When I moved from Annapolis, here to the Eastern Shore, in my senior year of high school – it was kind of a culture shock. It wasn’t the rural life, or the small town atmosphere. For me, school itself was the biggest difference. I went from a graduating class of 600, to 37 (and that was a BIG year for Chincoteague!). And the food, it was REAL food with REAL silverware – no more plastic sporks!

They made these giant trays of homemade yeast rolls. They literally melted in your mouth they were so pillow-ey and soft. I couldn’t believe it – fresh baked bread? The rolls we got with my old school lunch were like rocks. One of my dear friend’s mom worked in the school cafeteria, just recently retired actually, and managed to share with me the school bread recipe. It makes like 200 rolls though, so I’m looking forward to scaling it down and trying it out. Making homemade dinner rolls is something to really take pride in, at least I think so.

This recipe is from my buddy Shawnda. I’ve made them twice now, and they have come out perfect both times. It makes 2 pans of rolls, which is nice. I made a big pot of chicken soup to take to my book club on Friday night, and these rolls were perfect alongside. You could also do one pans worth to freeze. Just cover well and stick it in the freezer after the first rise – then remove a few hours before you need to bake, and continue to bake. I did add a bit of garlic powder to the butter before brushing it on, and I liked the garlic-ey kick it gave the rolls. It fit in nicely with the rosemary and black pepper. Will make these again and again!


  1. Posted August 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been looking at my rosemary plant (which exploded almost into a full on bush this summer) and making lists in my head for what to do with it. These look like they’ll make the list!

  2. Posted August 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    They look great! And they really do come out perfect, every single time.

  3. Posted August 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    I’ve had these bookmarked forever but I don’t think I’ve gotten around to make them yet. I need to get on that! They look fantastic!

  4. Chris
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

    Hi, Laura, I made your rolls, so YUMMY, mine were not as beautiful as yours but were fluffy and good, with practice I can get there. Will be serving these at thanksgiving. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

  5. Noor
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM | Permalink

    These were so delicious! I made them for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit. Thanks!

  6. Posted September 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been using this recipe for years now and every time I make these rolls, every single person compliments them. In fact, on christmas people loved these even more than the roast and the creme brulee!
    Of course, I toss the ingredients in a bread maker to make the dough. And I modify the recipe with real mincd garlic instead of garlic powder. Simply delicious!

  7. Debora
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    Very good! Thank you a lot. It’s a great recipe! Loved it.

  8. Jeanne L
    Posted June 8, 2014 at 11:44 PM | Permalink

    These are most delicious! Our favorite dinner roll recipe by far! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Kerry
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for such detailed instructions. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

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