Refrigerator Rolls

refrigerator rolls

Overnight stay

I love this overnight refrigerator roll recipe when I don’t have any bread or other rolls prepared for Sunday lunch. I mix it up Saturday evening and toss it into the refrigerator (well, I don’t exactly toss it, but you know what I mean).

Be sure to use regular flour instead of bread flour, as the recipe calls. I tried bread flour once and said, “Never again.”

refrigerator rolls
the dough right after it is mixed


My hints on these refrigerator rolls

Let me give you several hints on this. I’m sure they will help make the process easier. I admit the dough is harder to handle in the morning when it is cold, especially if you have arthritis in your hands. You can let it sit out a bit to warm up before you shape into rolls.

  •  Make sure you use a bowl that is large enough to allow the dough to rise a little.   (It will blow the lid off and spill onto your refrigerator shelves. Ask me how I know!).  A bowl double the size of the dough works well.
  • Put the lid on tightly.  I’m sure you can imagine why.
  • Put something heavy on top of the lid.  Something like a gallon of milk turned on its side so it will fit on that shelf.  The extra weight reminds the lid that it is to stay put no matter how much pressure it receives from down below.
  • Because the dough will be stiff and cold in the morning, you can actually put it on the counter and cut it with a good knife. That way you don’t have to twist and turn and pull to get the dough divided into smaller pieces, especially if your hands are stiff and sore.  I’ve done this, and I can’t tell any difference in the rolls.
cut the cold dough with a knife

Morning completion

In the morning (or about three hours before serving), take the dough out of the refrigerator and shape it into 24 balls. (See my note and the photo above about using a knife if it’s hard to tear pieces off the dough.)

Put them on a greased baking sheet (or pan).  Leave enough space between the rolls so they can spread out as well as up.

For the bread, you’ll need all-purpose flour instead of bread flour – which is especially nice if your bread flour supply is low.  Warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, shortening and an egg round out this recipe.  The dough will be a little sticky, so you’ll want to toss some flour on the counter when you’re ready to roll the dough into balls.

referigerator rolls on tray 2
Woops. My OCD hadn’t kicked in yet or these rolls would be in a straight line.







Forget about them for about two hours until they look like this:

refrigerator rolls rising 2

Then pop them into the oven to bake.  I always brush some butter on the tops when they come out of the oven.

refrigerator rolls done

After  that, have somebody find a basket and plop the rolls into the basket.  Enjoy!

refrigerator rolls

The recipe for refrigerator rolls

Refrigerator Dinner Rolls

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The nice thing about these rolls is that you can serve them fresh out of the oven even though you've mixed them up the day before.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Bread - Rolls
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen


  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water 110-115
  • 1/2 cup sugar I use less
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup shortening I use vegetable oil


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water
  • Mix 2 cups flour, sugar and salt, then add the yeast/water mixture.
  • Mix together on medium speed for 2 minutes
  • Add egg, shortening, and the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Do not knead.
  • Put dough into a greased bowl, turning to grease all side of the dough.
  • Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.
  • Punch down and turn onto lightly floured surface.
  • Separate into 24 rolls and roll into balls.
  • Place on greased baking sheet
  • Cover and let rise until double - 2-3 hours.
  • Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned.
  • Grease tops with butter or margarine.

This recipe comes from Taste of Home.  Find more great recipes at

I first posted this recipe six years ago and am bringing it back. This is on my menu for this Sunday when we celebrate a birthday with a friend.

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