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Grandma Rita's Soft Butter Rolls Recipe
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Grandma Rita's Soft Butter Rolls

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"Want a roll that stays soft for days? Try these fluffy, soft rolls made with butter and love. This is my Grandma's recipe. The rolls are quick to rise due to the two packages of yeast. A special thanks to Baking Nana for writing the directions that are clear and easy to follow."

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Original recipe makes 18 large rolls Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Pour milk into a glass 2-cup measuring cup and heat in the microwave until it starts to boil and climb the sides, about 1 minute. Add butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt to the scalded milk; set aside to cool until it gets below 110 degrees F (45 degrees C).
  2. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water in a large bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour milk mixture into the yeast mixture; add 2 cups bread flour and egg. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition, until the dough is smooth and a little tacky.
  4. Turn dough out onto a sheet of flour-dusted waxed paper and lightly knead to pull dough together; shape into a ball. Place dough in a large, lightly-oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide dough into thirds. Break each third into six evenly sized balls and arrange onto prepared baking sheet. Cover balls with a towel to rise further for another 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes.
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Mar 24, 2014

I made these hen it was a personal recipe. I have made them several times since that first review. They are wonderful rolls! So glad it was published. My Review: These were wonderful, Lela! I made everything in my KA mixer. I only needed about 3 cups of flour - perhaps a little less than that. The rolls were flaky, rose well and browned nicely. Thanks for sharing your recipe! The rolls were a treat slathered in homemade butter and dipped in gravy.

May 27, 2014

LOVE these rolls...I don't change a thing...but I do put them in my bread maker on dough setting. So easy! Thanks, Lela! I have made these 5 times already and I am "yeast impaired"...they always come out PERFECT!


13 Ratings

Mar 25, 2014

I made these when it was a personal recipe also. These are my go to rolls. Very happy they are now published. Thanks Lela for wonderful recipe.

Mar 25, 2014

Oh ... these are quite good! They are a breeze to make, making them a go to recipe when you want dinner rolls. Followed directions to the "T", and very happy with the flavor and texture. I will be making these again, and quite often as they will also make a good roll for making sandwiches. I would also use this recipe as a good hamburger bun. Thank you Lela for sharing this great recipe. I'm giving them 10 stars. Perfect!

Mar 24, 2014

I believe I was the first to make and review these when first posted as a personal recipe and here is my review: These are really good. I did everything in my stand mixer. I had to use quite a bit more flour, but I am at sea level and it is very, very humid here today. They still turned out so light and fluffy. I made 4 large hamburger buns, 6 medium hamburger buns and 6 dinner rolls. I put the 4 burger buns back in the oven to crisp them up a bit because I will be serving them with a rather wet sauce. The others I kept soft. I do believe this recipe will be my go to for hamburger buns from now on. Thank you, Lela, for sharing your grandmother's excellent recipe. 3/24/2014 I have made these rolls many times since Lela shared the recipe and they come out perfect each time.

Sep 03, 2014

This one's a keeper! Mixed the dough in my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook and it worked great. I made these into smaller rolls and served them with Awesome Pulled Pork BBQ. Everyone loved them! Thanks Lela, for sharing your Grandma's recipe!

Sep 02, 2014

Threw everything into my bread machine and set on dough setting. Then, made into the rolls. These raise beautifully.

Aug 25, 2014

Very good and easy! I used 1/3 cup of sugar instead though. :-) I like my rolls a tad sweeter.


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 156 mg
  • 6%

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

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