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Potluck Pan Rolls

The appealing homemade yeast-bread flavor of these golden rolls is unbeatable. Soft and light, they're great alongside any entree. Folks are disappointed if I don't bring them to potluck dinners. —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    27 rolls


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup water. Add the butter, eggs, milk powder, salt, 3 cups flour, and the remaining sugar and water. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Divide into 27 pieces; shape into balls. Place 18 balls in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan and remaining balls in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Bake rolls until golden brown, 17-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 141 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Brenda
    Nov 23, 2019

    My family has been making these rolls for years. Everyone loves them. We always make extra to eat with leftovers and make sandwiches out of them. I use my bread machine to mix and then just do last rising after making balls. Was and delicious. For those that have a hard time with getting them consistent size. I eyeball and if some seem to large and some seem too small I just pinch off a little from larger and roll into the smaller ones. It does not affect the results.

  • slmacbeth
    Apr 9, 2018

    I have bad luck with breads, and these were no different, unfortunately. I will say that I think it would be helpful to note the approximate weight of each ball to help ensure consistent sizing. 27 pieces is kind of a random number to divide something into.

  • Vicki
    Jan 29, 2018

    These rolls were an absolute hit. Thank you for sharing.

  • MagnoliaMs
    Jan 25, 2018

    I wanted a real yeasty taste and this recipe didn't work for me.

  • Amy
    Jan 25, 2018

    No comment left

  • shirleydrye
    Jan 24, 2018

    I don't have dry milk. can sub in real milk and less water??

  • llabmik
    Jan 13, 2018

    How can they have 0 saturated fat when there is a stick of butter in the recipe?

  • gunslinger
    Dec 11, 2014

    Delicious but easy yeast roll recipe. It was a hit with my family and friends!

  • Francisca3032
    Dec 24, 2012

    My husbands new favorite roll.

  • Vmoseleyb
    Dec 19, 2011

    I thought I'd never find this recipe. I lost mine, and I was typing the name in wrong. This is the best recipe I have ever tried for rolls.