These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls are MAGICAL. They use an instant Greek yogurt and self-raising flour dough and take just 40 minutes to make. Perfectly spiced filling, gorgeously ginger cream cheese icing and a soft, simple dough. You’re going to love it.
The only thing that can make cinnamon rolls better is a cinnamon roll recipe that LITERALLY takes 40 minutes from start to finish.
Making cinnamon rolls is such a treat but it can be a lot of work. There’s the enriched brioche dough, which is tricky to make without a stand-mixer, the wait for them to rise (twice) and then the baking time. That whole process takes at least 3 hours, if not more. And sometimes you just want cinnamon rolls quickly!
And honestly, this recipe is killer. The magical Greek yogurt and self-raising flour dough strikes again and works perfectly here. It’s as simple as mixing the dough, rolling it out, filling with an incredible pumpkin spice brown sugar mix, then rolling it up and baking. No kneading, no waiting for it to rise and these buns are SO delicious.
The filling is loaded with a packed homemade pumpkin spice mix (think cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, ginger, cloves and cardamom) and then we’re going in with a very gingery cream cheese frosting once they’re out of the oven. The result is a warming, comforting soft and gooey cinnamon roll that is just as good as the classic.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- It takes just 40 minutes, from start to finish.
- No kneading, no waiting for the rolls to rise.
- You don’t need any fancy equipment.
Along with the magical dough, there are a few key ingredients that spice up the buns and all are easy to find.
- The dough. We’re using my favourite Greek yogurt and self-raising flour dough here. If you don’t have self-raising flour, just use plain flour and add 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
- The filling. We’ll make a quick homemade pumpkin spice mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and all spice, then mix that with softened butter and brown sugar (use white sugar if you can’t find any). If you don’t have some of the spices don’t worry too much – you can get away with leaving a couple out and they’ll still be glorious. Equally, you can use a store-bought pumpkin spice mix.
- The icing. We’re going for a classic cream cheese icing with a twist. That twist is stem ginger in syrup. It adds a delicious, spiced warmed to the icing that perfectly complements the filling. We’ll also need butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract.
PRO TIP: Make sure you’re using a thick Greek yogurt for the dough. It needs to be thick to create a strong dough that’s easy to work with. A thin, natural yogurt won’t work here.
How to make them
Start by making the dough. Add the self-raising flour and Greek yogurt to a bowl and mix to combine. Once it’s formed large, floury lumps, go in with your hands and bring it together into a cohesive dough. Set it aside and cover it with a tea towel while you make the pumpkin spice filling. That’s as easy as mixing your spices with butter and sugar until a paste forms.
Lightly flour a flat surface, then use a rolling pin to roll your dough into a rough rectangle, about 45cm long and 30cm wide. Try to keep the edges even, but don’t worry if they’re not (mine certainly aren’t). Spread the pumpkin spice filling evenly all over the dough, then tightly roll the long side up so you’re left with a long dough sausage. Use a bread knife or serrated knife to cut the sausage into 8 roughly equal pieces. Line a small oven dish or cake tin with baking paper, then pop the pieces inside, leaving a little space in between each. Bake for 30 minutes, until the buns are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
While the buns are baking, make the ginger cream cheese icing. Get the cream cheese, icing sugar and softened butter in a large bowl and use an electric whisk (or use a hand whisk) to whip it into a smooth icing. Add the stem ginger and vanilla extract and whip again until they’re mixed through. Let the buns sit for about 10 minutes before you ice them if you can, then dig in!
Got a question?
Of course! Just use 2 tablespoons of cinnamon in the filling, rather than the pumpkin spice mix. You can leave out the ginger in the icing if you like, but I think it works beautifully with plain cinnamon rolls too.
They will keep well for 3 days in a sealed container at room temperature – pop them in the microwave for about 20 seconds after the first day though, just to freshen them up.
This is most likely due to the yogurt you’ve used. You really need to use a proper, thick Greek yogurt here or the dough will be sloppy, sticky and hard to work with. You can add flour to make it workable, but that will result in a dense and doughy finished product. Natural yogurt won’t cut it here.
Yes! I’ve had great results using a fat free Greek yogurt, just again, make sure it’s still nice and thick.
1 dough, many ways
If you like this recipe, I’ve developed others that use this same, amazing flour and Greek yogurt dough. From quick pizza to cheese and herb scones and bagels, it’s truly incredible what this dough can do.
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If you make these cinnamon rolls, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think.Print