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Parker House Dinner Rolls


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
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  • 3 eggs
  • 6 3/4 - 7 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


In a large mixing bowl, combine the shortening, sugar and salt. Stir in boiling water. Cool to 110-115 degrees F. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast mixture, eggs and 3 cups flour to shortening mixture; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Fold circles in half; press edges to seal. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush with butter. Serve warm.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

When a recipe calls for shortening, does this mean vegetable shortening (like Crisco), or can butter be used? Thanks.

Editors Note: Yes, it would be like Crisco. Butter or margarine can quite often be used instead but it will change the taste.

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