Heavenly Rolls Recipe

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

Let me brag here for a second…

My mom makes THE best rolls in the world!! They are always SO soft and so delicious and are requested by family members and friends all the time!! Although she makes them for our family a few times a year, she ALWAYS makes them for the extended family for Thanksgiving, and they are always devoured in minutes. No joke. Everyone knows that you have to grab at least one right away or you won’t get one. That’s just how good they are. Most people eat them plain or with a little butter, but I like to have them with a little strawberry jam.

These rolls are so good that they’re called Heavenly Rolls. Yup. Pretty much describes what they are – heavenly. I know you may think I’m exaggerating, but I promise I am not. I have yet to make them on my own just yet, but being away from family I may have to give them a go this year because it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. :)

Don’t they look just perfect?!

Here is the Heavenly Rolls Recipe:

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Heavenly Rolls Recipe
  • 1 TB yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 cups warm milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 cups flour
  • butter melted
  1. Mix 1 TB yeast with ¼ cup warm water and ½ tsp. sugar. Let stand until bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl mix 1 cup warm milk, ½ cup oil, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp. salt with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add 1 cups of flour to mixture, and mix well. Add 2 eggs and beat until smooth (mix vigorously be hand). Add yeast mixture and mix vigorously until smooth.
  4. Add 3-4 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Dough should be very sticky. Pour the dough into a large bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for a few hours until it has doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size punch down and divide in half.
  6. Roll dough onto a floured surface making a circle about 12 inches round. Dough should be about ⅜" thick.
  7. Brush dough with melted butter. Cut circles with a pizza cutter into 12 pieces (like a pizza). Roll from rounded edge to the point to make a crescent roll. Place into a greased pan (we use an 11 x16 metal pan and do 3 across and 8 rows down).
  8. Cover dough with a tea towel and let rise for a few hours until it doubles in size.
  9. Bake at 375 until light lightly browned, which is about 15-20 minutes. NOTE: Touch rolls to see if they bounce back - if they do not, bake a little longer).
  10. Brushed with melted butter right while warm. ENJOY!

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

I’ll be sharing one more recipe for Dinner Rolls this week, so be sure to check it out.

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Asparagus Bundles

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe. The yummiest carrot recipe and perfect side dish!

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Funeral Potatoes

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All-time Favorite Rolls Recipe - so soft, buttery and delicious. It's a family favorite!

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    Those rolls are the yummiest! I think that is the same recipe that my mom gave me and I use and it IS heavenly!!


    • 2

      They seriously are SO good!! Too funny it’s the same recipe… we’ve used this one for as long as I can remember. :)

  2. 3

    Oh my goodness these look so good! I am pinning so that I can give them a try!
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  3. 4

    Oh my stars- bread is such a weakness for me. Those look so tasty!
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  4. 5

    Oh my word, these rolls certainly do look heavenly. And so do all of the side dishes.
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  5. 7

    No kneading? I love no-kneading! Makes them even more heavenly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m the designated holiday roll person, so these will come in handy. Thanks.

  6. 9

    Did you mean that we just stir the ingredients using a big spoon and no kneading, please clarify. I’d like to try this on Thanksgiving. Thank you.

  7. 11

    So I guess I need to give this a try! xo
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  9. 15

    These look amazing!!! I have added this recipe to mine. Can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe!!!

  10. 17

    Can I use my Kitchen Aid for mixing or is it better to just use a spoon?

  11. 21

    Wow! How can you not make these rolls after reading the description and seeing the pictures?
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  12. 22

    Being a sucker for anything that claims to be “heavenly” (or in the case of beauty products, promise to be age-defying), I’m making these rolls today. I will post them onto my baking board on Pinterest.

  13. 26

    I’m bringing rolls for thanksgiving this year and would love to try this recipe instead
    of bringing store bought rolls. I live out-of-state and I’m driving home for the holiday
    so I was wondering how Long it took for the dough to rise? I know stupid question, but
    I wanted to make Sure I’d have enough time to make them once I got there.

  14. 27

    I made the last week to test out the recipe before thanksgiving. They were awesome! I have a question though. Do you think I could make these and before the oven step, put them in the fridge overnight and then bake in the morning???

    • 28

      Hi Julie! To be honest, we’ve never done them that way so I’m not for certain. I would look up a similar recipe that does call for refrigerating them and then do that part as that recipe suggests if that makes sense. Wish I could be more help!

    • 29

      I made my mixed my batch the night before at bedtime, got up in the morning punched down the dough and rolled them up and let them rise someplace warm. They didn’t take long at all to rise the second time. I remember my Grandmother used to make some similar to this and she would make hers the night before all they way but she also popped them right in the oven in the morning, that was why I waited I needed them piping hot later in the day.

  15. 31

    These look so good! What type of yeast do you use?

  16. 32

    I made these tonight, for thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m super excited to try them!

  17. 34

    I am soooo happy I found your site!!!!!

    I cannot wait to try all your bread recipes…and all your recipes…I am just starting to go through and seriously, I will be stuck on the computer for the whole day….
    What kind of flour are you using for these recipes?

    • 35

      Thank you so much, Rosanna. I use regular flour for everything and if it’s a different kind I make notes of it in the recipe. :)

      • 36

        Hi Kristyn,

        I made them tonight and they were so good!!! My 3 boys and husband loved it. I made 24 rolls last night with sweet potato soup and only 5 are left for breakfast today :( They were looking for more.
        I can’t wait to try your other recipes!


  18. 37

    Oh my, I made these for Thanksgiving and I’ve gotten requests to make them again so I’m gonna go whip up a batch…or two!!! Great recipe I think it has already become a family favorite. Thanks!!

