Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This soft and light cinnamon rolls are made with pumpkin and filled with gooey cinnamon swirl and topped with a light icing are the best treat for the season.

– Why you need to try this?

I made many versions of cinnamon rolls and I must admit, this is the best one…mainly because of the color of the pumpkin puree, so very much enticing…I choose not to add any pumpkin spice when making the dough, just to not shelter the “cinnamon” of the cinnamon rolls away with the other spices found in pumpkin spice. Yes, it sounds confusing…but in reality it is only a cinnamon roll recipe made with pumpkin puree….yes, I should have said that in the very beginning…next time I will try to be less confusing…

– Asian method?

And of course I had to use “tangzhong” or “water roux” method, an Asian method used to keep the bread soft, light, moist for many many days.

I divided the dough into two and made a sandwich bread loaf and a pan of cinnamon rolls. So it is up to you…

– Let’s head to the recipe…


Tangzhong or water roux

  • 30 g bread flour
  • 150 ml water

Bread dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 8 g yeast
  • 8 g vital gluten
  • 27 0g pumpkin puree
  • 20 ml water (if necessary, depending of the moist of the pumpkin puree)
  • 60 g butter


  • Butter, or any substitute, unsalted ( I used Earth Balance)
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½  tablespoons water


Tangzhong or water roux

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65C/150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48hours.

Bread dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a ball forms.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 5 minutes. The dough should be very sticky, and less sticky as the gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 5 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The windowpane test, demonstrated that the gluten is very well developed and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.


Knock back the dough and divide into 2 balls. Roll one dough into a rectangle of approximately 45 x 35cm (approximately 18 x 14in). Smear a thin layer of butter or its substitute on the rectangle dough. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar and then cinnamon over the sugar.

Roll it like a Swiss roll from the long edge, and roll it into a tight log. Turn the seam to the bottom. Make a small mark on the log in the middle and then into 4 and again and again until you have the log divided into 16.  Gently cut on the mark without smashing the rolls.  Place the rolls in a square or round pan, I used the 8 x 8 in USA square pan.  Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Bake in t preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Remove and let it cool.

In the meantime make the sugar glaze. Mix all the ingredients listed under the glaze into a small bowl.

Drizzle over the cool cinnamon rolls.

Take another look and tell me if you can resist…

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes?  Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin is super rich in beta-carotene? Your body will convert beta-carotene into vitamin A.  Vitamin A is important for your vision, immune system, teeth, and skin. Moreover, pumpkin contains vitamin C, and dietary fiber which is important for a healthy heart.

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  1. angiesrecipes November 19, 2018 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    These cinnamon rolls look irresistible with that glaze!

  2. lisaiscooking November 12, 2018 at 8:28 AM - Reply

    Yum! These look fantastic. Just what I want for a fall treat.

  3. Inger @ Art of Natural Living November 12, 2018 at 5:23 AM - Reply

    Oh Juliana, I didn’t think cinnamon rolls could get any better, but I think you did it!

  4. Nammi November 9, 2018 at 9:27 PM - Reply

    yummm I love cinnamon rolls. have to give your recipe a try to see the difference of using various roux

  5. Healthy World Cuisine November 8, 2018 at 7:14 AM - Reply

    Wish these delicious rolls came with a diving board on the edge of your pan as we want to dive right in. These are so decadent and sure to be loved by all. Thanks for the inspiration Julianna and wishing you a super week.

  6. Susan November 6, 2018 at 12:22 PM - Reply

    I don’t know why but I stopped receiving updates on your blog posts, Juliana! I’m so sorry I’ve missed the last few posts here. I’m going to try adding your URL to blog favorites again as I don’t see you have an email subscription form to get your posts by email.

    • Juliana November 6, 2018 at 4:38 PM - Reply

      Hi Susan, no worries, I have no idea what has been changed and honestly I am afraid to dig into it as I am still recovering from the trauma of fixing the blog…although I should look into subscription by email. Thank you for stopping by…have a great rest of the week!

  7. Pam November 6, 2018 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    Woo hoo, Juliana! They’re great cinnamon rolls, and not confusing at all; I get what you’re saying about the spices and agree. Nothing beats a gooey cinnamon swirl in baked goods! And I love the beautiful color from the pumpkin puree. They’re perfect for breakfast and any time really. Thanks for the recipe! Have a good week!

  8. Gloria Roa Baker November 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    Juliana I love cinnamon rolls and these look wonderful!!

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