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Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls - Easy to make dinner rolls with great flavors and a soft, dense texture.

As the parents of a very picky 9-year-old – we are always happy when we can convince our daughter to eat more foods with vegetables – like these Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls.

(I know – it’s terribly ironic…two food bloggers are parents to an extremely picky eater! Someday – we hope – she will appreciate the good food we cook!) 🙂

We don’t try to sneak in the vegetables – we always tell our daughter when we add the vegetables because we want her to recognize tastes of foods when she eats them.

Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls - Easy to make dinner rolls with great flavors and a soft, dense texture.

Plus, adding cooked, pureed squash such as pumpkin, butternut, acorn or any other winter squash variety to these Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls not only adds delicious flavor and nutrients, but it also gives these dinner rolls a wonderfully soft, moist and dense texture.

You can make these dinner rolls with or without the dried cranberries added – we all enjoyed the texture and the hint of sweetness from the added cranberries! And the ground sage added to the dough complements the savory squash and the sweet-tart cranberries.

Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls - Easy to make dinner rolls with great flavors and a soft, dense texture.

These Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls are very easy to make – just about 15 minutes to mix up the dough – then another two hours to proof. They bake up perfectly and are a wonderful addition to any meal!

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Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls - A Family Feast

Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls

  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen rolls


  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup of any cooked pureed winter vegetable such as butternut, acorn, buttercup or blue Hubbard squash (alternatively, you could also use canned pureed pumpkin).
  • 1½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon dry ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Olive oil for bowl
  • 1 egg and a teaspoon of water beaten for egg wash


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix milk, butter and pureed squash. Mix and microwave to 110 degrees F using a probe thermometer. Depending on your microwave, this could take approximately 30 seconds. Set this aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle, mix bread flour, 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (save ½ cup aside), yeast, sage, salt and sugar until combined.
  3. Add warmed squash mixture from earlier and switch to a dough hook. Mix to form a dough that just barely sticks to the bottom of the bowl. Add some or all of the ½ cup of all purpose flour to achieve this consistency.
  4. With the mixer on medium, knead dough for six minutes.
  5. Add cranberries and mix to combine.
  6. Lightly coat a large bowl with olive oil and add dough. Toss to coat in the oil then cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Proof in a warm place (80 degrees F) until doubled in size, about one hour or so.
  7. Pour out onto counter and cut into 12 pieces.
  8. Line a 9X9 pan with parchment. Form each piece into a ball by pinching sides to bottom then place on prepared pan. Again cover with plastic and a towel and proof until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  10. Brush the top of each roll with the egg wash, being careful not to let the egg wash drip down to the pan.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes turning pan half way through until browned on top.
  12. Serve warm.

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Cranberry Squash Dinner Rolls - Easy to make dinner rolls with great flavors and a soft, dense texture.

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  • Janene wrote:

    Now this is something I have to try! Both my husband and daughter hate their veggies and I think this is another creative way to have them eat it instead of the smoothies. This will be tried tomorrow! Thank you Martha!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you all enjoy the dinner rolls!

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