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Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

The dough for these rolls has a nice texture and is simple to shape. The recipe came from an old church cookbook.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


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


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. 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 (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 184 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls

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marlenebohl User ID: 1387725 251959
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"These are the best I bake them all the time."

CarolynTheCook User ID: 8851852 247878
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"I've never been successful making any kind of bread. I just thought I didn't have the knack for baking...Until I made these rolls. They came out deliciously perfect! Never thought I'd be so proud of a dinner roll. Pillow-Soft indeed. I will make these again...and again."

wreiter User ID: 5469177 240307
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Delicious! Nice soft rolls and easy to make. Will definitely make again."

RheaDass User ID: 8166702 215172
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Always complimented love it"

lvarner User ID: 35803 65902
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"I loved this recipe. It makes a nice, soft, and very tasty roll. My husband loved these, as did I."

hoppytee User ID: 6959916 126128
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"down right easy for the lazy and the not so lazy"

morganholly User ID: 6902711 149283
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"I followed the recipe, and because of its size, i was able to mix the dough in my stand mixer with a dough hook (saved my carpal tunnel from acting up!!!). They rise beautifully, smell amazing, and taste even better. thank you so much for sharing this recipe :) A+++++"

banman User ID: 4246801 76519
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"soft as a pillow"

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 143416
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Sooo amazing!!"

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 153913
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Great, soft rolls...did not put butter on top but will next time!"

PCinABQ User ID: 6130990 129358
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"A very easy recipe for a super delicious dinner roll. I wasn't surprised to find this recipe at, but I was very happy I baked these dinner rolls up. They are so light and moist and work great the next day for cold cut sandwiches. I look forward to making this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. I'm sure I'll get quite a few ooh's and ah's for these. Thanks for the recipe."

BzeanEmpress User ID: 6029306 76510
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These pillow-soft dinner rolls have been a family favorite ever since i first made them a few weeks ago. I have recommended this recipe to everyone I know; they're easy to make and comes out pillow-soft every time."

gramma nancy User ID: 5633430 60208
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"Made for Thanksgiving dinner and got raves from everyone. So light and they look beautiful."

Mary Trayah User ID: 5616515 144693
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"Easy recipe for a beginner and they come out so nice."

sminer06 User ID: 2595327 143414
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I've made them twice and they turned out excellent both time! Recipe is a keeper for me. I even halved this recipe but left the sugar at 1/4 cup and made some pretty tasty cinnamon rolls!"

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 143410
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"They didn't turn out pillow-soft for me:("

Krashed24 User ID: 1554036 129356
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2009

"This dough is velvety smooth and amazing to work with. Delicious tasting rolls."

huggs30 User ID: 3721387 65901
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"Fabulous! I found this receipe in Nov and I have made it 12-15 times since them I love it!!!"

alpacagirl06yak User ID: 3375190 206825
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"FANTISTIC rolls with real home made flavor. I use my big mixer with the dough hook. I let it knead for 6 min. Have made them 6 or7 times and they have turned out great each time."

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