Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Mins
Makes 1 1/2 dozen

This is Christy's family's recipe. "We love them served alongside our meals," she says. "But they are especially good when you have ham, because they make the best little sandwiches for leftovers!"

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients and 2 cups flour in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in eggs. (Mixture will be lumpy and dry.) Stir in warm water, 1/2 cup melted butter, and remaining 3 cups flour until well blended. (Mixture will remain lumpy.) Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 minutes. (Rolls will rise only slightly.)

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle lightly with flour; knead three to four times. Pat or roll into a 13- x 9-inch rectangle (about 3/4 inch thick). Cut dough into 18 rectangles using a pizza cutter. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan, and cover with towel. Let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake rolls 25 minutes. Brush with remaining 1/4 cup melted butter, and bake 5 more minutes or until golden.

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Ratings & Reviews

BarbaraAKarella's Review

December 24, 2014
Flour is sensitive to amount of liquids, so more liquids, more flour. I try to put least amount of flour. Still, may be sticky, but a little oil or shortening on my hands helps me get to rest dough without adding too much flour. I add second raise in bowl, makes rolls lighter! Full of flavor every time! Today, I added 1/2 c sweet coconut milk to 1 cup of water heated and used coconut oil for shortening. Two weeks before thanksgiving, daughter asks, "What's the occasion?' Nothing special, just wanted to make something special!

Beachie's Review

September 07, 2011
Rolls were very good. I had the same problem with not enough flour. Just kept adding more flour untl I could knead the dough. Making the rolls the size the recipe indicates makes the rolls too large. Next time will make rolls at least half of what the recipe stated Later used a roll as the bun for pork roll sandwich. This was also good, much beter than hamburg roll

bascabaker's Review

March 20, 2011
quick-easy-delicious! Substituted 1 c whole wheat flour, and added 1/2 c flaxseed meal for more nutrition. Rolled risen dough out, then tucked it whole into 13x9 pan. Cut dough IN pan (with bench scraper) into 16 rolls...much easier. Bake time was more like 45 minutes total- to 195 degrees on instant read thermometer. will tape a copy of this to my cabinet - no need to put it away, will use every week!

cwaredvmmom's Review

November 23, 2010
Are the proportions correct? It took 7 1/2 cups of flour to make this into a workable soft dough. With the 5 cups in the recipe, just a big gooey mess. My second batch using the extra flour made enough dough for 36 rolls!

shamrock54's Review

October 12, 2010
Made these for the first time for a dinner party. They were a 5* hit. Easy to make, not too time sensitive and the leftovers went home with my guests for breakfast. This recipe is a real "keeper"

DonnaHoll's Review

September 22, 2010
This recipe is very easy to follow and you will not be disappointed with the results.So good. Have tried several of Christy's recipes. Real down home cooking. Keep this recipe on hand for the holidays to come. Your guests will love them.