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I have been eating these rolls since I was a kid. I don't know where they started out, but I remember my grandmother making them. They freeze well and taste great split open and toasted.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
2 dozen rolls


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water in a bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix milk, mashed potatoes, shortening or butter (see Cook's Note), sugar, and salt together in a bowl; add yeast mixture and egg. Stir 2 cups flour into the milk mixture until incorporated. Stir in remaining 2 cups flour to make a soft dough.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to coat all sides of dough with oil. Cover bowl and put in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Punch dough down and shape into a ball. Cover the bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  • Shape dough into 24 rolls and place onto prepared baking sheets; let rise until dough springs back when you touch the side of a roll with your fingertip, about 25 to 40 minutes.

  • Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute 5 tablespoons unsalted butter for the vegetable shortening, if you like.

I roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick, cut out 4-inch diameter circles, brush with melted butter-olive oil mixture, and fold over to make half circles. I then brush the tops with the butter-oil mixture when the rolls are done.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 21.4g; fat 2.8g; cholesterol 8.7mg; sodium 166.4mg. Full Nutrition