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Easy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Add a fall twist to your side dish lineup with the ultimate recipe for Easy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls that are pillowy soft and flavored with a hint of pumpkin spice.
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 12 rolls


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, warmed to 110°F
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg, at room temp
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for topping
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) packet instant (rapid rise) yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Large-flake sea salt, for topping


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine 1 cup of the flour with the milk, pumpkin, egg, butter, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, yeast, and kosher salt. Mix on low speed until the flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the speed to medium and continue mixing the dough for 2 minutes. Add another 1/2 cup of the flour and continue mixing until it is incorporated. Add the remaining 3/4 cup flour and mix until combined and the dough begins to form a ball. The dough should be sticky but pulling away from the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed.
  • Lightly flour your work surface. Turn out the dough and knead until it comes together into a smooth ball, about 2 minutes. 
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover the bowl with a towel, and let rest in a warm, dark place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Grease an 8-inch round baking dish with cooking spray. 
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then arrange the balls in a single layer in the prepared pan. Cover the pan with a towel, then return it to the warm, dark place for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Uncover the rolls, brush with additional melted butter, and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oven, brush them again with melted butter, and serve warm.