Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Potato Cinnamon RollsBreakfast is an important meal, everyone says so. Too often we are in a rush cannot truly enjoy a decent, balanced breakfast. On the weekends, I find myself taking more time to prepare something to enjoy late morning to savor, to enjoy and to not simply rush through.

In my mind, I had wanted to make cinnamon rolls with sweet potato because, very simply, I love sweet potato! I always cook up extras when I am including sweet potato in a meal with hopes that those extras will be baked into something delicious. This particular weekend, I decided to make a batch of sweet potato cinnamon rolls. I was thrilled with how the dough came together, the filling wasn’t overwhelming and they had filled the pan without any space to spare.

Then, I had to go to a meeting. I asked a friend to turn them off in exactly ten minutes. Leave them in the oven, no problem, just turn them off. Yeah…an hour later the oven was turned off and the orange colored cinnamon rolls had turned into hard, charred brown rocks. Yuck! Of course, I still had them in my mind and had more sweet potato. So, the very next day I baked up another batch. I watched them carefully and didn’t allow anyone else to babysit my baking that day.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: Makes 12 rolls

Source: Adapted from Southern Living


  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup of warm water (100F to 110F)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour, divided
  • 1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of drinkable plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered orange rind or orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon


  1. Combine yeast, water and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until yeast is dissolved and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of flour and mix for 2 minutes. Add mashed sweet potatoes, egg, yogurt, sugar and butter mixing until combined. Add orange rind, salt, baking soda and remaining flour, 1 cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon or with your hands until the dough forms. Knead gently, if needed, to bring the dough together.
  3. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover loosely, and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
  4. FILLING: In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 10- x 18-inch rectangle. Spread evenly with Filling, leaving a 1-inch border. Roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Cut into 12 slices, and arrange in a lightly greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan. Cover loosely, and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F.
  6. Bake rolls at 400F for 17-20 minutes until lightly browned and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Remove rolls from oven, and invert onto a baking sheet. Invert again, onto a cooling rack or a serving platter. Let cool 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls are being served up for Bread Baking Day – Breakfast Breads. Bread Baking Day was started by Zorra and this month is being hosted by Melissa at Baking a Sweet life.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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29 Responses

  1. Dana McCauley says:

    Clever! I’ve used sweet potato and pumpkin in quick breads but never in a yeast dough. This is a very good idea that I plan to try.Thanks!

  2. rainbowbrown says:

    Love those cinnamon roll kind of mornings. Beautiful.

  3. slush says:

    They look awesome Gretchen! I often want to me cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but by the time they are done proofing, its lunchtime, which always makes me turn to a muffin or coffeecake first.

  4. pearlsandchocolate.com says:

    WOW!! They look great and the recipe sounds wonderful! I’m glad I found your blog!

  5. culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess says:

    Wow, so delicious 🙂

  6. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Oh, wow! Sweet potatoes are baked into cinnamon bread? That’s a slice of heaven, I tell you.

  7. Hannah says:

    Those sound so good! I don’t think about using sweet potatoes enough, really.

  8. Kevin says:

    Those look so good! Just look at the thick swirls of cinnamon. I really like the sound of using the sweet potatoes!

  9. Isa says:

    Mmmm… they look delicious! Are you making next week’s TWD challenge? Cause it’s pretty similar.

  10. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    What a great combination — I never think to use sweet potato in baking, except to make pie. Will definitely try these.

  11. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to use sweet potato in a cinnamon roll. They look just wonderful!

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh wow! I’ve never even thought to make sweet potato cinnamon rolls. There’s a pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe I’ve been eyeing for a while though. These look delicious!

  13. ~Kimberly says:

    Yum! I’ll be trying these!!!

  14. Bellini Valli says:

    I have seen a pumpkin version of these…of course they would excellent plain but just add a cream cheese icing for a less calorie wise version and I am in heaven:D

  15. Erika (SWEET PEA) says:

    Such a great idea! I just learned that sweet potatoes are great for people with hypoglycemia – of which I am one! Will add your recipe to my must do listErika

  16. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Oooh, the frustration of leaving a baked good in someone else’s care! Good for you for whipping up another batch. They look wonderful.

  17. Deborah says:

    I have never had sweet potato cinnamon rolls, although I have bookmarked many recipes for them! These look delicious – I’m glad you made another batch!

  18. Hillary says:

    What a great recipe! I recently tried a sweet potato cheesecake…sweet potato is great for anything!

  19. Garrett says:

    That sounds like a wonderful combination! I feel like buying some sweet potatoes now, just to throw into something.

  20. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    When I first saw the title I though the sweet potatoes were in the filling — how unusual and delicious to put them in the dough.

  21. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    You’re killing me with those photos…that is just plain torture!

  22. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    You’re killing me with those photos…that is just plain torture!

  23. Aran says:

    Cinnamon rolls are my favorite sinful breakfast item… but I have never tried them with sweet potatoes. I bet they are tender (like potato bread) and sweet… yum Gretchen!

  24. Cecilia says:

    I LOVE sweet potatoes. I used to eat sweet potato baby food until I was 7 years old because I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. So I naturally think that this recipe sounds AMAZING! The rolls look great, and I’ll have to try out this recipe in the near, near future.

  25. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Why do we have so many stories about turning off an oven?!! So glad you were able to redo these. They look fabulous. Sweet potatoes in bread do change everything. I’ve only tried it a few times but the results were excellent.

  26. Janna says:

    So very yum.My husband would love these!

  27. Cakelaw says:

    These look so good – you’d never guess that they contained sweet potato by looking at them. I’ll have these for brekky any day.

  28. Jude says:

    This reminds me of sweet potato casserole tat has cinnamon in it. Sweet potato and cinnamon naturally go well with each other so I can already imagine how this tastes

  29. zorra says:

    Great idea to use sweet potato. Your rolls look delicious. And yes, breakfast ist the most important meal of the day. 🙂

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