Southern "light" Rolls

Recipe by D. Todd Miller
READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
YIELD: 36 rolls


  • 2
    cups warm water (about 105-112 degrees F)
  • 1
    (1/4 ounce) package yeast
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 23
    cup vegetable oil
  • 1
    tablespoon salt
  • 6
    cups bread flour (estimated)
  • 12
    cup butter (melted)
  • 12
    cup butter (melted) (optional)


  • Mix water, yeast, and sugar together until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add oil and salt, mix.
  • Add flour, one cup at a time, until dough pulls away from the side of the mixing bowl and does not stick to your fingers when touched.
  • Let dough rise, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down, shape, and place on your baking pan (makes 36 rolls or 2 loaves).
  • Let dough rise again, about 1 hour.
  • Brush tops of rolls or loaves with 1 stick of melted butter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.
  • Optional: When rolls are removed from oven, brush with another stick of melted butter.