These Gratitude Rolls are another amazing Pinterest find. See, good things do come from obsession. The idea is you write what you are thankful for on a little piece of paper then roll it up in your roll of choice and bake. I have also seen them over at The Girl Who Ate Everything where she wrapped the paper in foil before baking.
We always have Thanksgiving with close family friends and they started a tradition years ago of passing around a basket with a dried ear of corn. Each of us pick off 3 kernels and say 3 things we are thankful for. Most of the kids (although we aren’t kids anymore) usually grumble when the corn comes out but it really is a great tradition to verbalize how lucky and blessed we all are. This is just a fun twist on our usual tradition. Have guests arrive before baking the rolls and ask them to write down a few things they are grateful for then you all can read them as you devour.
I chose to make Taste of Home’s roll recipe because they never let me down. Shape your rolls in any way (crescent, twists, knots, rosettes), we chose to do cloverleaf rolls. Then place your foil wrapped messages somewhere in the rolls where they will be hidden once they bake.
Taste of Home’s Best Dinner Rolls
recipe from Taste of Home Magazine
yields 2 dozen
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
topping, optional (recipe follows)
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. dried minced garlic
1 tsp. minced dried onion
1 tsp. kosher salt
1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add 2 eggs; beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 portions. Divide each of those portions into three and roll into balls. Place 3 balls in each greased muffin cup. Place foil wrapped message in between balls.
4. Cover with a clean, lightweight towel and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Brush lightly with beaten egg. Sprinkle with everything topping.