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Sweet Potato Rolls

Easy and delicious, these tender rolls will be your new favorite. Soft, delicious, and easy to make! Great for dinners and holidays!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 212kcal
Author Lisa


  • 4 ½ cups all purpouse flour
  • 1 package instant or rapid rise yeast
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter
  • cup milk- whole or 2%
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 heaping cup mashed sweet potato*
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to lowest setting- my oven goes down to 170°F but yours might be 200°F. Either one works. Then turn oven off. You want a warm environment to help the dough rise*. Butter a 9x13 pan- bottom and sides.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, yeast and salt. If using a stand mixture, use the paddle attachment.
    4 ½ cups all purpouse flour, 1 package instant or rapid rise yeast, ⅓ cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoon salt
    dry ingredients mixed
  • In a microwave safe dish heat your butter, milk, and water. Heat for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until your mixture is warm and butter is melted. The temperature on an instant read thermometer should be between 115°F and 130°F*.
    6 tbs unsalted butter, ⅔ cup milk- whole or 2%, ¼ cup water
    butter and milk at 125°F
  • Mix the warm liquid, mashed sweet potatoes, and the eggs into the flour mixture, until a dough forms. Then knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is sticky. If using a stand mixture, after dough forms switch to a dough hook attachment, and knead for 5 minutes.
    1 heaping cup mashed sweet potato*, 2 large eggs
    dough after kneading
  • Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, lightly cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm oven until doubled in size- ~45 minutes.
    dough after rising 1st time
  • Once doubled, punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
    punching down dough after 1st rise
  • Cut into 15 pieces, and gently roll into circles.
    rolling dough into rolls
  • Place in prepared dish, dust with a little more flour, cover again, and return to oven to rise for 45 more minutes- or when doubled in size.
    Sweet Potato Rolls in baking dish before rising
  • Once doubled remove from oven, then preheat your oven to 350°F.
    Sweet Potato Rolls after 2nd rise
  • Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
    Sweet Potato Rolls after baking
  • Allow rolls to cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. Then enjoy!
    freshly baked role



Tips and Tricks
  • *Mashed Sweet Potato- this is about 1 medium- large sweet potato skin removed and mashed, or you can use leftover sweet potato casserole, or candied sweet potato, or candied yams. Just make sure it is mashed.
  • How to make homemade sweet potato puree?
    If you are making your own sweet potato puree you will want to plan ahead since it takes about an hour if using the oven. To make sweet potato puree preheat oven to 425°F. Wash and dry a medium-large sized sweet potato. Using a fork poke holes in it then wrap in foil. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes or until fully cooked and squishy. Let the sweet potato cool and then peel it. Put it in a food processor and blend until smooth, or mash with a potato masher. If you have an instant pot, you can place the sweet potato in there, on the trivet, with a cup of water. Poke holes in it, then pressure cook on high for 30 minutes, and natural release for 8 minutes. Put it in a food processor and blend until smooth, or mash with a potato masher.
  • *If you live in a warm area, or are making these during summer, you can just let the dough rise in a warm area.
  • Temperature for yeast- Since we are using instant/rapid rise yeast you can mix that into the flour mixture and then the warm liquid will be cool enough when you mix it in. The temp should be between 115°F and 130°F.  If you are using active dry yeast you will need to proof/activate the yeast in a similar method to these rolls, and the temperature will need to be lower.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg