Old Recipe Yeast Rolls

"This is a recipe that I found about 40 years ago in a Better Homes and Gardens Bread Cookbook (there is a late version available, but it does not do as well). I have made this for 48 years and now my daughter, DIL and two grandchildren are making it. If you are looking for a no-knead, easy, and oh so delicious recipe, this is it. I was a beginner cook with no previous cooking experience all those years ago when I first started making this."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
24-32 rolls




  • Soften yeast in the warm water, and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine sugar, shortening, and salt and stir into milk.
  • Cool to lukewarm, and then add the yeast mixture, egg,and 2 1/2 cups of the flour and beat well.
  • Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down.
  • Turn out and shape into rolls.
  • Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter.

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  1. thepetnanny
    I made these rolls twice. Once as written, second with 1/2 tsp. more salt, which I preferred. Also, the recipe might make 24, but I only got 12 nice-size, which is perfect for us, and they took 15 minutes to bake. I gave these a high rating for taste, prep time, and texture. Added an egg wash just before baking.
  2. Debbie Ashbrook Bri
    My mother's recipe card says that she had used this exact recipe since 1946. I still make them today.
  3. half yank
    Delicious, and so easy my husband made them! So simple, so tasty, and so perfect.
  4. aileen.otero
    My sister made these for Thanksgiving and they were fabulous!
  5. nita 284904 souther
    These rolls are absolutely delicious.... loved not having to knead them.. texture is great , easy to make.. suprised i'm the first to review thes.....thanks bigpts for posting. Amount of salt not listed, I used 1 tsp.


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