Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

These cardamom pumpkin rolls are a wonderful way to usher in autumn flavors!

Cardamom Pumpkin RollsOver the weekend, I finally finished watching the last season of Downton Abbey. I’m a bit sad that the show is over. I really enjoyed peeking into the lives of the Crawley family. As with every season, the last episode took place around Christmas/New Year’s.

It got me very excited for the upcoming holiday season. Even though I think it’s still a bit early to be introducing all things pumpkin in our diets, here I am sharing these cardamon pumpkin rolls.

(Yesterday we got a taste of taste of autumn in Los Angeles. It was chilly enough to wear pants and a jacket. That’s definitely a reason to celebrate with pumpkin!)

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

These cardamom pumpkin rolls start off like any standard cinnamon roll dough recipe. This only difference is the addition of pumpkin puree in the dough.

While the pumpkin flavor isn’t very prominent in the dough, the puree does add a wonderful soft and fluffy texture to the baked dough.

To up the pumpkin flavor, the filling is made with pumpkin puree, sugar, ground cardamom, and a tiny touch of ground cinnamon.

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

I can’t exaggerate enough how soft and pillowy these cardamom pumpkin rolls are.

I can’t wait to experiment with other purees in other bread recipes. I’m thinking sweet potato rolls, potato dinner rolls, taro buns…

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Pumpkin Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 4 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature

Pumpkin Cardamom Filling:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cardamom Cream Cheese:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch fine sea salt


  1. DOUGH: Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add teaspoon of sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble and activate.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together yeast mixture, milk, brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and pumpkin puree. Whisk salt in flour. Add 2 cups of flour to mixing bowl. Use the dough hook attachment to mix together. Add another cup of flour. Continue to knead on low speed until adding softened butter one tablespoon at a time. Add remaining flour and knead until dough is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl.

  3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about an hour until dough has doubled in volume.

  4. Punch dough risen dough. Transfer to a clean working surface. Roll dough into a 20 x 14-inch rectangle.

  5. FILLING: In a small bowl, mix together softened butter and pumpkin puree. In another small bowl, whisk together sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon. Spread butter mixture over dough. Sprinkle spiced sugar mixture on top.

  6. Starting at the long side, roll dough into a log. Slice log into 12 equal parts. Place rolls in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan (quarter sheet pan size). Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature to allow rolls to rise.

  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and the internal temperature of the rolls reach 185 degrees F. Allow rolls to rest for 5-7 minutes to cool slightly before frosting.

  8. CREAM CHEESE: Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until smooth. Spread over warm rolls.

Recipe Notes

REHEATING NOTES: To keep the rolls moist, place a glass of water in the microwave along with the bread roll. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until bread is warm. The glass of water helps prevent the bread from drying out.

All images and text ©The Little Epicurean

Cardamom Pumpkin Rolls

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heather (delicious not gorgeous)

i was anti-fall… and then i woke up this morning, and promptly spent the day under a blanket on the couch. and even when i finally ventured outside, it was breezy and dare i say cold?! aka, my body is ready for pumpkin, and these sound perfect!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Thanks! Those few days of autumn weather last week is enough to get me excited about cooler temps and spiced desserts!

carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Wow! These rolls look perfect! :) Love this fall twist with the pumpkin & cardamom.


Fall is definitely my favorite season, and these look like the perfect way to celebrate!

Meg @ With Salt and Wit

I want these on my counter this weekend!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Those look absolutely perfect and that touch of cardamom is pure heaven!

Stephanie @ Velez Delights

Looks delicious! :)

Michelle De La Cerda

These look so incredibly fluffy and soft. I love cinnamon rolls ALL time of year.

Jessica | The Novice Chef

These look divine! Love that you added cardamom!

Cathy Trochelman

These are speaking to me! I want one…or two….with a cup of coffee ASAP!


This is my dream breakfast. Cozy spices and earthy pumpkin…and ICING!


Could you convert me this recipe to grams? Or how much ml is in one cup (that you’re using). Thank you :)


Would it be possible to make the dough up until the point of forming the rolls and then leaving in the fridge over night? I’ve done this is the past with other dough recipes but am unsure with the pumpkin the in the dough. Please advise – making them for Saturday morning! :D

    Maryanne Cabrera

    I haven’t tried it with this recipe, but I’m fairly certain you can let the dough proof overnight in the fridge before rolling. Happy baking!

    Michele Carneiro

    Made them! I did let them sit in the fridge over night and the came out beautiful! Slam dunk! Thank you for a the awesome recipe!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    That’s wonderful to hear! So glad it turned out well! :)


These rolls are the bombdiggity! I alwa;ys could take or leave cinnamon rolls, but I LOVE these. I have a half can of pumpkin puree left so if I don’t find another recipe that uses the rest of the pumpkin puree I’ll be making a second batch of these soft orange colored rolls. Thank you for the recipe Maryanne.


Question, after I cut the rolled dough into 12 pieces can I freeze them to bake later?

    Maryanne Cabrera

    The cut rolls can be put in the fridge overnight to slow down the yeast and then baked the following day. I don’t suggest freezing it. If you would like to keep for longer storage- bake the rolls then cool to room temperature. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and foil. Then, freeze for up to a month. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

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