Southern Living
Active Time
22 Mins
Total
1 hour and 13 minutes, plus 8 hours for chilling
Yield
2 dozen rolls

Bread lovers, rejoice! There are usually 3 crucial food items on the table to complete the ultimate Southern meal: something sweet, something fried, and of course, bread. These homemade yeast rolls are the perfect side dish for any dinnertime spread. Serve them on the side of a weeknight roast, black bean chili, or skillet pork chop. Easy yeast rolls are just that…easy! With only 22 minutes of hands-on time and 7 simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip them up effortlessly. Light and tender, overnight yeast rolls are a delightful cuisine to have on the table, their buttery flavor is sure to impress even the pickiest dinner party guest.

Not convinced you should give this fluffy roll recipe a try? Prepare the dough a day ahead of your event and let it chill overnight; you’ll have one less task on your to-do list on the day of the occasion. Casual enough to bring to a church potluck and delicious enough to serve at an elegant holiday occasion, this recipe is our new go-to.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine yeast and warm water (100º F to 110º F) in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2

Place shortening, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Add boiling
water, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs and yeast mixture, beating at low speed
1 minute or until blended; gradually beat in flour. Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top of dough; cover with plastic wrap. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Lightly coat 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cooking spray. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto
a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into 72 (1-inch) balls, and place 3 dough balls in each muffin cup.

Step 4

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85º F), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 375º F. Bake at 375º F for 18 minutes or until golden. Makes 2 dozen.