Lunch Lady Dinner Rolls

I found this recipe on Pinterest and made the rolls for Thanksgiving dinner this year.  They were a huge hit!  As a rule I don’t just re-post other people’s recipes, but these were so good I had to share. The original recipe can be found at

Her recipe states that it makes 4 Dozen rolls.  I must have made mine a little larger because I came out with 3 dozen rolls, but they were nice big rolls.


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp (heaping) yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 /4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Crisco shortening


  1. Add yeast and sugar to warm water and let sit for 3-5 minutes
  2. Add melted butter (cooled), milk, eggs and salt to yeast mixture
  3. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. Stir until combined
  4. Using your hand or a pastry knife crumble shortening into flour until it is barely noticable
  5. Pour liquid yeast mixture into flour mixture
  6. Using a large wooden spoon, stir until well combined.
  7. When dough starts to come together, ditch the spoon and use your hand to knead the dough for approx. 2 minutes until it comes together in a nice ball.
  8. Place dough in a warm area, covered, until it doubles in size. TIP – I use my microwave as a proofing oven.  I place a large glass of water in each corner and heat for 3-5 minutes.  Then place your covered bowl in with the glasses and shut the door.  The heat and humidity will allow the dough to rize quickly and not dry out, about 30 minutes usually does it.
  9. After dough has doubled in size, punch it down and knead with your hands one more time for 2 minutes.If dough is a bit sticky sprinkle it with flour as needed.
  10. Prepare pans and form dough into 2 inch balls and place onto cooking sheets. I like rolls to be touching soI have to pull them apart when they are done. If you don’t like that place them at least 1-2 inches apart on your cooking sheet. I cook mine close together in 9×13 pans.
  11. When dough is formed into rolls and placed on pans, cover and allow to rise until almost doubled again. Iput my pans top of the oven while it is preheating and this step usually only takes 15-20 minutes.
  12. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Lunch Lady Dinner Rolls

    1. Hi Jeanette. Dough can be refrigerated or frozen for short periods. In the fridge it will continue to rise very slowly, but it should last a couple of days. In the freezer it will hold for a few weeks in an airtight container.

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