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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.

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

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 9
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Tender sweet potato cinnamon rolls with a brown sugar-pecan filling and powdered sugar glaze.

Print Recipe


  • 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.


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