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Grandma Barb’s Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe

Grandma Barb’s Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe

I will be the first to tell you that when it comes to making anything with yeast from scratch it’s usually an epic fail! I guess I don’t have that delicate, patient bread-makers touch. (I’m learning though) That is why I LOVE this yeast roll recipe.

It is so easy, quick and pretty much error proof. It doesn’t need any tiresome kneading and none of that rolling pin madness. You don’t even need to break out the bread machine. My kinda recipe!!

Easy Homemade Yeast Roll Recipe

This is the homemade yeast roll recipe that my grandmother uses to make rolls for Sunday dinners and special holidays. They are light, soft and has the perfect mild flavor to accept different types of buttery spreads like honey butter or garlic butter.  As soon as these lovelies come out of her oven on Thanksgiving it is the first thing that gets attacked.

grandma's homemade yeast rolls recipe

So if you are homemade yeast roll challenged like myself, but LOVE the taste of fresh dinner rolls then give this recipe a try!!


Grandma Barb’s Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe


 Watch me make  Grandma Barb homemade yeast rolls from start to finish!

Serve piping hot! Enjoy!

grandma's homemade yeast rolls recipe






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Grandma's Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe
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Soft, buttery, and addictive are the best ways to describe this homemade yeast rolls recipe. No kneading or bread machine required!
Serves: 24
  • 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 packet of dry active yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ¼ - ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup of butter flavored shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. *Preheat oven to 400 degrees when you are ready to bake*
  2. In a large bowl, add 1¼ cup flour & yeast. Mix with whisk until combined. Set Aside
  3. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add milk, sugar and shortening.
  4. Stir constantly until shortening has melted. Do not boil. (check on the back of your yeast package to see how hot this liquid needs to be. It's usually between 115-130 degrees F. USE A COOKING THERMOMETER IF NEEDED ) If the mixture is too hot then, let it cool for a bit.
  5. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture.
  6. Add in the egg
  7. Beat on low speed for 1 minute and then on high speed for 3 minutes. (this will help get them light and fluffy)
  8. Add in the salt and the rest of the flour (2 cups)
  9. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to mix in the flour until a soft ball of dough forms.
  10. Grease a bowl with vegetable oil and place the ball of dough into it. Cover and refrigerate for atleast 2 hours.
  11. Remove from refrigerator & punch down the dough with your fist to release the air.
  12. Spread a thin layer of melted butter in the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan.
  13. Take a chunk of dough and form it into your desired shape. (Dip the dough in butter or brush on the butter, and place it into the pan.
  14. Cover the pan with a thin kitchen towel and let sit in a warm place for at least 1-1 ½ hours. (wait to bake them until you are ready to serve your meal so they will be piping hot! They don't mind hanging out)
  15. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden. Keep an eye on them after 10 minutes. When they come out of the oven brush them with butter. I like to use a light mixture of butter and honey! yummy!
TIP 1.) Make sure your yeast is fresh. Expired yeast or improperly stored yeast will suck majorly! Store yeast in the refrigerator. 2.) Make sure the liquid is warm enough. If it's too hot it will kill the yeast once it's added in. If it's too cold it won't react with the yeast which will result in crappy, crumbly, flat rolls. Check the back of your yeast package to see how hot this needs to be. Your yeast package may suggest 120-130 F. I just think of a nice cup of soothing hot chocolate (not too hot to sip, but not cold either) 3.) If you alter the ingredients then your rolls may have a different texture and taste. I wouldn't suggest trying to replace the shortening with oil and so forth.


  1. These rolls are the best! I will continue to make these for special occasions, I never knew it was so easy. Thanks for sharing, my sister-in-law asked me where did I get them. Thanks for making my holiday extra special!

  2. Have tried to make many times

  3. Just took the rolls out of the oven. Gurrrrl, this is good stuff. Easy to follow recipe with straight forward directions. Have tried many times to make yeast rolls

  4. I made these and my GAWD were they awesome! So buttery and soft. They didn’t last a day in my house! (and it’s only 2 of us! Lol!) Thanks so much for sharing.!

  5. These turned out amazing for me! One batch made a pan of rolls for dinner and a small loaf of bread! It tasted just like the awesome bread my mom use to make. A hit at our house– I will make these often!!

  6. I’ve noticed that you said do not replace the ingredients. However, I am a pesco-vegetarian. So I need some substitutions or any or suggestions from others people you would suggest. Thanks!

