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Buttery Sweet Potato Rolls from The Food Charlatan
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5 from 2 votes

Buttery Sweet Potato Rolls

This is the perfect recipe for your Thanksgiving table! Or make it after the holiday with your leftover sweet potatoes, and use the rolls for turkey sandwiches. Nothing beats fresh homemade dinner rolls!


  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup 2% or whole milk, warmed to 100 to 110 degrees F.
  • 3/4 cup sweet potatoes, mashed*
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 & 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, **
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 & 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • sea salt, for sprinkling


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer combine yeast with 1 cup warm milk. (The milk should be just warm to the touch, not hot.)
  • Let the yeast proof (let it sit for a couple minutes until you see bubbles. This is just to make sure you didn't kill your yeast. Better to find out now than in 2 hours when your bread won't rise.)
  • Add sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon butter, salt, and stir to combine. Add the 2 egg yolks and beat well until they are incorporated.
  • Add the flour 1 cup at a time, kneading with the dough hook or by hand in between each addition. The dough should clean the sides of the bowl but should still be tacky to the touch.
  • Grease a large bowl with plenty of cooking spray. Form the dough into a ball and place it in the bowl, then turn it so that all sides are greased.
  • Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for at least an hour, until the dough has doubled in size. When you push your finger into the dough, it should not immediately bounce back at you.
  • Punch down the dough and cover again to rest for 5 minutes while you prep your workspace.
  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Turn the dough onto the baking sheets and divide into 24 pieces.
  • Use your hands to roll each piece into a 9-inch snake. Tie the dough into a knot, then pinch the 2 ends together behind the top of the roll. (see photos)
  • Place the roll on the baking sheet and continue with the remaining dough. There should be 12 rolls to a pan. Cover each pan with a tea towel.
  • Let rise in a warm place for at least 30 minutes, or until they have doubled in size. Remove the towel and spray each roll with cooking spray.
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the bottoms are brown and the tops are golden. If you want to bake both pans at the same time, rotate them halfway through.
  • Brush each roll with butter once you have removed them from the oven. Sprinkle with sea salt if you want, it tastes amazing! Let cool completely on wire racks.
  • To reheat rolls, place on a pan in a 300 degree F oven for about 5 minutes. These rolls freeze beautifully if you have any leftovers.


*I used 1 15-ounce can of yams, drained. It turned out to be almost exactly 3/4 cup when it was all mashed.
**I use kosher salt in all my recipes. It is coarser, so you need more of it to have the same effect as table salt. If you are using table salt, I recommend 2 teaspoons.
If you want to freeze these ahead of time, let cool completely, then put them in ziplock bags and seal tightly. Freeze for up to a month. On the day you want to eat them, get them out of the freezer a few hours before you want to eat, (leave them in the sealed bag to thaw) then warm them on a pan in a 300 degree oven for about 5 minutes. I've also had success defrosting these in the microwave (using the defrost button or a lower power level.)
Source: adapted from Cooking Light. Every time I make a recipe from them I think to myself, "this needs more salt and fat," so the recipe here reflects that. I don't think I'm a cooking light kind of person! I'm a salty fatty kind of person.


Serving: 1 roll, Calories: 116 kcal, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 243 mg, Potassium: 55 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 685 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 19 mg, Iron: 1 mg