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Refrigerator Rolls

These Refrigerator Rolls are soft, light, and buttery and the dough can be made the night before making them perfect for any family gathering.

These rolls are soft, light, and buttery and the dough can be made the night before.

Whenever my mom makes these refrigerator rolls she makes a ton of them. And they don’t last long because you can never have just one, or two, or three.

I remember one year my mom made these rolls and her from scratch spaghetti sauce for my birthday party. I was one happy camper!

We made 4 pans of these for Thanksgiving and oh man they were so yummy! The leftovers are yummy when toasted and with a little honey.

When we make these for family gatherings you almost always see No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie as well as it’s another one of our family favorites.


Pantry staples

  • sugar
  • salt
  • flour

Shopping list

  • butter
  • yeast

You can use basic all purpose flour for these which is another reason I love them.

How to make this

They are still a favorite so when we were making them on Christmas I figured I better snag some pictures. If you aren’t confident in roll making these are a simple one to start with.

The process may seem a little complicated but it’s not at all especially since I will walk you through the whole thing.

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Make your dough, roll it out and cut out the dough rounds. They don’t need to be too perfect.

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Use a scrap piece of dough to dip in the butter and mop the top of the biscuits.

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Fold dough in half.

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And pinch the seams shut.

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Lay them out in a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan slightly apart. Cover with a clean dishcloth or cover with plastic wrap and let rise.

That’s it! Once they’ve risen, bake them and they are ready to go.

Top Tips

This is a good recipe to get the whole family involved with. We sit around the table and work as a group to cut out, butter, and fold the rolls.

You could either have different people take a different job so one person is cutting out the rounds, another is buttering and so on. Or if you are making big batches like we do, you can divide the dough up and each person works on their own batch.

See here for more tips on cooking with kids!

Can you freeze the rolls?

Yep! Freeze the rolls in a single layer in a freezer safe bag or container. To thaw them, bring them back to room temperature and cook on a low heat for a few minutes in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through.

These rolls are soft, light, and buttery and the dough can be made the night before.

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An individual refrigerator roll folded in half with the seam pinched

Refrigerator Rolls

These Refrigerator Rolls are soft, light, and buttery and the dough can be made the night before making them perfect for any family gathering.  This recipe makes 3 dozen rolls.
Servings: 36 rolls
Author: Jade Jones


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 lb butter cut up
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2- T sugar
  • 2 pkg yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 6 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted (may need more)


  • In a large bowl pour boiling water over the 2/3 cup sugar, salt, and the butter. Mix slightly to insure butter melted. Cool to lukewarm.
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/2 T sugar, yeast, and warm water. Mix and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add 2 beaten eggs to the butter and water mixture. Then add the yeast mixture. Add 6 cups unsifted flour and stir- but do not beat. Cover lightly and chill overnight or at least 4 hours.
  • Roll dough out 1/4″ thick on a floured board. Cut with a biscuit cutter. Dip a small piece of dough in the 4 Tbsp melted butter and use it to mop the top of each roll. Fold round in half and place slightly apart on a greased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. Pinch open edges to seal.
  • Let rise 2 hours in a warm, draft free place. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.


This makes 3 dozen rolls.
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  1. 5 stars
    Lena, I loved the taste of these and I made kolaches out of them as well. Unfortunately, my dough was really sticky, hard to work with and they went out rather than up. What did I do wrong? Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will definitely be trying them again.

    1. Hi Pat, I’m glad you liked the recipe but sorry that you had a hard time working with the dough. Did you make any substitutions? And where do you live? Humidity of different areas can greatly affect any sort of dough so that might be a factor.

  2. There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread….although have never baked my own. Something I need to change I think!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  3. Oh my hubby would love this recipe. He loves a good bun! Thank-you for linking up to bloggers brags pinterest party. I have pinned this picture to our board.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe does sound really easy to make! I’m not a very confident bread/roll maker but this sounds doable even for me 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with Tasty Tuesday this week!

  5. 5 stars
    LOVE this way of doing rolls. This is almost the exact recipe I use and my rolls get raves all the time. I even took them to a church homecoming once and the quartet that was going to sing that day was there for lunch and the singing was going to be at 1pm….The man got up to start the singing and he said “I’ll introduce the quartet in just a minute … but before I forget … I want to know WHO made those rolls and will you give me the recipe after the singing.” lol I can’t WAIT to try foldinig them over like this….Thanks for sharing ….

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