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Featherlight Rolls

“Aptly named for their featherlight texture, these tender rolls from my Mama-Louise Smart-were a favorite of family and friends alike,” writes Terri Duhon from Bryan, Texas. “They're just as tasty the next day with a slice of cheese on each section of the cloverleaf.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar; let stand 5 minutes. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, salt, 3 cups flour and remaining sugar. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (mixture will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 portions. Divide each portion into three pieces; shape each into a ball. Place three balls in each greased muffin cup. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-3/4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 126 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • mjpark47
    Apr 19, 2014

    I've made these rolls forever. family and friends always want me to bring them.

  • cookjan
    Apr 1, 2012

    Very good recipe, family loved the rolls

  • Pat Schneider
    Jan 9, 2011

    these turn out perfectly every time

  • cuttherhead2
    Nov 15, 2009

    these rolls are the best and the recipe is accurate, and simple to prepare! Thanks so much for them, we make them all the time.

  • MAMAB46
    Apr 5, 2008

    These are truly the best rolls in the world! You will not be disappointed. Also very simple to make.