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Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls

The dough for these rolls has a nice texture and is simple to shape. The recipe came from an old church cookbook. —Norma Harder, Weyakwin, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 4-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 187 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 0.500 fat.
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  • DWare5883
    Sep 22, 2019

    Excellent. So light and fluffy. Lives up to the name.

  • Wendy
    May 18, 2018

    This is the best recipe ever! I made it 3 times since I discovered it about 2 weeks ago. First time without milk, water only. Second and third time's without eggs. It was lovely everytime. Stayed pillow soft for days.

  • Miriam
    Jan 19, 2018

    Halved the recipe and made these today. Wonderful. Will definitely make again!

  • APadget
    Nov 3, 2017

    How to adjust for high altitude

  • shanson
    Jan 21, 2017

    I made 32 rolls with this recipe. Baked 8 and froze the rest before the second rise. Great recipe. Great rolls.

  • marlenebohl
    Jul 28, 2016

    These are the best I bake them all the time.

  • CarolynTheCook
    May 5, 2016

    I've never been successful making any kind of bread. I just thought I didn't have the knack for baking...Until I made these rolls. They came out deliciously perfect! Never thought I'd be so proud of a dinner roll. Pillow-Soft indeed. I will make these again...and again.

  • wreiter
    Dec 26, 2015

    Delicious! Nice soft rolls and easy to make. Will definitely make again.

  • RheaDass
    Dec 17, 2014

    Always complimented love it

  • lvarner
    Mar 1, 2014

    I loved this recipe. It makes a nice, soft, and very tasty roll. My husband loved these, as did I.