Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns

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Every August, when it’s blazing hot outside in Texas (today: 108° feels like 113°), I start thinking about holiday cooking. What to have, what to try, what to tweak.

I’ve had this recipe on my mind for a few weeks now and just as it started feeling like the innards of an oven outside, I turned on my oven inside.

Everybody sweat!

Seriously, though.  These badboys were worth it.

Rise and Shine, mah babies!

Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns


Hello, Luva…

Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns

As is my M.O., I doubled the batch and froze the extras.

This recipe is good for a special breakfast, an afternoon snack or even dessert.  While they are made with pumpkin, the pumpkin taste is very very subtle.

Try them and let me know what you think.


Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns

Serving Size: 12 servings (serving size:1 bun)


  • Buns:
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Cooking spray
  • Streusel:
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk, half and half or cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. To prepare the buns, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour, pumpkin, and next 5 ingredients (pumpkin through nutmeg); beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of the remaining 3/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
  4. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into the dough. If an indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
  5. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  6. Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Roll up the rectangle tightly, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal.
  7. Cut roll into 12 (1-inch) slices. Place slices in a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 25 minutes or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°.
  9. Bake the rolls at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
  10. To prepare the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and vanilla extract in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over buns. Serve warm.


From Cooking Light October 2001


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  1. The name of these rolls alone is inspiring and your photos look scrumptious! Really–the flavors of pumpkin combined with cinnamon and streusel…you just can’t lose in my book.
    : )

  2. I love almost anything pumpkin. I’m very glad I found this I stock up on pumpkin puree for recipies like this. I have a link party on wednesday and would loved if you stopped by and shared this.

  3. Definitely a keeper recipe! I cannot wait to try these!

  4. Love it. I totally understand the limited oven use when it’s crazy hot.

    Thanks for linking up at Tell Us Tuesday!!

    Lauren @ muchadoaboutsomethin.com

  5. Melanie (Reasons to Skip The Housework) says

    These look awesome for breakfast OR lunch OR dinner! HA! YUM! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!
    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

  6. Yummo! I love baking with pumpkin and those look delicious!

  7. Courtney @ One Fine Wire says

    This looks superbly scrumptious!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tell Us Tuesday – we hope you come back again next week!

  8. I’m the same way, for some reason, when August comes to South Texas, I want to bake. But I try to resist the urge to turn my oven on until around October. I love anything with pumpkin and these look delicious.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      What is wrong with us?! Today, again, my oven gets turned on….but Sweet E and Boy and Girl are coming. Can’t have store-bought sweets…CAN’T!

  9. Jenny@thelavendermagnolia says

    They look AMAZING. I like almost everything pumpkin, and I LOVE cinnamon rolls, so this should be divine! Can’t wait to try.

    Thanks for sharing on TT&J.


  10. I will be featuring these next Friday!

  11. Wow, these sound so good. It is about time to start pulling all of those pumpkin recipes out isn’t it?

  12. Carrie This Home says

    These look so good! I can’t wait for fall so I can make pumpkin recipes of all kinds!
    Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a great week!

  13. Oh yes ma’am! I’m pinning these – and I just make make a batch tomorrow! 😀

  14. YUM!

  15. These look delicious! Pinning!

  16. I should totally make these the next time our no-cinnamon kiddo is at Grandma’s for the weekend…

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I also have a cinnamon scone post coming. They’re in the freezer, yet I manage to eat them without any problem. #thislittlepiggy

  17. Kat Curling says

    ok… just drooled on the keyboard haha.

  18. Cara @ Craftdictator says

    These look awesome! I’m going to pin them right now! I’m coming over from TXWB!

  19. Oh man….these look so yummy!! Pinning!!!


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