Amish Potato Rolls

The perfect soft dinner roll recipe. These rolls are not only very easy to make but are fluffy and full of flavor. A wonderful addition to any dinner or gathering.

Amish Potato Rolls Recipe from The perfect soft and fluffy dinner rolls that are full of flavor and easy to make!

Glitter and boots. The highs and lows of my weekend. More specifically… After Carrie shared a photo of her new boots I immediately had to have them. Or at the very least try them on to make sure they were indeed everything I’ve been searching for. I’ve been hunting high and low looking for the perfect nearly flat boots. They’re incredible, comfy and gorgeous. In. Love.

Now, I love glitter and sparkles as much as the next girl but not so much when it’s stuck in the grout between my kitchen tiles. This, thanks to my oldest who was crafting and clearly made a huge mess. I may just have to embrace a sparkly kitchen. Please tell me some people pay big money for that look. Maybe it’ll help ease the frustration.

Amish Potato Rolls Recipe from The perfect soft and fluffy dinner rolls that are full of flavor and easy to make!

I’m sure you have your Thanksgiving menu mostly set. But stop everything that you’re doing, put that menu on hold and add these Amish potato rolls to the list. They are quite possibly the best rolls I’ve ever made. Ever. They remind me of those rolls you can buy in a package and just pop in your oven.

They’re so soft and fluffy. You’ll want to slather them in butter and eat one after another (which just might be how they disappeared here – no, seriously… every person in my family was obsessed). They’re irresistible and totally delicious. I promise they’ll be a hit of any dinner you serve them at. In addition to their incredible texture and flavor, these rolls are truly easy to make. Get the kids in the kitchen and help you out! They’ll have a blast and will be proud they helped out with such a special part of the meal.

Make these Amish potato rolls, you’ll be glad you did! They’re a new family favorite for us and may be for you too!

Amish Potato Rolls Recipe from The perfect soft and fluffy dinner rolls that are full of flavor and easy to make!

Amish Potato Rolls

The perfect soft dinner roll recipe. They're not only easy to make but are flavorful and extra fluffy.
Prep Time3 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time4 hours
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 rolls


  • 3/4 C water heated to 115°F
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/3C granulated sugar divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter partially melted
  • 1 C unseasoned mashed potatoes
  • 4 1/4 C all purpose flour


  • In a measuring cup, combine warm water (roughly 115°F), yeast and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar. Allow yeast to proof.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, add remaining ingredients. With mixer on low, add yeast mixture. Slowly increasing speed to medium, continuing to mix until ingredients are well combined.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for 90 minutes or doubled in size.
  • Prepare a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper or lightly greased.
  • Divide dough into 16 equal portions. Shape into a ball, placing seam side down in prepared pan. Cover and allow rolls to rise for an additional 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Store remaining rolls in an airtight container for up to several days.


Mashed potatoes may be seasoned with butter and cream or milk, omit any other flavorings or seasonings for the purpose of making these rolls.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour

More bread recipes to try:
Garlic and herb dinner rolls
Cornbread muffins
Pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread
Garlic and herb pull apart bread
English muffin bread
Apple cinnamon pull apart bread
Garlic monkey bread

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88 Responses to “Amish Potato Rolls”

  1. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

    These look incredible, Rachel! The dinner rolls are my favorite part of the meal, and these look so soft and perfect. Making me so hungry right now :)

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      One of mine too! And thank you Marie :)

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    Kerry — November 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Since I don’t eat turkey I usually look forward to Ham and bread on Thanksgiving. These look so light and fluffy! Must make them!

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      You truly must! You’ll love them :)

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — November 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    These look SO good, and exactly like what I would want at my Thanksgiving dinner!

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much Renee!

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    D — November 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

    How would I make these without using a stand mixer?

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

      If you have a bread machine you could allow the dough to mix and rise in there. Otherwise, you would need to mix the ingredients together by hand in a large bowl and then knead by hand until the dough is shiny and smooth.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — November 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I am always on the lookout for great dinner roll recipes. I will definitely have to give this a go – never made bread with potatoes :)

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

      If you love soft rolls then you’ll definitely love these!

