Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls with Bourbon Honey Butter

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I’m sad to report that this is my final post as a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador for ACH Foods this fall. The title of this ambassadorship says it all: I certainly had some room for improvement when it came to the baking department. After tackling Quick Pumpkin Beer Bread and homemade pizza crust, I went into this month’s recipe feeling pretty confident in my new skills.

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What I learned this month can be summed up like this: Sometimes, you can do everything wrong and still get a really good result. I know it sounds counterintuitive, especially when it comes to yeast baking, but hear me out.

Building off of this recipe, I started by heating my apple juice in the microwave to try to get it between 100 and 110 degrees F (the correct temperature to activate the yeast). Well, let’s just say that 60 seconds in the microwave is WAY too long to do that. After the apple juice took a short rest in the fridge, and then, impatiently, the freezer, it was finally cooled down enough for me to stir in the Fleischmann’s® Active Dry Yeast. Still, things were getting off to a somewhat rough start.

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I can’t be certain, but I *think* I forgot to add the salt to my dough. I remember looking at the sea salt in the pantry cupboard, but then I’m pretty sure my dog distracted me and I forgot to add it. I also did not use the dough hook attachment for my Kitchenaid while mixing the dough, even though I totally have one, and it would have been the correct time to use it (for the first time ever). To further complicate matters, one step in the directions reads “Divide dough into 12 equal portions and form into rolls.” Which I totally did. If you consider golf balls and baseballs to be equal portion sizes.

So yeah, I stumbled a little bit with this recipe. I seriously felt like I had done everything wrong. At one point while kneading the dough, it felt kind of tough, and I was fairly certain I was in over my head and I did NOT have the skills to tackle this recipe.

Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls with Bourbon Honey Butter - Perfect for the holidays! | foxeslovelemons.com

But you know what? These sweet potato rolls turned out AMAZING. They were airy, fluffy, and lightly sweet and spiced. They resembled the dinner rolls sold at my favorite bakery. Honestly, Jeff thought I had bought them. I know a lot of bakers wouldn’t want to hear that their homemade rolls resemble bakery-bought ones, but I considered it a compliment. They tasted professionally made!

The moral of the story is that everybody probably has more baking skills than they think they do. If I can tackle three yeast recipes and have three success stories, anyone can. Grab some Fleischmann’s® Yeast and just go try it. Oh, and a compound butter made with honey and BOURBON never hurts, you know?

Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls with Bourbon Honey Butter - Perfect for the holidays! | foxeslovelemons.com


Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls with Bourbon Honey Butter

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes plus rising

Cook Time: 25 minutes


For the Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls:

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing bowl and baking pan

For the Bourbon Honey Butter:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon


  1. Make Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls: In microwave-safe liquid measuring cup, microwave juice until warm (100 to 110 degrees F) (about 20 to 30 seconds on high). Stir in yeast; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves. Add egg, potato, butter and yeast mixture; beat 2 minutes.  Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Knead on a lightly floured surface 6 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball and place in greased bowl, turning once to cover. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Punch dough down. Divide dough into 12 equal portions; form into rolls. Place in greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Bake rolls 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  6. Make Bourbon Honey Butter: In small bowl, stir together butter, honey and bourbon until very well combined. Serve rolls with butter.
  • Whole Wheat Variation:  Use 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour in place of 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • Sweet Potato Tip:  Cook or bake sweet potato.  Or use a can (15 ounces) of sweet potatoes.  Drain well and mash enough to measure 1/2 cup.

Adapted from BreadWorld.com.

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As a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador, this post was sponsored by ACH Foods through their partnership with One2One Network. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Wow! Both your rolls and butter sound irresistible! Perfect for the season!!!

  2. I don’t know which I love more..the rolls or the butter? Guess I need both in my life!

  3. What a delicious and perfect dinner roll to serve on your Thanksgiving table! Love this recipe…thanks for sharing!

  4. You made me laugh out load. Really! And from my experience with yeast, it isn’t as fussy as cake might be. Keep up the good work. I printed out the recipe and am going to add it to my Thanksgiving day meal. Thank you!

  5. Sounds like you have become a better baker.  But it’s also okay not to be a baker – there are scads of them out there.  Sometimes it’s hard and seems limiting, but it’s best to do what you’re really good at.  For what it’s worth, I’m far more likely to make your other recipes than I am to make these rolls, even though they sound delicious.

  6. You just gone and make me excited! I am not a very good bread baker, but now I wanna try this!

  7. These are stunning. You had me at bourbon. Pinned.

  8. I love the bourbon honey butter!

  9. Nothing beats homemade rolls and I love the sound of that bourbon honey butter. 

  10. What a unique (and delicious) recipe!  Perfectly timed for Thanksgiving too!

  11. These look amazing! If i hadn’t made 3 trips to the store already this weekend, I would run out to get a sweet potato to try these with dinner tonight. If you can believe it is “cold” and rainy in FL, and I have a sick teenager, we have decided to spend the day inside watching tv and cooking. Thank for the awesome blog!

  12. Got brav, got a sweet potato & going to give it a go! 

    • Yay Jane! I hope they turn out great for you, and that your sick teenager feels better fast. I would LOVE to see a photo of the finished product on Instagram with a #foxeslovelemons 🙂

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