Best Hot Rolls

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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups cold water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until shortening melts. Cool to 110°.
  2. Stir together yeast and 1/4 cup warm water in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Beat yeast mixture, sugar mixture, egg, and 4 cups flour in a large mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down; cover and chill 8 hours.
  6. Pinch off small pieces of dough (with well-greased hands), and shape into 1-inch balls. Arrange in 2 greased 9-inch square pans.
  7. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  8. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden.
  9. Note: To make ahead, bake rolls at 400º for 12 to 15 minutes or until just browned. Cool. Freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, bake rolls at 400º for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden
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