Sweet Dinner Rolls & A Giveaway!

*note:  this giveaway is now closed.

Over the last several months, we’ve drastically reduced the amount of bread that we buy at the grocery store.  Now that I’ve become comfortable making yeast breads, there just isn’t a reason to buy it anymore.  Working with yeast used to intimidate me.  I have very vivid memories of my Grandma making rolls for Sunday dinner – not only was her dough the smoothest, most supple* bread dough I’ve ever seen, but the rolls themselves were fantastically amazing.  And she made it look easy.  The first time I tried to make her rolls on my own, it didn’t work.  Didn’t work the second time, either.  It was that point that I gave up on yeast breads, and didn’t try them again for years.

*Occasionally, I find myself using the word supple on this blog.  It’s among my least favorite words in the English dictionary, and it makes me cringe, but I just can’t think of a better descriptive word for perfect dough.  I apologize.  {Other words that bother me include moist, creamy and luscious.  I realize I have issues.}

I’m glad I decided to give homemade bread another try.  I’m just not sure what I would do without these in my life.  Grandma’s rolls were slightly sweet, egg-y, and so, so tender.  Even now, after years of practice with yeast breads, when I follow her recipe precisely, it just doesn’t come out the way I remember it.

Then, I found this recipe.  It’s also fantastically amazing.  It even has a nice, supple *cough* dough.  And, it’s the closest thing I’ve had to my Grandma’s sweet dinner rolls since she last made them for us.

This recipe is enormous, but you could easily halve it to fit your needs.  Or, you could be like me and make two full recipes in the same week.  I recommend that.

The other great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to have a stand mixer to get the job done.  If you have one, by all means use it and save yourself some elbow grease.

If you don’t have one, you can just use your muscles and a wooden spoon.

Or, you could totally win a KitchenAid stand mixer here, on Lemon Sugar.  Yep, I’m giving one away.  Yep, little old Lemon Sugar is giving away a KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan stand mixer.   Whatever color you want.  No big deal.

*note:  this giveaway is now closed. 

Except that it’s TOTALLY a big deal!  I’m so thrilled to bring this to you all!  I’ve worked so hard over the past two years to grow my blog to the point that I could host a giveaway of this magnitude.  It’s thanks to you all that I am still able to share my randomness, recipes and ramblings every week, and I just can’t do enough to show my appreciation.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thanks for reading, for sharing my posts with your friends, and for all of your kind words and for coming back time after time.  This little giveaway is my way of giving back to you.

You have five opportunities to win.  Here’s how to enter:
  1. Leave a comment below telling me which color you would choose {click here for colors}, AND (within the same comment) what you would make with your new mixer first.
  2. Like Lemon Sugar on Facebook.  Return and post a comment that you did so.  (If you already like Lemon Sugar on Facebook, leave a comment stating that as well.)
  3. Share your favorite Lemon Sugar recipe on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.  Return and post a comment stating you did so.  
  4. Subscribe for email updates on Lemon Sugar.  Return and post a comment stating that you did so.
  5. Tweet about or share giveaway with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.  Return and post a comment stating you did so.
*Make sure you leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.*
All the boring details:  
Contest is open until Sunday 9/23 at 12midnight CST USA.   All rules of the giveaway must be followed or entries will be voided. Failure to comply with the main entry requirement will null and void all extra entries. I have the right to remove entries if I feel they are in violation of any rules (Twitter and Facebook rules included) or considered SPAM. I also check all extra entry options to make sure they are legitimate and follow the rules. .  This contest is only open to USA and Canada residents.  Winner will be announced on Monday 9/24 or Tuesday 9/25 and prize will be shipped immediately upon receipt of shipping address from winner.  Giveaway is sponsored by Lemon Sugar and is not affiliated with Google, Facebook, Twitter or KitchenAid in any way.   Winners are chosen using Random.org. Winners are contacted via e-mail and have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder. I am not liable for e-mails that end up in your SPAM folder and are deleted by you.  Entering any giveaways on this site means that you have read and acknowledged all points in this disclaimer.

Good luck, and enjoy the rolls!
*note:  this giveaway is now closed. 

Sweet Dinner Rolls
Yield:  24 large rolls
Prep Time:  15 minutes ♦ Rise/Proof Time:  2 hours ♦ Bake Time:  18 minutes


  • 2 cups whole milk (2% is fine)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 packages (or 4 and 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 8-9 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 beaten eggs

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine milk, 1/2 cup sugar, butter and salt.  Heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.  If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast.

