Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Pumpkin Shaped Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

These soft, buttery, pumpkin shaped pumpkin rolls are an amazing roll for any meal. They taste great as such, with a smear of butter, it tastes like heaven! They are great with soups and stews as well as with chai.

These rolls are made using pumpkin puree. Canned or homemade pumpkin puree works.The pumpkin puree gives the color and flavor to the bread.  Make sure it is not pumpkin pie filling. I ahve used bread machine for making the dough and the dough can be made by traditional methods too.

These rolls can be made without shaping them to pumpkins. They are amazing regular rolls too! But when shaped like pumpkins, they add to the beauty and presentation. Shaping them is not too difficult. After the first proving, divide the dough, and tie each portion of dough with thread dipped in oil to give the shape when they prove for the second time. Dipping in oil is essential to peel them off easily after baking. A pecan halve or a cinnamon stick can be used as the stalk after the roll is baked and cooled.

The rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or for Halloween parties too! These cute little pumpkin breads are sure to catch the attention when served for any occasion. And they taste divine too! Slow cooker Apple butter and Cranberry Jam are perfect schmears for these rolls.

Just like this pumpkin rolls, these Whole wheat rolls are amazing for any meal and is made with 100% whole wheat flour. Pumpkin, Paneer, and Cranberry Rolls and Tangzhong Pumpkin Cimnnamon buns are amazing pumpkin based yeasted rolls perfect for breakfast or a snack. 

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month the theme is "Dinner rolls". I am sharing these adorable and soft pumpkin shaped pumkin rolls and this could be a great addition to the Thanksgiving Menu!

UPDATE: This post was featured on Sundays on Silverado #67!

Makes 12 rolls

Bread flour - 2 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Pumpkin puree -1/2 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Butter - 6 tbsp
Active dry yeast - 2 and 1/4 tsp
Pecan - 6 whole or 12 halves

A little flour for dusting
a litle oil
Thick thread - 12 pieces of 22-in long


Add all the ingredients in bread maker and set it in dough cycle.  

Once the dough is ready, punch, roll, and knead for 5 minutes and shape to a ball.

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Take a piece of thread, dip in oil or smear a little oil. Place the dough on the thread halfway exactly in length. Make criss-cross wrap four times. Repeat the same with therest of the  dough portions.

Place it on a tray. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 30 minutes. When the dough proves, it takes the shape of a pumpkin because of the tied thread. Preeat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Brush with milk and bake for 17 minutes.

Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter, transfer to a cooling rack and let the rolls cool for 15 -20 minutes.

With a scissors, snip the thread and carefully pull the thread taking care not to rip the roll. Insert a pecan halve for the pumpkin stalk.

Serve with butter or soup.

Links for the Dinner Rolls we shared for November 2021 Bread Bakers. Thanks, Swathi!

  • Butternut Corn Dinner Rolls from A Messy Kitchen
  • Buttery Sourdough Dinner Rolls from Food Lust People Love
  • Garlic and Herbs Dinner Rolls from Ambrosia
  • Garlicky Dinner Rolls from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • No Knead Dinner Rolls from Sneha’s Recipe
  • Savory Monkey Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Soft Homemade Dinner Rolls from Palatable Pastime
  • Soft Potato Rolls with Rosemary from The Wimpy Vegetarian
  • Sourdough Crescent Rolls from Zesty South Indian Kitchen
  • Pumpkin Shaped Pumpkin Rolls from The Magical Ingredients


    1. These are so fun to make! I like the way the pecans work as stems.

    2. Oh my Radha....these truly are magical. What a great addition to a Thanksgiving or Fall themed table.

    3. These are darling!!! I bet they are a huge when you reveal them!

    4. Oh I love these pumpkin shaped pumpkin rolls!! How perfect for an Octoberfest party and Thanksgiving!!

    5. That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen, Radha! Not too hard to do and perfectly adorable.

    6. I love these! I think I'll make them for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome's What's for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!