  6. #
    Leia — November 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I will try these also. Made your garlic-herb rolls using the bread machine to mix and rise the dough, they were “the bomb”!! Thank you.

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them and I hope you like these as well! :)

  7. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

    You know how I feel about carbs!! These looks like little pillows of heaven!

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

      That is seriously the perfect description!

  8. #
    Leia — November 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Erica, the potatoes “feed” the yeast. You can also use the water the potatoes are cooked in to replace the water in any bread recipe and get good results.

  9. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — November 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Look how amazing those rolls look!!!! I need one now!

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Carla! You should add them to your menu ;)

  10. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I’m seeing potato rolls all over the internet today and it’s making me carb-hungry!! ;) These look so perfectly fluffy!

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you so much Natalie! :)

  11. #
    Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent — November 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

    These look great! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Honestly, I’ve never seen a fluffier looking homemade roll! These are amazing, Rachel! A must, must try for my Thanksgiving feast. :)

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much Georgia! They really are fluffy :)

  13. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    omg these look so perfect!!!! so fluffy and pillow-y. oh man, i seriously cannot wait to make some with you! i will finally have decent dinner rolls, haha

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      You’ll LOVE them. Promise :)

  14. #
    Tracey — November 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Woah, mashed potatoes in rolls? It’s almost too good to be true! They look amazing! PS – love those boots, I’m still looking for the perfect pair :)

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      I know!! The best of both worlds… buttery mashed potato rolls mmm mmm so good

  15. #
    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — November 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    These looks so perfect! Seriously nothing better than a hot buttery roll!

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Rachel! :)

  16. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Gorgeous, my dear! I want to reach right in and grab one of these babies! Of course…pinning!

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      Rachel — November 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Thanks so much Stacy! Wish I could offer you some :)

  17. #
    Shari Kelley — November 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    These look perfect!

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      Rachel — November 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Shari!

  18. #
    marniebella — November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I wonder if I could use potato flour and white rice flour to replace the wheat for a GF version. These look amazing. Have you heard of anyone converting to a GF flour for these?

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      Rachel — November 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      If you’re familiar with adjusting recipes to be gluten free, then I’d go ahead and try. I’m not familiar with what adjustments or changes would need to be made for it to work. Good luck! :)

  19. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Rachel, these rolls look perfect. I don’t just want them on my Thanksgiving table, but at my dinner table every night…with lots of butter of course!

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      Rachel — November 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks so much Kari! I agree fully. They should definitely be enjoyed more than just at Thanksgiving dinner. :)

  20. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I neeeeeed some comfy flat boots! Darn you.

    • #
      Rachel — November 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      yes you do!!

  21. #
    Rachel Cooks — November 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

    These rolls look so perfect! Especially with that melted butter.

    PS: I hate glitter too.

  22. #
    Carla — November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I love Amish food since I’m only a few hours away from Amish country. Absolutely love potato rolls.

  23. #
    Molly — November 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Any chance I can make dough ahead of time and refrigerate? Knead and bake the next day?

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      Rachel — November 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I haven’t personally done that with this particular recipe, but I have with others so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature before working with it the next day. Good luck and enjoy! :)

  24. #
    Kiara — December 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight to go with some homemade soup. I found them a little on the sweet side compared to rolls I normally make but they were absolutely perfect in terms of texture – light, fluffy, gorgeous. I will use a little less sugar and perhaps try using potato water to feed the yeast as my nana has done.
    I brushed the tops of mine will a little eggwash for colour. I’ll be making these again and again – thank you!

    By the way, I don’t have a stand mixer. I used a hand mixer for the beginning and finished by kneading with my hands. Genuinely the best rolls I’ve ever made.

    • #
      Rachel — December 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! :)

  25. #
    HMiller — December 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I’ve made these twice now, with dairy-free ‘butter’ and in the bread machine. (Milk allergy). They’re amazing! I do think I will tone the sugar down just a bit, but otherwise fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Rachel — December 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them and that you were easily able to adapt for the milk allergy!

