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Cinnamon Rolls (Sweet Potato Bread Dough)

5 from 2 votes
Course: bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: potato, potato bread, potato dessert, sweet potato
Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 big rolls
Author: Olive
Soft, yummy cinnamon rolls with sweet potato mixed in the dough
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For the Filling

For the Glaze or Topping



  • Put fresh milk in a saucepan and warm on low heat, transfer to the mixing bowl, sprinkle instant yeast and let stand for 5-10minutes.
  • OR if using evaporated milk, mix 6 tablespoons evaporated milk with enough boiling water (about 2 Tbsps) to make ½ cup of milk in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast and let stand 5-10 minutes
  • When yeast mixture is frothy, add salt, 3 tbsp sugar, mashed sweet potato, melted butter and beaten eggs.
  • Mix well with a whisk or wooden spoon.
  • Add 3 cups of flour to the mixture and using wooden spoon, stir until shaggy dough forms.
  • Reserve the ½ cup for dusting the surface and your hands and if the dough is too sticky.
  • Turn out dough into a lightly floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes.
  • Form dough into a bowl.
  • OIl the mixing bowl and put the ball of dough in it, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for an hour or until double in size.
  • After an hour, remove plastic wrap and punch dough down to release the air.
  • Transfer to your work surface and roll dough into a rectangle (13x20) to make 8 big cinnamon rolls or divide dough into 2 and make 2 batch of smaller rolls (16 pcs)
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon powder and nutmeg, mix well.
  • Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
  • Add raisins, if using.
  • Roll dough beginning from the end nearest you.
  • Lighty pinch end to seal.
  • Cut rolled up dough into 8 equal pieces and arrange on a lighly greased baking dish.
  • Allow to rise until it's doubled, about 30 mins. 
  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • When dough is ready, bake in the preheated oven for about 20 mins or until brown on top.


  • Combine softened butter and cream cheese in a small mixing bowl until free of lumps
  • Add powdered sugar, mix well then pour in milk and stir until smooth.
  • Pour onto freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
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