  19. 38

    I am making these as I type, well they are awaiting the rise time. I used the kitchen aide mixer so I am hoping they turn out as I read through the comments no one has said if the mixer worked or not. I also used the regular yeast not the rapid yeast as the recipe did not say one way or the other, but I assume if you have to let it rise for a while it would be the regular yeast, so that is what I used. I also only used 3 cups of all purpose flour as again the recipe did not state which type of flour to use and this does make a difference, and since I did not see any baking power/soda I again assumed this to be all purpose flour. I will try and post the outcome when they are finished but that wont be until hours later from now. I do hope they turn out well..they sure smell good so far..anything Yeast has got to be awesome! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

    • 39

      UPDATE: The rolls turned out wonderful! I used the kitchen aide mixer and wow oh wow these really are heavenly. But I must say…I feel so stuffed like a turkey right now I feel miserable. Hubby said I for sure have to keep on making these…Thanks for the recipe. One tip, depending on your oven you might need to back down that temp to 350 so as to not burn the bottoms. I guess this depends on where you live and how good of an oven you have temp wise that is. :) Enjoy folks, I know I did!

  20. 41

    What’s TB yeast? Is that a specific kind of yeast?

    — Dalis

  21. 45

    I am just wondering how you get that perfect crescent shape?!?! Can you post a tutorial? I would love that. My turned out SO good but don’t have that perfect shape like i’d like. Thanks!

  22. 47

    These directions don’t make a lot of sense. It says to divide the dough in two, but only make one circle to cut 12 pieces?

  23. 49

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it a few times since I found it on Pinterest. Super easy and delicious. Thank you!!!

    • 50

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenni! Comments like yours make my day. These our definitely our favorite rolls. Always so soft and delicious, especially when they’re fresh from the oven. :) Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a great week!

  24. 51

    Those rolls to look Heavenly! Pinned!

  25. 53

    These are the same rolls my grandma has made for years…they are so delicious, and always gone way too fast. Makes me want to make a batch now!

  26. 55

    Quick Questions: when you say 3-4 cups flour, do you mean 3 to 4 cups of flour or 3/4 three fourths of a cup of flour…..and how much time in total do you need to make these, including rising times?

  27. 56

    Hi! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try these for Thanksgiving! Quick question, #4 and #8 it says to cover with a tea towel and let raise for a few hours. Soooo, you do this process twice?? Just want to double check. Thanks!

  28. 57

    These are delicious!!! I am making them right right now. I am bringing them to Thanksgiving tomorrow. I was just wondering what type of butter do you use? Unsalted or Salted? I think i used the Country Crock salted butter last time. These are Amazing though!! A new recipe to be added to my cookbook of recipes. Thank you!

  29. 59

    Just wondering could you make thiese rolls into balls instead of crescents ?
    Also it says bake a 375 is that fareneights ?
    I am in australia and have a convection oven do you know how much i need to put it at ?
    Cannot wait to try them for chrismas this is going to be my daughters first chrismas and i am so excited i want it to be perfect and there rolls sure look perfect to me ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. 60
    Christine Warren :

    My daughter and I made these the other day for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit!!!! They were almost flaky like a croissant- absolutely delish!!! I did use my kitchen aid mixer but made sure not to over mix the dough. Definitely a keeper recipe!!!!

  31. 61

    These look amazing! Can the dough set overnight in the refrigerator?

  32. 62

    I made them and they are si good. Thank you for sharing.

  33. 65

    Hi there thank you for the recipe I am making these now and am a bit confused on one step. Do they need to rise two separate times totaling about 4 hours or just once after it’s all mixed? Thank you for your help I hope it’s not twice or we will have a very late dinner tonight lol

  34. 67

    how many does this eecipe make? Thanks in advance!

  35. 68

    How many rolls does this recipe make? I guess its 12 but still need to confirm. Thanks in advance!

  36. 69

    Hi Luna;do i have to knead this sticky dough or just combine the flour into the egg yeast muxture?I want to make these rolls.

  37. 70

    Hi there what type of flour are you using?is it strong white/plain/self raising? Thanks x

  38. 71

    what does TB mean for the yeast?

  39. 72

    Could you clarify the 3-4 cups of flour? Is that 3 or 4 whole cups or 3/4 of a cup?

  40. 74

    Loved these. Yeast stuff doesn’t always work out for me, but this sure did! Super easy, but next time I’ll start making them more around 10 or 11 am to go with our supper. couldn’t believe how much they are like a crescent roll, only better!
    I also didn’t have that big pan, so I put 8 rolls in a 8×8 pan and the rest in a 9×13. Still perfect!

  41. 75

    The rolls turned out looking really great. They were soft and fluffy. However, it tasted very much like alcohol or perhaps yeasty. I felt that it was almost beer like in taste. Could it be that the bread was over-proofed? Thanks!

    • 76

      Do you also happen to know if it is safe to consume?

      • 77

        okay, I am obviously not the baker, but I did try it again. This time, I made sure not to let it proof for too long. The taste was great, but I was not able to bake the rolls evenly. Is this an issue with spacing? I did not have as large a pan. Thank you for putting up with all of my elementary questions!

        • 78

          Hi Peggy – no worries at all. I’m sorry you had any issues. It does depend on the pan, how many you put in there and how big you made your rolls. Do they look pretty similar to the pictures in this post?

  42. 79

    I have never made rolls in my life, l have made a lot of other things. I am going to try these this weekend. My husband loves roll so I am doing this of him. Wish me luck!!! They sound great and by all the comments from the people who have made them, they must to be good.

  43. 81

    What is 1TB of yeast in measurements?

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  45. 84

    I already made this rolls several times and the whole family love it. Thank you.