The perfect way to celebrate the fall season, this single serve pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls recipe features a soft, pumpkin-flavored cinnamon roll dough that’s stuffed with a sweet spiced filling, and topped with a creamy frosting. Ready in about 30 minutes, it’s perfect for a sweet breakfast treat or an after-dinner dessert!
Have you ever been in the mood for a warm, freshly baked cinnamon roll but can’t be bothered to go through the effort of making a batch from scratch, and pre-made varieties just won’t do? Yeah, me too. However, instead of just settling for an alternative and hoping the craving would pass, I made this single serve cinnamon roll recipe!
But I didn’t stop there! I also infused it with warm notes of pumpkin spice. The end result is a perfectly fluffy glazed pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe that’s better than even your favorite local bakery. It’s perfect for crisp, cozy mornings and tastes even better when paired with a pumpkin spice latte. Just be warned that you might want to go ahead and make two because these pumpkin cinnamon rolls tend to disappear fast!
- Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- What is a single-serve cinnamon Roll?
- Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients & Notes
- Can I Make This Homemade Cinnamon Roll Vegan?
- Can I Make Them Gluten Free?
- Single Serving Cinnamon Roll Step-by-Step Instructions
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Variations
- Expert Tips
- Can I Make a Single Serve Cinnamon Roll Ahead of Time?
- How to Store Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- Nut free and dairy free-friendly
- Made with simple ingredients
- Ready to eat in about 30 minutes
- Infused with protein
- Perfect to enjoy with your own or share with loved ones
What is a single-serve cinnamon Roll?
As the name suggests, a single-serve cinnamon roll is a bakery-style treat made just for one. However, I have found that when I make this solo pumpkin spice cinnamon roll, I end up sharing it with my husband or making it a family afar and letting my toddler dive in too. It can honestly serve anywhere from 1 - 4 depending on if you want a little taste or a “treat yo-self” moment.
Because half the fun of cinnamon rolls is making the dough and rolling it out, this would be a fun recipe for the entire family. Given that it only takes about half an hour from start to finish, we plan to make it for Christmas morning, and all of us will make our own!
Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients & Notes
- Pumpkin puree - Use pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. You can find it in a can in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
- Greek Yogurt - The unique flavor profile and acidity of plain unsweetened Greek yogurt creates truly irresistible cinnamon rolls that are extra fluffy, super soft, and made with more protein than found in standard recipes. Feel free to use a dairy free yogurt if needed.
- Vanilla extract - Use high-quality pure vanilla extract, not imitation varieties.
- Maple syrup - This is how we sweeten the cinnamon roll dough without the need for refined sugar. Substitute honey, if desired.
- All-purpose flour - You can substitute a 1:1 gluten-free flour if needed. Just be sure to add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the yogurt if you do!
- Pumpkin spice - I use a pre-made blend, but you could also make your own with a combination of ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon cloves.
- Butter - You can also use dairy free butter or coconut oil.
- Coconut sugar - To give a touch of sweetness to the filling.
- Pumpkin spice - Again, I use a pre-made blend, but you can also make your own.
- Cream cheese - Make sure it's room temperature. It needs to be soft in order to mix well with other ingredients and create a silky-smooth consistency. Dairy free cream cheese can be substituted.
- Powdered sugar - Used to sweeten the icing, melting into the rest of the ingredients.
- Pumpkin spice - To tie the flavor of the pumpkin cinnamon rolls in with the icing.
- Vanilla extract - A little goes a long way to enhance the flavor of the rest of the ingredients.
- Milk - Use whatever milk you have on hand and like best.
Can I Make This Homemade Cinnamon Roll Vegan?
Yes! Because this single serve pumpkin spice cinnamon roll has minimal ingredients, it’s very easy to make vegan. Simply use a dairy free yogurt for the dough and use a dairy free butter or even coconut oil in place of the butter in the filling.
Can I Make Them Gluten Free?
This recipe can be made gluten free by substituting the flour with gluten free 1:1 flour. You will also need to add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the yogurt mixture as well.
Single Serving Cinnamon Roll Step-by-Step Instructions
These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls are the easiest cinnamon roll recipe you’ll ever make! You’ll just need a few bowls, a large ramekin or mug, and it’ll be ready in no time.
Step 1: Form the dough. Add the wet ingredients including the pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup to a bowl, and stir to combine.
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients, and mix well until a large ball of dough forms.
Step 2: Shape the dough. Lightly flour a flat surface, and knead the dough until it’s soft and not sticky. You may need to add a few extra tablespoons of flour!
