Dinner Rolls – Family Recipe

Dinner Rolls

Course: Bread


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These are the dinner rolls my husband grew up eating. After our first holiday with his family, I HAD to start making these myself.


  • 3 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 tbsp yeast

  • 1 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 egg


  • Mix 2 cups flour and the yeast in a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook attachment.
  • In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, warm the milk, sugar, shortening and salt. (This can also be done in a medium bowl in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time.)
  • Add the warmed milk mixture to the flour and yeast. Add the egg. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds then on high for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour and knead until smooth (about 6-8 minutes).* Dough will be sticky.
  • Shape into ball. Place in greased bowl and turn to coat in the grease. (I move the dough around in the mixing bowl, spraying the sides of the bowl as I go. This way I only use one bowl.) Cover with a towel; let the dough rise until double in size (45-60 minutes).
  • Punch down. Divide in half. Cover. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Lightly spray 9″x13″ pan.
  • Divide each half into 12 sections. Shape the sections into rolls and arrange the rolls in the pan. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size (30-45) minutes.
  • Bake in preheated 400° oven for 10-12 minutes until done and medium golden brown on top. Brush with melted butter, if desired.


  • If working by hand, combine the ingredients with a wooden spoon then knead by hand on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
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