Squash Cinnamon Rolls


This recipe was created to encourage my picky kids to eat the squash that we had in abundance. These turned out so good they like them better than the 'normal' cinnamon rolls. You can use any type of squash including butternut, acorn, hubbard, or even pumpkin. This recipe is a modified version of Winter Squash Rolls and Clone of a Cinnabon®.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
12 servings



  • 1 ½ cups cubed winter squash

  • water to cover

  • ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 5 cups white whole wheat flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup butter, softened


  • cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Put squash in a saucepan and pour in enough water to cover; bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain water from saucepan, cool squash, and mash using a potato masher or fork.

  2. Pour warm water into a bowl and sprinkle in yeast. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  3. Combine flour, white sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir yeast mixture, mashed squash, milk, and 1/2 cup butter into flour mixture until dough starts to hold together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.

  4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  6. Roll dough into a 16x21-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup butter over the top of dough. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and sprinkle over butter layer. Roll dough around filling and cut into 12 to 15 rolls. Place rolls in the prepared baking dish and let rise until nearly doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

  8. Beat confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract together in a bowl using an electric mixer until frosting is smooth; spread onto warm rolls.

Cook's Note:

All-purpose flour can be used in place of the white whole wheat flour.

A thinner icing can be made in place of the frosting. Beat 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth; drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Water can be substituted for the milk in the icing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

550 Calories
20g Fat
88g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 550
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 543mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 444mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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