  7. Thanks! These tasted amazing. After I baked mine 14 minutes, they were still really doughy even though they were brown on top. I turned the heat down and cooked them another 10 minutes. My dough seemed a little wetter than yours on the video, but I’m pretty sure I measured the ingredients correctly. Any ideas where I went wrong anyone?

  8. I love the video It looked great, and when i tried it the dough was to sticky to roll and flatten like you did…? so i had to kinda scoop it out into rolls want to be. they are yet to be baked but what did i do wrong>

    thank you so much

  9. hello!! I love the recipe.. I tried this recipe about 5x.. Different milks and interchanging butter with shortening and even mixing. But the last time I didnt refridgerate it, I just covered them in a warm place. Would that keep them from rising?

  10. I made these rolls for my Husband’s Birthday yesterday. My Husband loves homemade bread, and I had never made homemade bread. So I decided to make rolls for him, as a treat. I searched on YouTube for a how to make rolls video. Your video was the first one I clicked on , and decided i had to make them. I am so glad I did. The rolls turned out great for my first time to bake homemade rolls. My Husband also thought they were awesome. When I want to make rolls, this will the recipe I use. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  11. Just an FYI the time listed states a total time of 2 hours and 44 mins but the recipie calls for 2 hours in the fridge and 1-1.5 hours to rise. So with cooking time time it should be 3hours 15 mins to 3 hours 45 mins. So off by an hour on the time there.

  12. My fiancé is in love with these rolls. I made these with a nice dinner for valentines day. He was amazed with my skills and ur awesome recipes. Keep em coming diva.

  13. Beautiful rolls with the slightest flavour and consistency of a croissant. Definitely a keeper in the recipe box.

  14. Ok, I tried these for Thanksgiving and could have eaten the whole pan. I had never tried to make any kind of yeast bread before, and this was incredibly easy.

    We actually didn’t even have time to let them rise completely both times, and they still turned out fine (they just baked for longer). I also used regular Crisco instead of butter flavor, and they were still delicious. Like, we’re never buying rolls again for holidays delicious.

    Thank you SO much for posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try more of them.

  15. Oops, I was so busy devouring the rolls that I forgot to rate.

  16. Oh My God, Jesus, Mary and Cousin Vinny!! These rolls are too delicious to stop eating and write a comment about LOL.
    I finally found a recipe similar to my Mother’s rolls and without using Butter, just Crisco butter shortening. Tastes like butter thru and thru. Monique you and your Grandma are wonderful to share this recipe with us “Yeast Challenged” cooks.
    These rolls are so delicious as soon as they are out of the oven, I am gulping them down. I made them twice in one week. My husband is crazy about them. I actually dance a jig when they are almost ready and coming out of the oven.

    I also tried the banana pudding. OMG, it was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. I made a huge batch of it. It was consumed, devoured and sneaked out in paper plates when guests were leaving! LOL

    If I could rate 100 stars for your recipes (especially the rolls) I would ; – )


    Stay Blessed and keep those recipes coming.

  17. OMG! so I have never made bread in my life. Never even tried. I do bake cakes and cookies- but bread was a scary thought. Until I met Monique. :-) Girl you are awesome! I made these yesterday on a Sunday- woke up determined to make some bread. I subsisted for whole wheat flour and butter instead of shortening and I was pleasantly surprised.
    Thank you for making me look like i worked hard! :-)

  18. YOu are making me a rock star with my family! These turned out amazing!!! Amazing!!! My great-great-great granddaughters will get this recipe! Don’t worry,I’ll keep the DCC name on it.:) bless you for being you!

  19. Wow. These will definitely be a staple. I cooked these for Thanksgiving. My sister really got mad at me because everytime she asked where I got the rolls from and I told her I made them, she insisted i was lying! That’s when you know its good. Thanks girl!

  20. These are the most amazing rolls, my family loved them and now they will be my go to recipe for yeast rolls. I was just about to give up on yeast until I tried these. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  21. Made these today…TOUCHDOWN! First time…wish I could post a pic I’m so proud!
    Thanks, Monique; and thanks “dcc.com”.

  22. I wanted you to know these are amazing. You bite into them and the just rise back. I make at least 3 dozen at a time. :) I made “sliders” the other day with them and they were a complete hit :) thanks for your grandmas recipe.

  23. Love these rolls . Experimented with them and made cinnamon rolls. They were so delicious. They were a little soft. So how can I get them to be a little firmer.


