Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls

grandmasdinnerrollsIn Midwestern households, family gatherings often turn potluck style with someone bringing the pies and someone else bringing the sides. Well, my cousin Jenny has perfected Grandma’s Delicate Rolls so she is the one to bring these homemade rolls to dinner. The photos of these dinner rolls were made during a multi generational girls weekend a few months ago.
These dinner rolls require practice and work but, once you have it down, you will see homemade rolls are worth it. This dinner roll recipe is so versatile my Grandma used it to make her cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls and sticky caramel rolls. So experiment with whatever you like to add to your rolls and enjoy.
And of course you can make these “old school” as the recipe outlines but you can also make them “queen of convenience” style too. When I made these for my Thanksgiving dinner, I simply gathered all ingredients, loaded them into my breadmaker putting the liquid ingredients in first and topping with the dry ingredients then set the machine to dough cycle. Once the dough was ready I formed the rolls and set them to rise as directed.
If you are in charge of bringing rolls to dinner, don’t buy them from the store, just make these homemade.  They are excellent. We hope you enjoy this family favorite recipe from Grandma’s recipe box.

Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls
In small saucepan, add…..
1 cup 2% milk
Heat the milk over medium heat until very tiny bubbles begin to form around the edges of the saucepan. This is to the point of just before boiling. You will see steam coming off the milk. Experts call this scalding. Remove from heat and add…..
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
When butter has melted stir in……
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Let milk mixture cool. Meanwhile in small bowl combine…..
2 packets dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon sugar

In other small bowl, crack….
1 large egg
Beat egg slightly. Once milk mixture has cooled, add 3 cups flour to large mixing bowl as well as, egg, yeast and milk mixtures. Mix and begin adding in an additional 3 cups flour a little at a time. Knead by hand until no longer sticky and smooth to the touch. Put bowl in warm place with dish cloth placed over the top. Let dough rise about 2 hours or until double in size. Spray jelly roll pan with non stick spray. Knead down dough and make into rolls. Place rolls on prepared jelly roll pan as you go. Let rise about 1 hour or until well rounded. Position rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and brush extra butter over the tops. Let cool only slightly and serve.

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  1. Never made these before and curious how you “make them” round after rolling out? Do you portion them? Use a cutter? They look maxing and can’t wait to make them!!

    • Oh my goodness Joy – this seems sort of hard to describe. Your comment is making us think about posting a video to the site that shows people how to do this. But until we can get a video up – essentially you cut off a piece of dough – slightly larger than a golf ball or basically enough to fill the palm of your hand and then you go around the outside of the ball of dough and pull in small sections from all around the outside while turning your pull to the inside center of the ball of dough. This smoothes it out all the way around the outside, pulls in tight on the underside or the side that is closest to your palm, and also removes air bubbles from the roll. Then when you place it on the pan you put the smooth side (the palm side) UP. I hope this helps – again – we have some other 3 minutes videos up on our site for other posts and this would be a good one for a video so we will try to release one soon. Please let us know of other questions and we hope you give these a try! Sincerely, Kristina

  2. Diana Dopler says

    Please send video video asap! These sound so good!

    • Oh my goodness I suppose you will be trying to tackle these for Christmas – must admit I’ve been under the weather and also had a computer switch a while ago that has impacted our video production but we will get one posted soon so stay tuned! Kristina