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Soft and Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Take your dinner rolls to the next level with some pumpkin puree. These soft and fluffy pumpkin dinner rolls have a delicious flavor and beautiful orange color your family will love!

Stacks of pumpkin dinner rolls on a cutting board.

These pumpkin dinner rolls are one of my husband’s favorites, so I decided to make them for Thanksgiving. And wouldn’t you know my family gobbled them up.

So I know this recipe is good because it has a thumbs up from both sides of our family!

And while these rolls are festive and fun for the holiday season, they are also perfect any time you want a break from the traditional dinner roll.

How do you make pumpkin dinner rolls from scratch?

DISSOLVE 1 teaspoon of sugar and 4 teaspoons of yeast in 1/4 cup warm water and set aside.

COMBINE 1 cup of hot milk, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 cup of canned pumpkin, and 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil (vegetable or canola) in a stand mixer bowl.

ADD the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix at a low speed with the dough hook attachment.

GRADUALLY add 5 cups of flour and continue mixing until the dough forms an elastic ball around the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Pumpkin dinner roll dough on a dough hook.

OIL the mixer bowl, cover, and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (between 1-1.5 hours).

ONCE doubled, divided dough in half and roll each section into 12 balls of the same size.

Pumpkin dough balls in a cake pan.

PLACE the balls in two greased 9×13 cake pans and cover. Let the rolls rise for another 45-55 minutes until doubled in size.

Homemade pumpkin roll dough in a cake pan.

BAKE the rolls at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

LET cool for 10 minutes and then brush the rolls with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Pumpkin yeast rolls in a cake pan.

FAQs

What is pumpkin puree?

Pumpkin puree is cooked pumpkin that has been mashed or blended into a smooth texture.

It’s the same thing as canned or packed pumpkin and very versatile!

What can I substitute for pumpkin puree?

A number of purees can be substituted for pumpkin puree:
-Sweet potato puree
-Acorn squash puree
-Butternut squash puree

If you’re making the puree from scratch, you’ll want to roast the fresh squash, drain the canned squash, or thaw frozen squash before pureeing it in a food processor.

You can use any of the substitute purees 1:1 in this pumpkin dinner roll recipe.

What goes with bread for dinner?

Bread is great with most dinners, but the best recipes for rolls are those with a sauce, like gravy, or soups so you can use the bread to soak up all of the liquid.

These pumpkin dinner rolls pair well with:
Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
Crock Pot Hamburger Stew
Burger Bundles Recipe
Spaghetti with Chili Sauce

How do you store dinner rolls?

You can store dinner rolls in resealable gallon food storage bags whether you’re eating the rolls in a few days or freezing them.

If you’re freezing the rolls, make sure you press out all of the air you can before you seal the bag. Frozen rolls will last for up to 3 months. To reheat, I like to pull the bag of rolls out a few hours before dinner and put them on the stove so they can warm while I cook.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Pumpkin dinner rolls on a cutting board.

Your kitchen will need to be fairly warm for the dough to double in size in 1 hour, so if it’s cool in your house, you can either place the bowl near a warm oven while you’re cooking other food. Or you can boil water in a small pot, place the pot on the bottom of a cool oven, place the bowl on the top rack, and close the oven door while the dough rises.

One way to know if your dough is ready to roll is by poking the dough gently with your finger and the indentation stays.

Pumpkin yeast roll dough in a mixer bowl.

If you don’t have rectangle cake pans, you could also use 9×13 glass pans (like Pyrex). Those pans don’t have the high sides like a cake pan, so the rolls make rise above the edges while baking.

These rolls are savory and delicious with just butter, but if you wanted to add some sweetness, try serving them with honey or cinnamon butter.

As mentioned above, you could use any squash puree in these rolls for a slightly different flavor.

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Pumpkin dinner rolls in a cake pan.

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Stacks of pumpkin dinner rolls on a cutting board.

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Yield: 24 rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Pumpkin puree gives these pumpkin dinner rolls a delicious flavor and beautiful orange color your family will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2½ tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

    1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and set aside.
    2. Combine milk, salt, sugar, canned pumpkin, and oil in a stand mixer bowl.
    3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix at a low speed with the dough hook attachment.
    4. Gradually add flour and continue mixing until the dough forms an elastic ball around the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    5. Oil the mixer bowl, cover, and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (between 1-1.5 hours).
    6. Once doubled, divided dough in half and roll each section into 12 balls of the same size.
    7. Place the balls in two greased 9x13 cake pans and cover. Let the rolls rise for another 45-55 minutes until doubled in size.
    8. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
    9. Let cool for 10 minutes and then brush the rolls with melted butter.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g
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