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Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

January 14, 2017 (Last Updated: May 19, 2019)

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Light and fluffy dinner rolls made with mashed sweet potatoes.

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. 

Cloverleaf shaped roll on a checkered napkin.


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Rolls on a baking rack and on a napkin.


If you’ve made this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

5 from 4 votes
Freshly Baked Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 18 mins

Light and Fluffy Dinner Roll

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baking Bread with Sweet Poatoes, Baking with Sweet Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Servings: 24 rolls
Calories: 47 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, add milk, yeast and honey. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.

  2. Add sweet potato, eggs, butter and salt. Mix

  3. 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. 

  4. Knead in mixer for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove from mixing bowl and place into a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled; 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

  6. Remove cover and punch dough down.

  7. Divide dough into fourths. Working with one fourth at a time, divide each fourth into six equal parts. Shape into rolls.

  8. 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.

  9. Cover lightly and let rise for 30 minutes. 

  10. Brush top of rolls lightly with melted butter.

  11. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.

  12. Remove from oven and let cool slightly for a few minutes on a baking rack. Remove from tins or baking sheet and continue cooling.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 890IU18%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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    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!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    January 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Any kind of potato rolls are amazing but especially sweet potato rolls! These look perfect and I’ll be saving this recipe for the next time I need some fluffy dinner rolls 🙂

    • Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Potatoes add such a great texture to bread…sweet potatoes do the same!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

    How gorgeous are these Kathy?! They look totally light and fluffy. Love the sweet potatoes!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:51 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann! The sweet potatoes added a bit of flavor and a bit of color!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

    It’s probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but I could totally make a meal out of dinner rolls, so these are definitely screaming my name! They look fabulously fluffy and I’m digging that you used sweet potatoes!! I could use a dozen of these right about now! Cheers!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:50 am

      You’d better make a double batch so you have enough! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    January 16, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Sweet potatoes! How fun! And it would be so much fun to have the lucky folks who got to eat them guess what the secret ingredient is. 🙂

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

      It would be fun to see if anyone could identify the sweet potatoes!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 16, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I love a good dinner roll, and it’s been quite a while since I made sweet potato bread. I could get on board with this one! Plus, Robbie loves sweet potatoes…so we always have them in stock. One of those is going to turn into bread soon!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

      I’ll bet he will grow up loving sweet potato rolls! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Oh my, these look so perfect, I would love to start baking right now. And those hamburger buns above are exactly what I was looking for, my son wanted me to make burgers and I just hate those bought burger buns, they are disgusting. I would love to make yours.

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:48 am

      I love making my own bread. So much better than anything you can buy.

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    January 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Wow these look amazing! I just love their smooth shiny tops! Yum!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Jess!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    January 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t make dinner rolls very often, Kathy – but this recipe is calling my name. Love the sweet potatoes in there!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I’m sure the sweet potatoes make it healthy….right???

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    January 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Oh my, Kathy, these dinner rolls look beautiful! I’ve never used sweet potato g bread (or rolls), but now that I see these, I am excited to try! And their shape is so pretty! Pinned!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

      The shape is so fun to eat too…you just pull off one part at a time!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

    These look so delicious fluffy!! I really enjoy the flavour of sweet potato and this is a brilliant idea incorporating them in a roll….perfect! Would love to cut open one (or three) of these straight out of the oven smeared with butter 🙂 Pinned! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

      They are hard to resist coming straight out of the oven!

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