After years of trying to perfect the recipe, I finally did it! This recipe makes the best dinner rolls. It is sweet and full flavor. My family and neighbors love it.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle for a 2 pound batch; press Start. The dough can be a bit sticky, so you may want to add a little bit more bread flour as it mixes.

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  • When the dough cycle is complete, turn the risen dough out on a lightly floured surface and divide into twelve equal pieces. Form the pieces into rounds and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

64 calories; 2.6 g total fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 208 mg sodium. 8.9 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2003
I have tried MANY MANY bread machine recipes but this one cannot be supplanted as my favorite by far! Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe. When I'm feeling lazy instead of making the rolls I just put my bread machine on the basic bread cycle and let the machine do all the work--the loaf comes out perfect every time! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/28/2008
I cannot believe all of the 5-star ratings on this recipe--it's SO BAD! I'm sorry I rarely ever give anything below a 3 but these are just that bad... I followed the recipe except that I didn't have molasses so I used more honey... they were absolutely beautiful when they came out of the oven and they smelled heavenly... we couldn't wait to sit down to them! But OMG when you bit into them... all we could taste was lemon extract... We both think these would have been yummy without that extract so I am going to try them again without it... thanks for the recipe but I'm sorry... this was just bad. I made the recipe w/o the lemon extract and the rolls were GREAT... I used honey in place of the molasses as I did before and I used 2 T. white sugar/3 T. dark brown sugar... I also got to looking over the reviews and I noticed that almost all of the 5-star reviews had left the lemon extract out for one reason or another... I HIGHLY recommend you do the same!:) Read More
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120 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2003
I have tried MANY MANY bread machine recipes but this one cannot be supplanted as my favorite by far! Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe. When I'm feeling lazy instead of making the rolls I just put my bread machine on the basic bread cycle and let the machine do all the work--the loaf comes out perfect every time! Read More
(60)
Rating: 1 stars
10/27/2008
I cannot believe all of the 5-star ratings on this recipe--it's SO BAD! I'm sorry I rarely ever give anything below a 3 but these are just that bad... I followed the recipe except that I didn't have molasses so I used more honey... they were absolutely beautiful when they came out of the oven and they smelled heavenly... we couldn't wait to sit down to them! But OMG when you bit into them... all we could taste was lemon extract... We both think these would have been yummy without that extract so I am going to try them again without it... thanks for the recipe but I'm sorry... this was just bad. I made the recipe w/o the lemon extract and the rolls were GREAT... I used honey in place of the molasses as I did before and I used 2 T. white sugar/3 T. dark brown sugar... I also got to looking over the reviews and I noticed that almost all of the 5-star reviews had left the lemon extract out for one reason or another... I HIGHLY recommend you do the same!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2003
I have tried MANY MANY bread machine recipes but this one cannot be supplanted as my favorite by far! Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe. When I'm feeling lazy instead of making the rolls I just put my bread machine on the basic bread cycle and let the machine do all the work--the loaf comes out perfect every time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2003
Foolproof recipe for great sweet dinner rolls. The only modification I made are omitting the lemon extract because seems like it is too overpowering and substitute the tablespoon of molasses with honey (total 2 Tbl honey instead) since I don't have molasses on hand. I also make 20 rolls instead of 12 and they are all pretty good size still. I've used this recipe three times already. Would recommend this easy and great recipe to anybody! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2003
I made this without a bread machine and it was quite easy and worked well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
This recipe won the hearts (and stomachs) of my family. They absolutely went crazy over these rolls. Delicious! I substituted a few ingredients such as: almond extract for the lemon extract 2 Tbsp. of honey instead of molasses and 2 Tbsp of butter instead of butter flavored shortening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2008
These rolls are absolutely wonderful! They are very simple to make and as one reviewer said they even freeze well. The best way to do this is to roll up your 18 pieces or so of dough (only making 12 made them very dense and the middles never seemed to get done while the outside was too done) place them on a baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Then place in a freezer bag and place back into the freezer until you need them. I use 2 tsp of vanilla and no lemon extract and I use 2 tblsp honey and no molasses. Thank you for this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Amazingly delicious. Soft doughy yummy. Be sure not to overcook or they'll be dry! AND be sure to add an extra half cup of flour to the mix. Also it makes more like 2 dozen rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2005
This was a great recipe! I loved it. My whole family loved it. My best friend wanted the recipe and my boyfriend wanted me to make more. I used almond extract instead of lemon 2 tbsp. honey instead of the molasses regular shortening instead of butter flavored and an extra half cup of flour. I also make 24 rolls instead of 12 and they came out a really good size. If you only made 12 they would be pretty big but a good size if you wanted to make sandwiches. 24 makes a nicely sized dinner rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
These are wonderful!! I took the advice of a few other reviews and subed honey for the molasses (my kids HATE molasses) and used almond extract instead of lemon. Although I think I will try the lemon next time. I did find the dough a bit sticky but nothing unworkable. It was worth the dough stuck on my hands for sure! I made 18 good sized rolls and glazed them before baking with 1 egg yolk and a bit of heavy cream - it makes them very shiny and pretty. These were a huge hit will all the family especially my 4 kids. They told their daddy to stop eating the rolls so they could have some for their sandwiches at school the next day....I put a few aside and let my husband eat to his content. Thank you so very much!! Read More
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