  26. #
    Kaitlin Weiler — January 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love any and all carbs, and these look amazing. I would love to make little sliders with them!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Kaitlin!

  27. #
    Ilona — April 21, 2014 at 4:28 am

    These rolls are so good! I just omitted 1/3C of sugar, because we wanted to eat them with meatballs with bbq sauce :) I would love to make them again, and eat with butter or strawberry jam :) Great recipe, thanks :)

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      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them! :)

  28. #
    Sally — April 22, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I have just made these heavenly, fluffy, slightly sweet, buttery balls of utter goodness. It’s a great simple recipe. I can’t wait to try out some of your other ones. I have bookmarked your site on my phone and I admire it’s going to be a fav.

    • #
      Rachel — April 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

      So glad you found me and enjoyed the rolls! They’re definitely one of my favorites! :)

  29. #
    Sarabeth — July 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Just wondering if using instant mashed potatoes would change the outcome… For the days ur in a rush.

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      Rachel — July 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I haven’t personally tried that method. If you’re comfortable using instant mashed potatoes, then it would be worth a try. If you do, please let me know how they turn out for you! :)

  30. #
    Amanda — August 31, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I made these with instant mashed potatoes, and they turned out wonderful. I also hand mixed the dough in a large bowl. The pan I used was a little too small to fit all 16, but the extras I tied in a knot (tucking the ends underneath) and baked on a baking sheet instead, for the same amount of time and temp. They turned out really nice that way too, although the bottoms were more brown than the ones in the pan. Both ways were very fluffy and very delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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      Rachel — September 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing! :)

  31. #
    Andi — September 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for a great recipe. I made these rolls yesterday my first attempt at making yeast rolls. I have posted them on my blog. I used my heating pad to help in the rising of the rolls. It worked great. Thanks Rachel I will make these again.

    • #
      Rachel — September 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

  32. #
    Nancy Long — November 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    very frustrating – I cut and paste recipes into my word documents and your site won’t let me do that, so guess I won’t be using your site

    • #
      Rachel — November 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I have it setup that way for theft reasons. There is a free print option that can be used.

  33. #
    Nancy Long — November 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks, got the recipe – so sorry you’ve had a problem with theft – I cut and paste from all the other blogs I follow w/o a problem. I usually like to keep part of the blog with the recipe

    • #
      Rachel — November 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

      If you sign up to receive emails, you’ll be able to copy a portion of the blog post from there. However, you’ll still have to click over for the actual recipe. I hope that helps and I do hope you continue to enjoy the recipes! Have a lovely Thanksgiving! :)

  34. #
    Michelle — November 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I have had a fantasy for years of the perfect dinner roll matching these awesome dinner rolls that used to be served every day in the cafeteria of my junior high school. The memory of the smell of those rolls making me hungry right before lunch, and then finally digging in …. mmmmm Nirvana Once I grew up I kept trying a number of dinner rolls, and was always, always disappointed. This year I have decided to try these for Thanksgiving. Made a double batch tonight, leaving the dough in the fridge overnight. But just to make sure I liked them, I cooked up a batch tonight.

    OMG I AM BACK IN JUNIOR HIGH NIRVANA. thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this recipe. My search for the perfect dinner foll recipe is now checked off my bucket list.

    • #
      Rachel — November 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

      So happy to hear you’ve found the perfect roll finally! I was on the hunt for quite some time too. I truly believe these are hands down the best soft and fluffy dinner rolls. Enjoy! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  35. #
    Leila Rose — December 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Yum, I want to make these. I’m short on butter though, so could I use half butter and half margarine? Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I haven’t personally substituted with margarine. I imagine it should still work, but I can’t be 100% sure. Good luck!

  36. #
    Jean Chapman — December 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I am not good at making rolls. I have tried several times and several different recipes and most of my rolls have been really bad. But, I tried this recipe and the rolls were amazing! I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect!
    Rachel, thank you so much for sharing the recipe. My family and I are thrilled!.

