15 Delightful Homemade Breads for Your Thanksgiving Feast

pumpkin-shaped dinner rolls
Photo: Chef John

No holiday feast is complete without an overflowing breadbasket, and if the bread can be homemade, so much the better. Many of us have old family recipes to turn to. But if you don't, or just want to shake things up this year, we have something here for everyone, including crescent rolls, cornbread, biscuits, pull-apart dinner rolls, and so much more. To save you time and effort on Thanksgiving, you can make breads ahead of time and freeze them either fully baked or ready to thaw and bake. Check out our best recipes for Thanksgiving breads to complete your festive menu.

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Cornbread Muffins I

close up of homemade Cornbread Muffins I recipe in white paper muffin cups

Cornbread is traditional for a lot of folks but making skillet cornbread can use up oven space that is needed for the bird. These muffins can be made ahead and frozen, and then reheated quickly while the turkey rests.

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Easy and Delicious Crusty Popovers

overhead view of Easy and Delicious Crusty Popovers recipe in baking tins

Popovers are the bread to make when you aren't confident about your bread baking skills. They are also the lightest of any bread, which can be a nice change for a heavy meal, and leftovers are amazing the next morning split and stuffed with scrambled eggs.

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Sweet Dinner Rolls

close up of buttery-looking golden brown crescent-shaped dinner rolls on a baking sheet

If your family loves the sweetness of a crescent roll, but you would prefer to make your own, this recipe is just the ticket. The dough will also work well for Parker House style or other simple rolls, so get creative!

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Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

overhead view of homemade Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls sprinkled with coarse salt and garnished with a rosemary leaf

Pull-apart rolls are the go-to for a lot of families during the holiday season, and these are enhanced with rosemary for extra oomph. They are wonderful for little sandwiches the next day as well.

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Finnish Carrot Rolls

closeup of pretty orange-flecked dinner rolls in a cloth-lined basket
Linda T

If you keep looking at all the fun pumpkin flavored breads and love the orange color but are not really a pumpkin fan? Try these Finnish carrot rolls, with all the bright color and a much fresher, lighter flavor

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Za'atar Pull-Apart Rolls

Za'atar Pull-Apart Rolls

If you are one of those people who likes to go a little non-traditional with your Thanksgiving, then these rolls flavored with za'atar, a Middle Eastern herb blend, will be the perfect accompaniment.

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No Knead Holiday Pumpkin Bread

slice of bread on wooden board
Chef John

The no-knead bread craze has turned a lot of folks into confident bread bakers, and that crunchy crust is just the best for sopping up extra gravy. This recipe takes it to the next level by incorporating pumpkin for autumn flair and fabulous flavor.

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Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

cheese rolls on a wooden board

Have some gluten-free folks you need to accommodate this season? Make these traditional Brazilian cheese rolls, and you just might find the rest of your guests diving in with gusto. With a crackly crust and chewy, cheesy interior, they are a terrific addition to your holiday spread.

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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

portrait shot cornbread squares in basket with honey in background
Allrecipes Magazine

When you find a recipe with a solid five-star rating after more than 7000 reviews, you have to take notice. This classic buttermilk cornbread will become your go-to recipe, whatever time of year.

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Anadama Bread

close up of homemade Anadama Bread shaped into a round

We love a bread that can do double duty for next-day sandwiches, so this slightly sweet Anadama loaf is perfect. Molasses gives it deep richness, and it is perfect with butter at the table, or piled with turkey the next day.

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Homemade Focaccia Bread

close up of a slice of Homemade Focaccia Bread recipe topped with minced rosemary

Focaccia is a wonderful bread to serve for holiday meals, easy and quick to make, endlessly adaptable. Start with this recipe and switch up the toppings to make it your own.

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Thanksgiving Muffins

overhead view of homemade Thanksgiving Muffins garnished with dried cranberries and pecans

If you love to put a sweet muffin in your holiday bread service, give these Thanksgiving muffins a try. Just sweet enough to balance the rich savory meal, but also, any leftovers will be welcome at breakfast!

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Pumpkin Biscuits

dish of pumpkin biscuits

Biscuits are always fun in a Thanksgiving breadbasket, and these have pumpkin in them to boost the holiday cheer.

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Pumpkin-Shaped Dinner Rolls

pumpkin-shaped dinner rolls
Chef John

If there is a more festive or elegant way to present a dinner roll for your fall festivities than these pumpkin-shaped beauties, we cannot imagine one. Serious wow factor, and much easier to make than you think!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

savory monkey bread with Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving breads have to include some stuff for the weekend after. Monkey bread doesn't have to be sweet; this savory version helps you use up your leftovers!

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