Early morning conversations  can effect your hearing, especially is it sounds like a lot of work!

“Stew would be really good tonight.”

“Beef Stew?”

. . . “and maybe some homemade rolls.”


What you really need to know, is that my sweet Husband rarely suggests anything for dinner.

After I fully woke up . . . I decided that he deserved to “suggest”  once every 32 years of marriage.  He might be a bit disappointed though. I ventured away from our Favorite Roll Recipe, and opened up the Lion House Bakery Cookbook.  My mind went back & forth, back & forth . . . but I felt adventurous.  The Lion House Recipe won out for today.

Oh yeah . . . I have company everday!  Go see . . .

Actually, they are quite similar to “Moms Dinner Roll Recipe.”

The difference is that I used butter, instead of Shortening, and this recipe calls for dry milk instead of real milk.

Now . . . both are very good, but the real test will be when my hubbie gets home.

I’m simply not going to say anything . . . I will wait for a response.  I’m quite sure I will get one.

I’ll let you know when I post again!

 . . . can you smell them?


I’ve done tutorials on making rolls, so today I’m just showing you a quickie.

Yes . . . if my house is chilly, I really do let the dough rise in a warm dryer.

Just fluff some clean towels in the hot dryer, open the door and nestle that covered bowl in those warm towels.

Close the door . . .  but DON’T turn on the dryer!

Let the dough rise until it’s doubled fully in size , then punch it down.

Now the real work begins . . .

1.  Prepare your work surface, Melt a stick of butter, grease your cookie sheets and roll up your sleeves.

I like to make Crescent or Butterhorn shaped rolls.

2.  Roll a circle that is 12 ” around, and is slightly less than 1/4″ thick.

Warning: (Today I didn’t roll mine out quite thin enough, and the rolls aren’t quite as pretty!)

3.  Brush the circle with melted butter, and with your pizza cutter, make 12 pie shape sections.

4.  Starting from the wide end . . . roll up.  Make sure the tail is tucked underneath.

5.  Place on greased cookie sheets, and brush with more melted butter.

6.  Cover pans with a clean towel, and let sit in a warm area until doubled in size.

*I let my rolls rise by the fireplace, but you can also pre-heat your oven to the lowest temperature possible (170).  Turn OFF the oven now!  I like to lay clean towels on the racks, so that there isn’t too much warmth under the cookie sheets.  This will also help keep the heat in the oven for a bit longer.  Place your cookie sheets in the oven, on top of those clean towels, and shut the door.  (Make sure that you have turned the oven OFF!)  Let the rolls rise until double in size.  Remove them from the oven before you pre-heat the oven again to bake the rolls.

If you are short on time, you can also cut out circles . . . like this.

Roll your dough about 1/2″ thick for circle rolls.

You will need to place the rolls on the pan so that the edges are touching one another.

Don’t leave spaces like in the Crescent rolls above.

Bake the rolls in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.

When they are golden brown, brush them with melted butter.

Try not to eat more than one!


  • 2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, shortening, or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted  


In a large bowl of an electric mixer or Kitchen Aid, combine water and dry milk powder, stirring until milk dissolves.  Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups of the flour.  Mix on low speed until ingredients are wet.  Increase mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups flour; mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix again until dough is soft, but not overly sticky, and NOT stiff.  *Note:  It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour.

Scrape dough off sides of bowl and pour about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil all around sides of bowl.  Turn dough over in bowl so it is covered with the oil.  (This helps prevent the dough from drying out.)  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Sprinkle cutting board or counter with flour and place dough on floured surface.  Roll out and shape as desired.  Place on greased or parchment lined baking pans.  Cover with clean towel, or cover lightly with plastic wrap.  Let rise in warm place until rolls are doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Brush with melted butter while hot.  Makes about 1 1/2 to 3 dozen rolls, depending on shape and size of rolls.

Note:  This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled if you have a large enough bowl.

