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Potato Rolls Recipe

Potato Rolls made with leftover mashed potatoes cook up fluffy and golden and have a little sweetness to them. Dab on some butter and get ready for homemade bread heaven!

Potato Rolls


These Potato Rolls are made from leftover mashed potatoes.

There’s almost nothing better than homemade bread or rolls is there? Nothing store bought can even come close to that warm, fresh from the oven taste.

These Potato Rolls are made from leftover mashed potatoes and have a little sweetness.


Making rolls can be a little bit of a pain, but this recipe is well worth it because not only can you use up your leftover mashed potatoes (why does there seem to always just be 1 scant serving left?) but this dough will keep in the refrigerator all week long. There’s enough dough for at least 3 batches, so put in a little time Sunday evening making the dough and you can have fresh from the oven rolls 3 nights that week.

These Potato Rolls are made from leftover mashed potatoes and have a hint of sweetness.

That will put a smile on everyone’s face. 🙂

These Potato Rolls are made from leftover mashed potatoes and have a hint of sweetness.

Even better, this dough does not require any kneading and you don’t even need to use a mixer. I mix everything the old-fashioned way, with a big wooden spoon, in a large mixing bowl.

The potatoes, plus the yeast, baking soda, and baking powder make the rolls light as a feather!

These Potato Rolls are made from leftover mashed potatoes.

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Potato Rolls

Potato Rolls

Potato Rolls made with leftover mashed potatoes cook up fluffy and golden and have a little sweetness to them.
PREP: 2 hrs
COOK: 18 mins
TOTAL: 2 hrs 18 mins
SERVINGS: 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 3 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 105 to 115 degrees
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, stir together the shortening, warm milk, sugar, and mashed potatoes.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add to ingredients in the bowl.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Stir the eggs into the mashed potato/yeast mixture. As you stir them in, gradually start adding the flour mixture.
  • Once everything is mixed together well, cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Either let dough rise at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours (if you want to bake that day) or let dough rise overnight in refrigerator. Since this dough makes enough for about 3 dozen rolls, I typically section out 1/3 of the dough to rise at room temperature and put the rest in the refrigerator. (It will keep a good 3-5 days.)
  • Once dough has doubled in bulk, shape it into balls a little bigger than a golf ball and place in a greased cake pan. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.


Calories: 125kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American

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21 thoughts on “Potato Rolls Recipe”

  1. Anne Keating

    Can you substitute potato flakes for mashed potatoes in this recipe. Do you need to add more water if you do?

  2. So, after being in the fridge, they will still rise more in pans properly…..I’m a baking rookie so just wonderig

  3. To freeze, half bake till cooked but not Brown. Place in plastic container, or freezer bag. To finish defrost for 30 minutes at room temp. Then bake till browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

  4. Carol Pachniak

    Anyone try to freeze half of the dough? Did the rolls turn out okay after freezing the dough?

  5. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Oh man. Potato bread and rolls are THE BEST! I have yet to make any that actually rose properly, so I should just cut to the chase and make yours!!!! Pinned! Christin these look phenomenal! Absolute carby perfection

  6. That’s so funny, because I almost always have only 1 serving of mashed potatoes leftover. These rolls would be the perfect use for that last half a cup! And it doesn’t get better than homemade bread!

  7. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Fluffy is definitely the key word for the description of these babies. Puffy could be added. Fluffy puffy
    potato rolls oozing with melted butter. Gad, I can’t go on. I feel major craving coming.

  8. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    These rolls look so delicious! I’ve never made these before but they look so soft that I want some now 😀

  9. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I LOVE homemade bread but have never made potato rolls. I think I need to! They look so incredible fluffy!

  10. Shashi at Runninsrilankan

    These rolls have mashed potatoes in them??? Oh dear – be still my heart! Love how fluffy they are – wow!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These potato rolls look fantastic, Christin! I don’t think I’ve ever tried one before, so I’m eager to test this out. They look so soft and fluffy, love it!

  12. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken

    These look amazing! Nothing better than a good roll slathered with butter. Pinned!

  13. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I’m always on the quest for the perfect rolls. I have to admit that I have never made potato rolls before but my mouth is watering.

  14. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Oh dear Lord….I am absolutely nuts about potato rolls and I can hardly stand how perfectly soft and fluffy these look inside! My kinda heaven right here! So trying these. 🙂 Pinned!

  15. Did you know I’m a carb-lover? (Bet you haven’t figured that one out–haha). These look absolutely fabulous!!! Rolls like these are why I would struggle to go Paleo. No rolls or carbs? Speak not of such things. Bring on the bread, and slather on the butter, please!!

  16. I have such a weakness for rolls and potato rolls are my favorite! Wish I could reach in right now and grab one…these look scrumptious.

    1. Going to make these, I make a cinnamon roll dough that uses mashed potato’s also! Thanks for sharing your recipe, the look divine!! 😛

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