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Parker House Dinner Rolls

You won’t be able to eat just one of my mom’s famous yeast rolls. They’re light and fluffy with a wonderful flavor…and even more delicious served warm with a little butter. —Susan Hansen, Auburn, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 eggs
  • 6-3/4 to 7-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the shortening, sugar and salt. Stir in boiling water. Cool to 110°-115°. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast mixture, eggs and 3 cups flour to shortening mixture. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Fold circles in half; press edges to seal. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush with butter. Serve warm.
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  • angela32
    Oct 3, 2020

    I used butter instead of shortening, but otherwise the same. They were SO good!

  • Jesuslives777
    Oct 11, 2016

    As a kid I remember how wonderful my grandma's house would smell when she was baking her breads and pies. I feel blessed to make these and when they are baking I can almost feel her sitting beside me. I love making yeast breads. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • lisamaria728
    Nov 27, 2015

    I am not sure these are worth the trouble. I thought they were a little bland. Maybe they need a little more sugar or salt. My family loved them, but personally I wasn't that crazy about them. I had higher hopes.

  • lojig18
    Nov 12, 2015

    I made this recipe and made cinnamon rolls out of it. It was delicious.

  • wendymayer
    Jan 1, 2015

    This is now our favorite dinner roll! They are soft and delicious. I did not roll mine out, though. I shaped them into balls and placed them in 9inch round baking pans. They turned out perfect.

  • KPluth
    Nov 25, 2014

    I have a question about step #3. Do you really fold the cut out circle in half and seal the edges? The picture make them look round.

  • katlaydee3
    Aug 31, 2014

    Good dinner rolls.

  • MRM44
    Aug 14, 2014


  • Joscy
    Jun 2, 2014

    These are FABULOUS!

  • grandma karyn
    Jan 9, 2014

    This recipe came out so wonderful, I felt like I had mastered bread making. I did use my stand mixer for the kneading, as these old hands are not what they used to be. Thank you for a great recipe.