Sweet Potato Buns

These soft and fluffy homemade buns are a dream to make and are the perfect addition to any holiday meal.

Yield: 15 buns

Sweet Potato Buns


  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup warm water (100-100°F)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary, crumbled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast


  1. Combine sweet potato, warm water, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt, rosemary, garlic powder in a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater.
  2. Combine 4 cups flour and yeast in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour mixture to sweet potato mixture. Using low speed, beat just until combined.
  4. Turn dough out onto a surface floured with remaining 1 cup flour. Knead dough gently, kneading in remaining flour so that dough is soft and slightly sticky.
  5. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl; turn dough to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise until almost doubled in volume, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1 inch thick. Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut dough into rounds, re-rolling scraps as necessary.
  7. Place rounds 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise until almost doubled in volume, about 30 – 45 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F.
  9. Uncover pans and bake until buns are firm and golden brown on bottoms, about 15 – 17 minutes.
  10. Remove buns from pan and cool on racks. May be frozen.
Nutritional analysis per bun:


286 calories, 8.3 g fat, 6.4 g protein, 46.4 g carbohydrate, 2 g fibre, 254 mg sodium 

Tip: For a more traditional take on this recipe, substitute plain mashed potatoes for the sweet potatoes in this recipe.