Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {Quickest Recipe EVER}

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

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    I stood in front on 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 and taco meat but no shells and plenty of ketchup (I just canned a bunch of homemade stuff) but nothing to put it on. 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.

    Copycat Cinnamon Frosting (PUMPKIN flavor}

    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 (mostly because it’s hot &  ridiculously humid here and the leaves are still green!) but at that moment, the idea of Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls for dinner sounded nothing short of amazing.

    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!

    Tips and tricks:

    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.

    Pumpkin Pie Spice Cinnamon Rolls- done in 45 minutes from beginning to end!

    Unroll pizza dough and spread butter evenly across. This works best if butter is room temperature or even slightly melted.

    Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

    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 halve it if you prefer a more dainty roll.

    Pumpkin Pie Spice Cinnamon Rolls- done in 45 minutes from beginning to end!

    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 it’s wonky end in the pie dish. No one ever knows. 🙂

    Perfect Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    See? Everything looks even and happy. If you want you can also make sure all the ends are tucked in.

    Bake as directed above.

    How to Make Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    The rolls will be nice and brown when done.

    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.

    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.

    Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    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.

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

    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.

    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. 😉

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls- done in 45 minutes from beginning to end!

    I think I may have forgotten to mention the most important part of this recipe.

    It took 45 minutes from beginning to end. It takes just a few minutes to assemble, about 30 minutes to bake, and then a couple 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.

    5 from 1 vote
    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
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
    • 1 (13.8 ounce) can store-bought pizza dough
    • 3 tbsp. butter room temperature
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Pumpkin Pie Spice
    Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup butter softened
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Pumpkin Pie Extract
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    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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  • 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.

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