftovers (which I doubt you will have), simply wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Any way you roll it, these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls will be a winner!

Note: It took 45 minutes from beginning to end to make this recipe. It takes just a few minutes to assemble, about 30 minutes to bake, and then a couple of minutes to cool. A hot, fresh, tastes-like-homemade cinnamon roll is 45 minutes TOTAL. If you happen to love cinnamon rolls as much as I do, this is kinda the best news ever.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll on plate with fork

Looking for More Pumpkin Spice Recipes?

It’s Pumpkin Spice season in our neck of the woods, so here are some fall favorites!

Pumpkin Sweet Rolls

Puff Pastry with Pumpkin Filling

Caramel Pumpkin Butter Bars

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Making Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls has never been easier nor more delicious!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, pumpkin
Servings: 6 rolls
Calories: 393 kcal
Author: Avalaunch
Ingredients
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (57g) butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (188g) confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Pumpkin Pie Extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Instructions
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (or 325 degrees in a convection) and prepare an 8 or 9inch round pie dish with bakers spray, goop, or parchment.

  2. Open and unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. It should measure about 12inches by 6inches.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice with a fork.
  4. Rub 3 tablespoons butter over dough so that it covers the entire surface.
  5. Spread brown sugar and spice mixture over dough making sure it covers the entire surface.
  6. Starting at the edge that is 6inches long, roll up the dough.
  7. Cut into 6 even pieces.
  8. Place in pie dish on its side so that layers of the roll is visible.
  9. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Rolls should be dark brown but not burnt.
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. While rolls are baking put cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie extract, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  2. Mix on low to just combine. Once ingredients are all incorporated turn mixer on high and leave it for 4-5 minutes. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
  3. When rolls are done baking allow them to cool for up to five minutes.
  4. Place cream cheese frosting on rolls right in the pan OR invert rolls onto serving plate and then top with frosting.

I was inspired to make this recipe based of off the Pure Pumpkin Pie Spice made by McCormick. McCormick has graciously partnered with me to share this recipe with you. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

Fastest Cinnamon Rolls Ever!

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Comments

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Drool! I’m going to have to try pizza dough in cinnamon rolls soon 🙂

  • [email protected] and My Pink Mixer says:

    Oh my goodness – they look amazing! I have only made cinnamon rolls once in my lifetime and they took forever, so this is a recipe I’m excited about trying – thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!! They really are amazing!

  • Jen | Baked by an Introvert says:

    These are fantastic, Amanda! Pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls that can be on the table in less than 45 mins. I’m all about this!!!

  • Linda Reed says:

    Making this tomorrow morning for overnight guests I will be having. The pumpkin pie extract is new to me too!

    • Amanda says:

      So excited!! I think you and your guests will love it!

  • Culinary Favorites From A to Z says:

    Brilliant idea — to add pumpkin pie spice to cinnamon rolls. I’ll just have to try it myself!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    I always knew your were a genius, this just proves I was right

  • Michelle says:

    I’m a nurse, who loves cinnamon rolls, pumpkin anything, and McCormick spices. Thanks to them for supporting nurses, and thanks to you for all your great recipes! Definitely trying this one soon.

  • Traci says:

    I’m the only one in the house who likes pumpkin pie or flavor. I know, right? Pecan and apple anything but not pumpkin.
    So I can substitute Cinnamon for the Pumpkin pie spice? If so, then would Vanilla extract work?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, you can absolutely sub cinnamon for pumpkin pie! And yes, vanilla extract as well. I have done it many times! 🙂

  • Serell says:

    Is that light brown sugar? I’m getting my grocery list together

    • Amanda says:

      I used light but dark would work as well. 🙂

  • Shari says:

    You say to use one 3 oz package of cream cheese. Do you mean one 8 oz standard brick or do you cut it in half, basically. Can’t wait to try these!!

    • Amanda says:

      Nope! I meant 3 ounce package. They are sold in that size as well as the 8ounce. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    This frosting is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Is it actually 8 ounces of cream cheese?

    • Amanda says:

      The recipe lists 3 ounces. 🙂

  • Anne Roberts says:

    I livein Australia and we dont get the pumpkin spice extract though I do have the dry pumpkin spice. Can i subsitute anything else for the pumpkin spice extract??? We dont get pizza dough like that either so will have to make my own of that….looks so delicious

    • Amanda says:

      You can definitely use cinnamon!

  • Rachel says:

    What brand of pizza dough do you recommend?

  • Jennifer says:

    Can these rolls be prepped the night before and refrigerated overnight before baking?

  • Pat Gilbreath says:

    My mother always made everything homemade & of course the best cinnamon rolls with a boiled cinnamon sugar syrup all over the baked rolls !! I tried once to make the dough but too much trouble ( in other words it didn’t turn out ) so I learned to use crescent roll dough & they were delious !! But your recipe with pizza dough looks great & I love cream cheese icing 👏🏻😍 so I’m going to treat my sons to “homemade ” cinnamon rolls as soon as get the ingredients !! Thanks & I’ll let you know their appreciation !! Ha 👍🤗

  • Jackie Durant says:

    Oh MY!!! These rolls were AMAZING! As they cooked, they smelled like pizza, but when I got them out the whole house smelled like cinnamon rolls! Then your frosting was SOoooo GOOD! My family can hardly wait till I make them again! Thanks again! L♥️ved them!!!!!

  • Yvonne Teague says:

    Tried your cinnamon roll recipe. Can you say yum. So easy and so good.

  • Jeannie Branch says:

    hi!am looking for your raspberry sweet rolls but now i cant find tell me it was your recipes. i saw it on facebook didnt write it down just the web site.i would like this recipe.thank you

  • Hannah says:

    These were amazing!!! I took them to work for and everyone loved them! I made them with the homemade dough recipe included and let the roll proof again before baking them and they turned out amazing! I will definitely be making them again!

  • Cathy Odom says:

    The recipe is so simple and easy to follow. I especially like the cream Cheese icing. This’ll be one of my favorites for sure!!!

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