Alice's Turkey Day Light Rolls


  • ¾ cup scalded milk
  • 4 ½ tablespoons shortening
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon melted shortening, or as needed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Stir milk, 4 1/2 tablespoons shortening, sugar, and salt together in a bowl. Cool until mixture is lukewarm.


  • Step 2

    Pour water into a bowl and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes; stir. Stir milk mixture into yeast mixture until smooth.

  • Step 3

    Beat 2 1/4 cups flour into yeast mixture until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining flour until dough comes together.

  • Step 4

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, brush with melted shortening, cover the bowl with a clean towel, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  • Step 5

    Punch dough down and form into 24 rolls. Place rolls on a lightly greased baking dish, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Step 7

    Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

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