Grandma Rita's Soft Butter Rolls Recipe -
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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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!

Feb 11, 2015

Lela - these rolls are FANTASTIC! One of my biggest thrills from being on AR is What's for dinner, mom?('s) assistance in helping me overcome my fear of using yeast. With her guidance, I've made many yeast recipes, including your recipe. The first time I made them, I forgot the salt. Not one person noticed and every roll was gobbled up, but I knew something was a tad off. The second time I remembered it and I noticed instantly the difference in taste. This is a very simple recipe to follow and super easy to make with my KA mixer. They make wonderful hamburger buns and next time I'm going to try hot dog/brat buns. Thank you for taking the time to share your grandmother's recipe. It is a keeper!


33 Ratings

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 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.

Feb 11, 2015

This is a great recipe. Very easy to do. I have not done bread by hand since I got the bread machine and was very pleased with how easy to pull together and how great they tasted. Thank you Lela for this wonderful recipe will be making again.

Jan 19, 2015

I give this 10 stars! Lela - your Grandma made awesome rolls! These were easy to make and baked up so nice and brown, yet are so soft. I pulled them out of the oven and couldn't even wait until dinner to try one. I believe I will use this recipe to make hamburger and hot dog buns, as well. Thank you!

Dec 01, 2014

This were easy to make - I thought they tasted too floury when they first came out of the oven, but my husband said they were better after the next day. Everyone seemed to enjoy them at the Thanksgiving table so maybe my initial reaction was off-base

Oct 13, 2014

I made these in my KA and they were delicious. So light and feathery, everyone loved them. Thank you so much for taking the time to preserve this recipe. Thanks Lela!!!


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 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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