These Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect addition to your Fall sweet treat menu. Fluffy cloud-like cinnamon rolls meet the classic deliciously spiced carrot cake, a match made in oven-heaven. They are most certainly not your traditional cinnamon rolls and the bold carrot cake flavor won't disappoint.
Super fluffy, thick, sweetly filled with tender shreds of carrot and a bit of a crunch from the pecans tucked away in between each roll. Topped with a light cream cheese glaze, these dreamy cinnamon rolls will have you feeling like you've cut into a nice, moist slice of carrot cake with a rolly textured twist. Overnight, Vegan, + Gluten-free options available.
If you've followed Orchards + Sweet Tea for a while you will know I LOVE cinnamon rolls (especially these Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls) and cannot resist them. While I do enjoy the traditional recipe, I always enjoy taking things a bit further, especially when it comes to the festive season.
Here are some of my favorite festive varieties I have created so far:
Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls with a Maple Pecan Glaze - These are something right out of a sweet treat magazine. They are fluffy, soft, thick, sweet, and surely do just melt in your mouth with every bite. Not being your typical Cinnamon Roll, this recipe is topped with a mouth-watering Maple Pecan Glaze that will leave you 'Cinnamon Roll obsessed'
Homemade Pumpkin Chai Cinnamon Rolls - If you're a lover of Fall spices and sweet flavor, then these are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Thick, fluffy, tender, brioche-like rolls that come completely smothered in a rich, but light chai spice cream cheese glaze. Hands down------these cinnamon rolls are sure to be the newest Fall craze! Overnight + Vegan options available.
Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls - This is the only classic cinnamon roll recipe you'll ever you need! These big, fluffy rolls are made with an airy homemade dough stuffed with gooey-sweet cinnamon filling and topped with a light, yet creamy homemade cream cheese frosting. Gluten-Free and Vegan options are available.
Fluffy Overnight Apple Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls - If you’re a lover of warm, comforting flavors, then these are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Nobody just 'likes' these overnight cinnamon rolls they LOVE them. Not only are they super thick, fluffy, tender, brioche-like rolls, but they come completely bursting with apple butter flavor and smothered in a rich, but light eggnog cream cheese glaze. Hands down——these cinnamon rolls will be the newest Holiday craze! Easy make-ahead and overnight dessert choice.
No matter what you call them—cinnamon buns, cinnamon rolls, sweet rolls, sticky buns, sticky rolls, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon danish—everyone has a favorite. I've never met someone who didn't like them.
A cinnamon bun or sweet roll is a sweeter, fluffier bread dough with a filling, usually cinnamon-based, in the middle. They are usually served around the holidays. When the filling is cooked, it makes an iconic swirl of deliciousness.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love adding Bob’s Red Mill Organic Bread Flour to my carrot cake cinnamon rolls as a secret ingredient because it creates such fluffy rolls.
This bread flour is made with premium high-protein flour milled from America’s highest quality wheat. While using all-purpose flour can achieve soft cinnamon rolls, there’s just something special about the rolls when this type of flour mixes in. I don’t know how to explain it, but mixing in this bread type allows for the rolls to be thicker, airy, fluffy, soft, and just GOOD!
Anyway, this Carrot Cake Cinnamon Roll recipe is the perfect sweet treat for fall and the festive season and especially if you LOVE Carrot Cake as much as I do.
With these cinnamon rolls, I wanted to convey the FULL idea of eating Carrot Cake, therefore, I added a ton of carrots to the dough, added chopped pecans in between each roll and spices, as well as created a nice cream cheese glaze for the tops of each roll.
Together, everything felt like the closest thing to a good slice of carrot cake. Now thinking things through, I've realized that I could have added some raisins and maybe even some walnuts to the dough to bring my idea completely to life, but that's the best thing about this recipe its adaptable so feel free o make it your own.
Moving on to the actual recipe, the bake time was a short 25 minutes, but the longest time was in the prep, due to the dough rising a few times.
Once the prep stage is over, you'll go through the remainder of this recipe in a breeze.
Using freshly grated carrots is super important and really makes this recipe, the rolls will come out extra moist and sweet with the tender carrots. I recommend grating your carrots extra finely as its ALOT easier to incorporate them into the dough.
You can use a regular old cheese grated on the finer setting or if you're feeling a little lazy (Trust me I get it..Haha) then pop the carrots into your food processor some food processors even have a grater attachment. But no worries if you don't have one the old-school cheese grater does the trick and will earn you some muscles...
OK, so if you’re still not entirely sold on these Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls, then let me tell you what’s so AMAZING about them.
To toast pecans is super easy and it works for any type of nuts! Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chopped pecans unto the baking sheet, ensuring that they are evenly spread out and toast them for 10 minutes, tossing them halfway to prevent browning on just one side.
Not only are overnight cinnamon rolls super easy and convenient to make, but they also come out to be incredibly soft and fluffy in addition to my secret ingredient! Honestly, making these cinnamon rolls fully overnight was the best decision ever!
If you don’t want to make your Cinnamon Rolls on the same day, you can simply follow all steps (including the initial 1+ hour rise) and after cutting rolls and placing them into your baking pan, just cover them tightly (using foil paper of plastic wrap) and refrigerate them overnight or for 8-12 hours instead. The following day, remove from refrigerator and keeping them covered, let cinnamon rolls rise at room temp 1 to 1 ½ hours.
Absolutely! When it comes to these cinnamon rolls or any for that matter, you always have the option of making them the traditional way which requires a 1-2 hours initial rise and then another 20-25 minute rise before baking OR an overnight option.
However, if you're in a rush to make these or don't want to deal with a long rise time, you can simply create your dough and do a quick rise (20-25 minutes) and placing them straight in the oven to bake. Either way, cinnamon rolls are AMAZING and worth whatever wait time you choose!
Absolutely! If you're looking to make these GF, I recommend substituting both flours with Bob's 1:1 Baking flour and slightly reducing the amount by 1 cup, slowing adding more if the dough is too sticky.
To make these carrot cake cinnamon rolls vegan, simply omit the eggs and substitute with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Also, substitute the butter with vegan butter and omit the cream cheese and add ¼ cup of softened vegan butter instead.
If you’re not using the Rapid Rise Yeast for this recipe, please know that the rise time will be twice as long (about 3 hours) since regular Active Yeast doesn’t work as quickly.
Leftover Cinnamon Rolls can be kept fresh at room temperature when tightly wrapped or sealed for up to 3 days. Fresh for up to 1 week in the Refrigerator. Baked rolls (unfrosted) can be frozen up to 2 months and reheated once ready to serve.
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This is a good recipe! I’ll be making it again since it combines my two favorite desserts.
I have a few suggestions and alterations: after heating the milk and butter, no other mention of that piece is made. I added it when I added the yeast to the dry ingredients. Then, to make these instructions more accessible, I recommend including kneading instructions if you don’t have a mixer (I don’t, so I kneaded the dough lightly for about 8 minutes). Lastly, my dough rolled out to closer to 16x24 inches, so I recommend almost doubling the filling.
Hi Renren! I'm so glad that you enjoyed these! It's one of my favorites! I truly appreciate your recommendations---I'll definitely make tweaks to the recipe to cover those points! 🙂