Cinnamon Filled Pumpkin Spice Brioche Rolls.

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again!  For October’s reveal, I was matched up with Foodiva’s Kitchen, a wonderful blog with stunningly beautiful pictures by Maya.  Maya is a fun, quirky mama of 3 kids who still finds the time to create amazingly mouthwatering treats.  If you ever find yourself in Borneo, where Maya lives, she’s volunteered to meet you at the airport and show you around!  She’s such a friendly lady.  While reading through Maya’s posts, I came to love the fact that she is not afraid to be herself, which is something that I constantly struggle with.

I bookmarked several of Maya’s recipes, which I fully intend to attempt, but the one that stood out to me was her recipe for Chocolate Filled Brioche Rolls, and I just so happened to have all of the necessary ingredients in the house… Or so I thought.  I forgot that I had used the last bag of chocolate chips to make my Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, and the Husby must’ve given the last bit of milk to the Fruitaholic that morning and not told me we were out (which is typical).  With the Fruitaholic gloriously napping, I wasn’t able to run to the store so I decided to try my hand at some substitutions.

I scoured the pantry and found a bag of cinnamon chips that I had been hoarding.  In the fridge, I had a bottle of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer.  Along with some canned pumpkin, I thought I had some great stand-ins for a yummy treat.

WARNING:  If you’re trying to make a bread-like roll, DO NOT use coffee creamer as a substitute for milk.  As a result, my dough didn’t rise properly (my first yeast failure!!) and my rolls turned out more like cookies than a light and fluffy roll.  They were still delicious, but not what I was expecting them to be, and I’ll definitely be trying them again with milk in the future.

The recipe below notes the use of milk and not coffee creamer.  Using milk should yield the original result, and I highly recommend stopping over at Maya’s blog for the original take on the recipe and a great video about the process of making these rolls.

Cinnamon Filled Pumpkin Spice Brioche Rolls – adapted from Foodiva’s Kitchen

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Yeast
  • 3/4 Cup Warm Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Cinnamon Chips
  • Milk, for brushing
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Melted Butter, for brushing

Preheat oven to the lowest temperature, then turn it off.  Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a small bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes, until it gets bubbly.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, combine the flour, sugar, butter and pumpkin puree.  Mix for 5 minutes.  Add the eggs and mix an additional 5 minutes.  Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and mix another 5 minutes.  The dough should be smooth.

Shape the dough into a ball then place it back into the oiled mixer bowl.  Place uncovered in the oven and allow to rise for 1-2 hours.

Optional Step:  Put the cinnamon chips into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely grated.

Remove the dough from the oven and divide into 2 equal parts.  Roll each portion flat into a rectangular shape.

Spoon the cinnamon chips onto each dough rectangle, then roll up into a cylinder.  Cut each cylinder into 4 parts.

Take each part and thinly slice widthwise (about 1/2 cm).  Pinch the ends together and fold backwards into a ball shape.

Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a clean, damp cloth.  Allow to rise another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Remove the cloth from the rolls and brush the tops with milk.  Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.  Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter.

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36 responses to “Cinnamon Filled Pumpkin Spice Brioche Rolls.

  1. What a fantastic fall recipe, YUM!

  2. Aww, I hate when my yeast fails me. :( They still look really yummy though! Anything with cinnamon chips is okay in my book!

  3. oh my word, these look delicicous! Can’t wait to try them out!

  4. Despite the subs and the little yeast booboo, I think these turned out really well. They look really delicious!

  5. These look so fabulous! Definitely going to make some! I love that you added pumpkin!!

  6. Yummy! I love anything and everything brioche…. and these are adorable.

  7. look delicious, yummy dessert! gloria

  8. oh my, I would kill for a bite of this delighful recipe.

  9. Oh wow, these sound amazing! Anything with pumpkin and sugar is good to me :) Thanks for sharing, I’m putting these on my holiday ‘to-do’ list.

  10. Oh they look so good. Brioche is one of the breads on my list to make this fall!

  11. Even if they weren’t quite what you were expecting they still look great! And extra points for the creative coffee creamer use!

  12. Hard to believe they didn’t turn out like you expected because they look amazing! Seriously, I’m pinning your opening shot!

    Great SRC pick! Hope you’ll stop by and see my reveal.


  13. Your Cinnamon Filled Pumpkin Spice Brioche looks so delicious, this is a very special treat! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    Southwest Chicken and Potato Soup

  14. they look delicious even if they didn’t turn out as you expected! great job at improvising!

  15. Wow! These look gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!

  16. oh my goodness, these look great. love pumpkin ANYTHING :) perfection!

  17. You picked a winner! Very nice brioche! My husband just saw this and said we need to make it! So I guess I will be eating this soon! Maya, thanks to you as well :)

  18. I was so excited to read that you used and creamer and so disappointed to hear that it didn’t work. I was imagining what a great flavor addition it must have been. Darn. As it is, those cinnamon swirly treats look delicious.

    • The flavor of the coffee creamer definitely came through and they were great, but they just didn’t come out as bread-like as I was hoping. It was more of a cookie.

  19. WOW – these look so good! I need to make these in the next 3 weeks before Fall is over in my mind!

    I’m in Group C so be sure to check out my blog when it’s our turn!

  20. Love that you substitute what you had on hand. I never would have guessed they weren’t suppose to look like that. They look scrumptious!

  21. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Jey, I absolutely adore how your rolls (aka cookies) turned out. And the flavors are totally in season. Thanks for attempting these rolls, I wasn’t sure if anyone really understood that video I made – my first one! As for using creamer instead of milk, I’d say you were TOTALLY being yourself…go for it, girl!

  22. What a wonderful recipe! They look like a perfect comfort food for fall, with all these flavors. This recipe is a keeper :-)

  23. Beautiful, as I sit here and drool. great post. andi

  24. Rolls or cookies, they look wonderful and delicious.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  25. Looks super delicious — I’ll have to remember them for Thanksgiving time when family visits!

  26. Oh my goodness does that look like fall rolled up into a beautiful loaf of delicious bread.

  27. I love pumpkin (I have some fresh sitting here needing to be made into something)! :-)

    Thank you for being a part of Secret Recipe Club, I really enjoy this group and being your hostesss. My recipe for this month was Frozen Breakfaast Burritos, even though I made these a few weeks ago for Monday’s post, I just made a second batch today!

    If you haven’t checked them out yet, please stop by!

  28. brioche is on my “to do” list and the addition of pumpkin sounds especially yummy.

  29. That looks really good!

  30. Looks awesome!!!! I am definitely going to give it a try…

  31. Wow! Impressive! I would love to try this bread (:

  32. What a lovely photo!! I’m practically drooling here. Thanks for the tip… good to know not to use coffee creamer in the place of milk. So nice to be cooking in SRC with you :)

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