Pumpkin Honey Butter Crescent Rolls

These soft & fluffy pumpkin honey butter crescent rolls will be the talk of your Thanksgiving table! They’re buttery and oh so delicious!

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I kind of love making rolls. It’s theraputic. But when the holidays roll around, the thought of making them (along with everything else) is kind of overwhemling! That’s why I love these pumpkin honey butter crescent rolls- you can make them ahead! Just pull them out of the refrigerator, let them rise for 30 mintues and then pop them into the oven to bake. How easy is that?! They’re definitely a must this Thanksgiving!

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Let’s get started: in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour and the yeast; set aside. Then, in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the pumpkin, water, dry milk, butter, brown sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat until the butter melts and the mixture starts to simmer and thicken. Your goal is around 120 degrees (warm enough to activate the yeast).

Add the pumpkin mixture and eggs to flour/yeast. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then turn the speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes. Switch to the dough hook attachment, then turn the speed on low, gradually add the remaining flour. I used the full 6 1/2 cups. Knead the dough for 3 minutes or until a soft and tacky dough forms. Shape the dough into a ball. Place in a lightly buttered bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. This usually takes about a hour, but depending on the temperature of your kitchen it could take up to 1 1/2 hours (we keep our house at 70 in the winter and it takes dough a bit longer to rise).

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Remove the plastic wrap and set aside. Punch the dough down. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into thirds. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Roll each ball of dough into a 12-inch circle. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling together (softened butter, honey and cinnamon). Spread over the three circles. Using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel, cut each circle into 12 wedges. Then cut a 1/2-inch slit into the top (wide end) of each wedge. See picture above.

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To shape the rolls, begin at wide end of each wedge and roll toward the point (just like you would if you were making a croissant). Place the point sides down on parchment lined baking sheets (I like to do 24 rolls on a half sheet pan and 12 on a quarter sheet pan). Cover with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place until almost double in size, about 30-45 minutes (I find that turning my oven on to 200 degrees, letting it reach that temperature, then turning it off is the perfect environment for this last step- just make sure it’s OFF, and leave the door cracked).

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When the rolls are ready to go, heat your oven to 375 degrees. Uncover and bake the rolls for 14-18 minutes or until they’re golden brown on top. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush the tops of the hot rolls with melted butter.

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Enjoy these rolls while they’re fresh and warm! Serve them with whipped pumpkin butter or just the plain stuff. See my notes down below for a few ideas on how to make these even more amazing!!

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These soft & fluffy pumpkin honey butter crescent rolls will be the talk of your Thanksgiving table! They're buttery and oh so delicious!
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Yield: 3 dozen rolls
Ingredients
  • 6 - 6½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 c. water
  • ½ c. nonfat dry milk
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ⅓ c. brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs

  • Filling:
  • ¼ c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour and the yeast; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the pumpkin, water, dry milk, butter, brown sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat until warm, about 120 degrees.
  3. Add the pumpkin mixture and eggs to flour/yeast. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then turn speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes. Switch to the dough hook attachment, then turn speed on low, gradually add the remaining flour. Knead the dough for 3 minutes or until a soft and tacky dough forms.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball. Place in a lightly buttered bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 - 1½ hours.
  5. Punch the dough down. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into thirds. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Roll each ball of dough into a 12-inch circle. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling together. Spread over the three circles. Using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel, cut each circle into 12 wedges. Then cut a ½-inch slit into the top (wide end) of each wedge. To shape the rolls, begin at wide end of each wedge and roll toward the point. Place point sides down on parchment lined baking sheets (I like to do 24 rolls on a half sheet pan and 12 on a quarter sheet pan).
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place until almost double in size, about 30-45 minutes (I find that turning my oven on to 200 degrees, letting it reach that temperature, then turning it off is the perfect environment for this last step- just make sure it's off, and leave the door cracked. Remove the rolls before preheating your oven).
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover and bake the rolls for 14-18 minutes or until golden brown on top. Brush the tops of the hot rolls with melted butter, serve warm.
Notes
-Try adding 2 tbsp. orange zest to these rolls. For something decadent, ditch the filling and spread a thin layer of Nutella over top!
-To make these ahead, stop after completing step 6. Cover and place them in the refrigerator. Remove them 45 minutes prior to baking continue with step 7.


Recipe source: adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

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