Grandma’s Quick Yeast Rolls

Published on Nov 11, 2013
Updated on Oct 30, 2019

Grandma's Quick Yeast Rolls // These Yeast Rolls are perfect for any holiday dinner! | Tried and TastyIt hasn’t been until recently that I’ve really started appreciating family recipes. My grandmother on my mom’s side is an excellent cook. She lives out of state, so I don’t get to enjoy the fruits of her labor often. When I do, it is indeed a treat. More often than not we tend to get together around the holidays. This is one of two roll recipes that she’s pretty famous for. If nothing else, everyone always wonders if grandma’s rolls are going to be on the menu. A couple of years ago I realized how important it was for me to be more hands on in the kitchen with her rather than off doing other things. It’s one thing to get a recipe, but it’s a completely different thing actually watching and helping get the tips and tricks that you won’t find written down. This year I won’t be able to head out of state with the family for Thanksgiving so I decided to attempt to duplicate this family treasure. I pulled out my very special handwritten recipe and away I went. One bite in and a flood of memories came rushing over me. Success!

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Grandma's Quick Yeast Rolls

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grandma's Quick Yeast Rolls
Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 303 kcal
Author: Yvonne

Grandma's Quick Yeast Rolls are perfect for the holidays!



  • 2 packets or 4 1/2 tsp. quick rise yeast
  • 1 c. lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1/3 c. butter flavored shortening melted
  • 6 1/2 c. sifted flour


  1. In a small bowl or cup, dissolve yeast and 1 tsp. of sugar; set aside. In small saucepan scald milk (bring to a boil), then add salt & 3/4 c. sugar. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
  2. When cooled, whisk in yeast mixture to milk and add beaten eggs. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment slowly add in 4 c. of flour kneading until smooth. Add cooled melted shortening; mix until fully incorporated. Add remaining flour until dough becomes a smooth elastic consistency.
  3. Transfer to clean, lightly greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size. Form rolls in to desired shape. Let rise another 30 minutes. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 Cents]
My grandma loves butter, so one trick I learned from her was to dip shaped dough in melted butter before baking (or you could brush the rolls with melted butter). I found that my rolls weren't browning the way that I wanted them to, so the last few minutes of baking I brushed again with melted butter. The end result is a delicious buttery dream-come-true!

Adapted from A family recipe from my grandma

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Quick Yeast Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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24 comments about “Grandma’s Quick Yeast Rolls

  1. Bedelia Urbaniak

    These look delicious. I have a question. When using the muffin tins, do you spray or grease them before adding rolls? I want to make this for this Sunday (Mother’s Day) but I don’t want to mess up. Thank you

  2. Dariel J. O'Hara

    I make these rolls by using a rope of dough (6″) and winding it around two fingers, holding one end with my thumb and then poking the other end through the bottom of the roll on my fingers so that the end it pointing out of the top.

  3. Cheryl

    I was just wondering how you got them shaped so cute! I love to do my rolls in a muffin tin, but I usually do clover leaf shape. These are so cute, I’m definately pinning! Thanks for sharing on Totally Tasty Tuesdays!

    1. Yvonne

      Hi Cheryl! It’s actually just a spiral that rose a little too long and just kind of exploded a bit :) I just cut off a chunk of dough, rolled it into a 6’ish inch rope, dipped it in butter and then rolled it. Once rolled I placed in the greased muffin tin and voila – these adorable rolls were born. I’m so happy you stopped by! Happy to have you.

    1. Yvonne

      I wish I didn’t love bread as much as I do, but if I’m going the love it, then only the best – and these are the BEST!

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