Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {no yeast required}

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {no yeast required}

I am giddy with excitement today because I get to finally share this recipe with you.  Some girls get giddy about shoes.  Some girls get giddy about music.  I get giddy about food.

If given $100, I gladly march over to the closest gourmet foods store and spend it before most would get down the produce aisle.  Food is my weakness.  Good food, is my guilty pleasure.

If you don't know I'm a monthly contributor to this blog, and after having making these beauties a month ago, they finally were showcased last week, so now, sitting on pins and needles I get to share them with you.  My readers, my friends and hopefully the makers of these grand ta-da breakfast rolls.

Homemade cinnamon rolls are probably a lost art these days.  Unless your 80, or a foodie geek like me, I'm sure you've never tackled them.

But, wait.

This recipe is SO simple.  It has no yeast.  It requires NO kneading.  My 3 year old could probably make them.  Therefore, I challenge you.  Tuck this little gem of a recipe away and plan them for the morning after Thanksgiving.  

You know the day after we eat a ton and are stuffed to the gills, but still wake up hungry Friday morning? Yeah, that day.  Bring the pan with you in the car on your way to the mall {I'm sure it'd fit nice and snug right between the driver and passenger seat}.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

For the rolls:
2 1/4 cup flour (+ more if dough is too sticky)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup milk
For the filling:
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs of cinnamon
For the frosting:
4 oz of cream cheese; room temperature
1/2 cup (+/-) powdered sugar
Sift together your dry ingredients. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender. Work the butter into pea sized pieces.  Mix in pumpkin puree and milk. If dough is still sticky you can add a tbs of flour at a time until it is easy to work with.  On a floured surface roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a long log. Cut into 1-2 inch thick slices.
Place each roll into a buttered pie plate or cake pan OR into a muffin tin.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until rolls are golden and cooked through.  Allow to cool 15 minutes.  Meanwhile in an electric mixer mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  Pipe frosting onto rolls or slather over the top while warm.

Now that I've drooled all over my computer keys looking at these rolls and my heart is broken realizing I have NONE in the house, I think I'll move on.

I'm at home today preparing for a cooking segment at WQAD this afternoon.  I'm making this recipe.  I'm also going to try and not fumble over my words or cut my pinky off with a knife.

Wish me luck.


  1. Can you make this dough in a food processor? Also, for the frosting do you need just cream cheese, or actually cream cheese frosting like it states? These look so yummy, can't wait to make them! :)

  2. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsOctober 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Hi Sarah! I just stirred the dough by hand in a bowl (it was really easy), but I think a food processor would work as well, just don't overmix. As for the frosting, yes it is just cream cheese. I'll take that "frosting" word out of there!

  3. Cinnamon rolls that require no yeast?! Yes, please! Plus, they are pumpkin. . .my favorite! :)

  4. I think I've died and gone to heaven!! Oh my, these look OUTSTANDING!

  5. Jolene ( 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Oooh, I love that they don't need yeast!

  6. I'm not a yeast kind of girl so these are right up my alley! They look amazing. I just found your blog and so happy I did!

  7. I've been looking for a cinnamon roll recipe that didn't require a bread machine! The fact that these have pumpkin in them is just that much better! I am definitely going to be trying these soon...thanks! :)

  8. wat temperture u bake them at...???

  9. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsJanuary 5, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Good catch! You bake them at 350:)

  10. Great rolls Ally. Everyone loved them!

  11. what oven temp?? Can't locale it anywhere! Will check other recipes to find happy medium..I'm guessing about 350 degrees