Thankful Rolls

Last year I saw this really cute idea for “Thankful Rolls” over at the Idea Room and 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.

Thankful Rolls - a fun way to liven up the conversation at the Thanksgiving table.
It makes it really interesting when you include your 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 down your 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 recipe and then let your dough rise.
                            Thankful Rolls - a fun way to liven up the conversation at the Thanksgiving table.

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.Thankful Rolls - a fun way to liven up the conversation at the Thanksgiving table.

Thankful Rolls - a fun way to liven up the conversation at the Thanksgiving table.

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  1. I adore this idea!

  2. This is such a sweet idea!

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


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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. What a clever idea, so cute!

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

  8. This is a really cute idea!

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

  10. Awesome idea and so simple! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 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.

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

  13. Um…best idea, EVER.

    Will be doing this!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. Hi-

    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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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!!!

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

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

  29. Veronica Crane says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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 !

  32. OMG! Such a sweet idea!

  33. great idea ,,,,keep work

  34. 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.

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  38. An interesting idea,. i like

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  41. Does it matter what type of pen/ink?

  42. 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?

  43. 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! 😆