Who likes a cinnamon roll on a cool crisp fall morning? Cora always inspires me to want to make baked goods for breakfast especially on those slow days. Well, this recipe was a breath taking recipe. I’m saying that because it was definitely one where I was kind of going blind, going by faith. And you know what just humbles my socks off? God, by His infinite mercy, saw fit that this recipe would be a success! My sister loved it, and it was the first go-around.
Confession: I probably don’t test recipes more than once, but I think I need to start doing that so I can hone my allergy free baking, because I have quite a few flopped recipes (that I ate), but they weren’t good enough for anybody else.
With this recipe I decided to stay on the safe side. The safe side means that I decided to work with wheat flour, a flour I know well for a super fun Bloggers Gonna Blog Friendsgiving and my very first time linking up with Priya, Ellen, and Blondes Have More Run for their ‘Fall Produce Challenge.’ I think today is the ‘pumpkin’ day, because I eyed some delicious chocolate chip pumpkin muffins from Ellen on her Instagram.
This recipe includes some of my very favorite things. It’s not low calorie or low anything, but it definitely contained so much joy and fun making it. I loved kneading the dough for the rolls. Watching the dough rise in the oven, rolling the rolls, licking my fingers (and then washing them) and eating … 2 of them later in the evening all made the whole experience such an incredible blessing.
Nehemiah 9:31 just kind of expresses what I’ve been thinking about lately, especially after a couple days of really struggling with complaining and being ungrateful, ‘Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.’
God’s mercies are simply beyond my small comprehension. Pumpkin rolls, time with sisters, awesome link-ups with bloggers, and I’m just filled to bursting. 🙂
What does this recipe include?
Brown Cow Cream Top Maple Yogurt – Everyone this is my family’s FAVORITE yogurt. God made that milk with cream on it for a reason, and this yogurt highlights that cream!
Pumpkin – Fresh pumpkin from one of our brothers in church! 🙂
Let me tell you a little bit about a recovery experience that I had the day I made these rolls.
You see, I was feeling really guilty for eating 2 of the rolls, but I was reminded that life is SO MUCH more than food. It’s so much more than calories. My life has been bought with the precious blood of Jesus and He didn’t buy my life with His own death so that I could be obsessed with food or money or anything like that…. He bought me to be God’s child, God’s daughter, to live with joy and hope and anticipation of tomorrow and the future and HEAVEN!
Isn’t that glorious?
Life is so much more than calories. We were made for so much more!!!!
And while we are counting God’s many mercies and blessings, I want to just say that I’m so grateful for blogging friends again. I never imagined that you could make such good friends over blogging, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of saying that the people are one of the best parts of blogging. So if you have never left a comment, I would always love to hear from you, because your voice is SO SO valued.
But… Ellen, who has never met me, sent me this really sweet package last week (on the day that I made these rolls). The package included:
Wow… Wow. Wow!
Now let’s get into that pumpkiny soft deliciousness. . .
It also includes some brown sugar, more yogurt, yeast, flour, and …
PEANUT BUTTER. (You knew I had to include it)
And since I can never think of a more creative intro to a recipe, I’ll just say, ‘VOILA!’
Pumpkin Maple Cinnamon Rolls with Creamy Icing
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Soft Pumpkin flavored cinnamon rolls with a hint of maple and a creamy, silky icing.
- 2 tsp. yeast
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 cup warm water (100 degrees)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c. pumpkin
- 3/4 c. Brown Cow Maple Yogurt
- 4-5 cups flour
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or your own that's been cooked till really soft)
- 1/3 cup yogurt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 tbsp. butter (melted) (Divide in half)
- 2/3 c. brown sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- Prepare 2 13x9 pans by lightly greasing them with butter, cooking spray or coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for about 10 minutes for the yeast to come alive! Whisk in peanut butter and pumpkin till smooth. Add the egg and mix again. Start adding the flour, cup by cup, until your dough comes together in a soft dough (that's not sticky but not hard). It should be really pliable. Knead for about 1 minute. Then put in a warm place (a pre-warmed and shut off) oven to rise. I'm in Colorado so it rose for about 30-45 minutes.
- While that is rising, prepare your filling. Whisk together the pumpkin and yogurt and cinnamon. Set aside. Take your dough out. Flour your board REALLY well. Then divide the dough in half. Roll one half into a long rectangle. Spread 2 tbsp. of melted butter on it and then half of the pumpkin yogurt mixture. (Seriously it is worth all the work!) Sprinkle with 1/3 c. of brown sugar or coconut sugar. Roll tightly and cut into 2 inch cinnamon rolls. Place in the pan, about one inch apart from each other. Let rise in warm place again for about 30 minutes.
- Repeat this with the other half of the dough. You will have 2, 13x9 pans of cinnamon rolls. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, depending on how doughy you like your rolls.
- Whisk the frosting ingredients together, and you can enjoy these DELICIOUS rolls as soon as they are cool enough to eat! 🙂
Sigh… Cinnamon rolls are one of our family’s favorite things to have on Christmas morning. <3 Now I have a new variety that we can share together as we remember and thank God for sending Jesus Christ to the world to save and seek the lost.
Now let’s remind you that I am not the only one in the ‘Friendsgiving’ link-up for the Bloggers Gonna Blog gals. You should see many other DELICIOUS (and I’ve tried many recipes from many of these girls over the year) looking recipes. I’m hoping to have a new Thanksgiving repertoire for the family this year! <3
And I’m kind of breaking the rules of blogging by piling one post on top of another, but… if you want to read the post I posted just a couple hours ago I talked about ‘Why I fear failure and Why I Shouldn’t.‘
So… tell me:
1) Do you like cinnamon rolls?
2) Do you ever just stop and realize how blessed you are?
3) Have you ever had pumpkin cinnamon rolls before?
4) What do you do for Thanksgiving? What are you SUPER DUPER thankful for this year?
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