We Tried Ree Drummond’s Mystery Rolls. Here’s the Secret!

The Pioneer Woman found her mother's recipe for Mystery Rolls—and lucky for us, she shared it! I promise this will be your new go-to recipe.

I agree with Ree—I love the simplicity and unpretentiousness of this recipe. Plus, it was created in 1977, and as Ree says, “I loved 1977. It was a happy time. It was the time of Luke Skywalker. And Annie Hall.”

Not to mention, it was the year I was born. So, I knew it was kismet for this lovely recipe and me!

IngredientsJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

The Mystery Ingredients

  • 1 can of flaky biscuits
  • 4-6 oz of crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 sticks of salted butter

Making Ree Drummond’s Mystery Rolls

1we Tried Ree Drummonds Mystery Rolls. Heres The SecretJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

OK, don’t blink or you’ll miss this recipe. It’s so simple!

Step 1: Prep to Bake

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Place the butter on a baking sheet and cover with the blue cheese crumbles. (Not all baking sheets are created equal! Here’s how to find a good one.)

Step 2: Bake until it’s all melted

Melted butter and blue cheeseJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

This took longer than I expected due to the large block of butter I used. If you use two separate sticks/smaller pieces of butter, it should take less time. The key is to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.

In the meantime, cut your biscuits into fourths.

Step 3: Put everything together

Biscuits in melted cheese and butterJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

When the butter and cheese are melted, toss the biscuit pieces in the warm mixture until every piece is coated. Then, carefully (don’t burn your fingers) move the pieces into neat-ish rows.

This will allow the dough to have space, rise fully and stay as individual rolls, as opposed to one big blob.

Step 4: Bake

Put the coated biscuits in the oven and bake 10-20 minutes. Ree actually recommends 8-12 minutes. However, it took much longer for my little rolls to brown—closer to 18 minutes. As a result, I recommend starting at 10 minutes and checking them every two minutes until the rolls have risen and turned a lovely golden brown. Looking for more recipes? Try our favorite meat loaf recipe.

Our Taste Test

Completed biscuits on plateJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Buttery and delicious, these Mystery Rolls are so satisfying! Surprisingly, the blue cheese was not overpowering or as strong as I expected. The baking seemed to have taken the edge off the blue cheese and made it more mellow, thus more palatable for younger members of the household.

My final recommendation is: Make the Mystery Rolls! Next time your mother-in-law asks you what you want to contribute to family dinner, tell her you’ll take care of an appetizer and bring Mystery Rolls. Everyone will be smitten with them (and you).

Finally, keep the recipe a secret so you can be the only one rocking these at family dinners for years to come!

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Jennifer Schwarzkopf
Half Chilean, half Irish descent and all joie de vivre, I'm a food writer/photographer who loves to share stories about different cultures and the magic that is sharing a meal together. When not doing that, you'll find me working on my culinary degree, hanging with family & friends, and just trying to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Salud!