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Homemade Lion House Rolls Recipe (and Honey Butter)

Soft Lion House Rolls that will make your mouth dance with joy at their fluffiness. You can easily make these with a few ingredients.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Famous Roll Recipe, Homemade honey butter, homemade rolls, Lion House Rolls, Thanksgiving Side Dish
Servings: 36
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Kristen Hills


  • Bread Mixer


  • 2 Tablespoons yeast
  • 2 cups water warm
  • cup sugar
  • cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5-6 cups flour

Honey Butter

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup honey


  • Dissolve yeast in water.
  • Add all ingredients except 3-4 cups of flour in a bread mixer.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Gradually add the remaining flour.
  • Don't knead. (Mix for about 30 seconds after last cup of flour.)
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about an hour. (My friend lets hers rise in the oven for quicker rising - Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 1 minute, then turn off the oven and place dough in the oven. So it never reaches 350 - it just starts to heat and then holds in the heat after one minute of heating up. be sure to cancel the oven before sticking the dough in.)
  • Punch dough down.
  • Flour your surface and place dough onto it. (Some people like to oil their surface)
  • Divide dough into 3 equal sections.
  • Roll each section into a circle (about 12 inches in diameter) and cut each circle into 12 slices (like a pizza).
  • Roll each slice from biggest end to smallest end (like a croissant) and place on a greased cookie sheet (they can all fit on one large cookie sheet).
  • Cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. (I've found that in my oven, they need to cook at 375 degrees so they don't burn on top. And I always rub them with butter as soon as they're out of the oven.)

Honey Butter

  • Whip butter, add vanilla and egg yolk. Gradually whip in honey until light and fluffy. Makes 1 ½ cups.


If you live where it's very humid, you may need to add a little more flour if your dough is really sticky. 


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg