Pumpkin-Shaped Rolls

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling


1 dozen

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
These cute pumpkin-shaped rolls are worth the effort. They're a festive fall favorite in my household. If you don't have pumpkin on hand, try using sweet potato. —Veronica Fay, Knoxville, Tennessee
Pumpkin-Shaped Rolls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons each minced fresh oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, optional
  • 6 honey wheat braided pretzel twists, halved


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, fresh herbs, salt, cayenne, yeast mixture and 1-1/2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Stir in cheese.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Punch down dough; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide and shape into 12 balls; flatten slightly. Wrap each ball in 4 pieces of kitchen string, creating indentations to resemble a pumpkin. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. If desired, brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Cut and discard string. Before serving, insert pretzel halves in top of each roll.

Nutrition Facts

1 roll: 211 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.