Grandma Skaggs’ Homemade Rolls Recipe

by LDSNana on December 19, 2008

Because each of my three daughters are now married, and requesting their grandmother’s Homemade Roll Recipe, I  have decided to post it here, on The LDS GrandParent Place; in her honor.  Nellie is my mother-in-law, but is beloved as “Grandma Skaggs” to her family.

Grandma Skaggs' Homemade Rolls

Grandma Skaggs' Homemade Rolls

Personally, I rarely refer to Grandma Skaggs, as my “mother-in-law” -  she is just Mom.  With both family and friends, Grandma Skaggs is known for her delicious homemade rolls – and cinnamon rolls.  Yummy!  So, it’s not surprising that my girls would want her Homemade Bread Recipe, for their own collection of family recipes.

It has been over 25 years, that Grandma Skaggs’ taught ME, at her own kitchen table – how to make her delicious homemade rolls.  I was in my early twenties, and we were staying with her for a few months, waiting for a home we had purchased, to be completed.  I still don’t consider myself a great baker, and back then – I had never even considered making rolls or bread.  Like many of us, that just seemed way to scary for me!

However, Grandma Skaggs’ Homemade Roll Recipe turned out to be  EASY!  I had heard all the stories about how you have to be sooo careful when making bread; that you must have a mixer, that the bread dough needs to rise twice, that you need to scald milk, etc…   All this just for a loaf of bread?  I don’t think so!

Stay with me here… because NONE of those “things” are required for this Homemade Roll Recipe.  Happy now?  Oh… you are going to love this recipe. No mixer required, very little kneading, and — you only need to let the dough rise ONCE!

Are you in?  Great – lets get started:

Grandma Skaggs’ Homemade Roll Recipe

3 cups “almost” hot water *

1 pkg. dry yeast

5 tsp. sugar

1tsp. salt

1 cup powdered milk

In a large mixing bowl combine; water, yeast — mix well — add salt, sugar and powdered milk.  Mix all of these ingredients well, and until dissolved.

*(Enough to activate the yeast, but not to kill it. My own mother used to say that the water for bread making needs to be about the temperature – that would not burn a baby’s bottom. )

Add  7-8 cups of white flour** and stir in, just enough to get mixed together.  About a minute or two.

Over top of bread dough – add 5 Tablespoons of vegetable oil — do NOT mix yet – cover with towel, and let rest 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes, knead oil into dough – no longer than five minutes by hand.  This is a sticky dough, but don’t worry – it turns out great!

How To Knead Dough (Because of the stickiness of this bread dough, I knead the dough inside the bowl)

Cover, and let rise for approximately two hours.

When dough has completely risen, punch down and make your homemade rolls, and place on “cookie” sheet.

Before placing in oven:  Melt butter and baste top of each roll, and then salt each one. (that’s a secret)

Bake @ 425 for 8-10 minutes (depending on size)

**(or you may use half white, half wheat)

Note: Because this dough tends to be sticky, I work with quite a bit of flour when handling the dough.  Grandma Skaggs can get 4 dozen rolls out of her batch of dough.  I seem to get about two dozen.  I make them larger and cook them a little bit longer.

You can also use this homemade roll recipe, to make two loaves of bread.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40-45 minutes.

It is usually during the holidays that we pull out and share our very best recipes.    Two of my daughters will not be able to come home for Christmas this year… and so the family recipe requests.  I have also posted our family’s  favorite Christmas Clam Chowder Recipe,  that we enjoy with Grandma Skaggs’ Homemade Rolls, every Christmas Eve.




P.S. Perhaps in the future, I will make a video, and actually show you how “I” roll out these really wonderful and easy Homemade Rolls.

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Jodi 12.19.08 at 3:31 pm

These look delicious and are making me HUNGRY! I’d be tempted to try them with all whole wheat flour and post the recipe on our food storage blog. I’m always looking for good ways to use up my wheat!

Grandpa Shayne 12.19.08 at 3:38 pm

Sweet! I can smell them cooking now. Looks like the ones my mom used to make. Of course, I have to add the disclosure that my wife, Tanda’s cinnamon rolls are the best I’ve tasted (since she is my wife, and she does teach Cultures and Cuisines in high school.)

Willis Whitlock 12.19.08 at 4:09 pm

Mmmm, yes. Just like my wife makes. Great for Christmas morning

Brittney 12.19.08 at 5:00 pm

I can’t wait to make them next week with clam chowder! Yummy! Thanks ;)

LdsNana 12.19.08 at 7:38 pm

Jodi -
They are delicious made with 100% whole wheat. Grandma Skaggs make them that way a lot, and they are wonderful. You are welcome to post the recipe with %100 whole wheat on your blog.

Let me know when/if you do, so I can link to you. :-)


LdsNana 12.19.08 at 7:40 pm

Grandpa Shayne -

I have no doubt that Grammy Tanda’s cinnamon rolls are amazing. These roll, tuned out as cinnamon rolls are to die for, and are on menu for next weeks Christmas feast. :-)



LdsNana 12.19.08 at 7:41 pm

Willis -

My husband just put in his cinnamon roll request, for Christmas morning as well. Merry Christmas. :-)


LdsNana 12.19.08 at 7:42 pm

Brittney -

I will be anxious to find out how both your rolls,and your clam chowder turn out. No doubt, they will be wonderful.


claudia g. 12.19.08 at 8:54 pm

This looks easy to make. I’ve never made homemade rolls before other than the Pilsbury refrigerated rolls. I’m going to copy the recipe and see if I can make them for Christmas Eve Dinner.

LdsNana 12.20.08 at 8:34 am

Claudia -

I look forward to hearing how your homemade rolls turn out. You can do this… it is a very easy recipe! :-)


Shirley Anderson 12.20.08 at 8:50 pm

Those are the best looking, yummiest looking rolls I’ve ever seen. I can imagine eating them with about a pound of butter!

LdsNana 12.20.08 at 11:09 pm

Shirley -

Oh yeah…. lots of butter and JAM! :-)


Jim 12.23.08 at 5:04 pm

These rolls sound delicious. I will have to try making them. Thanks.

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