Sweet Potato Roll Recipe

Monday, October 14, 2019
I am pretty sure your family will love these delicious Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Rolls.

I have a picky bunch here in my home, the kids were never lovers of sweet potatoes, but what a shock when they were told that's what's in these delicious rolls.

I didn't even make a big enough batch, they all loved them.

They are just shouting Thanksgiving and fall with the orange spud that either they love them or hate them, either way, they're hidden in this batch of fabulous fluffy yeast bread and nothing compares on the holiday tables when it comes to these sweet rolls.

Butter them, eat them plain or they're even great using them as a sandwich!

Our family just loves homemade bread, especially big yeast rolls. pizza dough, Italian Ciabatta bread, and fried dough.

Scroll down and print off the recipe, it's a keeper for sure.

rolls with cinnamon butter

Sweet or Savory?

These can go from sweet to savory to your tables!

Using the simple butter and herbs topping or slather these with cinnamon butter.

We often have the sweet yeast rolls at a local restaurant that serves the rolls with delicious
cinnamon butter, I have included that recipe for you today.

Either way, you like these, they are delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just having with coffee or tea.

these are sweet potato rolls for Thanksgiving with parsley and butter on top. There is a poinsettia plant in the background

Take A Little Patience

These are really delicious rolls, yes, they take a little time, but so worth it!

Here in the South, they're really popular, this is a recipe I learned to make while living here in

Mom made rolls with white potatoes, and they were super delicious also.

You can substitute white potatoes in this recipe if you aren't a fan of sweet potatoes.

this is a big industrial sliver bowl of sweet potatoes dough rising


  • Potatoes can be microwaved, boiled or they can even be bought pre-cooked and already mashed in the grocery store or you could be used canned as well.
  • Always place the dough in a draft-free area to rise
  • Try and serve warm if possible, these can be reheated in foil on low heat just for a few minutes
  • Serve plain or with cinnamon butter (see recipe below)
  • The rolls freeze well if you want to make them ahead of time (thaw in the refrigerator, wrap in foil and heat on low heat)

boiling peeled sweet potatoes

A Great Butter Spread

If you love cinnamon and holiday fall flavors, here is a great recipe for a butter spread.

This is a copycat recipe I love from a favorite Texas Roadhouse we have here locally.

The butter is sweet and with a hint of cinnamon, it's perfect on these sweet potato rolls while still warm, actually, it's addicting.

Plain or with this simple whipped cinnamon butter, the rolls will be a big delicious hit on your holiday table!

rolls with cinnamon butter

this is a recipe for whipped butter with cinnamon and copycat recipe from Texas Roadhouse

sweet potato rolls on a leaf plate with fake squash in the background

Everyone Asks for Them Every Year!

These warm sweet rolls are a welcome addition to our Holiday tables.

What I love about them, is how moist they are and stay.

They don't dry out like most bread if you don't eat it the first day, however, these won't and don't last long!

this is a recipe for homemade sweet potato rolls they are baked and in a pan brushed with butter

Ingredients You Will Need for Potato Roll Recipe

  • warm water
  • active dry yeast
  • milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cinnamon (omit if using white potatoes)
  • butter
  • cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (you can substitute white potatoes if you like)
  • lemon juice
  • egg, slightly beaten
  • sifted all-purpose flour
  • melted butter, parsley, and garlic powder

this is a cloth covered bowl with sweet potato roll dough

Dough Suggestions

I know homemade yeast-risen dough tends to be a little intimidating to make, these are simple, just follow some easy tips below.

This dough needs to be in a warm area to rise at least two hours.

Make sure you cover it with plastic wrap, a metal saucepan cover, and towels to keep any drafts out.

Use whatever methods have worked well for you when making bread, this is what works best for me in our home.

I even lightly spray the plastic wrap with cooking oil so it doesn't stick to the dough for easy removal.

I also put this one top of my oven while it's preheating.

this is a photo of sweet potatoes and white potatoes uncooked on a blue dish cloth


Although you can use either kind of potato, sweet potatoes are sweet and a wonderous vegetable to use.

It certainly makes the dough a nice color for fall as well.

You can use a hint of cinnamon spice in the dough like I do or omit it.

You can add ginger, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, whatever you like or nothing at all, it's just a pinch.

Adapt the dough in flavors the way you like it.

these are sweet potato rolls for Thanksgiving with parsley and butter on top. There is a poinsettia plant in the background

Bread Lovers

This Sweet Potato Roll Recipe is a winner, for any meal.

They go great with meatloaf, fried chicken, Turkey, so don't think it's just a holiday roll, oh and by the way, they even freeze well.

I can't come up with one excuse not to bake some homemade rolls for any reason or holiday they're so good!

these are sweet potato rolls slathered with butter that has cinnamon and honey in it a copycat recipe from Texas Road House cinnamon butter

Pin for later Sweet Potato Roll Recipe

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More Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Rice Pudding

Sweet Potato Baby Food Homemade

the recipe card for sweet potato rolls

Sweet Potato Rolls

Yield: 12
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 25 M
A soft sweet pillow-like sweet potato rolls. They're addicting and delicious with any meal especially on Thanksgiving with turkey.


