Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls

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Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls

Week two of Dana’s and I Thanksgiving Series!!  This week we are giving you two ideas for bread at your Thanksgiving feast!

I have seen gratitude rolls all over the internet and wanted to put my own spin on them so I created these Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls.

Usually a week before Thanksgiving I will email everyone and get them to tell me something they are thankful for and then I print them out on tiny slips of paper to place inside the rolls to bake.

After we are done eating the turkey and stuffing but before we settle in for pumpkin pie and coffee everyone reads the slips of thanks they found in their rolls and then we all guess whose was whose.  It is very fun and a different way to share what you are thankful for.

Not only are the rolls fun but they are a cinch to make, I love that they do not require like 4 hours of rise time like some rolls do, so I am thankful for that lol.

The rolls get a hint of sweetness and color from the sweet potatoes which sets them apart from your average dinner roll.

I hope you make these Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls for your Thanksgiving dinner, I guarantee they will be a hit!

Gratitude Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratitude Rolls


  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4-ounce package quick rise active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Egg; slightly beaten


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, yeast, and salt in large bowl.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup butter and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and mixture is very warm. Add to flour mixture. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until moistened. Add egg; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in enough remaining flour by hand to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (6 to 9 minutes).
  4. Place dough in greased bowl; turn greased-side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in size (about 30 minutes).
  5. Punch down dough; divide dough in half. Roll half of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Cut into 12 wedges.
  6. Place one slip of paper with thanks on it on each wedge and roll up each wedge tightly from wide end to point, forming crescent.
  7. Place crescents, point-side down, onto greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover; let rise until double in size (about 20 minutes).
  8. Heat oven to 375°F. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush warm rolls with melted butter, if desired.

Check out Dana’s post this week yummy Garlic Cheese Muffins!!


Don’t forget to check out last weeks posts in our Thanksgiving series!

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  1. avatar
    October 8, 2013

    I’m all about the carbs. Oh, and gratitude! But mmm…carbs…

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  2. avatar
    Crystal says:
    October 9, 2013

    Both of these look super tasty, fortune cookie style rolls are super creative!

  3. avatar
    October 9, 2013

    I love the idea of putting little pieces of paper with things you are grateful for, inside the rolls. Perfect for a Thanksgiving meal (which happens to be this weekend in Canada). Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  4. avatar
    October 9, 2013

    These are perfect! I’m thinking I may try and host thanksgiving this year and these would be so fun!

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    Amber Neal says:
    October 10, 2013

    I love this! I am all about being mindful in all areas of your life so this is right up my alley. I have never seen gratitude rolls so this is just blowing me away! I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. avatar
    October 10, 2013

    What a great idea! I really love this… And I LOLed at Jill’s comment up there… haha!

  7. avatar
    Ginger says:
    October 10, 2013

    I love sweet potato biscuits and these little morsels look sooo good. I love the idea of hiding notes in them too. That would be great for Thanksgiving or anytime you wanted to surprise someone with a sweet little nothing.

    Dana’s garlic cheese muffins look delicious too. Mmm. Love bread!!

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  8. avatar
    October 10, 2013

    Oh that’s fun. Great for Halloween… with a spooky message on one, hey… on all of them…. ha ha ah…

  9. avatar
    marlin says:
    October 10, 2013

    This looks so good. I will try to make it for Thanksgiving or Christmas. My husband love sweet potato.

  10. avatar
    Amber says:
    October 11, 2013

    What a cute idea!

  11. avatar
    October 11, 2013

    I love the idea of gratitude rolls…never heard of them. Sweet potatoes are a great seasonal filling, nice idea.

  12. avatar
    October 11, 2013

    I love sweet potatoes and I love the idea of a personal note. I never thought about how easy it was to do. Adding the note, note baking the bread.

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  13. avatar
    October 13, 2013

    Oooo I really want to make these this year! What a fun idea with the slips of gratitude inside.

  14. avatar
    Leilani says:
    October 14, 2013

    Well isn’t that clever? I make homemade crescent rolls each year and will definitely have to try this!

  15. avatar
    Becky says:
    October 14, 2013

    I’ve never seen this done in dinner rolls before! Smart! Top 15 from Foodtastic Friday for sure!

  16. avatar
    October 15, 2013

    these rolls look so perfect. i thought they were store bought. may you set the bar high! thanks for joining us at the all things pretty party

  17. avatar
    Deb @ Kneaded Creations says:
    October 16, 2013

    These Thanksgiving rolls are really clever and creatiave. Great photos. Cute Idea! I am just popping over from the DIY Sunday Showcase. I would love it if you would drop by for a visit at my blog http://www.kneadedcreations.com I will look forward to seeing you over there and reading your comments. Have a great day! Deb @ kneaded creations

  18. avatar
    October 16, 2013

    Ooh, these look so good. I love the idea of the gratitude rolls. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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    Krista Low says:
    October 17, 2013

    I love these rolls! 1st of all I think sweet potatoes are fabulous and including them in my other favorite food, bread just makes them more appealing! And I love your ingenious way to include fun little Thank You notes! Just pinned these :)

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