Overnight Yeast 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.

Overnight Yeast Rolls
Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 13 mins
2 dozen rolls


  • 2 (1/4-oz.) envelopes active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 2 large eggs

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • Cooking spray


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

  2. Place shortening, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Add boilingwater, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs and yeast mixture, beating at low speed1 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.

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

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

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

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