Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and orange and the air becomes crisp and cool, there’s no better time to indulge in comforting baked goods that warm the heart and soul. Harvest season brings with it an abundance of flavors, and one treat that captures the essence of this time of year is the Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Roll. These delectable pastries are a twist on the classic cinnamon roll, incorporating the rich, nutty flavors of whole wheat flour and the sweet warmth of autumn spices. In this blog post, we’ll explore the joys of making and savoring these delightful harvest-inspired treats.


Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to create these mouthwatering harvest wheat cinnamon rolls:


  1. 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  2. 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  3. 2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast
  4. 1 cup of warm milk (110°F)
  5. 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  6. 1/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1 teaspoon of salt
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. 1/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  3. 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger


  1. 1 cup of powdered sugar
  2. 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture, softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place it in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

2. Prepare the Filling:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Set aside.

3. Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out on a floured surface into a rectangle (approximately 16×10 inches).
  • Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  • Sprinkle the prepared filling mixture evenly over the butter.
  • Starting from the long edge, tightly roll up the dough into a log. Pinch the seam to seal.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 equal-sized rolls.

4. Bake the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Place the rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown.

5. Make the Glaze:

  • While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Adjust the milk quantity to reach your desired glaze consistency.

6. Enjoy Your Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Once the rolls are out of the oven, drizzle them generously with the glaze.
  • Allow them to cool slightly before serving, and savor the delightful blend of sweet and savory flavors in each bite.

Variations and Serving Suggestions:

  1. Add Nuts: For an extra layer of texture and flavor, consider sprinkling chopped pecans or walnuts over the cinnamon-sugar filling before rolling up the dough. Toasted nuts can also enhance the nuttiness of the whole wheat.
  2. Incorporate Dried Fruits: Enhance the autumnal feel by adding dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or chopped dried apples to the filling. Their natural sweetness complements the spices beautifully.
  3. Cream Cheese Frosting: If you prefer a creamier glaze, swap out the simple powdered sugar glaze for a rich cream cheese frosting. To make it, blend softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, a bit of milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  4. Make Mini Rolls: Instead of the standard-sized rolls, try making mini versions for a bite-sized treat that’s perfect for snacking or serving at parties.
  5. Serve with a Warm Beverage: These cinnamon rolls pair wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or spiced apple cider. The contrast of the warm, doughy rolls with a comforting beverage is unbeatable.
  6. Freeze for Later: If you can’t finish all the rolls in one sitting, freeze the leftovers. Once they’ve cooled completely, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. To enjoy, simply microwave for a few seconds or warm in the oven.

Tips for Successful Baking:

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your butter, eggs, and milk are all at room temperature. This helps the dough come together smoothly and rise properly.
  2. Properly Measure the Flour: When measuring flour, use the spoon and level method. This means you lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off with a flat edge. This ensures you don’t accidentally use too much flour, which can result in dry rolls.
  3. Don’t Skip the Rising Time: Allowing the dough to rise is crucial for achieving a soft and fluffy texture. Be patient during this step to ensure your rolls turn out light and airy.
  4. Rolling the Dough: When rolling out the dough, aim for a consistent thickness across the entire rectangle. This ensures even cooking and a uniform swirl of filling.
  5. Evenly Distribute the Filling: Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the dough, reaching all corners. This ensures each bite is bursting with flavor.
  6. Use Dental Floss for Cutting: To get perfect, clean slices without flattening the rolls, use a piece of unflavored dental floss or a sharp knife dipped in flour to cut the dough.
  7. Let Them Cool Slightly: While it’s tempting to dive into these rolls right out of the oven, allowing them to cool for a few minutes before drizzling with glaze will help the glaze set and prevent it from melting into a gooey mess.
  8. Store Properly: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. To maintain freshness for longer, you can freeze the rolls as mentioned earlier.

Share the Joy:

One of the great joys of baking is sharing your creations with others. Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Rolls make for a wonderful gift or a delightful addition to a potluck brunch. They also provide an excellent opportunity to involve family and friends in the baking process. Whether you’re making them as a surprise treat for a loved one or bringing them to a fall gathering, these rolls are sure to be met with smiles and appreciation.

Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Roll Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsPreparation Time (minutes)Baking Time (minutes)Total Time (minutes)
Classic CinnamonWhole wheat flour, cinnamon, sugar,202545
Rollsyeast, milk, butter, salt, vanilla
Harvest TwistWhole wheat flour, cinnamon, brown303060
Cinnamon Rollssugar, yeast, buttermilk, pumpkin
Vegan CinnamonWhole wheat flour, cinnamon, maple152035
Rollssyrup, almond milk, yeast, coconut
Gluten-FreeGluten-free flour, cinnamon, sugar,253055
Cinnamon Rollsyeast, almond milk, butter,
vanilla extract
Apple CinnamonWhole wheat flour, cinnamon, apples,202545
Rollsbrown sugar, yeast, milk, butter,

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Recipe NameCaloriesCarbohydrates (g)Protein (g)Fat (g)Fiber (g)
Classic Cinnamon22045432
Harvest Twist18035321.5
Cinnamon Rolls
Vegan Cinnamon200402.543
Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Cinnamon2405033.52.5

Serving Suggestions

Recipe NameServe withTopping IdeasBeverage PairingServing Size (rolls)
Classic CinnamonCream cheese frostingChopped pecans, raisinsCoffee, chai tea1
Harvest TwistCaramel sauceChopped walnuts, icing drizzleHot apple cider2
Cinnamon Rolls
Vegan CinnamonVegan cream cheeseSliced bananas, shreddedAlmond milk latte,2
Rollsfrostingcoconutherbal tea
Gluten-FreeDairy-free icingBlueberries, crushedIced herbal tea,1
Cinnamon Rollsgluten-free granolaalmond milk
Apple CinnamonCaramel drizzleChopped apples, cinnamonWarm apple cider,1
Rollssugarvanilla latte


Recipe NameVariationAdditional IngredientsNotes
Classic CinnamonMini Cinnamon RollsNonePerfect for parties or brunch.
Harvest TwistPumpkin Spice RollsPumpkin spice blend, nutmegIdeal for autumn celebrations.
Cinnamon Rolls
Vegan CinnamonGluten-Free Cinnamon RollsGluten-free flour blend, flaxseed eggsSuitable for those with dietary restrictions.
Gluten-FreeAlmond Cinnamon RollsAlmond flour, almond extractNutty and gluten-free twist on a classic.
Cinnamon Rolls
Apple CinnamonPecan Apple RollsChopped pecans, caramel sauceAdds a delightful crunch and sweetness.

Baking Tips

Recipe NameTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5
Classic CinnamonUse room temperature butter for the fillingLet dough rise until doubled in sizeRoll the dough tightlySlice rolls using dental floss for neat edgesAllow rolls to cool before frosting
Harvest TwistBrush with melted butter for a golden finishCreate a cinnamon-sugar swirlAdd pumpkin puree for moistureUse a sharp knife for clean cutsDrizzle caramel sauce generously
Cinnamon Rolls
Vegan CinnamonUse vegan substitutes for dairy and eggsLet the dough rest after kneadingAdd ground flaxseed for bindingBrush with almond milk for a glossy topStore in an airtight container
Gluten-FreeUse a gluten-free flour blendAllow the rolls to cool slightlyMonitor baking time carefullyAdd xanthan gum for textureFreeze leftovers for future use
Cinnamon Rolls
Apple CinnamonUse fresh apples for the best flavorCoat apples in cinnamon-sugarBake until apples are tenderDrizzle caramel sauce while warmServe with vanilla ice cream


Harvest Wheat Cinnamon Rolls are a celebration of the flavors and comforts of autumn. They bring together the wholesome goodness of whole wheat with the warmth of spices, creating a treat that’s perfect for any occasion during the harvest season. So, embrace the beauty of fall, gather your ingredients, and embark on a baking adventure that will fill your home with the delicious aroma of cinnamon and warmth. Enjoy every bite, and may your harvest season be filled with sweetness and joy!


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