15 Easy Thanksgiving Bread Recipes

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Fill your Thanksgiving bread basket with the best homemade dinner rolls, biscuits, bread loaves, and cornbread ever. These easy bread recipes can be made ahead and frozen for a delightful addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

The photo collage shows crescent rolls, biscuits, cornbread, and an Italian bread loaf.

After you've put together the best Thanksgiving meal plan for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner your family will be thrilled to eat, it's time to consider the finishing touch:

A pretty bread basket filled with homemade Thanksgiving bread rolls or biscuits!

Serving homemade bread for a holiday dinner can be so easy if you use a bread maker to prep the dough for baking in your oven or for finishing the loaf right in the machine.

No bread machine? Not a problem, I've got several easy quick bread recipes and drop biscuits that don't require any special equipment at all.

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How to Make Ahead Bread for Thanksgiving

Bread is one of my favorite things to make ahead and freeze because the texture keeps so well even after a few months in the freezer.

I usually bake the entire bread recipe, let it cool completely, and then freeze in a well-wrapped airtight bag.

Simply thaw the frozen bread in the fridge overnight. You can reheat it in the oven so it is warm and fresh when you plan to serve it.

Some bread recipes have slightly different instructions, but you'll find the complete make ahead tips on each recipe itself.

1. Easy Bread Machine Recipes

Our bread maker definitely gets a huge work out during the holiday season.

As the author of The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook, I'm understandably partial to this particular kitchen tool. In fact, most of the 50 recipes in the cookbook would work just perfectly for Thanksgiving right through New Years.
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Want to give the bread machine recipes a try right now?

Here are some of my favorite bread machine breads for Thanksgiving:

Bread Machine Italian Bread

This classic Italian bread loaf is an essential recipe for Thanksgiving because it is what I use to make my mom's Italian sausage stuffing.

Just make this loaf in 5 minutes a few days before the holiday. Cube it and toast the bread in the oven in minutes and you've got homemade croutons for stuffing that will be the most delicious you've ever had.

Bread Machine Italian Bread
This delicious Italian bread is the perfect partner for a hot bowl of soup or a simple sandwich. It will quickly become your favorite bread machine recipe.
The recipe is featured in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook.
4.70 from 30 votes
A loaf of bread machine Italian bread sits in a basket next to a few sample wedges near a plate of olive oil for dipping.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls

Crescent dinner rolls are a classic Thanksgiving dinner roll that kids just adore.

When you make the dough for them in your bread maker, you can hand roll big fluffy crescents that beat those refrigerated tubes by a mile.

I recommend prepping at least a couple batches of this and freezing them ahead of time so you don't run out of dinner rolls during the feast.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls
Easy homemade bread machine crescent rolls are perfect for a delicious holiday bread. Serve them at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas warm from the oven. Can be made ahead and frozen for an even easier serving.
5 from 57 votes
A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Buns

Whole wheat dinner rolls add so much flavor and texture to the holiday meal and they add a deep splash of color to your bread basket.

My whole wheat hamburger buns start in the bread maker and then you can roll them to dinner roll size instead of hamburger bun size very easily.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Use your bread machine to make a batch of easy whole wheat hamburger buns. The deep flavor and texture of these whole wheat buns are so much better than anything from the grocery store.
4.72 from 7 votes
A baking pan has a line up of baked whole wheat hamburger buns cooling.

Bread Machine Brown Bread

Want to have the BEST leftover turkey sandwich ever??

Plan to make my open face turkey sandwich with gravy on this deeply flavorful brown bread.

Steakhouse Brown Bread
Deep brown and utterly delicious with whipped honey butter, this loaf is so good it's no wonder why your local steak joint serves it up before dinner. No need to be fussy; serve it on a wooden cutting board with a bread knife and let everyone at the table cut chunks of bread to share. This recipe is featured in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Tiffany Dahle.
4.53 from 21 votes
The steakhouse brown bread sits in a dish covered by a napkin with a knife on the side.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

The hardest part about Thanksgiving for my kids is waiting to eat the big meal so late in the day.

Want to spoil your family with a little Thanksgiving morning treat?

This warm and crispy cinnamon pull apart bread starts in the bread machine but gets baked in the oven for perfectly crispy slices your kids won't be able to resist.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
Make the sweet dough for this cinnamon pull apart bread in your bread machine in just a minute of prep. Then roll it out and bake in your oven for a crispy cinnamon bread that is super fun to serve warm at the table. Each slice is coated with a simple cinnamon sugar mix that cooks into a delicious caramel at the base of the bread.
5 from 48 votes
A baking pan filled with the finished cinnamon pull apart bread sits on a cooling rack.

Apple Bread for Bread Machines

Apple and turkey pair really well together, especially if you're looking for something not-too-sweet that the kids at the table will love.

Make my easy apple bread in your bread maker and cut the loaf into fingers for dipping into the sauces or gravies on your menu.

Apple Bread for Bread Machines
This easy apple bread is made from fresh apple cider and applesauce right in a bread maker for a fun fall bread. Slice a loaf to serve with a cozy soup or make amazing peanut butter toast.
5 from 45 votes
A loaf of apple bread sits on a cutting board by a bread knife.

2. Easy Dinner Rolls

If you don't have a bread machine and want to try making a homemade dinner roll with no special equipment, you'll definitely want to look at my simple yeasted dinner rolls or something like a drop biscuit or cornbread.

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

These yeasted buttery rosemary rolls pull apart at the center and are the perfect dinner bun for spreading softened butter in.

My husband loves to make tiny turkey sandwiches out of them for his Thanksgiving dinner.