You can also freeze shaped rolls for later use:  Simply double the amount of yeast used when making dough.  After the first rise, shape the rolls but do not rise again.  Instead, place rolls on a baking sheet and immediately place in freezer.  When dough is frozen solid, remove rolls from pan and place in a plastic bag, squeeze excess air out of bag and seal well.  Rolls can be frozen for up to 3 weeks.


*I bake all of my rolls and let them cool on the cookie sheets.  Once they are cool, I wrap with saran wrap then heavy duty foil – twice.  Put the pans of rolls into the freezer for later use.  When ready to thaw, make sure that you remove the saran wrap layer, and put the foil back on.  You can warm them in a 170 degree oven with the foil left on.  They will taste like brand new from the oven rolls.


  • Audrey Crisp - 01/18/2011 - 7:59 pm


  • Brandi - 01/18/2011 - 10:02 pm

    As always those look amazing. I am anxious to know what dad said about them. I wish I was close to emjoy some stew, that sounds real good! Did you use your cuisinart?ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 01/18/2011 - 11:59 pm

    oh wow. I am with Audrey! Amazing!
    Loved the dryer tip. Going to try that one. I will need to stick a note on there though… “Out of Order”….. while they are in there. I can just see one of my teenagers turning it on without thinking. ; DReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 01/19/2011 - 12:03 am

    P.S. Not sure if anyone else is having the same troubles I am when trying to post comments here on your blog…..but thought you should be aware, that whenever I click on “Post comment” a window pops up that says THERE WAS AN ERROR SUBMITTING YOUR COMMENT. PLEASE TRY AGAIN. (in big bold red letters). And then there is egyptian lettering (or something like that ; D ) in the comment box. But when I go back to comment again, my comment has published just fine, but the red lettered warning is still there. It’s strange and it happens every time I post here. Thought you should know.ReplyCancel

  • sheri - 01/19/2011 - 6:00 am

    I have been making these rolls for years and they are a family favorite. I use butter in them because I never have margarine or shortening around. Love, Love, Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Jonna - 01/19/2011 - 2:33 pm

    Thanks Lynn, I will look into the problem. Maybe that’s why so few ever leave a comment! uggg.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - 01/19/2011 - 2:43 pm

    I was nominated to do rolls for Thanksgiving this year. For my huge family. I found this recipe on your blog and thought I’d give it a try. So easy and so delicious. I mad 8 dozen! Everyone loved them so much I was nominated for Christmas too.. thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Sidney Rossberg - 01/23/2011 - 1:13 pm


    I LOVE your blog! I have 3 daughters who are now married, in a different state at college and living in a different state with roommates working. They call all the time for dinner ideas to make for the apartment. I have shared your blog with them and it it great! I love your tips and the way you make difficult things so easy! Thank you so much!!!!!

    In November someone shared a recipe for chicken breast cooked in a muffin tin. I really wanted to try it and have lost the recipe. I looked on your blog but could not find it. Do you have any idea what recipe I am talking about?ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - 01/24/2011 - 12:49 pm

    I am seriously in love with the idea of letting your dough rise in a warm dryer! Brilliant! Thanks a bunch!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - 11/15/2011 - 7:19 pm

    Not a baker, so need further instructions regarding the frozen dough option. Do you thaw, then rise? or do you bake right from freezer?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 11/16/2011 - 6:56 am

      Hi Jen,

      Here are your choices: If you prefer to bake your rolls at another time, you will need to double the amount of yeast when making the dough. Let it rise until double in size. Shape your rolls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Freeze. When you are ready to bake the rolls, you will need to thaw then frozen rolls, and let them rise until double in their size. Bake.

      This is what I do: If I am wanting to freeze the baked rolls, (I usually make the roll recipe on my Thanksgiving Day recipes post. It’s my favorite. I Bake the rolls, let them cool right on the cookie sheet. Then I cover with saran wrap and a good layer of heavy duty foil and place the cookie sheets right in the freezer. When I’m ready to serve them, I take a tray of rolls from the freezer, remove the saran wrap, cover loosely with the foil and let them thaw. When I’m ready to heat them for a dinner, I pop them in a 200 degree preheated oven until they are nice and warm. They will taste like just baked rolls!

      Hope this helps,