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posted by Christy Denneyon Nov 10, 2011 (updated Oct 26, 2019) 54 comments »

Thankful Rolls are a fun way to start the conversation at your Thanksgiving table starting with a roll.

Last year I saw this really cute idea for “Thankful Rolls” over at the Idea Roomand made these rolls for our Thanksgiving dinner.You can liven up your Thanksgiving table conversation with these creative rolls that have a personalized message inside…kind of like a fortune cookie.


It makes it really interesting when you includeyour guest’s names in the messages. My friend Wendy was our host last year and her son-in-law happened to get this roll. Thankfully they have a good relationship or it would have been awkward.

Just write downyour message on a piece of paper and wrap it in a rectangle of aluminum foil. You could also write it on parchment paper and you wouldn’t have to wrap it. Place it in between two dough balls from your regular dough recipeand then let your dough rise.

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You can make either regular sized rolls or mini-rolls like I did here. I used the leftover dough scraps from my Lion House Rolls and baked them in a mini-muffin pan. Bake your rolls as you normally would according to your recipe directions.

Then at dinner we had a separate “Thankful Rolls” basket that we passed around and read in the middle of dinner.It’s a fun way to get the conversation going and to remember why you are celebrating Thanksgiving.

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originally published on Nov 10, 2011 (last updated Oct 26, 2019)

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54 comments on “Thankful Rolls”

  1. Lorraine Reply

    Hi can I use Pillsbury crescent rolls and roll up message on parchment paper?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yep! Absolutely!

  2. Rach Reply

    Can you do this with your lion house rolls? I want to make them for Thanksgiving but would love to do the notes inside of them. 🍁🍽🦃

  3. M Reply

    We did this one year. It will always be a wonderful memory of ours. My grandpa didn’t hear very well and didn’t really know what we were doing. When it was his turn to read the message, we looked over and his roll was gone. He had already eaten the whole thing not realizing there was a message inside! We didn’t tell him because we didn’t want to embarrass him. He has now passed but we will always have the memory of the year he ate his thankful message! 😆

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Oh my gosh! That’s so funny!! Bless his heart. What a great memory to have.

  4. Tracy Reply

    Is there a way to do this without having to wait for the dough to rise? Is there a different kind of dough that I can use?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Sure. You could use crescent rolls, biscuit dough. Whatever!

  5. Shelia Reply

    Does it matter what type of pen/ink?

    • S'Moors Reply

      I’m curious about the ink, too!

      • Christy Denney Reply

        Nope. I just used a regular old pen.

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    i like it

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  12. Jan Oliver Reply

    This reminded me: Years ago, friends of my parents would split walnut shells into whole halves and put quarters, dimes or nickels inside. They would glue them back together with a string for a holder and hang them on their Christmas tree. Young guests could take them off the tree and break open to get their “surprise”. I still remember this and now I’m in my 60’s.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Oh my! I love that story. Thanks for sharing.

  13. superkim89 Reply

    great idea ,,,,keep work

  14. Lisa Reply

    OMG! Such a sweet idea!

  15. Ann Reply

    Awesome way to express why or who you are thankful for and I think I will use this idea this year at my Thanksgiving Dinner! I am thankful for this awesome idea !

  16. greengirl Reply

    This is a super recipe to remind all people that thanksgiving is not just for turkey and football (even though I like both). we are having a small family gathering (4 people) and then help out a food shelter. we will love sharing this idea and will be inspired when we are baking something different this year.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Thank you for sharing!

  17. Veronica Crane Reply

    Awesome idea, I love it and will be using your pin this Thanksgiving!

  18. Cathy Turner Reply

    This makes it so much easier to get started with the “I’m thankful for…” around the Thanksgiving table. Thank you!

  19. Di Reply

    I made these last year & will be making them fot Christmas in July , putting little Xmas mottos in them.

  20. joycea112 Reply

    I’m so glad I found this site!! I’ve been rolling around it for almost an hour now, and I will probably be up all night!! Why couldn’t I have found this two years’ ago??? It’s great!!!

  21. Michelle Reply

    I love this, I am using this for the names for our Christmas gift exchange That we draw for at thanksgiving.

    • joycea112 Reply

      What a great idea!!! It’s fun… and different!! Let us all know how it turns out!

  22. Jodi Reply

    Such a cute idea! I wish I had thought of this!

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  24. cavitiesandcravings Reply

    Oh my goodness, such a cute idea!! I really love it!

  25. Mary Reply

    Christy, this is a really great idea.
    The rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  26. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking Reply

    I love this. Can’t wait to make them for this year’s dinner!

  27. Irene Reply

    What a great idea. Will def have to try it this Thanksgiving.

  28. Su Reply


    A girlfriend just forwarded me your blog and this post. This is my first time stopping by.

    I love this idea and had to share with my blog readers. At Harris Teeter this week you can get a 12 count of dough rolls (Rhodes brand) for only 37 cents (that is with the sale and coupon). So I was telling my readers to go get those rolls and then make your Thankful Rolls!!

    I linked to your blog and post. Here is my blog post:

  29. Caitlin Reply

    oh my gosh, this is one of the cutest ideas i’ve ever seen! since the best part of chinese food are the fortune cookies i love this quasi-twist on that. 🙂

    thanks for sharing!

  30. elle Reply

    This is a really great idea. I am greatly considering making these and giving them to people individuals I’m my family. I would of course personalize the little notes to specific persons.

  31. Britni and Brett Reply

    These are so cute! I remember when Brett got the “I am thankful for Wendy because….” last year! hahaha I don’t remember what he said, but it was super funny.

  32. Britni and Brett Reply

    These are so cute! I remember when Brett got the “I am thankful for Wendy because….” last year! hahaha I don’t remember what he said, but it was super funny.

  33. Andrea Reply

    Um…best idea, EVER.

    Will be doing this!

  34. warmvanillasugar Reply

    This idea is awesome! Can’t wait to test this out.

  35. Colleen Reply

    What a cute and clever idea.
    Knowing my teen age grandkids the way I do, I think I’ll have to have my tags sticking out a bit like they are on hershey kisses.
    Thank U.

  36. Rose Reply

    Awesome idea and so simple! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Dara Reply

    So cute! I LOVE these. What a great idea.

  38. megan @ whatmegansmaking Reply

    This is a really cute idea!

  39. Regina of Live Delightfully Reply

    That’s a super cute idea! I love it!!!

  40. Dining Alone Reply

    What a clever idea, so cute!

  41. Sandy Reply

    I love this idea! Saw something similar on Pinterest. On that one when each guest arrived they were asked to write what they were thankful for on a piece of paper. Then when dinner was served, and the note was found, the guests had to guess who wrote the note. May have to try this 🙂

  42. Erin Reply

    What an wonderful idea!! I wish I were baking the rolls because I would do this. Gonna have to save this for next time.

  43. KristaM Reply

    This is awesome! Such a great idea for a Thanksgiving party. It would be really cute if a proposal happened this way haha.


  44. Mal Reply

    This is such a sweet idea!

  45. Reply

    I adore this idea!

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