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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting

August 31, 2014
Amazing homemade yeast cinnamon rolls with pumpkin and topped with stove top salted caramel frosting - the perfect fall twist to a classic breakfast and brunch favorite!

I have been, and always will be, a pumpkin fanatic. By that I mean I could eat the stuff year round. Usually when cans of pumpkin go on sale sometime in the fall, I majorly stock up. I think last year I had something like 12 cans at least on my pantry shelves that I keep in the basement.

I opened up the very last can of pumpkin this past weekend to make these babies - and OH MAN was I not disappointed!

Honestly, I knew immediately I wanted to share them with you ASAP. But in reality - school literally just started, we're at the very beginning of September, and while I could consume loads of pumpkin desserts year-round, I wasn't so sure you were ready yet! 

My solution? A good old fashioned Facebook poll. Ok, well maybe Facebook polls around exactly old fashioned, but nevertheless it worked! I asked out of the three amazing recipes I have to share with you this week, which one would you like to see first? You're looking at it now! But don't worry those of you that voted for the other recipes, stick around this week - you WON'T be disappointed!

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect way to welcome in the fall season. If you've never made anything with yeast before, it's really not all that hard - I'm definitely not an expert, but if you have questions please ask in the comments below. Whatever you do, do NOT skip the salted caramel frosting - it's simply amazing!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

For the cinnamon rolls:

3 1/4 cups flour, divided
2 1/4 teaspoons (1/4 oz package) active dry yeast
1/2 cup pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the salted caramel frosting:

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour and yeast, set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, salt, and two tablespoons butter. Heat on medium low heat, being careful not to boil, until very warm (about 120-130 degrees) - the butter will be almost melted and should be very hot, but not burning, to the touch. Pour pumpkin mixture along with the beaten egg over the flour in the stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on medium speed until mixture is wet. Gradually add remaining 1 3/4 cup flour while mixer is on medium speed. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour if needed, the dough should be pulling away from the sides and the bowl should be almost clean. Keep the mixer on medium speed and knead for 8 minutes. Turn dough out into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for one hour or until doubled. Punch dough down and roll out onto a floured surface into a large rectangle, about 12 x 10 inches. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and spread over dough, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up starting with the long side as tightly as possible and slice into 12 slices. Place slices cut side down in a 9 x 13 baking pan and allow to rise 30 minutes, covered. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, cool completely. For frosting, melt butter over medium low heat. Stir in brown sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt. Continue to cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in confectioner's sugar. Drizzle over rolls. From Taste of Home.

Ok, ok, I know that seems like a BOAT LOAD of instructions - but really I just wanted to be as specific as possible. These babies are delicious, addicting, and worth every bit of effort I'm telling you!! Seriously, one of these rolls warmed with a hot cup of coffee enjoying a chilly fall morning. Perfection!

Here are some more of my favorite fall recipes:

Autumn Cheesecake Dip

Sugar Free Honey Clove Applesauce

Pumpkin Apple Butter

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17 comments on "Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting"
  1. These are fabulous! I made these today as soon as I saw your link on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. I sew, so not a whole lot of knowledge with baking and these turned out perfectly! Thank you!

  2. I LOVE how orange they are! I have never had a pumpkin cinnamon roll, but that VERY clearly needs to change! Pinning!

  3. Yeah for Pumpkins!! Loving the gorgeous orange color of these. Its the perfect way to usher in the fall season! YUM!

  4. If you were to have asked me Friday if I'm ready for pumpkin recipes I would have said no. However like clockwork, the temperatures have cooled over the weekend. It's rained daily and now my answer is 'Yes; now please!' LOVE these!

  5. These look scrumptious. I think it is time for me to use my last bag of frozen pumpkin goop from last year.

  6. these look yummy! Pinned for later;-)

  7. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Thanks so much for the pin!

  8. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Yes I would agree, this is the perfect way to use that goodness up!

  9. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Haha, see I must have known Toni! ;)

  10. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Isn't the bright color of pumpkin just wonderful? I'm ready for sweater weather now!

  11. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I know me too Taylor, it's so fun!

  12. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomSeptember 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Oh I'm so glad Shirleanne! I usually don't get along very well with yeast myself, but this one was an easy one - I had to share! Enjoy!

  13. Oh man.. these look amazing! Im a pumpkin fanatic too! I love trying new recipes.. can't wait to try this one!

  14. I am so ready for fall and pumpkin season:) These look so delicious, especially with the salted caramel frosting. Yum!

  15. Wow, these look amazing. Pinning!
    Found you at Creativity Unleashed!

  16. I made these last week using my bread machine. The dough turned out a beautiful color. I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon in the dough. I did not care for the frosting and if I make this again, I will use the frosting that someone recommended in the reviews on the Taste of Home page.

  17. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomNovember 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed them Melissa! I think you have to REALLY like salted caramel for the frosting, so you can certainly trade that for a different frosting if you like. Enjoy!