At our home, we have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving. We eat turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and plenty of dessert. We also take lots of naps.
This year I’ve decided to shake things up just a bit. I’ll be smoking our turkey, because the flavor is indescribably delicious, and we’ll be serving these Pumpkin Dinner Rolls to dazzle the whole family.
These dinner rolls get their amazing golden color from delicious pumpkin puree. Yum! Adding a tiny amount of cinnamon gives them a layer of flavor that will complement anything else on your table.
But don’t let the pumpkin and cinnamon fool you. These are definitely not a dessert. However, they do have a mild sweetness that shines against the savory dishes on your menu. Try them and let me know what you think.
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 packet
- warm water
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the molasses, honey, butter, and pumpkin puree. Stir briskly to blend. If the mixture is extremely stiff and hard to stir then add very warm water 1 tablespoon at a time. It should look like a stiff dough, not a cake batter. So make sure not to add too much water at once.
- Add in the yeast and knead the dough until it's smooth to the touch. Set the dough aside and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise at room temperature for 60 - 90 minutes until doubled in size.
- Heat oven to 375° F and spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Divide the dough into 12 balls and place in muffin pan. Cover and allow the rolls to rise for about 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake at 375° for 15 - 20 minutes until very light golden brown. Remove the rolls to a cooling rack and serve hot.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s a delicious alternative to your typical holiday dinner rolls. Try them with honey butter or to scoop up the last bit of mashed potatoes. I love them slathered with apple butter.