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Sat, Nov 21 2015 post by Stacie

Gratitude Rolls

Start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year with these easy and fun Gratitude Rolls!

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

Today we have a fun new Thanksgiving tradition for you to try. And it's not DIY jewel encrusted napkin rings or anything like that. We're talking simple! That's right, we're looking out for you. As you already know, Rhodes helps make your Thanksgiving Day food prep a little easier anyway. So just put your bag of Rhodes rolls in the refrigerator the night before, and you'll be ready to whip out these fun Gratitude Rolls.

The idea is to hide little messages in your dinner rolls. Think fortune cookies! There are 4 shaped rolls that this idea will work well with.

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls - choose from 4 different shapes

The shaped rolls go in a muffin tin, but you could also fold up your messages inside Parkerhouse rolls. 

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls - Parkerhouse

After you've decided which kind of roll you want to make, just cut up some strips of parchment paper for your notes. There are a few different ideas for the notes that you can use. If you've got your guests around while you're preparing the rolls you could try one of these ideas:

1. Have each guest write some things they are thankful for on each strip of parchment paper. During dinner, each person shares what is on the paper as they eat their roll. For a little more fun, keep the notes secret and let everyone try and decide who wrote the note in their roll.

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

2. Exchange names and have each guest write a special note for that person.

If your guests won't be available until dinnertime, try one of these ideas:

1. Put the names of your guests in the rolls. Give each person the chance to say why they're grateful for other members of the family. 

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

2. Play a fun Thanksgiving trivia game. Ask questions like "Which president made Thanksgiving an official national holiday?" or "What does the term cornucopia mean?" Here's a link to 100 Thanksgiving trivia questions at brownielocks.com.

3. Put fun questions or fill-in-the-blank notes in each roll. Here are a few ideas:

My favorite Thanksgiving memory is ________

One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is __________

The very best thing at this meal is ________ (be sure to answer the rolls! :D)

I decided to make a tray of cloverleaf rolls. You just cut dinner rolls in half, then put three halves in each tin. Here they are with the notes put inside.

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls - Cloverleaf

Then I covered them with sprayed plastic wrap and let them rise. In about an hour they were ready for the oven. 15-20 minutes at 350.

Here's the finished product. As you can see, some of the notes are sticking out quite a bit, so you may want to try tucking them in a little better before baking. I mangled a few trying to mush them in after the fact.

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

I actually really like the way the swirl rolls turned out!

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls - swirl

Now the house smells amazing and the family can't wait to find out what surprise is in their roll!

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? Have a wonderful holiday and happy baking!

Rhodes Gratitude Rolls

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