Homemade Dinner Rolls

   Awe!!!!  The smell of fresh baked rolls and bread in the kitchen is like living in a dream.  My family loves when I make homemade dinner rolls.  When I cook a meal for my family or for a large holiday gathering, I take the extra time to also  make fresh baked homemade dinner rolls.   Watching everyone enjoy the freshly baked bread aroma when they enter the home puts a smile on my face.  It also pleases me to see the expressions they make when they take that first bite of the warm roll with butter or apple butter on it.  Homemade dinner rolls can be a beautiful and tasty enhancement to the delicious meal you have placed before them.

My cousin shared a nice family recipe which I am sharing with you.  Now, you, too, can feed your family some great freshly baked homemade dinner rolls.  Please make note that this recipe will yield more than four dozen homemade dinner rolls.  Also, please note that this recipe does not do well as loaves of bread.

  • 4 Tbps shortening
  • ¾ C granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C warm milk
  • 1 C water
  • 3 Pkgs of dry yeast (1 strip or 1 cake)
  • 7 C flour

Cream shortening, sugar, salt and eggs. Separately, add yeast to warm water, stir and let set.

You will need to heat the milk for one to two minutes in microwave.

Add flour and knead the dough well.

Be sure to mix well.

Add the shortening mixture, and yeast mixture to the warm milk.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise double in size.

Form the dough into rolls, and place in greased muffin pans or one-inch apart in a 9 x 13 greased pan.  Let rise and then bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.


Warm Water:  Be sure your water is warm to the touch, a few degrees above room temperature and warm enough to dissolve the yeast.  Be careful that the water is not too hot that it kills the active yeast which would cause the dough to NOT raise.

Warm Milk:  Same as the water.  Be sure that it is warm, not boiling hot, as it could kill the rising action of the yeast.


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