Light and Fluffy Yeast Rolls

"After a long attempt to recreate the infamous yeast rolls of O'Charleys, I was able to get close. This is the result of a few years of trying to find out how they do it. If you've never heard of the place, I guarantee you will still LOVE these rolls! (Note: I doubled this recipe and was able to make enough to feed two very hungry families over Thanksgiving... just so you know!)"
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins


  • 12 cup warm water (120-130 deg.- the hottest possible water from your faucet should be great!)
  • 2 14 teaspoons yeast (or one .25 oz pkg.)
  • 12 cup oil
  • 12 cup boiling water
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 -3 tablespoons melted butter


  • Mix together the warm water and yeast packet in measuring cup. Let it get good and foamy.
  • Mix together the oil, boiling water, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add the foamy yeast water, and then the beaten egg.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add about 1 cup of dry mix to the liquids at a time, and mix very, very well.
  • Grease pan.
  • Pinch dough into balls. Keep them small because they will still rise. Let rise 2 hours, or until just past doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Brush with melted butter fresh out of the oven, and serve warm.
  • Enjoy!

Questions & Replies

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  1. pamb416
    I have tried this recipe twice and I can not get them to rise, they taste great but the are flat. What could I be doing wrong?
  2. brendapinter1009
    Anxious to make these rolls, but I am not sure which yeast I should use, active or dry? Thank you in advance!


  1. pamb416
    I have tried this recipe twice and I can not get them to rise. What could I be doing wrong? They taste great but the are flat!
  2. Keith Byerley
    Using the hottest water from the faucet is not a good idea. Use a thermometer and proof the yeast.


Busy raising a handful of toddler, I love to cook tasty and simple meals. I especially love to bake, so I just bribe "MeeMee" and "Grandpapa" to watch the youngin in exchange for some tasty treats.
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