Parker House Dinner Rolls Recipe
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Parker House Dinner Rolls Recipe

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You won’t be able to eat just one of my mom’s famous yeast rolls. They’re light and fluffy with a wonderful flavor…and even more delicious served warm with a little butter. —Susan Hansen Auburn, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 eggs
  • 6-3/4 to 7-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 134 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shortening, sugar and salt. Stir in boiling water. Cool to 110°-115°. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast mixture, eggs and 3 cups flour to shortening mixture. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Fold circles in half; press edges to seal. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush with butter. Serve warm. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Parker House Dinner Rolls in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"I am not sure these are worth the trouble. I thought they were a little bland. Maybe they need a little more sugar or salt. My family loved them, but personally I wasn't that crazy about them. I had higher hopes."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I made this recipe and made cinnamon rolls out of it. It was delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"This is now our favorite dinner roll! They are soft and delicious. I did not roll mine out, though. I shaped them into balls and placed them in 9inch round baking pans. They turned out perfect."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"I have a question about step #3. Do you really fold the cut out circle in half and seal the edges? The picture make them look round."

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Good dinner rolls."

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