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Pumpkin Knot Rolls

These rolls are the lightest, most delicious ones I've ever tasted...and everyone else seems to agree. The pumpkin gives them mild flavor, moist texture and a pretty golden color. At our house, it wouldn't be the holidays without them. —Dianna Shimizu Issaquah, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each ) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Sesame or poppy seeds, optional


  • In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, pumpkin, 2 eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into 12 balls. Roll each ball into a 10-in. rope; tie into a knot and tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat water and remaining egg. Brush over rolls. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 165 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • william
    Aug 23, 2020

    left as is but i shore my mom would love them,she was the best bread maker in cape breton nova scotia.she would make bread for all ten children and we would have to hide them under our coat to get them home or we would be sitting down on our friends or next door neighbour and eating them all and having to go back in and see if she would make some more so we could take it home to the other half of the family or i would be talking to myself till i could get my dear mommy to let the other half taste the goodness of what we called our mommies bread and rolls i call taste them now just writing this mom made some good bread but she was some good cook of all things called i love you Eunice MacNeil best bread maker

  • justmbeth
    Jan 20, 2020

    Wow! Do not let the pumpkin turn you away. Flavor and softness cannot be beat. My dog even stole the leftovers to keep for himself and we were not pleased with him at all.

  • Susan
    Nov 13, 2019

    made these rolls yesterday. they are wonderful! i needed them to be dairy-free so i took a chance, using margarine instead of butter and almond milk instead of whole milk. they came out light and fluffy and everyone loved them. my only disappointment is that my rolls didn't come out quite the beautiful gold/orange color as in the picture (i did do egg wash). will most definitely make again and again. thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  • mrkcook
    Dec 28, 2018

    Made for Christmas dinner. My son LOVED them!! Family was VERY impressed. The dough was messy to make. Kept crawling up the beaters so I had to finish mixing and kneading by hand. Other than that, they were super easy to make and turned out adorable!

  • dgraham539
    Sep 28, 2018

    Delicious and stayed moist

  • Kasha
    Oct 4, 2015

    Made 1/2 the recipe with just one egg turned out realy well

  • Xochtl
    Feb 15, 2015

    Delicious! I made these for the first time today; I let my mixer do the kneading. Looking forward to taking these to holiday gatherings.

  • Alfonso34
    Aug 24, 2014

    These are lovely, fantastic with soup. Can't wait till autumn to make again!Made dough in the bread machine, then shaped, proved and baked.

  • suzydew
    Mar 3, 2014

    what size of can of pumpkin it doesn't say

  • cookiemom6
    Nov 20, 2012

    My number one bread for Thanksgiving. Everyone always loves these rolls and the color with the pumpkin is scrumptous!!