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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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. says

    Thanks for all your hard work and effort in doing your recipes. My thanksgiving menu was base on all of your recipes, Yes! All. The candied yams, southern bake mac, your punches, green beans and many more…Your thanksgiving section its well organized and what I like from your videos is that there are not long. You keep it short spicy and to the point! Thanks again Monique and have a bless and prosperous years to come! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Beaitful Testimony says

    I am so in love with these rolls. Thank you for posting it. I have made them for a long while now. However, I was wondering if there is a way that I can freeze these rolls if I make them up before a week or two before time?

    • patricia says

      in response to your question about freezing these rolls, yes you can. Iv done it many times :) and they still taste as good as when you first bake them!

  3. Damion Davis says

    I just have a question … Can you make the dough in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer for a couple of days and cook them off later? Please let me know, I plan to make these for Thanksgiving this year!! Thanx

  4. Kyle says

    I was so excited to find this recipe! I’ve always made my Nanny’s yeast roll recipe, but that required have to roll out the door and cut them out. Always such a pain to me! I love that I can just tear of the dough and form them in whatever shape I want! Love your site!!

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    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect
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  6. Tanish L says

    I have a question about storing extra dough. Is it okay to freeze the remainder dough, if so how or what would be a proper way in storing it?


    Tanisha Lattimore

  7. CK Lilly says

    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!

  8. Lynn says

    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

  9. Shawdé says

    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.!

  10. Cathy says

    The time is off. If you set them in the fridge for 2 hours and then let the finished product rise for 1 1/2 hours plus mixing time should be about 4 to 4 1/2 hours to make these. I still want to try these but wanted to know about time.

  11. Lena says

    I made the mistake of using the wrong yeast, this should have been the rapid rise yeast as that one you can mix with dry ingredients. The Active Dry would have needed to go into a warm water first to activate.

  12. Linda says

    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!!

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