Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

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Ever see a recipe on pinterest, try and it, and while it tastes good…. doesn’t quite look like what you imagined….

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These rolls are not like that!!


Pumpkins are delicious and nutritious. So why not add some in the dinner rolls to join the harvest season and celebrate the bounty of mother nature? These rolls even look like mini pumpkins. They are quite easy to make from scratch and will look so gorgeous on your Thanksgiving dinner table.

The dough recipe is from Delicious Dishes. They were soft and tender with a hint of sweetness. But you can use any of your favorite dinner roll recipe to shape these cute minis.

They didn’t take as much time as I thought it would. I made these last year for Thanksgiving (had enough for lunch at my in-laws, and dinner at my parents!) and it was an easy thing to fit in on the day, but you could also easily make them the day before to not put quite as much pressure on your self… since you’ll probably be cooking everything else too!

 What You’ll Need :

  • 2 packages active dry yeast (1/2 ounces) plus 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (about 110 degrees…uncomfortable to the touch) water
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, scalded and cooled
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, canned (you can also roast and puree butternut squash or yams for delicious results, too)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pecan pieces

What to Do:

Heat milk to scalding hot, add butter to melt and pumpkin to mix in. Add the salt and stir everything well.


Combine yeast, sugar and warm water and let them bubble up. Add to the pumpkin mixture. Add an egg and mix well.


 Add the flour gradually and stir with a wooden spoon.


 Time to knead! I used my mixer to do the job. Knead until the dough pull itself from the side of the bowl, about 5 minutes.


Dump the dough on the lightly floured surface and knead with your hand for 1 minute.


 Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until they get double in volume.


 Here is the beautifully risen dough. Love the deep yellow color!


 Give it a punch to deflate. Who doesn’t love to give a punch when you have permission? ;)


Divide the dough in half. Roll each half to make a log and cut each log in 15 pieces or more if you prefer smaller rolls.


 Form each piece into a ball by pulling it together…


 Press down a little with your hand.


 Using a knife,  give 8 segments of cut on the edge but leave the center uncut.  Looks like a flower…


 Poke deeply on the center of pedal with your pinkie.


 Let them rise again. The center indentation somehow disappeared but you can always poke them again. You gotta love poking!


 Brush with egg wash to give the golden look…


 Bake them in the 350F oven for 9-12 minutes. Don’t over-bake.


 Brush with melted butter to give them a little shine. …And the final touch? The sliced pecan pieces as stems! Cute… aren’t they?


Imagine the turkey all golden and brown, all of the amazing traditional side dishes, and think of these mini pumpkin rolls being passed around, I bet you will see some smiles on people’s faces!



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