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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Jesuslives777 User ID: 8714929 255300
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"As a kid I remember how wonderful my grandma's house would smell when she was baking her breads and pies. I feel blessed to make these and when they are baking I can almost feel her sitting beside me. I love making yeast breads. Thanks for sharing!!!!"

lisamaria728 User ID: 5393068 238202
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."

lojig18 User ID: 4108325 237204
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

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

wendymayer User ID: 1164380 216532
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."

KPluth User ID: 8123908 206369
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."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 206368
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Good dinner rolls."

MRM44 User ID: 3442363 109587
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014


Joscy User ID: 2694585 137158
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"These are FABULOUS!"

grandma karyn User ID: 6889895 137155
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"This recipe came out so wonderful, I felt like I had mastered bread making. I did use my stand mixer for the kneading, as these old hands are not what they used to be. Thank you for a great recipe."

katie.burtt User ID: 5336520 117322
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Wonderful! These freeze very well after baking. My freezer is full of them so that I can pull them out whenever we have guests."

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