A Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner and a $200 Giveaway!

by Melanie on November 1, 2012

Welcome to our “home”.  We are so glad you are here:)

We were asked to share our favorite ROLL recipe…well as you know we LOVE rolls around here and have lots of favorites including:

*the Amazing Buttermilk rolls (highly recommend for classic rolls and you can make the dough days ahead of time)
*our Grandma’s Famous rolls ( seriously good)
* the always wonderful Lion House Rolls ( can’t go wrong with these)
*And many many more here

so as you can see,  it was tough to pick just one to “serve” today, but this time we decided to present a unique and different but oh-so-good roll

Pumpkin Spice Rolls
Wow your guests with these incredibly moist, tender  and absolutley delicious rolls!


  A long time ago I had some pumpkin rolls at a restraunt that were so good that of course, I wanted the recipe:). Ever since then,  I have kept my eye out for pumpkin roll recipes.  I have tried several over the years with just OK results until I tried this recipe and they turned out FANTASTIC!  I think they are even better than the ones I had years ago!  Seriously these are wonderful!  I love how moist and tender they are and perfectly spiced!  What a fun addition to your thanksgiving table this year.

Pumpkin Spice Rolls
submitted by Melanie~The Sisters Cafe

4 tsp active dry yeast, or approximately 2 envelopes
1/4 cup milk
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1  tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
1 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, or a 15 oz can of pure pumpkin
egg wash (1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tbsp of water)

Heat milk to between 110 and 115 degrees (feels slightly warm on the back of your hand) on the stove or in the microwave and pour into the bowl of your stand mixerl; stir in the active dry yeast, and let stand for at least 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients, and mix well.  In a separate large bowl, lightly beat the two eggs, then stir in the melted butter, and the pumpkin puree.  After the yeast has been activated, add the wet indgredients directly into the bowl of your stand mixer, and stir to combine. Then add 1/2 of the dry ingredients (flour and spices) from the other large bowl, and stir to mix the dry and wet ingredients together.  After it is well mixed, add the remaining 1/2 of the dry ingredients and mix again.  Using the dough hook, allow your machine to knead the dough for you until it is smooth and still somewhat sticky (3-5 minutes).  Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, and cover to let rise for approximately 1 hour (it will double in size).  Then, remove the dough from the bowl, place it on a lightly floured surface.   Lightly grease an bar pan  cookie sheet or 2 8-9 inch pans.  Working.with 1/2 of the dough, cut off 9-12 evenly sized portions (depending on how big you want them) and roll them into balls that can fit into your palm (they don’t need to be perfectly round.   Space them in the pan so they are just barely touching the sides of one another; they will expand during the second rising time and during baking to completely fill the pan.

Makes 18-24 rolls (the size pictured is 18 rolls)

If you would prefer you could make 2 Braided loaves (or 9 rolls and 1 braided loaf) using the same method as Challah Bread directions here.

After your dough is shaped, cover it loosely, and let it rise for another 1-1 1/2 hours.  Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 .  Once your bread is ready to bake, brush the top lightly with the egg wash, and sprinkle dinner rolls with chopped nuts or pepitas if desired.  Bake bread for approximately 30-35 minutes, until browned, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in center reads 190 degrees. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.

Now for the next home on our Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner:

 visit Jamie Cooks It Up


It wouldn’t be a party without a door prize now would it?  Using the rafflecopter below put your name in the “hat” for a $200 gift card to 1 store of your choice: Target, Kroger, or Walmart – to cover your Thanksgiving dinner.  That’s right, we’re going to pay for someone’s Thanksgiving dinner! To enter just pin this page to Pinterest.  For a couple more entries you can follow the new Pinterest board Simple And Delicious Weeknight Meals, and follow the newSimple and Delicious Weeknight Meals Facebook Page.  Won’t these be handy for the busy Holiday weeknights?

Open to US Residents only. See terms for alternate entry. Winner will be notified by email on November 10, 2012.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are all The Virtual Progressive Dinner participants–Enjoy:)

What’s Cooking With Ruthie

Six Sister’s Stuff

The Mother Huddle

Inside BruCrew Life

Cooking Classy

You Made That?

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

The Sisters Cafe

Jamie Cooks it Up

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather or Kitchen Concoctions November 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

What a fun post! I made some pumpkin ‘cloverleaf’ rolls last year, but yours look so soft and well, perfect! I will have to try your version this year!


2 Ruthie Armstrong November 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

Your rolls look wonderful and I’m in love with everything pumpkin right now!! It’s so fun to be participating with you all in this progressive event! xoxoxo~ Ruthie


3 Suzanne November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

those rolls look so soft and delicious with the pumpkin and spices, thanks for sharing.


4 Jocelyn November 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

These rolls look delicious. Sorry I can’t enter your giveaway. No facebook nor pinterest :-( I tried to open one of the recipes on Weeknight meals, but it said there was no recipe ??!?!?


5 Destri November 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I feel like I have said this all day – but dang those look good! I have a thing for rolls, and those are definitely making it onto my gotta make list!

Thanks ladies so much for participating!


6 Camille (SixSistersStuff) November 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Oh my goodness- those look delicious!!! And seriously, you make perfect looking rolls. I bet that they taste even better than they look! I am so glad that I had the chance to be part of this dinner with you!
Have a great day,


7 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life November 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Your rolls do look absolutely delicious!! I bet so yummy fresh from the oven with a pat of butter…yeah, I better try this out for sure. It was fun to participate in the dinner hop with you:-)


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I have been on your site a few times recently by way of pinterest and now these pumpkin rolls- awesome! Had to say hi finally. I have been into bread baking big time lately! Have been making so many rolls and now I want to make these!

Question – your ‘perfectly wonderful cinnamon rolls’ recipe – for cinnamon rolls, is that your end-all be-all go to recipe? I want a cinnabon like cinn roll, and from the pics, yours look so good and perfect!


9 Jaclyn November 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

These sound amazing! I made sweet potato rolls last year but I’m yet to try pumpkin. I’m going to have to try this recipe. Glad to be in this progressive dinner with you!


10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Rolls are such an important part of Thanksgiving dinner for me. These look fluffy and perfect!


11 Stefanie Gladden November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

these rolls look amazing! I love having some sort of bread at dinner!

following on pinterest – stefaniegladden
and pinned on pinterest – http://pinterest.com/pin/85638830385694704/


12 Carolsue November 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I pinned this on Pinterest
And I follow Simple And Delicious Weeknight Meals on Pinterest also (cezovski9)

I have to try these rolls. They look SO good!
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net


13 June L November 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm
14 Jenny K November 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Love your recipes and so happy to follow them on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/pin/426505027180467001/)


15 Ashley November 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

Trying to click enter after I pinned the give away but it keeps saying plz try again. So I am letting you know via comments I pinned it – can I have the other entry this way??


16 Ashley November 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

to verify my pinterest id is abwinebrenner


17 Judy D. November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

These look so good and a nice change from my usual holiday meal rolls. I can’t resist doing a test run. Thanks so much for all the recipes and information you post.


18 tbo March 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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