Have you seen these cute dinner rolls that are perfect for Thanksgiving? My sister sent me the recipe a few years back. It’s not really a recipe, but more instructions into how to transform frozen dinner rolls into the cutest “pumpkin” rolls.
Just three ingredients, a pasty brush and a couple of baking sheets. It can’t get much easier. The only “catch” is that you need to think ahead – way ahead. The rolls need a minimum of three hours to fully rise. Four hours would be on the safe side. Then there’s the prep time and bake time. Realistically, you need to start the rolls about four and one half hours before you are ready to serve them. Since these cute little rolls can be served room-temperature with soft butter, you could even make them the day before.
If you are like me, Thanksgiving starts at the crack of dawn. I’m up before the rooster can even think about crowing. So thinking ahead and having the rolls ready is a snap.
Thanksgiving “Pumpkin” Dinner Rolls
1 Package Rhodes Bake ‘n Serve Dinner Rolls, 36 count
1 Pastry Brush
18 Whole Pecans
Spray 2 rimmed baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Divide rolls between the two pans, spaced so that the rolls are not touching. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rolls rise for two hours.
Uncover plastic wrap from rolls. Using a sharp knife, or kitchen scissors, slice seven to eight sections of roll, leaving the center intact.
Cut whole pecans into thirds. Using one of the pecan pieces as a guide, press a hole in the center of roll. This is where you will insert your stem. DO NOT leave the pecan in the roll at this point. Re-cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for an additional one to two hours. Check periodically as the rolls rise to make sure the stem holes are still intended. If necessary, press again.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly bean the egg in a small bowl to create a wash. Brush rolls with egg wash to give the pumpkin a nice shiny coat.
Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. The rolls can be baked together, switching top to bottom mid-way through baking for even color or in two batches, which ever works best for your oven and timetable.
Remove from oven and immediately insert a piece of pecan into the center of each pumpkin roll as the stem. Serve as you would dinner rolls.