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Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Pumpkin shaped dinner rolls, the perfect delicious bread to serve for your thanksgiving meal. These pumpkin shaped dinner rolls will be a gorgeous center piece for your dining table and be devoured by the crown in no time. They're so pillowy, buttery and soft!

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Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls | Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls


Makes 24 dinner rolls


⅓ cup water, warm

1 ⅓ cups milk, warm

2 ¼ tsp. yeast

⅓ cup sugar

5 tbsp. butter, room temperature

1 egg

1 ½ tsp. salt

5 cups flour



Combine warm water and milk. Add yeast and sugar. Let rest 10 minutes, then add 5 tbsp. butter, egg, salt and flour. Mix until dough is smooth. Dough will be slightly sticky to touch. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place. Let rise until double, about 1 ½ hours. Divide dough in 24 small balls.

How to make pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for thanksgiving
Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls

  • 6 tbsp. butter, room temperature -to spread on dough

  • 3 tbsp. melted butter -brush before rising

  • 24 pretzel sticks

  • egg wash, mix 1 egg white & 1 tbsp. cream

On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a 6-inch circle or oval. It doesn't need to be pretty nor an exact circle. The goal is to flatten it.

Spread with some butter. Roll up half way. Make 5 cuts towards the rolled up part of the dough. See picture for reference.

Continue rolling until completely rolled up.

How to make pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for thanksgiving
Shaping Dinner Rolls

Bring the ends toward each other creating a circle (donut).










How to make pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for thanksgiving
Shaping Dinner Rolls

Place roll into a greased muffin pan.

Brush with melted butter.








How to make pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for thanksgiving in a muffin pan with pretzel sticks
Dinner rolls in a muffin pan

Place a pretzel stick into the center of each roll. Let rise until double, about 1 hour.

Brush with egg wash just before baking.


Bake at 375℉ for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.




How to make thanksgiving dinner rolls pumpkin shaped easy homemade dinner rolls
Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving


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