pumpkin cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing


I don’t think I know anyone whose mouth doesn’t water over a fresh, warm cinnamon bun. Add a little pumpkin, and it’s definitely love this fall.

Recipe adapted from Michael Wurm Jr., Inspired by Charm. Thanks Michael.

What you need:

1/4 ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 egg
4 – 5 cups all-purpose flour


1/2 cup butter, softened, plus more for pan
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for pan
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Cream Cheese Icing:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you do:

I know making a dough from scratch can be a little daunting. It is for me anyway. However, I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out to be one of the best doughs I’ve ever worked with. So here we go…

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside. In a stand mixer bowl, add milk, sugar, melted butter, pumpkin puree, spices, salt, and egg. Combine all with a spoon. Attach bowl to stand mixer and attach dough hook. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add the yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour a little at a time, until dough is easy to handle. Knead with the dough hook for approximately 5 minutes. Place the dough in a well-greased bowl and cover. Let it rise until it’s about double in size. This usually takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When it has doubled in size, punch down the dough. On a floured surface, roll dough out into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter out all over the dough. In a small bowl, mix to combine, sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle over the buttered dough. Starting at the 15-inch side, roll up the dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into slices. You should get about 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of your baking pan with butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place the cinnamon bun slices in the pan close together, and let rise for about 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake buns for about 30 minutes or until browned.

While buns are baking, mix cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract until nice and smooth. Spread icing over slightly cooled buns.

These buns are so delicious, they will bring you joy!!

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