Next, use a rolling pin or a jar to roll the dough out into a long rectangle. Then, use a knife or pizza cutter to slice the rectangle in half so you’re left with 2 long strips of dough.
Step 3: Add the filling. Use a pastry brush or butter knife to spread the butter evenly over the pieces of dough. Whisk the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl, and sprinkle the mixture over the butter.
Step 4: Bake the single serve pumpkin cinnamon roll. Roll one of the pieces of dough into a spiral shape. Then, place the spiral on the end of the other piece of dough, and roll again.
Transfer the cinnamon roll to a greased ramekin or mug, and bake it in the oven until it’s fluffy and the top is golden.
Step 5: Prepare the icing. While the cinnamon roll is baking, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until the mixture is thick yet still runny. Add a tiny splash of milk as needed.
Spread the icing over the pumpkin cinnamon roll while it’s warm, and enjoy!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Variations
You can really switch up the filling in this homemade pumpkin spice cinnamon roll recipe. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make it your own:
- Add some chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts to the filling.
- Swap the filling with a chocolate spread like SunButter in this recipe.
- Add some chai flavoring by swapping the pumpkin spice in the dough, filling, and icing with chai spice.
- Make sure to use real pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. They are very different. The only ingredient in pumpkin puree should be pumpkin.
- Incorporate the pumpkin puree into the yogurt really well. This prevents chunks of pumpkin from being baked in the dough.
- Be patient with the dough. It takes a few minutes of kneading in the flour mixture for a ball of dough to form.
- Be sure to flour your surface before rolling out the dough. This makes it easier to roll it up.
Can I Make a Single Serve Cinnamon Roll Ahead of Time?
Even though this recipe doesn’t call for yeast or any “resting time” for the dough, you can make it ahead of time. Prepare the recipe as directed and wrap some plastic wrap around the ramekin before baking. Store the cinnamon roll in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
When ready to enjoy, let it thaw at room temperature to take the chill off while the oven is preheating. Then bake as directed and enjoy! Keep in mind, that it may need an extra minute or two to bake in the oven.
How to Store Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
Because this is a single serving recipe, I don’t recommend storing it. If you need to though, wrap some plastic wrap around the ramekin and store it in the fridge. Heat it back up in the microwave in 10-second increments until warm, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Adding flavor to the dough and the filling is a great way to level up traditional cinnamon rolls!
Absolutely! This is a great way to spice up a cinnamon roll recipe and add a pumpkin flavor.
If your cinnamon rolls turn out hard, it’s likely because they were over-kneaded, too much flour was added, or they were overbaked. Try to knead the dough just until it is combined and no longer tacky, use a food scale to measure the ingredients, and keep a close eye on your oven to prevent this from happening!
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Single Serve Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll
- 4 Mixing Bowls
- 1 Rolling Pin or Jar
- 1 Greased Ramekin or Large Mug
For the dough
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoon greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ cup flour - see notes for gf option
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
For the filling
- 1 tablespoon butter - softened
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
For the icing
- 2 tablespoon cream cheese - sub. dairy free if needed
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Tiny splash of milk of choice - if needed
- Add the pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup to a bowl and stir well to combine.¼ cup pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoon greek yogurt, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- Add the flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and sea salt to the bowl and mix well until a large ball of dough forms. The dough may be a little sticky at first which is okay.½ cup flour, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Lightly flour a flat surface and knead the dough until it’s soft and not sticky. This may require another 3 tablespoon flour.
- Use a rolling pin or a jar to roll the dough out into a long rectangle (about 3 - 4 inches wide and 9 - 12 inches long is best). Use a knife or pizza cutter to slice the rectangle in half so you’re left with 2 long strips of dough.
- Use a pastry brush or a butter knife to spread the butter over the two pieces of dough.1 tablespoon butter
- Add the pumpkin spice and coconut sugar to a small bowl and mix. Sprinkle the mixture over the buttered pieces of dough.1 tablespoon coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- Roll up one of the pieces of dough into a spiral shape. Then place the spiral on the end of the other piece of dough and roll again (think of a little cinnamon roll inside of a bigger cinnamon roll!).
- Place the cinnamon roll in a greased ramekin or mug and bake in the oven for 18 - 20 minutes until the dough on top is golden.
- While the cinnamon roll is baking, make the icing by mixing together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until thick yet runny. Add a tiny splash of milk if needed. The icing should be able to coat the back of a spoon. Spread the icing over the cinnamon roll while it’s still warm and enjoy!2 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, Tiny splash of milk of choice, ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice