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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Super soft and ooey-gooey Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with a lovely cream cheese frosting! Makes a great holiday brunch or anytime treat!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter pumpkin cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 289 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast (1 packet)
  • ¾ cup Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, warmed to 110 degrees F
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • For filling:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • For the frosting:
  • 4 oz light plain cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk


  1. Place butter in small sauce pan over medium high heat. Butter will begin to melt, foam, and crackle. Whisk continuously until butter begins to brown and smell similar to caramel. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool for a few minutes while you make the dough. If you aren’t sure how to brown butter, check out my step by step photo instructions here.
  2. In bowl of an electric mixture, add warm milk, yeast, and 1/3 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. While the yeast is activating, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Once the milk is a bit foamy from the yeast add in ½ of the flour mixture, along with the pumpkin puree, egg, and cooled brown butter; stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Then add in the rest of the flour and stir again until just combined. Place dough hook on your mixer and run on medium-low speed for about 8 minutes. Alternatively you can knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes.
  4. Grease a large bowl with oil or cooking spray. Add dough and turn over, making sure to coat it all with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, then place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients: ¼ cup softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Once dough is doubled in size, place onto a large surface dusted with flour. Punch dough down and roll into a 15x9 inch rectangle. Spread butter and cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough leaving a ½ inch border. Beginning at the 15 inch side, roll up tightly and pinch edges together to seal. Using a serrated knife, gently cut into 12 slices.
  6. Grease the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan or 8x11 with butter or cooking spray (don’t skimp). Place cinnamon roll slices in pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for 30-45 minutes or until dough doubles in size. At this point you can decide if you want to bake them now or later. If later, you can stick them in the refrigerator overnight (covered well). When you are ready to bake the rolls, simply take them out of the 30 minutes prior to baking and bring to room temperature.
  7. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes. While cooling, make the frosting by combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Spread evenly over warm rolls. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make these ahead of time, make them up until the point that you would have them rise a second time. Stick unbaked rolls in the refrigerator overnight (covered well). When you are ready to bake the rolls, simply take them out of the 30 minutes prior to baking and bring to room temperature, then bake according to directions.

Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 44.8g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18.9g21%
Protein 5.6g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.