No-Knead Knot Rolls Recipe
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No-Knead Knot Rolls Recipe

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My mom, Velma Perkins, loved to serve these light, golden rolls when I was growing up on our Iowa farm. They're extra nice since they require no kneading. The dough rises in the refrigerator overnight, so there's little last-minute fuss to serve fresh hot rolls with any meal. —Toni Hilscher Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 102 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in egg and shortening. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (do not knead). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Punch dough down and divide into four portions; roll each portion into a 14x12-in. rectangle. Spread 2 tablespoons butter over dough. Fold in half lengthwise; cut into 12 strips. Tie each strip into a knot; tuck and pinch ends under. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as No-Knead Knot Rolls in Taste of Home April/May 2001, p33

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babycakes24 User ID: 5806747 87998
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"Love these rolls!....perfect for me b/c they don't require kneading. I don't often to the typical bread or rolls because the time they usually require. These are nice and moist and buttery. A keeper!!"

gapeach55 User ID: 3484408 30089
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"Have made this many times, makes great sandwich rolls too."

Mykaela User ID: 6401688 35421
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"A friend gave this recipe to me several years ago...I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!!!!!!! I have made it many times since then, and one lady that came over to my house to eat when I made these ate 5 of them!! And she wasn't even a big eater. :) This recipe is a *definite* keeper."

modell User ID: 2087044 35536
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"This recipe is simple and the final product is just as tasty as the traditional dinner roll recipes that require so much more work. If you don't want to make the knot formation you can roll 1 inch balls and place three in each space of a cupcake tin to form a clover shaped roll."

mamabrandie User ID: 2799578 78512
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2008

"I have made these for family get togethers for several years. They are delicious and very easy - you just need to plan for the refrigerator and rising time. I can't remember which issue this recipe is in, so I came here to find it quickly! These will be on our Thanksgiving table."

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