Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

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Introducing these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls – they’re soft, delicious, and perfect for fall, especially when topped with a light cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 9


For the rolls:

  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup melted salted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

For the filling:

  • ½ cup softened salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup salted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream

For the garnish:

  • 1 cup pecans


**For the rolls:**

  • Warm up the milk in a heatproof bowl in the microwave (20-30 seconds).
  • In a stand mixer, combine warm milk, instant dry yeast, and granulated sugar. Mix on low.
  • Add melted butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix on low.
  • Gradually add flour and salt while continuing to mix on low for 5 minutes.
  • Oil a large bowl and let the dough rise in the oven for 1 hour until it doubles in size.

**For the filling:**

  • Mix softened butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl.

**For baking:**

  • Roll out the risen dough on a floured surface to a 14×9 inch rectangle.
  • Spread the butter mixture over the dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin.
  • Cut into 9 rolls and place in a prepared baking dish.
  • Pour ¼ cup heavy cream between the rolls and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before frosting.

**For the garnish:**

  • Toast pecans in the oven for 5-6 minutes, then chop.

**For the frosting:**

  • Beat together room temperature cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer.
  • Add vanilla, salt, and sifted powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  • Adjust thickness with heavy cream.
  • Spread the frosting on cooled rolls and sprinkle with toasted pecans.


  • Cut rolls individually for the cleanest swirl.
  • Prepare the rolls the night before, refrigerate, and follow the baking steps when ready to serve.

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