Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls Recipe

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These classic dinner rolls will save you prep time come the morning of your holiday dinner.
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1 hr 30 min DURATION
15 min COOK TIME
Yield 1-1/2 dozen rolls SERVINGS


  • 1 cup milk, scalded and cooled slightly
    1⁄4 cup shortening, melted
    1⁄4 cup prepared mashed potatoes
    1⁄4 cup sugar, or to taste
    1-1⁄2 packages (.25 ounce each) active dry yeast, dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 cups flour


  • In a large bowl, mix together milk, shortening, potatoes and sugar.
  • Add dissolved yeast mixture, and stir to combine. Stir in egg.
  • In another large bowl, sift together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Gradually add to potato mixture, mixing after each addition, until dough holds together well.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  • To bake rolls, grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan; set aside.
  • Shape dough into balls a little bigger than golf balls. Place dough balls in prepared pan, and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • About 15 minutes before rise is complete, preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Bake rolls for about 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
  • Cool slightly before serving.