Barbara's Refrigerated Yeast Rolls (Revised)

Exactly one year ago, I posted this recipe for the first time as a food blogger. Actually, I didn't even know what a food blogging was. My teenage daughter set up this food blog to store my favorite recipes, and my best friend's daughter designed the header and format for me.

I am so grateful for the warmth and encouragement of the blogging community! And to many new friends I have met, who have left gracious comments on this humble blog. So many of you have inspired me to a new level of cooking.

Some recipes are worth reposting. And this yeast roll recipe is one I rely on when I need something easy and delicious to serve at large events.

Buttermilk and yeast bubbling to beautiful foam.

Add bread flour.

And knead until smooth, supple dough forms. Cover and refrigerate overnight! A must for yeasty flavor.

For our Christmas buffet, we made 400 silver dollar rolls and froze them, a week prior to the event.

Freeze completely and dough balls can be stored in a freezer bag.

Thaw and let dough balls rise, doubled in size. Then bake.

We sliced these rolls and stuffed Garlic-Thyme New York Strip to make mini sandwiches.

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Barbara's Refrigerated Yeast Rolls

Makes 50-60 Silver Dollar Rolls

First dissolve the following in a large bowl:

1 Tbsp. Yeast
1 Tbsp. Sugar
½ C. Warm water
½ C. Vegetable or Canola Oil
2 C. Buttermilk
½ C. Granulated Sugar
½ tsp. Baking Soda
5 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt

Then add:
5 to 5 1/2 C. Bread Flour, extra for dusting

Melted butter for brushing
Kosher salt

Mix first 9 ingredients and let sit for about 10 minutes until yeast dissolves and mixture become foamy. Add 5 cups of bread flour and knead well to form smooth dough adding more bread flour until dough is not tacky. Cover well with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. This extra time in the refrigerator will add nice, yeasty flavor.

Pinch a small amount of dough. Shape the dough into 1/2-inch smooth ball with seam side down and place on a greased pan 1-inch apart. If freezing, cover well with plastic wrap, then with foil and freeze, up to a month. (Note: once dough balls are frozen solid, put them in a freezer bag to save room in the freezer)

When ready to bake, loosely cover with plastic wrap so dough will not dry out, thaw frozen rolls on oil sprayed baking sheet, 1 inch apart in room temperature for 2-3 hours until dough balls double in size. Gently peel off plastic wrap, brush with melted butter.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake 10-12 minutes until light brown. Brush lightly with melted butter again and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Cool completely before slicing to make mini-sandwiches.

This dough can be used for cinnamon rolls and other sweet dough recipes.


  1. Congrats on your year of blogging, Kay! I've been very blessed to get to know you through your posts, and it's very inspiring to see God working through such a talented person to feed his flock. :)

    I love how versatile this recipe is. One of my FAVORITE things to do with yeast rolls is to make mini-smoked ham sandwiches with a zesty mustard spread. This would be the perfect yeast roll recipe to make them with!

  2. Kay these look so delicious! I love making bread and I can't wait to try them... especially as mini sandwich buns... sigh!

  3. I love the simplicity and the deliciousness of these rolls. Thanks for reposting.

  4. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I don't remember how I found you but I'm so glad i did. I read every one of your posts and love your recipes. The photography on your blog is always professional and stunning. Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. Wow, a whole year! Congratulations Kay! Your blog is such a lovely and welcoming place, and I enjoy visiting often. :) I'm always inspired by your generous heart, your delicious recipes, and beautiful photographs. And thank you for your food-blogging friendship and encouragement! Blessings on you and your family as we celebrate the joyful birth of our Lord!

  6. Congratulations! I never thought I'd turn into a food blogger. I started mine for the same reason you did. Who knew it would open up a whole new family of people who share our passion? These rolls are beautiful. I'm so glad I found your blog. Here's to more years ahead, sharing our passion for feeding people and photographing it. We are blessed.

  7. Congratulations on your first year of blogging. May it be one of many.

  8. I am not a very good baker but I love making bread... the way it makes my whole house smell delicious for hours. The rolls sound delicious. Perfect recipe for the holidays. Thanks for re-posting. Happy Anniv to your blog!

  9. I love yeasty rolls! So delicious and fragrant! Such a comfort food!

  10. This is so delicious!!!
    What a beautiful party table!!!
    Love it!

  11. i love learning from you, dear friend! i've made these rolls for years, but never really thought about what difference an overnight in the fridge makes. so, since i'm making them for our 'company' party on thursday, i'll be mixing the dough tomorrow (my wednesday!) instead of waiting for the day of! thank you! i'm thinkin' these need a renaming though...how about 'chin-gu's yeast rolls'? or maybe bff rolls? ;o)

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  13. Congratulations Kay! Your kind spirit totally comes through in your blog, and I am also blessed to visit it and to receive encouragement from you as a sister in Christ.

  14. Kay, congratulations on you one year of blogging :-) The rolls look great...I will try to freeze next time I make rolls.

  15. what a milestone, kay--good for you! these rolls are classic and incredible--the butter at the end is the kicker for me. :)

  16. Congrats on your 1st year of blogging! I am such a big fan of your blog now.. keep the great recipes comin!

  17. Wow! One year of blogging, that's great!! I just discovered your blog last night and have already gone through the whole years worth! And I LOVED every minute of it! Your recipes all look phenomenal!
    And thanks for this recipe! My fiance and I have been trying to find a good roll recipe for sandwiches/sliders at our reception, and I think we just found it!
    Keep up the posting! Can't wait to see more!

  18. Wow, a year! congratulations!
    and those rolls look absolutely amazing, yum!

  19. These look amazing! I'll definitely have to give them a try!