Recipe Review

This Seasonal Spin on the Classic Cinnamon Roll Knot Needs to Be Added to Your Thanksgiving Menu ASAP

published Oct 29, 2022
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While “turning food into art” is her MO, Colorado-based Palestinian home cook Mariam (aka @mxriyum to her 900K Instagram and 7.7 million TikTok followers) amped up a basic favorite with a literal autumn twist. Putting what she calls a “fun little twist on a classic cinnamon roll knot,” dessert connoisseurs and baking enthusiasts alike can now say hello to her pumpkin pie knots.

Made from a pounded and proved light and airy dough, rolled out and filled with a delicious fall-inspired spread, this take on the sweet roll are braided individually into small knots. Sitting pretty and plaited, they’re then placed together into a cast iron skillet to bake into perfectly ooey-gooey buns fit for snacking or even breakfast/brunch. 

By employing pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin purée throughout the recipe — in both a filling and a final brush of pumpkin compound butter — she easily adds the traditional fall dessert taste of pumpkin pie into the dish.

On the off chance your grocery store hasn’t restocked its pumpkin pie spice during the seasonal rush, Mariam gives a quick tip in the comments on making your own by blending cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and cardamom. Another way to save money while grocery stores are raising prices? Yes, please!

Still looking for more tasty twists on cinnamon buns? Try these tangzhong milk bread five-spice cinnamon buns to give you something new. And if pumpkin is the flavor that you’re cravin’, this recipe for 2-ingredient Oreo carrot cake with pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting is calling your name.