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Old Fashioned Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

The taste of these soft rolls are amazing! But what gets you before you can even savor them is the aroma filling your kitchen. You can actually taste the pumpkin and the sweet spices, and when you slather some Maple Butter over the top....


For 12 Serving(s)


  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm molasses
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) pkg. dry yeast
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice *
  • Maple Butter, recipe below

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Directions

    In a bowl of an electric mixer with a hook attachment, blend together milk, brown sugar and molasses until uniform in color. Sprinkle yeast over the top and let sit for 10 minutes until very foamy. Meanwhile, blend flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a separate bowl. 
    When ready, add pumpkin and butter, mixing until well combined with dough hook. Add flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl, adding more flour as needed. You can also use a sturdy wooden spoon if you don't have a stand mixer if desired.
    Remove bowl from mixer, remove hook and spray the top of the dough with nonstick cooking spray. Loosely cover with a dry cloth to rise for an hour or so in a warm spot of your kitchen(ovens are best), until almost doubled in bulk.
    Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet, or any oven-proof skillet, with nonstick cooking spray.  Empty dough onto a floured work surface and knead for one minute. Divide into 10-12 equal-sized balls and crowd them into the prepared skillet. Yes, crowd!. The tighter they are placed in skillet, the higher they will rise. 
    Spray and cover one last time, placing them in the oven to rise 50% higher. Heat oven to 350-degrees F while the rolls are in oven and bake 18-20 minutes, or until browned on top and when tapped on top, the rolls sound hollow.
    Remove from oven and brush Maple Butter over each generously before serving with additional Maple Butter. 
    To make Maple Butter, simply whisk together 3 tablespoons melted butter with 3 tablespoons maple syrup. If you would like some firm Maple Butter to serve with rolls, beat room temperature butter and maple syrup until well incorporated.
    * To make your own pumpkin pie spice to the measurement above, blend 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon allspice and 1/4 teaspoon ginger