Pumpkin Knot Yeast Rolls

"These are the softest and most delicious rolls I've ever had. There's NOT a bit of pumpkin flavor....the pumpkin just seems to add moistness and color. My father and brother (who don't eat pumpkin) love these rolls when I make them at holiday dinners. I have to make a double batch because some people just sit and fill up on these rolls instead of dinner. They stay soft for days if wrapped. Prep time includes the waiting time for rising."
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Ready In:
2hrs 16mins




  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Add butter, sugar, pumpkin, 2 eggs, salt, and 3 cups flour. Stir in enough of remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface----knead until smooth and elastic-like (should take about 5-7 minutes). Place in a large greased bowl and turn once to grease top. Cover with a clean towel or paper towels and let rise in a warm place until doubled---takes about 1 hour. Punch dough down; turn onto lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into 12 balls (so you'll have 24 balls total). Roll each ball into about a 10" rope; tie into a knot and tuck ends under. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover again with towels and let rise until doubled---takes about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together water and 1 remaining egg. When rolls are done doubling again, brush them with the egg wash. Bake at 350 for about 15-16 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove and serve or place on wire racks to cool slightly. Serve warm or cooled with butter or honey butter.

Questions & Replies

  1. I have made these several times. My whole family loves them and they stay moist so much longer than most years rolls. However I was wondering if you can refrigerate the dough overnight then finish the next day
  2. I'm thinking of making these as gifts to ship to my out of state relatives. Has anyone tried shipping? Will they still be soft when they arrive a few days after baking? Any suggestions on how to wrap them to keep them fresh longer? Thanks, Catherine


  1. Super, delicious rolls! The dough is easy to work with. To shape the rolls I rolled the dough into two rectangles, approximately 10"x12". I then used a pizza cutter to cut each into 4 sections, 3"x10", and then cut each of those sections into three 1" strips. It was quick and easy to get evenly-sized rolls. I found that the rolls did not brown very well at 350 degrees so I baked the second pan at 375 and got better results. The rolls were very pretty, light and fluffy, nice and moist. They tasted divine, and NOT like pumpkin! Thanks for a great recipe, Parsley!
  2. These rolls are perfect ~ Tender, light, flaky, tasty, pretty, and just TERRIFIC! I included about 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, kneaded the dough in my KitchenAid stand mixer, and baked the rolls on parchment paper. They were so good warm that I skipped even buttering them ~ There's nothing not to love about these rolls!!
  3. These are fabulous and bullet proof. Maybe the best rolls we've ever eaten much less baked. So much went wrong baking these. My bread machine paddle froze up so I dumped it all in the mixer, lost track of how long the kneeding was, hurried both risings and finally undercooked one pan and overcooked the second. Still every one of them were the hit of our thanksgiving. I will make these again and again!
  4. These turned out perfect. The egg glaze made the rolls look like they came from a bakery. There was no discernable pumpkin flavor, just a very pretty golden color. I mixed the dough and gave it the first rise in my automatic bread machine.
  5. I have made these a few times now. They turn out beautifully.



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