Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

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Albert Reynolds


I like this recipe because it is almost impossible to mess up.
One time, I got the dough ready to start to rise & noticed that I forgot to put the shortening in. I put the dough back in the mixer bowl, added the shortening, &, it still turned out good.


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30 Min
15 Min


  • 3 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c
    granulated suger
  • 1/4 c
    shortening, (i use butter flavor crisco)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c
    warm water (110º f to 120º f)
  • 1/2 c
    warm milk (110º f to 120º f)
  • 1
    egg (we buy jumbo eggs)
  • ·
    melted butter for the top of the rolls

How to Make Homemade Dinner Rolls


  1. First, grease two muffin pans. My pans make 12 muffins each.
  2. I put all of the flour, sugar, shortening, salt, yeast and the egg into the bowl of my mixer. I crack the egg in a small bowl first to make sure no shell fragments get into the dough.
    Turn the mixer on low, 2 or 3, to mix everything together.
  3. I put the water and the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat it, at 20 second intervals, until it reaches 110°.
  4. I pour the water/milk mixture in the mixer bowl and turn the mixer to 7 for about 2 minutes, or until the dough looks ready. (#7 keeps the dough from climbing the beaters)
  5. You can use a cookie scoop, a teaspoon, or anything else that works for you to make the dough balls. Keep a bowl of flour handy to keep the scoop floured so the dough doesn't stick to it. Also, to keep your hands floured.
  6. Scoop out a piece of dough and roll it between your floured hands to make a ball. Put these balls in the muffin cups, 2 in each cup for "Pull aparts", 3 in each cup for "Cloverleaf's".
  7. Let the dough rise as much as it will.
    Humidity has a lot to do with this
  8. After the dough has risen, heat the oven to 400°F.
    Bake for 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  9. *Note*
    All ovens are different. You also have to take into account for altitude. I bake mine for 12 minutes.
    It also depends on whether you have a dark or shiny muffin pan as to how they turn out.
    A shiny pan will turn out lighter colored rolls with a fluffier texture.
    A dark pan will turn out darker colored rolls with a tougher texture.
  10. **Note**
    Warm your oven to the lowest setting. (My lowest setting is 200°.) Turn it off and put the muffin tins inside while it cools. The rolls will usually rise faster.

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About Homemade Dinner Rolls

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads, Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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