Potato Dinner Roll Recipe

July 22, 2012 13 Comments

This is my families favorite roll recipe. My dad has been making these rolls since I was little. We would always have them when ever we had company for dinner. Everyone always loved the dinner rolls. I hope you love them too.


1 Cup Instant Mashed Potatoes
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Instant Active Yeast (I use the Saf Instant Yeast)
1 ½ Cup Hot Water
2/3 Cup Butter plus 1/4 Cup
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Teaspoons Salt
4-6 Cups of Flour
Make 1 cup of mashed potatoes or instant mashed potatoes. Mix with eggs, yeast and hot water. Add 2/3 cup melted butter, sugar and salt. Mix in 4 cups of flour.

Refrigerate dough for two hours. Knead in the remaining 2 cups of flour after refrigerating.

Roll out dough and lightly butter the a baking sheet. My favorite Jelly Roll Pan!

Use round cups to cut out the dough. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a bowl. Lightly brush the inside and top with butter. Check out these great cups for kids that are perfect for cutting dough.

Fold dough in half and place on the lightly buttered baking sheet.

Rolls are ready to rise.

Cover rolls with a clean towel and allow them to rise until doubled. To speed up rising time you can place them in the oven at the lowest temperature. No more than 170º. Rising time can take about an hour, depending on the warmness of your kitchen.

Bake in oven 350º for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown. (Optional) Brush with any additional butter when they come out of the oven.



  1. thanks Monica,
    I will make them tonight,
    Merry Christmas to you,
    and to all a good night. :)

  2. Cat

    Merry Christmas! You don’t want to go much over 24 hours refrigerating the dough because it might start to get sour. I hope they turn out super FAB for you. They are so yummy.

  3. OOooh, I hope you’re checking your website and checking it twice. (Little Santa joke.) I made the dough this Sunday evening (the 22nd) and need them for the afternoon of the 24th. Can I just keep them in the fridge for a day? I have not as yet kneaded in the extra two cups of flour. Usually, I just make things without thinking it through. Thank you, Cat

  4. These look great! Do you know if leftover regular/not instant mashed potatoes would work well?

  5. Laura Snyder says:

    I’ve been trying new recipes recently and this one definately has me excited to try. I just made sure I had all the ingredients to make these tomorrow. Sounds to me like I found the recipe I’ve been searching for. I had something similar at a potluck and she said they were potato rolls. I’ll make them for Thanksgiving if tomorrow’s turn out okay. ;-)

  6. The 1C mashed potatoes- does that refer to 1C of potato flakes or 1C after they are mixed w water, milk etc?

    • It is 1 cup prepared. :) So for me with the instant potatoes I use that means 1 cup water, 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup instant potato flakes.

  7. Barbara Jester says:

    What kind of flour do you use for these…

  8. How thick do you roll out the dough?

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