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Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

January 14, 2017 (Last Updated: November 9, 2020)

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Light and fluffy dinner rolls made with mashed sweet potatoes. These delicious homemade rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls cut in half and resting on a cooling rack.

Are you looking for a perfect dinner roll? These sweet potato dinner rolls are so light and fluffy and have just a touch of sweetness from the sweet potatoes.  Your friends and family will be asking for them again and again. 
Clover leaf shaped rolls in a baking pan.

The secret to making these great rolls? Sweet Potatoes! Okay, so I guess that’s really not a secret since sweet potatoes is right in the name, but seriously the sweet potatoes really add a little extra something to an ordinary dinner roll.

I used one whole sweet potato and boiled it, skin on until it was soft. Just test with a fork. If the fork goes through easily, the potato is done.

Once the potato is cool enough to handle, use a pairing knife to remove the skin and then mash the potato with a fork. You want it as smooth as possible, but a few small bits are okay.

A pan of rolls on a baking rack.

I make a lot of different rolls including oatmeal rolls and dinner rolls. 

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Cloverleaf shaped roll on a checkered napkin.


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Rolls on a baking rack and on a napkin.


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A cloverleaf shaped dinner roll on a baking rack with a tray of the rolls in the background.

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Light and Fluffy Dinner Roll
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 18 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 47 kcal


  • 1 cup milk (warmed)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup sweet potato (mashed)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (melted)


  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer, add milk, yeast and honey. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  • Add sweet potato, eggs, butter and salt. Mix
  • With mixer running slowly add the flour.  Continue adding flour until dough comes together and begins to form a ball. You might not use all the flour. 
  • Knead in mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from mixing bowl and place into a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled; 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove cover and punch dough down.
  • Divide dough into fourths. Working with one fourth at a time, divide each fourth into six equal parts. Shape into rolls.
  • To make the cloverleaf shape, continue dividing each part into thirds. Roll each third into small balls. Drop three balls into a greased muffin tin.
  • Cover lightly and let rise for 30 minutes. 
  • Brush top of rolls lightly with melted butter.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly for a few minutes on a baking rack. Remove from tins or baking sheet and continue cooling.



Calories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 130mgPotassium: 42mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 890IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Baking Bread with Sweet Poatoes, Baking with Sweet Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.




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  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

    5 stars
    Great use for sweet pots

  • Reply
    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    February 1, 2017 at 5:50 am

    These look great! So light and fluffy!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

      They are light, fluffy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    January 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    5 stars
    These are such beautiful little dinner rolls. I am hosting a dinner party soon. I will be making these!!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Your guests will be very impressed!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    January 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I would ask for these over and over again too, Kathy! They look like fluffy little clouds!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      It’s hard to eat just one!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2017 at 7:39 am

    5 stars
    This looks like a great weeknight meal option! My husband likes some sort of bread with every dinner, this is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      January 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

      I hope you give these a try!

  • Reply
    January 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    These look wonderful! I’ve made sweet potato bread before (more similar to banana bread than sandwich bread), but never anything like this. It also looks like a great way to use up a lone, left over sweet potato…which is a situation in which I find myself often!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks! Now you will know what to make the next time you have some left over sweet potatoes!

  • Reply
    January 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy, Thanks for the great recipe! I posted a photo of mine on my blog with a link back to your recipe. (I used half whole wheat flour with mine). Thanks again!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 9:07 am

      I checked out your pic! They turned out lovely. I’ll have to try a blend of whole wheat flour next time.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    January 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Love sweet potato dishes. And how light, fluffy, and soft these dinner rolls are — so delicious perfectly baked.

    • Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Very light and fluffy!

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