betsy’s famous dinner rolls

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp active-dry yeast
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes
  • ¾ cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 7 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted softened butter, divided (plus more for greasing)
  • melted butter, for serving (optional)
  • flaky sea salt, for serving (optional)


  • Heat 3 cups milk in a saucepan over low heat on the stove or in a large glass measuring cup or bowl in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Milk should be warm, not boiling. Pour warm milk into a bowl of a stand mixer with 1 ½ tablespoons yeast, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup instant potato flakes, ¾ cup butter flavored Crisco, 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon salt, and 7 ½ cups flour; mixing well after each addition.
  • Add additional flour if needed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Grease a large mixing bowl. Turn the dough into the bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Divide dough in half. Roll one half into a rectangular shape, and spread ¼ cup softened butter across the entire surface. Fold the dough in half, from the top to meet at the bottom.
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut into ¾-inch strips. Take each strip, twist and tie into a knot. Place each roll on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a clean dish towel.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough and remaining ¼ cup softened butter. Let rise for up to 3 hours or until the rolls are puffy.
  • During last 20 minutes of rise, preheat oven to 375°F with the rack positioned in the bottom third of the oven. Bake rolls until the bottoms are light brown, about 10 minutes.


  • Finish rolls with melted butter and flaky sea salt.


  • Freeze fully baked and cooled rolls in zip top bags. When ready to use, remove from the freezer the night before to thaw completely. To serve, warm in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes.


Calories: 886kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1041mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 6mg