Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe
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Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

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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.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls in Taste of Home August/September 2005, p 8

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shanson User ID: 1865644 260056
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"I made 32 rolls with this recipe. Baked 8 and froze the rest before the second rise. Great recipe. Great rolls."

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!!"

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