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Quick Yeast Rolls

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Other Time time 50 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen
Make these Quick Yeast Rolls up to one month ahead. Wrap cooled rolls loosely in aluminum foil, place in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze. Heat foil-wrapped rolls in a 325° oven for 30 minutes or until warm.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

How to Make It

  1. Stir together yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1 tsp. sugar in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Beat 2 Tbsp. sugar, softened butter, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add egg, milk, and yeast mixture, beating until blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until smooth. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (2 to 3 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

  3. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  4. Preheat oven to 400°. Punch dough down; turn dough out onto a floured surface. Divide dough into 24 pieces; shape into balls. Place in 2 greased 9-inch square pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 15 minutes.

  5. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden. Brush tops with melted butter, and serve immediately.