  24. Wanted to know. How long can these rolls sit out after rising the second time. Have to Thanskgiving morning. Wanted to prepare before going to work and bake later.

    Need Answers!!!!!!!


  25. OMG these are so awesome please thank Grandma Barb for these…..thank her thank her ,,,Did I say thank her…these are piece of Heaven,Thanks Diva

  26. So now I’m addicted to these rolls I freeze them and make them ALLLLL the time now!!! Thanks girl

  27. Girl finding your blog has been a blessing and a curse!! I have already gained 10 pounds just be reading it!! Thanks for bring back the homemade recipe’s for the modern family!!

  28. Y’ALL BETTER MAKE THESE ROLLS! I’m fifty and had never used yeast before until I mixed up these rolls last night. I patted them out, put them in the pan and let them rise about four hours. They just came out of the oven. As a previous poster stated, they are like a taste of cloud. I’m so proud, my husband tried them and said they were good. My size-2 daughter ate two right away.These were so easy . Follow each step. I used reg flavored shortening. I happened across this site a few days ago. Yeah, Diva’s bookmarked.

  29. Im trying this out rite now have the dough in the fridge as I type lol it smells wonderfully love the step by step guidance :D

  30. Hi Monique, I just wanted to ask a question. The recipe says they don’t mind sitting; how long can the sit? I want to make them for Easter dinner, I want to have them hot out of the oven, but I will not have time to mix them after church. If I mix them Sat. evening, will they be okay to sit until after church Sunday morning.

  31. OMG !!!! LOVE ,LOVE ,LOVE, These. They taste how I remember them when I was small. My family will be getting these homemade rolls a lot, they just loved them !
    Thanks for sharing.

  32. my oh my! I am so glad I found this recipe. Last year I was looking for a good roll recipe for the holidays and came across these. I made them for christmas and thanksgiving. My husband asks for them all the time now. These will become a tradition in my family for sure! Thanks for sharing! You are awesome!

  33. OMG! These rolls were fatastic. I have always stayed away from yeast because I couldn’t bake with it. Well, not anymore! There were so good! They will now be on my table all the time! Thanks so much!

  34. Another great recipe! My boyfriend said I cook like his grandma (I think that’s a compliment). :-)

  35. Ok I am back and lord lord lord I made the rolls and they came out great, I think I have about 6 left, my husband had about 10 himself. Thank you so much I always wanted to make homemade rolls but I was so scared. One thing when I was done mixing everything together they were still a little wet.

  36. I am trying it for the second time I do not know what happen the first time, they did not raise, and this time my dough still was a little wet, they did have air in then after I took them out the frig, now wating the one hour to see if they are going to raise in the my baking pan, if this does not work this time will try one more time then I will give up.

  37. So I am going to attempt to make these rolls Sunday for New Years, I know, it’s not tradition, but I didn’t get to shine this year for the holidays. I think to anyone dinner rolls can be a little intimidating, but I am going to try yours. I have another recipe that’s similar to yours but watching your video has inspired me to take the gloves off and try it. I am also going to make your candied yams, and I need to stop looking at your recipes cause they are making me hungry. You are the bomb!

  38. Love the rolls. Family enjoyed them so much. They made the house smell so good. Made them on Christmas Eve for Christmas Day. They were half gone by morning.

    Thank you so much.

  39. Thanks for the recipe!! I enjoyed these a lot, and it gave me a sense of accomplishment that I made homemade rolls!!!

    I did add more flour before putting them into the bowl to rise for 2 hours, my dough was way too “doughy”

    Great recipe and video!!!

  40. Update on my rolls..They were sticky when I went to form them so I just dusted them in flour and then formed them in the pan. It worked!! They were a hit and everyone loved them!!!

    Thank you so much for your recipes. I tried your green beans, dressing, mac and cheese, and Turkey (minus the brine) recipe and everyone said my food was “ON POINT”!!

  41. Hi Monique i came across your site totally by accident…..the name diva drew me in cause i am a Diva and i can cook but girl you recipes have really added so much to my own……i do not have a grandma to show me how to cook anything and i think its cool that you have incorporated your grandma recipes as well as your!!! i tried a few of your recepies and they were all so soulful..when i made your string beans my husband said these are the best string beans i have ever had. thats when i knew i had to give you your

    THANK YOU….finally another diva who reallly can cook!!!

