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Parker House Rolls

Mom is especially well known for the delectable things she bakes, like these tender golden rolls. When that basket comes around the table, we all automatically take two—one is just never enough. —Sandra Melnychenko, Grandview, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon plus 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted, optional


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, salt, egg, oil, 2 cups flour and remaining water and sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 2 portions. Roll each portion to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. If desired, brush with butter.
  • Using the dull edge of a knife, crease each slightly off-center. Fold at the crease. Press edges together lightly. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 113 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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    Dec 27, 2020

    so I know I did a review on this recipe already, but I tried it again with a little change, and made sure to knead well. I did not use oil in the dough, I used butter. I also dipped the rolls in melted butter, not just brushed the tops, as I know that was part of my original recipe. So a healthy recipe it is not! but they were delicious!

  • Jen
    Nov 15, 2020

    Mccalls Parker House Rolls Recipe 3/4 cup milk 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp salt 1/2 c (1 stick) butter or marg 1/2 c. warm water (105 -115 F) 1 package active dry yeast 2 eggs, beaten 4 1/2 c flour 1/2 c melted butter or margarine 1. heat milk until bubbles form. Add sugar, salt and 1/2 c butter, stir to dissolve sugar and melt butter. cool to lukewarm. 2. If possible, check temp of warm water, in large bowl, with thermometer. sprinkle yeast over water and stir to dissolve. 3. with a wooden spoon, stir in milk mixture, beaten eggs and 2 c. flour; beat until smooth 4. gradually add the rest of the flour, beating until the dough is stiff and smooth enough to leave the side of bowl. turn dough onto lightly floured board. knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. 5. place dough in lightly greased bow: turn dough to bring up greased side. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about an hour. 6. Punch down dough. Turn out onto lightly floured pastry cloth; divide in half. Rollout one half to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. With dull edge of knife, press a crease just off center of each round. Brush lightly w/ melted butter. Fold over so large part just touches edge of the smaller smaller. press folded edge. repeat with remaining dough. 7. place rolls 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheat. brush rolls lightly with melted butter. cover w/ towel. let rise in warm place (approx 1 hour) 8. bake in preheated 375 F oven for 12 -15 minutes until golden brown. makes 30 rolls

  • karla
    Mar 6, 2018

    My new go to roll recipe! My boys devoured these in minutes. Best recipe I have tried and I have been searching for a good roll recipe for years!

  • Nicole
    Aug 9, 2017

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  • fnstlug
    Nov 19, 2016

    Good, but nothing special.

  • goodfellows
    Sep 30, 2016

    This is a question about the canola oil, can you substitute vegetable oil instead? Thank you

  • IslandWife
    Feb 23, 2016

    These are very moist and tasty. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Bakeandrun
    Jan 5, 2016

    These are perfect for holiday meals.Bake ahead and freeze, then pop in the oven for a quick warm up.

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    Apr 22, 2013

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    Dec 22, 2012

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