The dough for these rolls has a nice texture and is simple to shape. The recipe came from an old church cookbook.

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30 mins
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24 servings


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.


Nutritional Analysis: 1 roll (prepared with fat-free milk) equals 184 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 31.2g; fat 4.4g; cholesterol 17.1mg; sodium 137mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (248)

Rating: 5 stars
Superb ! Wish I could give more than a 5 rating. Needed about 1 hand of flour when forming them into a ball for 2nd. rising. I never tasted a better roll. ! ! ! Nothing like these 'old time' recipies. Strong suggestion, you double the water input. I use butter flavored Crisco as shorting, and so much nicer and lighter. Much nicer roll. Made several times already. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these on a whim and brought them to my mom's for Thanksgiving. This makes a LOT of rolls, and they were all gone before the end of dinner. They taste very homemade, yeasty and rich. I thought that they were an easily made recipe. I thought (myself) that they didn't brown up in the time given in the recipe, but that might be just my oven. I would definitely recommend these to someone looking for a really good comfort food hot roll recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent recipe! The rolls turned out delicious and "pillow-soft"! The recipe was very easy to follow. I only made a few changes. I used 3/4 cup water and butter flavored Crisco (from a previous review). I added an egg wash (egg whites and a dash of milk) to the top of the dinner rolls before I cooked them and, to add a bit of sweet flavor, I brushed them with a melted butter and a dash of sugar mixture. I put rolls into a muffin pan and cut an “X” on top of each of them before I cooked them. I cooked them for 20 minutes brushed them with my butter sugar mixture then cooked them for 5 more minutes. PERFECT!! I will definitely cook these rolls again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
After cooking, these freeze and defrost nicely when you just need a few at a time. I used real butter rather than the shortening and also doubled the water following another reviewer's strong suggestion. My husband,usually not enticed by bread, gives this two thumbs up! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is such an easy recipe. I followed it exactly and it turned out perfect! They taste the best right out of the oven! You can also make the balls of dough and wrap them in cling wrap then freeze them to make at a later time. When you take them out of the freezer, thaw on the baking pan, until the dough rises double, then bake, yummm yummm! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
While my rolls raised well each time and the dough was tasty, the final product was not what I thought it would be. I seldom use shortening, but I wanted to make as written ... they were drier than I would have expected. A friend made them after I did and she used oil ... hers are not dry. To do a floured surface, I used a floured cookie sheet ... really contained the mess! :-) I might try these again after I experiment with other rolls. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
These were what they stated pillow-soft but they were also lacking a little in flavor for us. I don't know if it's because we normally eat wheat or an actual fault in the recipe. Still good and sill make again maybe subbing some of the all purp flour for wheat. Also, the less flour you add the better my dough was a very soft dough (think still mostly sticking to the bowl) and the texture of these rolls was amazing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These were simple to make and absolutely FANTASTIC! I brushed them with melted butter right after baking and my family wouldn't wait until dinner to eat them! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I loved the texture and the "softness" of this roll. After taking these out of the oven and tasting I thought they were a little tastless. I melted some butter and added some garlic salt and spread on top of each roll. I returned them to the oven for 3 minutes and they were so much better. Read More