These are one of the types of rolls I make for every holiday. I had very disappointed grandson's when my oven was broken and couldn't make them once. This is a very requested recipe that I have used since the 70s. This dough can be made ahead and kept up to 1 week in the fridge, but it doesn't last that long around here.
Mix 1st 3 ingredients in a small bowel. Let yeast and sugar dissolve and start bubbling.
In a large bowl I add water and shortening and then microwave until water is warm enough to melt shortening. I then stir in sugar and salt. When it has cooled down to lukewarm I add the yeast mixture and combine. Beat egg and add to bowl.
Add flour and mix well. Form into a ball, pour a little bit of oil into bottom of bowl and turn dough to coat on all sides. Cover and let rest untl doubled in size.
Pre-heat oven to 400. Mash down dough and knead on a flour covered surface until smooth and elastic. At this point dough may be covered and kept in fridge until ready to use. Just remove dough from fridge and allow to warm a little then proceed with recipe.
In 13 x 9 pan melt 1/2 to 1 stick of butter. Pinch pieces of dough off and form into balls of dough or whatever shape you prefer. Cover and let rise. Bake until golden brown and serve.