Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, sweet, and packed with everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice flavor. Make these cinnamon rolls the night before and pop them in the oven on a cozy autumn morning for a breakfast the whole family will love. 

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Fall is undeniably my favorite season of the year. 

From the cozy sweaters and apple picking to enjoying warm cups of spiced apple cider while snuggled up under a blanket, fall is the best. 

And when else can we enjoy my favorite pumpkin spice treats without our friends and family thinking we’re weird? 

Whether it’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, or pumpkin cookies, you guys know that I go through more cans of pumpkin puree and more batches of pumpkin pie spice than I can count every fall. 

Another of my favorite fall traditions is making special breakfasts on the weekends. There are few things more special than pulling a hot breakfast from the oven on a cool fall Saturday morning and kicking off the day with Eric and Elle around the breakfast table.

Overnight cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite fall breakfast options: I assemble the rolls the night before and bake them in the morning. Then the rolls are ready for my family to grab, along with a cup of coffee (or even a homemade pumpkin spice latte) or orange juice, whenever they roll out of bed.

Seeing my little family gathered around the breakfast table in their pajamas enjoying their homemade cinnamon rolls is a sight that warms my heart and makes me so grateful for this beautiful season, as cheesy as it sounds.

So when I can combine my love of cozy fall breakfasts with pumpkin spice? That’s just the best. 

This year, my family is asking for these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls on repeat. 

And what can I say? I give the people what they want.

Frosted pumpkin spice cinnamon roll on a white plate with a cup of coffee in the background

PUMPKIN SPICE CINNAMON ROLLS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

These Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls use a homemade cinnamon roll recipe as the base, but are given a fall-friendly makeover by adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the filling. 

The pumpkin adds a silky texture to the filling and helps keep the rolls moist, while the pumpkin pie spice shines with warm spices like cloves and ginger. 

Pan of baked and frosted pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls on a countertop next to a dish towel

I wanted to give these cinnamon rolls a pumpkin roll feel, so once they came out of the oven, I slathered them with sweet cream cheese frosting. 

Sweet pumpkin, warm fall spices, tangy cream cheese frosting…could there be anything better? These rolls seriously scream comfort food. 

Hand pouring wet ingredients into dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl for pumpkin spice cinnamon roll dough. A white bowl of pumpkin filling is in the background

HOW TO MAKE OVERNIGHT CINNAMON ROLLS

Look, I know how mornings go. I need at least 2 cups of coffee to function enough to bake anything before 10 am.

Lucky for you, these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are really easy to make. If you thought homemade cinnamon rolls were a hassle to make – think again.

Overhead view of pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls in a baking dish before rising

These are made using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, which is my go-to yeast for two reasons:

First, you don’t have to rehydrate the yeast in water before using it. You just add it right into the dry ingredients, so it’s super easy to use. 

Second, this instant yeast only requires one rise, which saves tons of time. This particular recipe only needs one 10-minute rest and one full rise, which can be done in the refrigerator overnight.

Preparing your overnight cinnamon rolls can be broken down into a few simple steps:

  • Make the dough
  • Let the dough rest for 10 minutes
  • Roll the dough into a rectangle
  • Add the filling
  • Starting from one of the long sides, roll the dough tightly into a log
  • Slice into 12 even pieces and place in a greased baking dish
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight

Now, go to bed and get some rest! You work hard and you deserve it.

Overhead view of sliced pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls after rising, before baking

In the morning, let the rolls sit at room temperature for 30-40 minutes while the oven preheats. 

I like to only let my Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls cool for about 10 minutes after they come out of the oven before I top them with the cream cheese frosting. I like the frosting to get nice and melty into the swirls of the rolls.

Baking pan of frosted pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls on a marble counter next to a dish towel

If you prefer a more distinct layer of frosting, though, you could wait for the rolls to cool more before frosting them.

And don’t worry – you can make these all the same day if you prefer! Just let the shaped rolls rise for about an hour in the pan before baking them instead of popping them in the fridge.

But since I can’t function well before I’ve had my coffee, I’ll personally stick with making the dough the night before. 

Frosted pumpkin spice cinnamon roll on a white plate with a coffee cup in the background

CAN I FREEZE HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS?

If you have a big family, you might not find yourself with any leftover cinnamon rolls on your hands. But even if there’s just a few of you in the house, you can still make yourself a batch of Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls to enjoy in the morning and freeze the leftovers for later.

Hands placing a pan of frosted pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls on a marble countertop

To freeze any leftover rolls, just wrap each roll in plastic wrap and toss them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag before putting them in the freezer.

When you’re ready to enjoy a roll, just grab one from the freezer, unwrap, and microwave for 30-60 seconds until nice and warm.

Trust me, you’ll be so happy to have a warm, gooey, homemade Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll on a random chilly morning. There’s really nothing better.

White plate with a pumpkin spice cinnamon roll next to a cup of coffee, with a package of yeast in the foreground
Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, sweet, and packed with everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice flavor. Make these cinnamon rolls the night before and pop them in the oven on a cozy autumn morning for a breakfast the whole family will love. 

Ingredients

For the dough

For the filling

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

For the frosting

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.
  2. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball. 
  3. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. While dough rests, prepare the filling: Combine sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, stopping at least 1/2-inch from the edges on the long sides. 
  6. Beginning at the long end of the rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 equal pieces.  
  7. Place, cut sides down, in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. 

To bake immediately:

  1. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour .
  2. Bake in a preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.

To bake the next day:

  1. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning, remove pan from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before frosting.

For the frosting: 

  1. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk ½ tablespoon at a time until frosting is desired consistency. Frost rolls.
  2. Refrigerate any leftover rolls.

Notes

TIP:  Use unflavored dental floss instead of a knife to cut the rolls. To do this, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice. 

This recipe can be easily made by hand if you don’t have an electric mixer.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 600Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 43mgSodium 272mgCarbohydrates 111gFiber 3gSugar 30gProtein 12g

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