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Overnight Pumpkin Spice Rolls

By Cindy Rahe
Created January 10, 2017
Tender pumpkin-laced dough is swirled with warm spices, baked up into golden buns and then smeared with a nutty brown butter icing.
Overnight Pumpkin Spice Rolls with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing

I don’t know about you, but I start getting the itch for fall baking pretty early on. I begin to dream of the crisp, cool weather and the warm scent of baked goods infusing my home, starting around, oh…July. It takes a lot of willpower to resist smashing open can-after-can of pumpkin, but somehow I manage. But as soon as September rolls around, it is game on! 

When it comes to fall baking, pumpkin is king. I brainstorm ways to incorporate the orange squash into anything and everything I can, and one of my favorite ways is in the form of these tender and decadent overnight rolls, frosted with a brown butter cream cheese icing. They’re pillow-y soft, deliciously spiced, buttery, nutty, tangy rolls that beg for a cozy, leisurely morning spent with people you love and a cup of something warm. Here’s how to make them!

To start, we gather together our dough ingredients.

ingredients for overnight pumpkin spice rolls

Butter gets cut into the dry ingredients.

mixing ingredients

Then we add the wet to the dry and knead it until a ball of dough forms. Then let it rest!

dough in mixing bowl

Once it’s rested and risen, we turn it out. Check out that pumpkin pillow!

dough on floured surface

Introduce your butter to some sugar and spice.

filling for dough

Brush on the butter.

spreading filling on rolled out dough

And then sprinkle with the sugar and spice mix.

cinnamon sugar sprinkled on rolled out dough

Starting with a long edge, we roll it up and pinch the seam.

dough rolled up

Cut the dough roll into fourths.

roll of dough cut into sections

Then cut again, cut into thirds.

sections of dough sliced smaller

Place the rolls into a dish and let them rest in the fridge overnight.

unbaked rolls in baking dish

In the morning, we let them warm up and rise. Puffy and pretty!

rolls raising in baking dish

We bake them and they come out like this…golden, pillow-y and oh-so-very gooey.

baked rolls

Then, we gild that lily and ice them with our Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing.

frosted rolls


Overnight Pumpkin Spice Rolls