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Soft Refrigerator Dinner Rolls ~ Flashback Friday

I first posted this easy Refrigerator Dinner Roll recipe in 2009.  The original recipe was adapted from the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes which has been a source of dependable recipes handed down through the generations.    

Refrigerator Dinner Rolls
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large tablespoon shortening
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 - 3 3/4  cups all-purpose white flour or use half multigrain flour and half white flour
  1. Mix the boiling water, sugar, salt and shortening together in a large bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Soften yeast in the lukewarm water.
  3. Combine the yeast and the cooled shortening water mixture.
  4. Add the beaten egg.
  5. Add the flour all at once and stir well. The dough should be stiff. 
  6. Scrape dough into a large greased bowl and cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Punch the dough down and refrigerate again or make into rolls.  
  8. If you are unsure how to form your dough into buns, make the dough into a long roll about 1 1/2 thick. Cut into slices and roll in the palm of your hand as shown in the picture. Roll quickly to make a nice smooth ball.  
  9. Put the rolls onto a greased cookie sheet or a parchment lined sheet. Cover with clean tea towels and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours and then bake in a preheated 400 ┬║ oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Makes about 18 Rolls


  1. They look wonderful! And don't forget to cover the buns for that last rise on the pans.......I cover them with a clean tea towel and then a piece of plastic on top (a large plastic bag cut to lay flat), to create a warm, draft-free environment.

    1. Thank you for that reminder Elsie, I'll add that to the recipe.

  2. I've had my eye out for a good refrigerator roll recipe. Will have to try this one.

  3. Really enjoy your works. Thank you so much !


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