They can be prepped ahead and frozen for easy holiday baking and just warmed in the oven before serving.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls
These pull-apart butter dinner rolls are topped with salted rosemary and make the perfect dinner roll for the holiday. Open them up to make small sandwiches from the holiday roast or main dish.
4.98 from 49 votes
A spatula is lifting a rosemary pull apart roll from the 9x13-inch baking pan it was baked in.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

As much as I love a classic layered biscuit, making them from scratch can be a lot of work and no Thanksgiving cook needs more of that.

Instead, I recommend you stick to these super easy buttermilk drop biscuits.

They are mixed together in just one mixing bowl and baked in the oven. You could prep them for baking while the turkey rests.

Easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
These easy buttermilk drop biscuits can be made in just minutes and bake up so light and flaky. Try the classic butter biscuit recipe first and then switch things up with one of the 3 fun flavor variations listed in the notes below!
5 from 39 votes
A white plate has a pile of fresh baked buttermilk drop biscuits.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Looking for something a little different?

This cheddar bay biscuit features a delicious herb butter topping and ooey gooey bits of cheddar cheese sprinkled throughout the light and flaky biscuit.

Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
These light and flaky buttermilk biscuits have shredded cheddar in the mix and are brushed with an herb butter topping. They taste just like Red Lobster's famous cheddar bay biscuits but are so much better since they are made from scratch.
5 from 40 votes
A blue dish has a batch of baked cheddar drop biscuits.

Buttermilk Cornbread

If cornbread and Thanksgiving go hand in hand for you, this easy buttermilk cornbread is the ticket.

You could serve it in squares on the holiday table, but it would be an excellent start to from-scratch cornbread dressing, too.

Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread
This classic southern buttermilk cornbread recipe can be made with or without buttermilk (see the notes for the easy substitution.) Serve it warm with a drizzle of honey and butter.
5 from 37 votes
A white ruffled platter has large squares of homemade buttermilk cornbread.

3. Seasonal Quick Breads

If you're looking for an easy bread to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck or to travel with on your way to family Thanksgiving, you can't go wrong with a sweet and simple quick bread.

There are so many delicious flavors to choose from, but these are the best for the fall season:

Best Ever Pumpkin Bread

This is the BEST Thanksgiving quick bread because one bowl of batter makes three whole loaves of pumpkin bread!

You'll have plenty to share, even if you plan to drop in at several different Thanksgiving open houses.

Slices of pumpkin bread would make a surprise for the bread basket, but I also love to keep a loaf on hand for nibbling in the kitchen while we cook.

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This big batch of pumpkin bread makes three loaves -- 1 to keep, 2 to freeze or share with friends. Such a tasty recipe for fall entertaining and easy breakfasts. Freezes so well!
4.87 from 59 votes
3 pans of homemade pumpkin bread cool on a stove top.

Classic Zucchini Bread

Not into the pumpkin spice? How about a beautiful classic zucchini bread instead?

This simple quick bread is the perfect palette for mixing in dried cranberries, pecans, or any other Thanksgiving mix-ins you love.

Zucchini Bread
This classic zucchini bread recipe is the perfect base for mixing in a wide variety of combinations of dried fruit and nuts to create your own perfect breakfast bread. Sample the original recipe or mix together your own custom creation!
5 from 1 vote
A platter of sliced zucchini bread sits next to a blue napkin.

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Be sure to save some of your homemade cranberry sauce for baking these SUPER easy cranberry cinnamon rolls.

They'd be such a fun day after Thanksgiving breakfast, but I love to freeze my cranberry sauce so I can make these for Christmas breakfast, too.

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls
These easy cranberry cinnamon rolls use Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough (or another brand of prepared cinnamon roll dough) for the easiest Christmas breakfast ever.
4.98 from 37 votes
A cranberry filled cinnamon roll has a fork serving up a bite.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Hosting a Thanksgiving brunch? Or just want another sweet addition for the bread basket?

My cranberry orange muffins feature a cinnamon streusel topping. They mix together quickly and are always a hit.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Festive cranberry orange muffins are bursting with fresh cranberries and orange zest, a touch of cinnamon and sweet streusel topping. Bake a batch and freeze ahead of your holiday breakfast to save time during the busy season.
5 from 45 votes
A cranberry orange muffin with cinnamon streusel is wrapped in a bright red muffin paper and sits on a pile of other muffins.

How to Make Homemade Croutons

If you make these homemade breads and discover you have leftovers, don't let a single bite go to waste!

Did you know you can make homemade croutons from bread right in your oven?

As yummy as they are on top of a salad, we even love to nibble on them as a snack.

Homemade Croutons from Bread
Don't let the ends of your bread go to waste! Store a mixed bag of the last few pieces of your bread loaves in your freezer until you have enough to slice up for homemade croutons. It's a great way to use up every bit of homemade bread machine bread.
5 from 1 vote
A simple green salad is topped with shredded croutons and homemade croutons made from bread machine bread.

Homemade Cornbread Croutons

But perhaps you want to be intentional with your crouton baking. You can make this easy cornbread croutons recipe for an incredibly thoughtful Thanksgiving salad with buttermilk herb dressing.

Start with the buttermilk cornbread recipe I mentioned above OR just grab a pan of cornbread from your local bakery to save some time.

Cornbread Croutons
Buttery, crispy cornbread croutons are an amazing topping for salads with chicken, pork, or shrimp. Pair it with a buttermilk dressing for a delicious southern side dish.
5 from 46 votes
Homemade cornbread croutons on a blue plate next to a bowl of buttermilk dressing.

More Thanksgiving Ideas

Now that you've got your easy Thanksgiving breads all picked out, what about the rest of your meal plan?

Don't miss my other easy Thanksgiving recipes for your family feast:

The photo collage shows crescent rolls, pumpkin bread, cornbread croutons, buttermilk biscuits, and brown bread.

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