Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

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Whenever the holidays roll around I start looking at what side dishes I can make.  I think every holiday needs a few types of side dishes.  You must have a potato side dish, a vegetable side dish, and some type of bread.  For me, the potato side dish is always the easiest one to make because there are so many different potato dishes out there.

Give you rholiday table a festive feel with these Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt
Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

The bread is always hit or miss.   I’ve tried a lot of different recipes for rolls and bread but all of them are very similar.   Most of my family likes plain white bread so those are the rolls I make most frequently.  However this Thanksgiving I wanted to make bread that had a little flavor to it and I wanted that flavor to reflect the season.

Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt
Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

When I saw a recipe for pumpkin rolls I knew right away that’s what I wanted to make.  There isn’t a flavor that says fall more than pumpkin.  They have some brown sugar in them which gives it a little bit of sweetness and also tames the pumpkin flavor.  To make it taste a little more savory I added in a few herbs and put a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

Pumpkin Rolls
Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

These Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt are really easy to make though they are time consuming.  The best thing is that you can make them the night before and allow the dough to rise in the refrigerator over night so they are ready to shape in the morning.  That way you don’t have a big mess to clean up in the morning and can just shape and cook the rolls. 

Delicious Pumpkin rolls are great for fall celebrations and dinners
Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

The rolls came out a little more dense then I would have liked but the flavor was great.   I brushed the tops with butter and sprinkled them with sea salt which was perfect with the slightly sweet and herby rolls.  These would be great with Thanksgiving dinner or even with at Christmas time. 

Give you rholiday table a festive feel with these Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

Jazz up your holiday meal with these slightly sweet and herby pumpkin rolls.
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Hezzi-D


For the rolls:

  • 4 c. flour
  • 3 teaspoons fast action yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoons dried sage
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar packed
  • 3 teaspoons butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 c. canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. whole milk

For the topping:

  • 3 teaspoons salted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt


  • Place the milk in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to steam. Remove from heat and let cool 2-3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, yeast, rosemary, and sage in a large bowl.
  • Add the brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon to the flour mixture and mix until blended.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree, eggs, and half of the milk.
  • Add in the remaining milk, a little at a time, until a sticky dough forms.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and stretchy.
  • Form the dough into a ball, place into a bowl sprayed with cooking spray, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. Alternatively, you can place the dough in the refrigerator over night, just remove and bring the dough to room temperature before continuing on.
  • Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Once the dough has rise, turn onto a floured surface and punch it down.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a tight, smooth ball.
  • Place the rolls into the prepared pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let the rolls rise in a warm place until the sides of the rolls are touching, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes or until the are browned on top.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter and sprinkle with the sea salt.
  • Serve with butter or cinnamon honey butter.


Recipe adapted from Savor the Flavor


Serving: 1g | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 649mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g
This holiday make Pumpkin Rolls instead of plain ones
Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt

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