    Best wishes

  42. Merry Christmas!
    I made these yesterday. They were soooo good. People were just eating them plain…no butter or anything. Everyone kept asking when I was going to make more. Thank you so much for sharing your time and recipes. Thanks to you, (at 35 years young) I can finally make yeast rolls!!! Have a Happy New Year.

  43. I think I may be running into a problem. I did the dry ingredients first about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the yeast packet. I then did the milk, sugar, shortening and salt. Didn’t realize that the salt wasn’t apart of this step. ;( So I mixed it in my kitchenaid and added another 1 1/2 and 1/4 cups of flour. It wasn’t enough flour because it was still wet and wouldn’t form a ball.

    So kept adding more flour, but it still didn’t look like yours. I got it in an oiled bowl in the fridge now. I will try and bake it tomorrow, but do you think they will turn out right? Was it wise for me to keep adding more flour and did I mess up by adding the salt to the milk mixture?

  44. Hi Monique – I love, love, LOVE your recipes.
    QUESTION: Have you ever tried using this dough for cinnamon rolls? Wondering if i used the full 1/2 cup of sugar, could i then roll the dough out and fill with cinnamon /sugar? Have you tried? Thoughts?
    Thanks a bunch!

  45. OMG, where did the video go??? I heard so many great things about this receipe I wanted to watch you make them.

  46. I have been looking for a easy roll recipe that seem to be light and airy instead of heavy and this one was it.

    I made these rolls for Thanksgiving 2011 and they turned out great everyone loved them this recipe is a keeper

    Thank you

  47. I stumbled accross your website two days ago and I AM HOOKED!!! Thank you so much for this site. I tried your Grandma’s Easy, Quick Dinner Rolls with Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and they were a hit! I made your Breakfast Buttermilk Biscuits this morning and again, a hit!!! I sent your link to my daughter-in-law who is a very young cook (she lives out of state and I can’t be there to help her). I think this will be VERY helpful to her. I have been cooking for many many years (I have been cooking both personnally and have cooked professionally in the past – catering, churches and Air Force ) and find this site is very ‘user friendly’. I love recipes and love getting new ideas from others. This website is awesome and you, my dear, are a super chef!!! Again, this is a job well done!!!

  48. I made these last night to make sure I could pull it off….AWWWEEEESOMMMMME!!!!! I stopped myself at three. I hope they reheat well, otherwise I will be waiting for dough to rise this morning :) Thank you for your recipes and videos. Your turkey and rolls will be on my table today. Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. I’ve tried these rolls OMG never have I tasted anything sooooo good, am doing them again for the holidays. Thank you

  50. How far in advance can you make these rolls before cooking? I want to make the night before and leave on the counter until time to cook. Will that work?

    • You can make the dough the night before and let them sit in the fridge overnight. The next day you can shape them into rolls, cover and let them rise in a warm place.

  51. If you could pull a cloud from the sky and eat it, it should taste like one of these dinner rolls. Heavenly! Light, moist and tender….mmmmmm! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  52. what temp for oven ?

  53. Great Rolls!!! Is there a point along the way when the rolls can be frozen? If so, once you are ready to eat them, how do you proceed? Many thanks. Sam

  54. I love these rolls and the people at work also enjoy eating these rolls. I am making them all the time.

  55. Grandma Cheap Cheap

    I made these today on Labor Day and they are (sere) fantastic !!! Simple and good. I used the butter flavored Criso and used Carnation evaporated milk instead of regular milk. I made sure not to rush the rolls and gave them time to rise properly and lawd lawd lawd, these are like my aunt Willie Mae’s rolls. Thanks so much.

    Do you make Caramel Cake?

  56. Willing going to made this tomorrow, it sound fantastic. Thanks for ur recipe and let u know what is out come thanks

  57. These are the best rolls I have ever had. I normally can not make rolls to save my life, but these were so easy and came out better then the store bought ones you find in the freezer section. This recipe is definitly a keeper, i will pass it down to my kids when they learn to cook and bake. Thank You and thank you to your grandma for passing the recipe to you.

  58. I found your video on You Tube and followed the link to your blog because the recipe sounded easy to replicate. I baked the rolls for our 4th of July family bbq and they came out delicious. This will now be the only recipe I use for dinner rolls. Thank you for sharing your grandmother's recipe with the world! Yummo!

  59. These are the best!! I have searched high and low for a recipe to match my aunts and this recipe is even better,,,,,:))) Thank you Thank you! Thank you! YOU ALSO HAVE THE BEST PEACH COBBLER!!!

