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carrot cake cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing on beige plate with gold fork and flowers

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Elizabeth
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 large rolls 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These unique Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls celebrate Spring with a twist on the classic. Fluffy, gooey and mouthwatering for Easter and Mother’s Day brunch!



Cinnamon Rolls

1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

1 cup warm milk

½ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted + cooled

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, room temperature, slightly beaten

4½ cups all-purpose flour

Carrot Cake Filling

⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened + 1 tablespoon melted for topping

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 carrots, peeled and finely grated

1/2 cup raisins

3/4 cup chopped pecans

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup salted butter

4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup milk or cream


For Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Dissolve yeast into warm milk for 5 minutes, or until foamy. While yeast is dissolving, combine brown sugar, butter, salt, and eggs into a large bowl. Mix in two cups of flour, and then mix in yeast + milk mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. The dough should be elastic, but not sticky. Sprinkle flour over a large surface and knead for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place dough in a large, well-greased bowl (I sprayed mine with Pam) and cover with two clean dish towels without touching the dough. Place in a dry area for an hour to double in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Punch down the dough and roll out into a large 15×9 rectangle on a floured surface. Spread evenly with softened butter, brown sugar, shredded carrots, raisins, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very gently roll dough together. Cut slices about 1 inch thick and arrange close together in a greased casserole dish or on a large baking sheet. Brush the tops and sides of rolls with melted butter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden.

For Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl fitted with a hand mixer or the bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add in room temp butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Beat for 2-3 minutes. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time and 1 tablespoon of milk or cream after every sugar addition. Spread evenly onto warm cinnamon rolls!


To Make In Advance: If making cinnamon rolls the night before, skip step 3 and wrap your baking sheet or casserole dish filled with cinnamon rolls extremely tight with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. One hour before baking, remove rolls from the refrigerator and let rolls come to room temperature before baking.

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