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (omit if using white potatoes)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (or white if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 5 to 7 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • melted butter, parsley, and garlic powder


How to cook Sweet Potato Rolls

  1. In a measuring cup, combine warm water and yeast; stir to dissolve. 
  2. Set aside. In a small saucepan, warm milk, add sugar, salt, cinnamon, and butter. 
  3. Stir in butter until melted. 
  4. Pour milk mixture over the mashed potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice to the mixture then beat until smooth. 
  5. Cool to lukewarm, then add egg and yeast mixture; blend well. Stir in 2 cups of the flour and blend with a heavy-duty electric mixer for about 1 minute, around 3 minutes for mixing by a handheld style mixer. Add more flour to make a stiff dough.
  6. Knead with industrial style mixer until smooth, or by hand if you don't have one. Place dough in a warm area cover with plastic film and towels over the top for no drafts. 
  7. Let rise until double in size, around two hours in a warm area. Punch down and knead once more.
  8.  Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick and with chefs, scissors or sharp knife cut into squares or (other shapes) tucking the dough on both sides under. 
  9. Place the dough into a parchment-lined baking sheet an inch apart, cover, and let rise until double in size again which is around 20 minutes. 
  10. Bake rolls at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, they will be spread into each other. 
  11. Brush tops with melted butter, sprinkle with a little garlic powder and parsley for garnish while still warm or make the cinnamon butter above recipe in this article.
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Pin for later Sweet Potato Roll Recipe

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More Sweet Potato Recipes

Gourmet Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Soup

Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Twice Bake Sweet Potatoes

rolls with cinnamon butter

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. Dear Claudia, This is something I know would be delish! warm with butter. They look perfect.
    Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend. Catherine xo

  2. I've never had a sweet potato roll and boy, do I wish I had one right now! I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy all of your delicious food!

  3. What a great recipe!Happy Thanksgiving,dear!

  4. We've never made potato bread, but these sure do look and sound good. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  5. Yum, those look perfect, Claudia...and I bet the sweet potatoes give a wonderful sweetness. Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving~

  6. Sweet potato rolls sound fantastic! I want turkey sandwiches served on them. I am going to have to make a batch tomorrow. Hope your turkey day was a great one.

  7. Claudia, you know I am not a baker, but I do want to at least attempt your sweet potato rolls, and I hope they turn out as good as yours look... love the arrangement too, you know, the contrast of textures is really great... Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you are able to at least get a wink in, share a moment with family and enjoy the love around you... bless ya girl, wishing you the best and encouraging you every moment of your retail hell... I know...

  8. These are scrumptious rolls, great idea substituting sweet potatoes.

  9. I will have to try these out next Turkey Day! They sound delish!

  10. These look delicious! Sweet potatoes are so wonderful for baking!

  11. Those are some gorgeous rolls Claudia! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! xoxo

  12. Thank you! I have oodles of mashed sweet potatoes, and was hoping to make bread with it--thanks for sharing!

  13. That's a very interesting flavor for a roll. I'll bet it's very tasty!

  14. We always overlook the rolls on our Thanksgiving table, but these would not be missed! They look so yummy!

  15. Congratulations on the Top 9! Those rolls look divine. I've never heard of such a thing but I love bread and I love sweet potato so that's an awesome combination for me.

    Happy Thanksgiving! It's belated.

    Professor Vegetable

  16. Wow, they look mighty pretty, and I bet they smell amazing. Congrats on your foodbuzz top 9!

  17. Love the colour on those rolls! the recipe is lovely. I will have to save this one for future use!s

  18. This looks great! I'm always looking to try out new bread recipes. :)

  19. Now I know what to do with my sweet potatoes in the pantry! These rolls look perfect =)

  20. This is a great recipe for sweet potatoes! These rolls look absolutely delicious.

  21. They look divine. I just want to know how many rolls the recipe yield?

  22. They look so very soft and fluffy with beautiful golden colour.

  23. So light and fluffy! These rolls are a huge hit!

  24. Your golden and parsley-garnished sweet potato rolls look so good!

  25. Your golden and parsley-garnished sweet potato rolls look so good!

  26. Love how light and fluffy these are. Perfect texture and irresistible with some butter while warm!

  27. I never would have thought to use sweet potatoes like this. They look amazing - so light and fluffy.

  28. There's absolutely no maybe about this! I made these to go with our dinner a few days ago as a test run for Easter, and they are absolutely amazing. I've never had better rolls.

  29. I love dinner rolls and sweet potatoes even more, these came out fantastically! Definitely making them over and over again!

  30. This is so good and really perfect! SO easy to follow too! Thanks for sharing!


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