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homemade dinner rolls

Recipe by
Albert Reynolds
Ratcliff pop: 16 (according to the post office lady), TX

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.

prep time 30 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For homemade dinner rolls

  • 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.