Icebox Rolls Recipe
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Icebox Rolls Recipe

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I remember my mom making these rolls most every Saturday so they'd be ready to bake on Sunday for company or someone just dropping by. Although they take a little time to prepare, they're really not all that difficult to make. And there's nothing in the stores that can compare them! Of course, when the company was there, we'd get to enjoy them, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7-1/2 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 135 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (110°-115°). In a large bowl, combine 1 cup boiling water and shortening. Add remaining water, eggs, salt, sugar and yeast mixture. Stir in 1 cup of flour at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add enough flour to form a soft dough that can be kneaded. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to bake, form dough into cloverleaf rolls and place in greased muffin tins. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Yield: 36 rolls.
Originally published as Icebox Rolls in Reminisce Spring 1991, p37

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kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 16990
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"These rolls are TO DIE FOR! Add on the fact that they're so easy to make, and you've got a winner."

sasha_loves_baking User ID: 6994548 44522
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"i made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it..My 4 year old asked me to make more and i am doing so right now :)"

Trilby Yost User ID: 5195621 15486
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"I admit that I'm not the best bread baker, but this recipe has worked for me every time. My husband gets excited when he walks through the front door and smells these rolls baking. He would be happy if I made them every other day!"

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