Thanksgiving Rolls

Yes! You can make these wonderful rolls  for your Thanksgiving dinner, I promise!  The thing I love about this recipe is that you can make them in advance and freeze them, saving precious time for the things that have to be prepared that morning.

On Thanksgiving morning just take your homemade rolls out  of the freezer, let them  rise until doubled, (approximately three hours) and put them in the oven to bake.

Thanksgiving Rolls

  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • ⅔ cups Non Fat Dry Powdered Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Yeast (two 1/4 Ounce Packets)
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • ⅓ cups Real Butter
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 5-½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • Real Butter, Melted, For Brushing On Rolls


In your mixer combine water and dry milk. Stir until dissolved. Add yeast, sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups flour. Mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add 2 more cups flour, and mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, and 2 minutes on medium speed. Add remaining flour.

Once combined, knead with hands, or with your heavy duty mixer, using kneading hook attachment. Place dough in greased bowl. Turn over once to grease top of dough.  Cover with damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until double in size.

Place dough on floured surface. Roll out dough, and brush with melted butter. Cut rolls into desired shape and size. Place on a greased or parchment paper lined baking pan. Let rise in warm place until rolls are doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter while hot. Recipe yields 40 rolls.

How to freeze rolls: After shaping the rolls place them 2 inches apart on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Place the rolls in the freezer and freeze until firm. When the rolls are firm, transfer to a large zip lock freezer bag. Date and freeze for up to 4 weeks.

To use freezer rolls: Arrange frozen rolls 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray or covered with parchment paper. Cover rolls with plastic wrap coated with baking spray. Place in a warm place and let the rolls rise until doubled in size. Then follow baking instructions above.

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