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Cornmeal Dinner Rolls

A flavorful sidekick to chilies, soups, and stews, these biscuits can also stand alone with a simple pat of butter and drizzle of honey. —Brynn Rader, Olympia, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min.+ rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4-3/4 to 5-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal


  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, butter, cornmeal and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, 5-8 minutes. Cool to 110° - 115°.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cornmeal mixture, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 30 balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with a clean kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Uncover rolls; brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cornmeal. Bake at 375° until golden brown, 13-17 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 140 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • SandyLF59
    Nov 16, 2014

    These are sooo good, the cornmeal mixture turns these into fabulous biscuits

  • Nimra01
    Apr 23, 2014

    Delicious, I added some pesto and cheese. Great taste.

  • jbiel517
    Apr 7, 2013

    My husband loves these. I read the reviews that said they were light, but mine turned out on the heavy side. Delicious anyway. They freeze well and are just as good thawed out and rewarmed.

  • Peckowych
    Nov 16, 2012

    Boy, did I do something wrong! I add at least 7 cups of flour and they were still very sticky! I will try again to see what happened. I am blaming it on the baker, this time!

  • juicyfruit007
    Oct 27, 2012

    I accidentally left the cornmeal out of these and they still turned out great! My only issue was how loooong it took to do the first part, where the ingredients are heated in the saucepan. I guess I should've turned my burner up higher, but I didn't want the milk to burn.

  • shorty_cheryl
    Apr 28, 2012

    Absolutely delicious!

  • Holmescsh
    Feb 4, 2012

    I have made these several times - always good, always popular, never any left-overs... have never topped with cornmeal

  • lmmf73
    Jan 27, 2012

    These were excellent. I made them with % milk (because that's what I had on hand) and they still are moist and delicious. I am serving them with split pea and ham soup for dinner and can't wait!

  • chellezook17
    Jan 6, 2012

    These were amazing!!! Like super soft and light just how I love thing though it didn't even put 4 3/4 cup flour in, more like 4 1/4 and they were really moist that way

  • CookingWithDianne
    Dec 29, 2011

    Amazing! The perfect texture - light and pillowy, and just the right amount of sweetness. Great served with soup!