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.
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.
Rolls before rising.
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.
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
- 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 12x9-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.
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17 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls”
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.
These were wonderful, instead if using butter in the center of these, I reserved some of my sweet potato mash and used that. Delicious!
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
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!
I love cinnamon rolls, and love sweet potato or potato rolls. They look so good, moist and sweet. Love them.
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!
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!:)
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!
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!
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?
Thanks Shashi! Yes, they do make the dough moister.
You’re seriously the queen of baking with sweet potatoes! I am drooling over how amazing these cinnamon rolls look—totally genius idea! 🙂
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!
How delicious do these cinnamon rolls look? I mean wowza I want one right out of the oven!
They look super yummy! And the color is just beautiful!
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!