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Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns

These bubble buns are made from scratch and flavored with fall spices. The soft cinnamon pumpkin bread is topped with a sweet glaze. Pumpkin bubble buns are an indulgent weekend breakfast treat perfect for the Fall.

photo of Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns on a plate

Bubble buns are a fun breakfast treat and this version has a fall-inspired twist with pumpkin and cinnamon. If you’ve never had bubbles buns, they’re a lot like monkey bread, but smaller so that you have individual-sized buns. Just like money bread, you can eat these buns with your hands and pull off pieces of the bread.

close-up photo of Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns in a muffin tin

I love these bubble buns because it’s so fun to pull apart the little round bread balls. They’re also great because, once you know how to make them, you can change up the flavors. I’ve cinnamon bubble buns, savory bubble buns and bubble brioche.

photo of one bubble bun

These bubbles buns are made completely from scratch. I love the scent of fresh-baked bread and rolls and these pumpkin bubble buns are a great way to indulge for a special weekend breakfast. The actual prep time is pretty minimal but like all yeast recipes, there is a lot of waiting time. About 1 hour and 40 minutes of wait time for this recipe. But it’s worth it.


close-up photo of a piece of bubble bun

What are Bubble Buns?

They are called bubble buns because individual balls of dough are pressed together in a muffin tin so when they bake they puff up and look like bubbles. The balls are soft like the center of a yeasty donut. The pumpkin taste is light since pumpkin puree on its own has a pretty mild taste. But the inside of the buns turn a nice, festive orange.

close-up photo of a piece of bubble bun sliced in half to show the inside

Bubble Bun Dough

  • You will want to plan ahead when you make the dough because the dough needs around 1 hour and 40 minutes to rest and rise before you bake the bubble buns.
  • You can make this dough by hand, but I recommend using a stand mixer. You can use the paddle attachment to mix the dough ingredients and then switch to the hook attachment to knead the dough.

close-up photo of baked bubble buns in a muffin pan

Making the Bubble Buns

  • Once the dough has risen the first time, all you do is form the dough into a long cylinder shape and divide it into 12 equal-sized pieces. Divided each of those pieces into five smaller pieces so you have a total of 60 dough pieces.
  • Each bubble bun is made with five dough balls. Roll each dough ball in melted butter and then in cinnamon and sugar. Once you’ve coated five dough balls, place four of them in the bottom of a muffin cup. Make a well with your finger and then place the fifth ball in it pressing on it lightly. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough balls. You should have 12 bubble buns when you are done.
  • At this point, the bubble buns will need time to rise again which will take about 40 minutes. They should be double in size.
  • Bake the bubble buns at 350°F for 20 minutes or until the are golden and baked through.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns


  • Cool the buns in the muffin pan and then transfer them to a baking rack. Place some parchment paper under the rack to catch the glaze that drips off of the buns.
  • The glaze is just icing sugar, milk, and vanilla. I like to drizzle it over the tops of the buns.

photo of one bubble bun with two pumpkins in the background

These cinnamon pumpkin bubble buns are perfect with a cup of coffee and smell so delicious while they’re baking. If you like these bubble buns, you might like my Pumpkin Cinnamon Monkey Bread, too.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns

Servings: 12 bubble buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Bubble buns are a bit like cinnamon rolls in a more fun form.



  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2- 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Place water in bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle yeast over. Let stand until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Stir in butter, sour cream, sugar, egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Beat in 3 cups of flour, the salt and baking soda until incorporated. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and continue to mix until a smooth, soft dough forms. If dough does not come together, add another 1/4 cup of flour. The dough should remain sticky and wet (you don't want to add too much flour and dry out the dough) but you should be able to remove entire dough from mixing bowl.
  • Knead dough until smooth, using the dough hook attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Place dough in a glass bowl greased with oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar for coating. In another small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. 
  • Roll dough into a long cylinder and then divide into 12 equal portions. Divide each of the 12 portions into 5 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • For each bun, coat five balls with melted butter and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. Arrange four balls in the bottom of a prepared muffin cup. Using your fingertip, make a small well in the center and press in the fifth ball. Repeat with remaining dough and muffin cups.
  • Cover buns loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until puffy and have doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake buns until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan.
  • Place buns on a wire rack. Place a piece of parchment paper underneath wire rack. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients and stir until smooth. Drizzle each bun with glaze.


Recipe adapted from All Day I Dream About Food


Serving: 1bun, Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 73mg, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 1935IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 0.4mg, Net Carbs: 33g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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6 comments on “Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns”

  1. Okay, seriously brilliant take on the bubble buns I posted. Love it, so great for the fall.

  2. These looks so good and they are beautiful…great photo’s!

    Simply can’t wait to make them..thank you for posting…saw you on Wild Yeast Spotting.

  3. Hi! I am so excited to make these, but there’s just one problem- I have a big dislike for pumpkins. 🙁 Is there a substitute for them/would it change the recipe if I just removed it? Thanks!

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