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Icebox Dinner Rolls

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 35 mins
Yield Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided

How to Make It

  1. Pour boiling water over shortening and next 2 ingredients in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, and stir until shortening melts and sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Let stand 10 minutes or until about 110°.

  2. Meanwhile, combine yeast and warm water in a 1-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

  3. Add yeast mixture and egg to shortening mixture; beat at low speed until combined. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed 2 to 3 minutes or until flour is blended and dough is soft and smooth.

  4. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute). Gently shape dough into 60 (1-inch) balls; place 3 dough balls in each cup of 2 lightly greased 12-cup muffin pans. (You will fill only 20 cups.) Brush rolls with half of melted butter.

  6. Cover pans with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  7. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake rolls for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter. Serve immediately.