Grandma Georgie's Cardamom Rolls Recipe -
Grandma Georgie's Cardamom Rolls Recipe
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Grandma Georgie's Cardamom Rolls

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"They take awhile to make, but these rolls are a family favorite through 4 generations. Gramma Georgie made these for every family get-together for at least 50 years. They're perfect for sandwiches, dinner rolls, or toasted for breakfast. These can rise overnight in the fridge."

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Original recipe makes 28 rolls Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 5 mins


  1. Cut the butter up into chunks, and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over the butter, and stir in the sugar, salt, and cardamom. Stir the mixture until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved, and let it cool down to about 105 degrees F/41 degrees C.
  2. Beat the yeast, eggs, and flour into the butter-sugar mixture to make a runny dough, lightly oil the top of the dough, and cover with a cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet, and set aside.
  4. Punch down the dough, and knead until soft and springy, about 12 minutes. Form the dough into golf ball-sized rolls, and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Let the rolls rise until double, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake the rolls in the preheated oven until the bottoms are browned and the tops are lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 04, 2011

Well, as the 1st reviewer I thought I should follow the recipe exactly, so I did. Except for using White WW Flour instead of all-purpose (we are a non white flour house!). :) These were excellent - good flavor from the cardamom, just sweet enough and very tender. However, I do have a problem with the making of the bread. I am going to try this again using more traditional techniques (proofing the yeast, kneading before the 1st rise). Reason - it didn't rise AT ALL during the 1st rise.... I mean at all. Now, this could be partly because my water mixture was barely at 100 degrees (it cooled really fast!), I like to have mine at 110. So! I will try this again and see how it goes. Def worth trying!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 22, 2011

I did not like this recipe. The dough did not raise and the buns browned on the bottom but not the top and some were doughy in the middle. Not like bread because they did not rise. more like a bagel. To be fair I even started over with a new batch in case I had done something wrong. Second batch, same as the first.


7 Ratings

Apr 22, 2011

Since you're adding the yeast with the flour, the temp. needs to be higher - like 120 deg. Don't worry, it won't kill the yeast. If temp is too low the rise time will be much longer. However, Gramma used to put the mix in the fridge overnight & the dough was always just about to overflow the bowl in the morning. Also, if you're using whole wheat flour, you get a better rise if you substitute about 1 cup of high-gluten flour (bread flour).

Apr 19, 2011

Like the last reviewer, my rolls did not rise during the first rising either. Next time I make these, I will try them in my breadmaker. But they tasted delicious (cardamom is one of my absolute favorite spices) and I will definitely make them again in the future.

Apr 25, 2011

So this was my first attempt at making home made rolls and I ended up not using as much water as the recipe called for by accident. The rolls still turned out fantastic, light and fluffy and delicious!

Nov 20, 2013

I really like the taste of these rolls. I love the taste of the cardamon, and they are sweet enough to eat plain but you could put jam and butter on it and go to town. And, in fact, that is what my coworkers did. I have to say, though, that I'm not pleased with how they rise separately on a cookie sheet. These are more workable as pull apart rolls in my opinion. They rise outward and so when I tried on the cookie sheet, I ended up with flat little disks, so I reshaped and placed in a pan, then let them rise again. Although this made for some funny looking rolls (I don't do consistently sized rolls well), this worked much better. Takes a lot longer to bake, though, but I liked how they rose better. I couldn't fit all the rolls in the pan, so I played around and made five braided rolls, placed them together in a bread pan, then let rise and baked along with the pan. It turned out really well, actually, and made for a small but tasty and pretty loaf. I might do that next time again. Thanks for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 223 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 302 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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