  60. These rolls were fantastic… Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! My Auntie always made the rolls now I can thanks to you!!!

  61. These rolls look wonderful. I'm making them for Easter and will have left over dough.
    What should I do with the remaining dough?

  62. I've never baked rolls/bread from scratch because I've always been intimidated about working with yeast. But I saw these rolls and they just looked so good in that picture that I just knew I had to try them. Well, I baked them last night and they came out perfectly!! The best way I can descibe them is golden rolls of warm, buttery, deliciousness! This morning I had two for breakfast and was surprised to find that they are still fluffy and moist. Great recipe!

  63. Today was my day to try new recipes. Tried this one, it is incredible. Used Rapid rise and the refrigerator method, turned out just fine. Two for two, the bisscuits were great as well. I will be trying more of your recipes. Thanks! You Go Girl!

  64. Can you still use rapid rise with the refrigeration step. That's the only yeast I have on hand and was going to mix them up tonight and finish in the morning.

  65. Those rolls were the best I have ever made. Thanks!!

  66. All I can say is Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    For years I have searched for recipes to match rolls my grandmother used to make and these are identical!

    You are truly gifted! Thanks for helping this "diva" get down in the kitchen!

  67. Finally! A yeast roll recipe that I can't mess up. I made these rolls for Christmas dinner and they were a hit! My family and guests kept grabbing them from the table. Thank you so much.

  68. I am so glad that I found your recipe. This recipe brought back wonderful memories of when my mother made hot rolls. Girl, you got me dancing.

  69. I am so proud of you Monique to be a young woman and really into cooking. There are women my age that cannot do what you do-hung up on the wrong interests and believe me no man is looking for a woman that can't cook…..let the church say Amen!

  70. I made these rolls for Thanksgiving and topped them with honey butter and my family loved them especially my kids. They were like "OOOOH MOM how did you make these they are so good" lol. I couldnt believe that they came out right since I'm not that good at baking. Thanks for the recipe and the video.

  71. Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe. Tried the yeast rolls on Thanksgiving and they were a hit with the family. As a matter of fact, the rolls were eaten so fast that our guest were asking for me to make more.

    I used regular shortening in the wet ingredients. However I added approximately 2 tablespoons of margarine (butter) in the melted mixture and they came out fine.

    Thanks again for this wonderful recipe.

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    I am going to use these rolls for slider bread i will let you know what happened!!!! Thanks for the recipe

  73. HI. I was soooo anxious to try this recipe. I LOOOOVE BREAD AND THESE LOOKED SOOO GOOD. I tried it tonight and it didn't rise??? any idea what i could have done wrong??? I will try it again tomorrow.. maybe use a plastic bowl instead of the stainless steel one :( i don't know. But I want to get it perfect and maybe add it into to my Thanksgiving menu!. LOVE YOUR SITE!! :: tiombe25 from BK::

  74. Thanks for the recipe. I think that it is quite amazing that you even did a youtube video.

  75. I made these rolls yesterday to go with beef stew and they were absolutely delicious! My family ate them all up! I now know that next time I'll need to make two batches. Thanks, Monique…to you and your grandma!!!

  76. girrrrrrllllll those rolls came out soooo good. lol….i just ate 2 and want to eat them all…..they are devine…thanks for the recipe and love your blog :)

  77. These where amazing!!! They tasted great and were very easy to make thank you so much!!!

  78. How many oz flour is 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour?

    Could I use butter instead of shortening?


  79. Going to try these shaped a bit bigger for sandwiches (fussy kid doesn't like squashed bread in his lunch). Will let you know how it works.

  80. Tried these rolls yesterday and they were great!!! My whole family loved them. Keep the recipes coming Monique.

  81. Because I am bread-challenged also, I was wondering: When you cover the dough and put it in the fridge,do you cover it with a towel or saran wrap?

  82. Holy. Cow. Those look delish!! Not sure if you use yogurt in cooking but I have a giveaway on my blog if you're interested…

  83. Wow! Keep 'em coming Monique! Amazing! :O)

  84. I can't wait to try these with one of our dinners this next week. I already made Corn Bread for Thanksgiving so it will be another dinner. Have a great week!

  85. Wow! I haven't been reading your blog for a while now It looks fantastic, professional and your recipes are awesome!
    I was wondering… A couple of years back I ate the best Cinnamon Rolls ever back in the US while visiting good friends in Oregon…
    Do you have a good and easy recipe for Cinnamon Rolls? ;-)

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