When I was asked to join some of my fellow foodies on
YouTube, to produce a video for a special seasonal playlist called “Halloween Sweet Treats,” I sat down and considered all the scary sweets
recipes in my repertoire. After several minutes of deep thought, I realized I
into a marshmallow and calling it a “scary spider,” just isn’t my thing. So,
instead of trying to figure out how to make a chocolate truffle look like a
bleeding eyeball, I made a batch of pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They may not be
scary (what’s the opposite of scary?), but they are seasonal, and incredibly
I used to joke that when Halloween/Thanksgiving time rolls
around, the only thing a chef has to do to make a recipe seasonal is to add
some pumpkin to it. Chili with a spoon of pumpkin stirred in? Halloween
chili! Dinner rolls with a spoon of pumpkin kneaded into the dough?
Thanksgiving dinner rolls!
formulaic, it also produced the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted. One key
is a nice soft, sticky dough. Be sure to only add enough flour so that the
dough just barely pulls away from the side of the bowl as it kneads.
or pecans to the cinnamon-sugar layer, but since I decided to garnish with
pumpkin seeds, I went sans nuts. Anyway,
despite not being very horrifying, these really would make a special treat at
any Halloween party. I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!
For the dough:
(add enough flour
to mixer so that dough just barely pulls away from sides, and a very soft,
slightly sticky dough is formed)
achieve desired consistency