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Golden Refrigerator Rolls

Martha Sue Stroud of Clarksville, Texas prepares these rolls that are golden and crusty on the outside and sweet and tender on the inside. The easy-to-handle dough rises in the refrigerator overnight for added convenience.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 80 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup water; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, salt, 4 cups flour, yeast mixture and remaining water; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining water; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Punch dough down and divide into thirds; shape each portion into 12 rolls in desired shape. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 126 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • gaylene2
    May 5, 2020

    I've been looking for an overnight roll recipe to use for next Thanksgiving. I've been trying different recipes throughout this new year. I think I may have found the winner! It has a really yummy sweet flavor. I can make it up the night before and not have to worry about starting the rolls from scratch the next day.

  • juicyfruit007
    May 24, 2011

    Very good and easy. Light and yummy. The kids loved them and so did I. The dough doubled in size after only 4-5 hours in the fridge, which was good because I'd started in the morning and wanted to bake them for supper and didn't have time to leave them in the fridge for the full 8 hours. I made 12 rolls for supper and froze the other 2/3 of the dough for later.

  • bukaske
    Dec 17, 2008

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