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Overnight Rolls Recipe

Overnight Rolls Recipe

I'm pleased to share the recipe for these light and tender rolls, which I've made for 25 years. I once served them to a woman who'd been in the restaurant business for half a century. She said they were the best rolls she'd ever tasted.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounces) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup plus 3/4 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups plus 3 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter or margarine, optional


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 3/4 teaspoon sugar in 3 tablespoons water. Add remaining sugar and water, oil, egg, salt and 2 cups flour; mix well. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Shape into 20 rolls. Place on a greased baking sheet; cover and refrigerate overnight. Allow rolls to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with butter if desired. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 20 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 165 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"these are awesome! this recipe is the first bread recipe that I have been able to get to work for me! (I am NOT a bread baker lol) These were so easy to make tho and love that they are already made out! Just let come to room temp (I let mine out about 45 minutes) before baking."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"nice rolls, needed longer than 15 mins to come to room temperature & needed to cook the full 15 minutes."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"These were absolutely delicious. Making them the night before surely makes it a lot easier, when preparing a big meal. My family said they were fantastic!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"Light and airy! These rolls are delicious! I didn't refrigerate (couldn't wait to try them) and they still turned out great!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"This is the only roll recipe I use now. My 11 year old is able to make these by herself. They are great for Thanksgiving or Christmas because you make them the night before. We just make them into a ball shape and put them in a pan to bake. They do great that way."

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