Heavenly Honey Rolls

Lori Digilio Recipe

By Lori Digilio LoriLuvs2Bake

24 rolls
Cook Time:

When my mother was in college she waited tables at a local restaurant that served a "secret recipe" honey roll that everyone loved. My mom and my aunt who both worked there would watch through a window while the rolls were made, trying to guess the ingredients. Finally after searching through some cookbooks from the early 1900's they found the recipe. It has been a family favorite ever since. Many years later and now my children are serving these rolls to friends and family that they want to impress. To save time we started using frozen bread dough, but any good yeast roll recipe with work.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Sweet and light, this is a terrific choice for breakfast any day of the week!


egg whites
1 1/2 c
butter (no substitutions!), softened
4 c
powdered sugar
1 c
loaves frozen bread dough, or make your own favorite yeast roll recipe

Directions Step-By-Step

If using frozen bread dough, thaw according to package directions. Cut each loaf into 12 pieces. If using your own dough recipe, divide into 24 pieces. Lightly butter (2) 9x13 baking dishes. with lightly floured hands, roll dough into "rope" shape, then coil into "snail" shape roll and place in the prepared baking pan. Repeat with each piece of dough, placing 12 rolls into each pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with nonstick pan coating spray. Let rise in a warm place until rolls have doubled in size.
While the rolls are raising, prepare the honey batter. In a glass or stainless steel bowl that is completely clean and residue free, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Blend in the softened butter until well combined, then blend in the honey. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and space the racks evenly.
When the rolls have fully risen, place a very generous dollop of batter on every roll, making sure that each one is covered well. Place the pands in the preheated oven and bake for 45 - 50 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the rolls are cooked through. Allow the rolls to cool slightly and serve warm. When serving use a good spatula that will go all the way under the roll and the gooey honey goodness that is underneath.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Collection: Breakfast In Bed
Hashtags: #honey, #Rolls, #honey rolls

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Lin Larson bumblebeester
Mar 11, 2014
Pinched and pinned! Looks so yummu!
Christine James 2cpowell
Dec 25, 2013
This is a fabulous recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I am making it again for Christmas breakfast tomorrow.
Patricia Hunt peanutp
Apr 30, 2013
I made these also and everyone loved them! I want to put a picture of them up but don't know how.
Lisa Crum lisacrum
Apr 30, 2013
Hi Lori...I baked a second batch of these for a family get-together Sunday. Decided to try something different with regard to the pan, just to get more gooey stuff on the roll and less stuck in the pan. I lined the baking pan with waxed paper and then sprayed non-stick on it (buttering it would probably be even more flavorful). When they came out of the oven, I had a jelly-roll pan on standby and inverted them out of the baking pan, waxed paper and all, like you would a pineapple upside down cake. Now, even sprayed, most of the honey glaze still stuck to the waxed paper, but I was able, with help, to spoon it off and spread it on the bottoms of the honey buns. If anyone tries this, be super careful...when a drop of that sticks to your skin, it's like lava! Anyway, I know they're prettier right side up, but we were able not to waste any of that good glaze, PLUS! PLUS! I didn't have to soak my baking pans this time! Joy! The waxed paper kept them clean as a whistle! And this group of my family hadn't tasted them before...rave reviews again!
Rose Selvar potrose
Apr 27, 2013
That is REALLY strange, Patricia. I just clicked on the "add photo" and I got the pop up to "browse" for a photo.... 4/27/13