Does this not scream Autumn to you? This recipe takes a bit of time and love but I promise you that it is worth it! These rolls are made with a pumpkin and brown sugar dough and filled with Autumnal spices. They are then topped with a sweet glaze to give you the perfect cosy treat for this season. I’ll even show you how to turn these Comforting Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls into a Halloween themed bake!

I love everything about this bake. Pumpkin is perfect for this time of year, the spices are all of my favourites and the brown sugar gives an extra sweet but warming taste. Roll it all together and you have the most cosy evening treat or (if you’re like me) the perfect sidekick to your morning coffee!

The size of these rolls are my favourite thing about this bake. They’re big ol’ boys, no joke. They’re not like flat cinnamon rolls you get from the supermarket. No, they’re big spongey, gooey blocks of Autumnal goodness!

P.S I hate making pastries and dough. I don’t know what it is, we’re just not friends. I always manage to mess it up somehow. That’s why you’ll usually find in my recipes, I use ready-made pastry. However, this didn’t go too bad! I made it all from scratch and I didn’t mess it up (too badly). What I’m trying to say is: if I can do it, you can do it!

Comforting Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Brown sugar and warming spices wrapped within a soft pumpkin dough, topped with a sweet and sticky glaze.
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls


Pumpkin Dough

  • 80 ml milk (preferably whole but not essential)
  • 30 g butter
  • 120 g tinned pumpkin
  • 50 g light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg ground
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 packet dried yeast instant
  • 335 g plain flour sifted


  • 86 g butter
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice


  • 250 g icing sugar sifted
  • 100 ml water
  • 4-5 tbsp apricot jam


To make the dough…

  • On a low heat, melt the butter in a pan with the milk. Remove from the heat once the butter has JUST melted. Ensure that the mixture is not hotter than lukewarm.
  • Using a mixer, beat together the pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and salt until combined.
  • Add the milk mixture and mix until combined (you may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula to ensure it's evenly mixed).
  • Mix in the egg and yeast.
  • On a low speed, add in half of the flour and mix until combined. Then add the other half and mix. The dough will be soft.
  • Grease a large bowl with olive oil (spray oil works best for this) and place the dough in. Turn the dough over in the bowl and make sure the whole outside of the dough is covered in the oil. Place clingfilm over the top of the bowl and leave in a warm, draft-free place allowing it to rise. Leave for 1-1.5 hours.
  • Gently press on the top of the dough to deflate it. Then turn it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.

To make the filling…

  • Roll the dough into a rectangle that's 18×10 inches. Spread the butter evenly on top.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and mixed spice. Then sprinkle over the top of the butter evenly.
  • Tightly roll up the dough (long side to long side) and cut into 12 rolls.
  • Assemble rolls in a greased tin (I used a 9 inch cake tin). Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise again in a warm, draft-free place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C Fan) 350°F
  • Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes (after 15 minutes cover with foil so the tops don't burn). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.

To make the icing…

  • With the icing sugar and water, you can make a thin, simple icing to glaze over the warm rolls or you can add warmed apricot jam (melted in the microwave) to make it sticky with a citrus zing.
Keyword Autumn, cinnamon, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, rolls

Here’s how to turn your Comforting Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls into Halloween treats!

Cut your rolls slightly thinner than above. Then, unravel the end slightly and bend it over to make a stalk. Then prove either on a baking tray or in a muffin tin so they’re individual and don’t form together. Bake as instructed.

To decorate, make 2 simple water icings and dye one orange and the other green. Use the orange icing to cover the round part of your roll and the green to accent the stalk shape. There you’ll have your Comforting Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll looking like an actual pumpkin.

Take it one step further and cut out Jack O’ Lantern features out of black fondant and stick to the top of the bun for an extra spooky spin!

Thank you for reading! If you liked my Comforting Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe, you may also like:
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe
Jack O’ Lantern Pocket Pies
Halloween Cookies Using Royal Icing Tutorial
Apple and Pear Crumble with Warming Spices


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