Old-Fashioned Southern Rolls


You can't fail with this old-fashioned yeast roll recipe which is very easy to make. They are the only rolls I make anymore — everyone wants the recipe.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs
24 rolls


  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt


  1. Warm milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in shortening and sugar; stir until melted. Add cold water and let cool until lukewarm.

  2. Pour milk mixture into a large bowl. Add egg and yeast; mix well. Beat in 3 cups of flour and let stand for 20 minutes.

  3. Sift in baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 cup flour. Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Divide each piece in half and form into 24 rolls. Place rounds in a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan or on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

159 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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