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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Moist and tender Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls with a cinnamon-pecan filling and a sweet sugar glaze will really hit the spot for a lazy weekend breakfast. Mashed sweet potatoes give the rolls a beautiful orange hue and also add to the flavor.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll on a plate.

I’m crazy about using sweet potatoes in anything and everything, especially this time of year. Recently I made Sweet Potato Rolls and had plenty of dough left over to do something else with. Cinnamon rolls immediately came to mind. I hadn’t made them since making Strawberry Sweet Rolls.

I rolled the dough out and spread it with a combination of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Next I rolled the dough up and cut it into slices.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls before rising.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls after rising.

After letting the rolls rise until doubled in bulk, I baked them for just 20 minutes and drizzled them with a simple powdered sugar glaze for a little more sweetness.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls  and bowl full of sweet potatoes.

And boy of boy, what a delicious breakfast. Yes cinnamon rolls are a little time consuming to make, but if you enjoy baking, it is time well spent. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls are a great way to get a fall day started.

Why Are My Cinnamon Rolls Not Fluffy?

There are a number of reasons your cinnamon rolls might not be fluffy.

  • Make sure you are using fresh yeast that hasn’t expired.
  • Careful that the liquid you add to it isn’t too hot. It shouldn’t be above 115 degrees F.
  • Let the dough have enough time to rise. It could take longer than the recommended time, especially if your house is cool.
  • You may have added too much flour. The dough should be a little sticky.
Cinnamon rolls on wire rack.

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll on a plate.

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Tender sweet potato cinnamon rolls with a brown sugar-pecan filling and powdered sugar glaze. Such a great fall recipe!
PREP: 1 hour 30 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1/2 a recipe of sweet potato dough
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  • Prepare sweet potato dough and let rise in refrigerator overnight.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and roll dough into a 12×9-inch rectangle.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter, and pecans. Sprinkle mixture evenly on dough.
  • Starting at wide end, roll dough up. Use a knife or dental floss to cut into 9 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for glaze in a bowl. Drizzle glaze on cinnamon rolls.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: fall, sweet potato

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Originally published October 19, 2014.

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17 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Just made these last night. Yum. Next time, however, I would spread the butter onto the dough first and then sprinkle the sugar mixture on top of that. The instructions basically made a paste with the sugar and butter. It was difficult to get evenly distributed onto the dough.

  2. AngiePangie

    These were wonderful, instead if using butter in the center of these, I reserved some of my sweet potato mash and used that. Delicious!

  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    I saw these come in my inbox last week and my jaw dropped! You make the most delectable treats with sweet potatoes. I seriously want these every morning for the rest of my life. MY LIFE!!!! I have pinned these to every board possible because the world needs these in their life. <3 <—that's a heart

  4. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I don’t know why I haven’t made sweet potato rolls before. They always look so good and with the cinnamon and glaze they sound even more amazing!

  5. I love cinnamon rolls, and love sweet potato or potato rolls. They look so good, moist and sweet. Love them.

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Never tried a sweet potato cinnamon roll before! Loving the colour of them especially and all that glaze going on.. wish I had one to devour right now. Another great recipe Christin!

  7. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls but sweet potato cinnamon rolls have got to be even more amazing! I love how soft and gorgeous these look. I can’t stop drooling over these and would probably eat that entire pan in one sitting – seriously!:)

  8. You’ve done it now — sweet potatoes in cinnamon rolls has to be the greatest idea! This is a must try, and might make me get in the kitchen and make some cinnamon rolls very soon!

  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Time spent making cinnamon rolls is always time well spent! I need to experiment more with sweet potato in dough. These cinnamon rolls look wonderful!

  10. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    I am loving all the brilliant recipes you come up with incorporating sweet potatoes – I am wondering – do the sweet potatoes make the dough moister?

  11. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    You’re seriously the queen of baking with sweet potatoes! I am drooling over how amazing these cinnamon rolls look—totally genius idea! 🙂

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin N Spice

    I feel like I say this on all of your recipes, but these rolls are gorgeous! What a great idea to make cinnamon rolls! Pinned!

  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    How delicious do these cinnamon rolls look? I mean wowza I want one right out of the oven!

  14. What a great way to use of the rest of the sweet potato dough! These cinnamon rolls look so soft and the filling pair so well with sweet potatoes too!

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