Easy Potato Rolls Recipe
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Easy Potato Rolls Recipe

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After I discovered this recipe, it became a mainstay for me. I make the dough ahead of time when company is coming, and I try to keep some in the refrigerator to bake for our ranch hands. Leftover mashed potatoes are almost sure to go into these rolls. —Jeanette McKinney, Belleview, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:45 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 45 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/3 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 cup warm mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 roll: 106 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 2/3 cup warm water. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt, remaining 2/3 cup water, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Do not knead. Shape into a ball; place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough; divide into thirds. Divide and shape one portion into 15 balls; place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Cover with a kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  4. Bake rolls until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 45 rolls.
Originally published as Easy Potato Rolls in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p29

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silerk User ID: 6652717 261024
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Made these over the weekend and I was impressed with how easy they were and how delicious. My family loved them and I will Make again this weekend. The best yeast bread I have ever made."

teresafayes User ID: 6949896 257553
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"I saw this recipe yesterday and immediately printed it. I then made the rolls since I had some potatoes that needed to be used. They are some of the best rolls I've ever tasted! I made one third as dinner rolls and used the rest for cinnamon rolls. Delicious!!!"

Charann102 User ID: 4298692 256110
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"These rolls have become a must-have for our family Thanksgiving meal. I tried these rolls when they first were in the Taste of Home magazine and I have been baking them ever since. They are absolutely delicious!"

Michael5217 User ID: 4467868 219382
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Easy and everyone loved them"

Mariaud User ID: 8026513 4567
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014


kimatkin User ID: 6703393 5605
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"I did something wrong with my yeast. It never doubled but I decided to make it anyway. best rolls me and my husband have ever had!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1306247 5839
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"I tried this recipe today and it turned out great! Very easy to make and quite tasty, will definitely make this again!"

josephina_il User ID: 836754 5663
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"This was very easy recipe to follow. As always read the recipe thoroughly first, then start following it.

My kitchen must have been a little cool, because it wasn't rising in a timely manner, so I put a heating pad under the pans with a heavy towel in between the heating pad and the pans with another towel over the pans. The rolls turned out wonderful. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you Jeanette for passing it on."

luvya848 User ID: 3894072 5816
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"very good I used homemade mashed potatoes w/ roasted garlic yummy"

Sweet01 User ID: 1327588 199146
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Great way to use leftover mashed potatoes!"

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