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Sweet Potato Rolls

This recipe uses a convenient bread machine to create a batch of home-style rolls. They're wonderful served warm with honey and butter. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast


  • In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Punch down. Divide into 30 portions; roll each into a ball. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
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  • ChocolateEE
    Jul 14, 2017

    Unfortunately did not taste the sweet potato. Baked up well, comparable to a potato roll.

  • Rebeccastar14
    Jan 9, 2016

    They are really good and so easy to make. I was worried about not using bread flour and scared that my bread would over flow, but it was the perfect size and so moist and dense.

  • jmkasprak
    Jan 21, 2015

    These rolls are so delicious AND easy to make. I did have to add an extra half cup of water when mixing, probably because I cooked my sweet potato too long in the microwave. It dried it out. Some of my rolls turned out small, while others were big. However, they all baked perfectly.

  • micah68tlb
    Nov 19, 2014

    These are wonderful! As for making them without a bread machine, I would imagine that if you just follow instructions for a standard home made bread recipe, using these ingredients, this would work. "Proof" the yeast in half of the warm water, adding about a teaspoon of the sugar, then set aside for a few minutes until it starts to bubble. Use your mixer and stir together the wet ingredients plus the salt and sugar, adding the yeast mixture, then beat in about 1 - 2 cups of the flour, and beat for 2 - 3 minutes, until it starts to "sheet". Stir in the remainder of the flour by hand and knead until smooth and elastic... 6 - 8 minutes. Grease a large bowl ( or just butter your already messy hands, and grease the ball of dough itself), cover and set in a warm place to rise until double... probably about an hour or so. Punch down, divide into 30 rolls and follow the rest of the instructions in this recipe. I'm sure someone will correct me if I have left something out.Oh, and I did not mash my sweet potato. I just put a sweet potato in the microwave and set the timer for 5 - 6 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. When squishy, pull out and let it set until cool enough to handle, but still warm. Peel the skin off the potato and cut into chunks, adding directly to the bread machine bowl. I did not measure.... just eyeballed it, and the bread machine did the rest. No need to dirty extra dishes to mash it up. I had a bit of sweet potato left, so I refrigerated until the next time I made regular bread, and just added it to that recipe, using my usual measurements. None went to waste, and that loaf of bread was extra moist and had a lovely light orange hue. Just another idea...

  • ponspf
    Nov 10, 2014

    Can this be made without a bread machine?

  • vicnmary45
    Sep 25, 2012

    Soooo good. Even my son in law and grandchildren, that do not like sweet potatoes, loved these rolls. I didn't tell them the secret ingredient. I will make them again and again! Yumm!

  • vicnmary45
    May 5, 2010

    These tender, flavorful dinner rolls are so good. My son in law, who dislikes sweet potatoes, could not get enough of them. The grandkids loved them too. This is a keeper for sure.