Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m begining to love fall. I think, previous to this year, I always associated fall with school, and that probably made me enjoy it a little less. Now that I’ve graduated fall is allllll good. I love apples, cozy clothes, brisk mornings and PUMPKIN. I personally don’t understand why pumpkin can’t be a year round flavor (just stock up now!), but I guess pumpkin in May just doesn’t sound as good to other people. I suppose it can just be something to look forward to.

Last night Pete and I went to a little potluck get together that was a lot of fun. I take any get together as an opportunity to try a new recipe and get feedback on it. So I tried these pumpkin cinnamon rolls. The feedback I got was, “these are delicious! The frosting is delicious! The frosting may be making me not taste the pumpkin anymore…” So, in other words, make the cream cheese frosting if you would die without cream cheese frosting on your cinnamon rolls. Otherwise, opt for more of a glaze or icing (that I will provide recipes for later) so that the pumpkin in your rolls can really stand out.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
rolls
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or your own combo of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2.25 tsp (one package) dry yeast
2 cups AP or bread flour

filling
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tap cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted butter

Heat milk and butter on a medium temperature just until butter is melted. Take off the heat and allow to cool while you beat together pumpkin, sugar, spices and salt. Slowly incorporate milk mixture, egg and yeast.

Begin to add in flour in 1/4 cup incremints and knead (by hand or in a slow mixer) about 5 minutes until a sticky dough forms.

Grease a large bowl for your dough, cover it and put it in a warm draft-free place for about an hour until doubled.

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Then create a floured surface and roll out your dough into a 12 x 10 inch “rectangle” – its never a perfect rectangle, just dont make a circle, ok?

Pour the melted butter over the dough and spread it out leaving a 1/2 inch boarder. Then sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon. You can combine these ahead of time or just sprinkle them on individually, it really doesnt matter.

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Now starting on one of the long sides, tighly roll up your dough into a nice little log, pinching the edges to close. Some buttery sugar cinnamon mixture may ooze out the ends, just eat it and forget it ever happened.

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Slice the doughy log into 1″ pieces and place in a 11 x 17 baking pan.

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Cover and allow the rolls to rise another 30-45 minutes, during this time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then bake them for 15-20 minutes until the edges just begin to turn golden brown.

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I frosted these with my own cream cheese frosting recipe:
1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (so you can see all the little pretty specks of vanilla bean)
2 cups of powdered sugar

Beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla and slowly add the powdered sugar until you get the consistancy and flavor you like. Then frost those little buggers!

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But due to complaints of not being able to taste all the lovely pumpkininess because of the delicious cream cheesiness, I will provide you with three alternatives to fix this problem.

#1 Basic Glaze
Paula Deen
4 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-6 Tbsp hot water

Combine butter, sugar and vanilla and add hot water until glaze reaches desired consistency.

#2 Maple Coffee Icing
Pioneer Woman Cooks
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp maple flavoring
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp brewed coffee (or 1 Tbso water mixed with 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
Pinch of salt

Just mix everything together and pour!

#3 Caramel Icing
The Girl Who Ate Everything
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Heat butter until melted, stir in brown sugar and milk. Cook on low heat for about 1 minute. Transfer to a mixing bowl to cool an add vanilla, salt, cinnamon and sugar, beat until combined and add powdered sugar to reach desired consistency, pour away!

At least the kitties like my cream cheese frosting… I think…

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