Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls with Honey Butter Glaze are light and fluffy dinner rolls you can make with your bread machine. Add sweet potatoes to the dough and bake with a honey-butter glaze on top for the best Thanksgiving rolls you’ve ever eaten.
Although the recipe is written to be mixed and kneaded in a bread machine, you can do it by hand or use a stand mixer. See directions end the notes at the end of the recipe.
These rolls are on our Thanksgiving menu…and I can’t wait!
The secret to their tenderness, Hawaiian-bread-like color, and lasting freshness, is the sweet potatoes. Don’t worry. No one will ever guess it because you can’t taste the potatoes.
Check out the video to see how to make perfectly round rolls.
Make them into balls or go all fancy and make crescents.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- EGGS: I use large-sized eggs in all my bread recipes.
- SWEET POTATO: Microwave or bake a medium-sized sweet potato and peel. Smash the potato before adding it to the pan. Leftover mashed sweet potatoes work perfectly as long as there are no conflicting flavors added.
- SUGAR: Use granulated sugar (not powdered sugar). Brown sugar could be substituted.
- SALT: Table salt or sea salt is recommended. Use 1/4 teaspoon more if using Kosher salt
- BUTTER: Be sure to use room-temperature butter, not melted or icy-cold butter. Substitutes include shortening and margarine although I wouldn’t recommend either.
- MILK: Milk contributes to a tender crumb. The more fat in the milk, the richer the roll. Whole milk would be my first choice. 2% is my second choice and what I usually use since that’s what I keep on hand.
- CINNAMON: It’s optional, but I implore you to try it. Your tastebuds won’t be able to call it by name, but they will recognize something special. It all just goes together.
- BREAD FLOUR: You can substitute all-purpose flour if that’s what you have. Bread flour will give you a better rise.
- BREAD MACHINE OR INSTANT YEAST: Yes, you can use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast but it is slower acting. Give the dough more time to rise or add 1/4 teaspoon of extra yeast.
- HONEY: Maple syrup is a possible substitute. It will change the flavor slightly.
How to make crescent-shaped rolls:
A note about the Honey Butter Glaze:
The sticky sweetness of the Honey Butter Glaze makes these rolls totally irresistible. However, I recommend glazing only those you think will be eaten straight out of the oven as they will become even stickier after sitting a few hours.
Sugar attracts moisture. A quick pass of butter when hot out of the oven, or just plain naked still makes a scrumptious roll.
IF… you have any leftover rolls, they make perfect slider buns or containers for my Poppy Seed Chicken Salad. Better make a bunch if that’s your plan because it’s easy to eat a whole pan of these without even realizing it.
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- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (see notes)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup warm milk
- Dash of cinnamon
- 3 cups (360 grams) bread flour
- 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast
Honey Butter Glaze
- 1 egg white, stirred with a fork
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Add ingredients listed to the bread machine pan in the order listed.
- Run the DOUGH cycle.
- Remove dough from your bread machine to a floured surface. I like to use a silicone baking mat so I can throw the whole mess into the dishwasher.
- See the directions below to form dough into the shape of your choice. Cover with a tea towel.
- After rolls have almost doubled in size, brush with honey butter glaze if using.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.
- Remove from the pan or cookie sheet to allow cooling. (If you leave them in the pan too long, they will get soggy on the bottom.)
How to make balls:
- Divide dough in half, then half again making four sections. Divide each of these sections into 4 pieces of dough which should leave you with 16 little dough balls. Form into round balls.
- Arrange balls into two round (or square) 8 or 9-inch greased pans.
- Cover rolls loosely with a tea towel to rise.
How to shape crescents:
- Divide dough in half and form each half into a ball. Roll to approximately 10 inches in diameter. Use a knife or pizza cutter to create 8 triangles (see picture). Roll each triangle starting from the wide end and finally, tucking the small end under so it will not pop out when baked. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Cover rolls loosely with a tea towel to rise.
Honey Butter Glaze
- Combine all ingredients and brush carefully over each roll just before popping them into a preheated oven. Try not to let the glaze touch the cookie sheet.
Preparing Sweet Potatoes:
Boil or bake fresh sweet potatoes, or reserve 1/2 cup portions from your leftover Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole as long as it hasn't been adulterated by extras like pineapple or other fruit. Just be sure the sweet potatoes are mashed to a silky smooth texture so they won't be recognized in the rolls.
Alternate Mixing Instructions:
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
- To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using a dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
- If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
How to substitute active dry yeast for bread-machine yeast or instant yeast:
If you substitute regular yeast for instant or bread-machine yeast, you must dissolve it first before adding to the dry ingredients. Stir it into about 1/4 cup of the lukewarm liquid called for in the recipe. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add to other wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Proceed as directed to knead and shape the dough.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g