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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Duggar Recipe: Homemade Rolls

Can you guess what the Duggars' favorite Christmas recipe is? It's not the mashed potatoes or the turkey. And it's not even the delicious pies they make from scratch every year. 
Any guesses? It's the rolls! And now you can make them for you Christmas dinner, too! 

Homemade Rolls

Combine the following 5 ingredients in large bowl & cut with pastry cutter:
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt 
2 pkg. yeast
2 c. flour
Beat 2 eggs in 2 c. measuring cup. Fill cup to 2 cup mark with hot water. Pour over dry mixture. 
Slowly add: 3 c. flour
Cover. Let Rise 20 minutes in warm oven. Pour onto floured surface.
Knead. Flatten with hands into large pizza shape. Cut with pizza cutter into16 slices. Roll up from wide end to point. Place in greased pans leaving space for rolls to double in size. (can shape like crescent or lay on side where swirl shows.) Cover. Let rise in warm oven at least 20 min. Remove from oven. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake 20-30 min. depending on how dark you prefer. 
Immediately brush with 1 stick (1/2 c.) melted butter.
*Yields 16 Rolls in 2-9”x13” pans

Things to Keep in Mind:
*Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, not sticky. This should take about five to eight minutes, but the longer you knead, the fluffier the buns will be.

*To make this recipe healthier, Michelle Duggar suggests making one of the cups of flour whole wheat.
*Instead of shortening, we used butter. It all depends on your preference.

Go ahead and try this recipe out. We would love to hear your comments! None of the Duggars' Christmas guests leave their house without the recipe...that's how good it is!

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24 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Anonymous said...

Are the duggars allowed to dance?

Lily and Ellie said...

It's not that they aren't allowed to dance, but they have personal convictions against it. However, they don't judge those do enjoy dancing.

Thanks for the question!

cyndi said...

Our family tried your recipe, it was great. Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe, and it turned out wonderfully! The rolls were just right in flavor and texture. Great recipe Duggars!

Anonymous said...

How long do I knead the dough for? Can't wait to try this!

Lily and Ellie said...

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, not sticky. This should take about five to eight minutes, but the longer you knead, the fluffier the buns will be.

Hope this helps!
Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

Can they take some pictures of the process to make the buns?

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Anonymous!

A family friend is bringing buns for our Thanksgiving table, but if we make the Duggars' rolls again for Christmas, we will definitely take pictures of the process.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to try making these, maybe for thanksgiving I'll be able too! :D God Bless Ya'll

Anonymous said...

To make cinnamon buns/rolls I brush butter and sugar on it before I roll em up, Then make cream cheese frosting and paint it on while they are hot.Makes best cinnamon rolls ever.

Anonymous said...

Hi all...thanks for the recipe...wondering if you are using solid Crisco-type for shortening or butter softened to room temp, or something else like oil? Thanks, Shae...

Lily and Ellie said...


Hi Shae,

Instead of shortening, we used butter. It all depends on your preference.

Sorry it took so long for us to respond. We posted a response two days ago, but for some reason it didn't go through. Thanks for being a loyal reader.

Lily and Ellie :)

Beverly Paxon said...

Is that ap or self rising flour?

Lily and Ellie said...

@Beverly Paxon

Hi Beverly,

We use all purpose flour for this recipe.

Have a great weekend.
Lily and Ellie

Beverly Paxon said...

My name is kaitlyn . I love your show so much. Josie is my favorite I am 8 years old I am her big sister Emma .i am 10 years old. I love Johanna and tater tot casserole! I hope to have 19 kids too!

Anonymous said...

Hey hun u didnt put the yeast step in. do we add it to the dry ingredients? Thanks 4 these recipes. Ruth

Lily and Ellie said...


Hi Ruth,

Combine the first five ingredients (shortening, sugar, salt, yeast, and flour) in a large bowl, and cut with a pastry cutter.

Happy Baking!
Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

How much cinnamon and sugar would you add to this?

thank you so much!


Karissa said...

I've made these twice and am making them again today. We love them. Thank you! I found them first in your book and copied it into one of my notebooks, but it's easier to have a computer on the counter in the kitchen than my notebook, so I looked online to find your recipe.

Sharon Daugherty said...

I use instant yeast in bulk. What kind east do you use? How does 2 pkg yeast measure out in teaspoons? Looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks

Haley said...

I think I use 4 1/2 tsp. or so of bulk yeast. These come out fantastic every time! I started using this recipe after purchasing the Duggars 20 and Counting Book a couple years ago. It it now requested at special family gatherings. The rolls come out huge so sometimes I'll cut the pieces by half again if feeding a lot of children that do not need such large rolls (reduce baking time if you do this). As I roll them up I do stretch them sideways slightly to get a nicer look. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said...

What is the recipe for the bread loaves that was on the may 13, 2014 show, with the honey in it?

Sandy Norris said...

Question?? Do we mix the yeast as per pkg. instruction before adding it to the 4 other ingredients? I have never made bread before and can't wait to make these!! Thanks :)

Lily and Ellie said...

@Sandy Norris

Hi Sandy,

The yeast package should give instructions for how to use. If you buy active dry yeast, you can just add it directly from the package and don't have to proof it. That's what we do. :)

Happy baking!
Lily and Ellie

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