Icebox Butterhorns Recipe
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Icebox Butterhorns Recipe

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These beautiful golden rolls just melt in your mouth! People will be impressed when these appear on your table. —Judy Clark, Elkhart, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional melted butter

Nutritional Facts

1 roll: 206 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine the milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each into a 12-in. circle; cut each into 12 wedges. Roll up wedges from the wide ends. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets, point side down. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately brush with additional melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Icebox Butterhorns in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p35

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268385
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"I have fond memories of fixing these for a family get-together. These are so good slathered with butter while they're still warm from the oven."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 264825
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Great recipe! The dough is very easy to work with. Everyone loves them!"

SueOR User ID: 7050619 250517
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"These are by far the best rolls I've EVER made. I am making them again as I type :-)"

sandsofthyme User ID: 8549908 246877
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"Has anyone ever made these with a cream filling? Years ago, I had some in a town in Michigan where the huge Christmas store is that had a cream cheese filling. They were wonderful."

nmanley User ID: 8468191 241704
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"I made these for Thanksgiving and they were awesome! My 16-yr old son loved them. So good, you have to try them. Mine turned out huge too, so I will try to cut them smaller next time. I love making rolls from scratch and have a Cheddar Cheese biscuit I love, but these are now my new favorite. You can eat them plain too, just like they are. You don't need jelly or honey to make them better."

lindahollander User ID: 4935479 240182
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"easy and delicious! Mine turned out huge. More than doubled in refrigerator at about 1 1/2 hours."

cookiebaker92 User ID: 7637138 235472
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"easy and yummy"

NebrSue User ID: 6083245 235440
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"To psylin - To get the dough to rise when it's cold - put a pan of very hot water on the lowest rack of your oven (unheated) and then put the dough on the rack above it to rise. Sometimes I preheat the oven to 150 degrees and then TURN OFF THE OVEN, leave the door open for a few minutes to cool slightly and then put the dough in to rise."

psylin User ID: 7773891 235433
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"I would like to try these but I'm not experienced at working with yeast. Can someone tell me a good way to get the dough to rise when the weather is cold? Thank you so much."

daniellelyn User ID: 4461699 235426
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"I have to make these for every holiday meal. My kids and nephews eat them as fast as they can! They are so good and they turn out perfect every time. To mac6112 I don't have a bread machine and I always use my kitchen aid mixer for step 1. If you have strong muscles you can mix this by hand and it will turn out great! I always mix in the last addition of flour by hand. It makes the rolls more tender."

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