    • #
      Rachel — December 19, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  37. #
    Morgan — November 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Would you be able to freeze these rolls?

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      Rachel — November 5, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I haven’t personally frozen them, but I imagine it would work well. Follow the same freezing guidelines as you would for other bread and rolls.

  38. #
    Vicki — November 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I just made these .. they are delicious. I am doubling the recipe for Thanksgiving as they will be perfect for leftover ham and turkey sandwich rolls. Thanks!

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      Rachel — November 23, 2015 at 7:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

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    MISTY BAILEY — December 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Rachel, can I just say that this recipe cause tears on Thanksgiving? Good tears though! I work for Taylor (Food Faith Fit) and came across your recipe. My youngest daughter has a bakers yeast allergy and has not had rolls in years. I mean YEARS!! I was terrified to try it but we gave it a whirl and they were FANTASTIC!! She cried. She was SO happy!!

    I just wanted to tell you thank you for making my little girls thanksgiving. This recipe was SO easy (even for this non baking mama) and gave us one more reason to be thankful this year :)

    Here’s a pic if you want to see her happy face :)

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      Rachel — December 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that she was able to enjoy the rolls! What a special occasion! Thanks so much for sharing, Misty! :)

  40. #
    Helen Miller — November 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Just read all of the comments and want to make these they sound delicious. Problem is I only have salted butter should I cut back on the salt in the recipe?

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      Rachel — November 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      In a pinch, that will be fine to use. Cut the salt down to 1 1/4 tsp if you end up using salted butter for this recipe.

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    Jennifer — December 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    These were delicious. I made them for Christmas. Two pans. One as rolls, and the other sandwich size. They are a hit, slathered in butter as rolls, or with sandwich fixins of choice.

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      Rachel — January 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed them!

  42. #
    Louise M Soweski — May 20, 2018 at 2:38 am

    First time I made these…they came out looking so professional, light, airy and delicious!! I will be making again and again… I love Potato Rolls, now I have a wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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      Rachel — May 23, 2018 at 6:55 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Louise! :)

  43. #
    Ted — November 21, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    The first time I made these, they were a huge hit. Now, I’m required to make them for every family gathering! They even turned into a hilarious joke during a toast at my wedding — my nephew said his favorite thing about his new uncle was “his buns… potato buns”. Hahaha Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

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      Rachel — November 22, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Thank you so much for sharing this sweet memory! I’m so glad everyone in your family has enjoyed the rolls so much! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  44. #
    Annarose — March 28, 2021 at 6:09 am

    I don’t reply to comments often. Very rare. I’m a 61 year old nana and has never been big on social media, I won’t have one. However, I love recipes. I will try these bc they look amazing and the ingredients seems to be what I am looking for. Another reason is bc of you Rachel. You actually read and reply back. Alot of other people repeat the same to all who make comments. They don’t say anything really different. So….this is why I will try your rolls. Hopefully, I can follow or get more recipes. I just have to figure out how,lol. My life isn’t my cell or social media so I am not computer savvy. Have a wonderful day

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      Rachel — March 29, 2021 at 6:13 am

      I hope you enjoy the rolls, Annarose! Happy baking! :)

  45. #
    Deborah Ashman — November 3, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Looking for perfect rolls for Thanksgiving. What kind of potatoes do you use?

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      Rachel — November 10, 2021 at 11:35 am

      I use russet potatoes.

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    Tim — July 18, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    I followed the recipe step by step and the dough came out dry. I double checked everything and it looks like I had included everything. It wasn’t making the cough ball like I’m used to so I added zone water, a little a time but I don’t think it’s going to turn out well..

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      Rachel — July 24, 2022 at 8:45 am

      Make sure to measure your flour properly. It should never be scooped directly from a container or bag as it’s compacted. Fluff your flour with a whisk to loosen it up then spoon it into a measuring cup and level it off. Extra flour will have a huge impact on if a recipe turns out or not.

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