Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

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Good news! Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting with a hot pot of coffee or a cold glass of milk is the best way to start a crisp fall morning!

Not many things beat a freshly baked cinnamon roll! Scratch made carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting is like having carrot cake for breakfast. The dough is tender and studded with freshly grated carrots. Inside this sweet roll is packed with a cinnamon, butter and pecan mixture. Cream cheese frosting tops these cinnamon rolls for one outstanding breakfast treat!

Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Now, on to this fabulous Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting made with all-purpose Martha White flour!!

Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

I typed ‘sinnamon roll’… hahaha, which is so funny to me because they are sin-fully delicious!

It’s no secret that I love cinnamon rolls. I’ve made Snickers Bars Cinnamon Rolls, Twix Cinnamon Rolls, Apricot Cinnamon rolls, Bacon Cinnamon Rolls and Lemon Cinnamon Rolls on and that’s not all!

I researched different Carrot Cake Cinnamon Roll recipes and but none of them was exactly what I wanted. A lot of the recipes I found used cake mix, I didn’t want to use cake mix. A lot of the recipes had a plain dough and simply had carrot cake flavors as the filling. I didn’t want that either.

Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

What I wanted and what I created was a from-scratch dough with carrot cake flavors. You’ll see that this recipe tastes just like indulgent carrot cake.

Sweet rolls with icing dripping off top.
Sweet rolls with fork.

Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting Tips

  1. Shred carrots very fine
  2. Test yeast – After 10 minutes if the yeast isn’t bubbly and foamy, toss it and get new yeast.
  3. I didn’t think the carrots would cook in just the time it took the cinnamon rolls to bake. Therefore, I heated them along with the milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and butter to 130° F. I then add this mixture to yeast and some flour to activate the yeast. The milk mixture needs to be between 120° F and 130° F to activate the yeast.
  4. I find the best place to let the dough rest and rise is either in the microwave with the door closed or in the oven with the door closed and the light on.
  5. You’ll want to temper the eggs before adding them to the hot mixture.
  6. I give a lot of tips on baking cinnamon rolls in this post, you may want to review them.

When recipes call for you to temper eggs, you generally need to add a hot liquid to an egg mixture. If you just combine the two mixtures, you’ll end up with cooked eggs in your sauce. The goal here is to slowly bring up the temperature of the eggs without scrambling them.

sweet rolls

While you’re here, check out these recipes

  1. Snickers Bars Cinnamon Rolls
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  4. Quick-rise Apricot Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  5. Bacon Cinnamon Rolls Homemade
  6. Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
  7. Old Fashioned No Yeast Cinamon Rolls
Scratch Made Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Scratch made carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

Tender cinnamon roll dough is filled with spices and carrots. The rolls are filled with a cinnamon, sugar, pecan and butter mixture. After baking the rolls to golden brown, I topped them with a cream cheese frosting. They are outrageously good!
Author: Paula
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 14 servings



  • Combine 1 and 1/2 cup flour and 2 and 1/4 teaspoon yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • In a medium saucepan, add shredded carrots, milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon salt and two tablespoons butter. Whisk. Heat to 120 -130 degrees F. Use a thermometer to check.
  • Temper eggs with carrot mixture, then add mixture to flour/yeast mixture. Mix with a dough-hook on low until combined.
  • Gradually add remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix 8 minutes at medium speed. Mixture should pull away from the sides of the bowl. The mixture will be a little sticky, but not wet. Add another 1/4 cup flour if the dough is too wet.
  • Allow the dough to rise about an hour or until it is doubled in size. (See notes in post regarding where to best place the dough to rise.)
  • When doubled in size punch dough down and knead 8 to 10 times, adding flour as needed to keep from sticking to the surface of the bowl.. Roll into a 14×8 inch rectangle (or approximate, it doesn’t have to be exact.)
  • Spread remaining butter over dough. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans.
  • Roll up starting with the long side as tightly as possible and slice into 12 to 14 slices. Place slices cut side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish or two 8 inch pie pans. Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes, frost with cream cheese frosting.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1458IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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