While the milk is cooling, dissolve the yeast and 1 Tablespoon of sugar in the warm water.  Allow to stand for 10 minutes until the yeast bubbles and foams.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the lukewarm milk and three cups of the flour.  Stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Stir in the yeast mixture, and stir with wooden spoon for a couple of minutes to ensure the yeast is properly distributed. Add the beaten eggs, and stir to combine.

Then, one cup at a time, stir the remaining flour into the mixture.  You will stir until the dough is very soft and and coming away from the sides of the bowl, but it will remain very sticky to the touch.  Don’t add too much flour or your rolls will become dense and heavy.

Cover the bowl with a clean towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in bulk – about one hour.  (I like to heat my oven to 170 degrees and then turn it off, and allow rolls to rise in there.)

Spray two 9×13 baking dishes with cooking spray or butter generously.  Punch down risen dough and divide into four equal pieces.  Then, divide each of those into two pieces.   You should have eight pieces of dough.  Divide each of those into six rolls.  Place twelve rolls into each dish, cover with a towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes (or until doubled in bulk.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove towels and bake rolls for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Mine usually take closer to 20 minutes.  If desired, brush some melted butter over the tops of the rolls when they come out of the oven.

Allow to cool in the pans, then remove and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Recipe Source:  Adapted slightly from Eat Cake For Dinner

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  1. says

    I would definitely get the aqua sky!!! It looks so cute. The first thing I’d make with it would probably be chocolate chip cookies, cause it’s always good to start with the classics.

    The dinner rolls look amazing too- especially with jam smeared all over them. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. says

    EEEEK! This makes me as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning!
    ~ If I won I’d love the standard stainless steel (whomp whomp:) The first thing I’d make is the soft breadsticks – yeast (yikes)! – I don’t have a hook, so I’d tackle my fears right off the bat.
    ~ I’ve “liked” on FB for a while.
    ~ Just signed up for email notifications from LS.
    ~ Shared the giveaway on FB!
    Woohoo for giveways, and a bigger WOOHOO for your blogging! Thanks :)

  3. says

    Ahhhh I would love the boysenberry or the pistachio colored one! So stinking pretty. And the first thing I would made is a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies, with peanut butter, semisweet, and white chocolate chips.

  4. Anonymous says

    This is amazing! I love the “pistachio” color, and I think blueberry lemon scones would be the first baking endeavor.

    whatadayitsbeen at gmail.com

  5. says

    OOps…forgot to tell you what I’d make. I’d pick the aqua sky mixer and my first conconction would most definitely be Swiss meringue buttercream frosting! I always like to have some in the freezer for last-minute cakes!

  6. says

    I would totally want the bright green color! The first thing I would make would probably be meringues! It would be so much fun to watch the egg whites whip up all smooth and glossy and wonderful!

  7. says

    I would have to pick the Green Apple, it’s just so cheerful! And, I think I’ll make these sweet dinner rolls. Sweet and bread in the same recipe just sounds too good not to try!

  8. says

    Since I have an apple green kitchen, I would have to go with the white Kitchen Aide. Right now I would use it to mix up a giant batch of pumpkin bread!

  9. says

    Our kitchen could use a splash of color. So either Candy Apple Red or we replace our aging black one with another Black. First thing we’d make is our fall favorite oatmeal cranberry cookies.

  10. says

    I follow lemon sugar on facebook, under my personal account (lindsay stotts), and i think my mommy’s sweet confessions, and I would love the caviar color! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway, mine broke a year ago, and I used it every few days, it is so depressing. I think the first thing I would make would be some killer nutella buttercream frosting, whipped to fluffy perfection!

  11. says

    Green Apple would be my choice. If I win – I will polish it, stare at it, take a photo of it, and eventually make all my xmas cookies in it but I really don’t want to get it dirty. Too pretty to use. I just like to stare at it. lol

    I’m a new follower on FB. I don’t like Twitter, sorry! I will share on FB for the world to see!

    I will gladly subscribe to all your blog posts – done!


    Thank you! :)

  12. says

    I love to cook every day, I would love to have the Red or Black mixer, either would look Great in my kitchen. I enjoy baking from scratch, and always trying new recipes. The first thing I would mix up would be a Chocolate Cake [anything chocolate]……..Thanks for a chance to WIN !!

  13. says

    Lovely post. You need to make some Limoncello too! Check under Notes on facebook and on my blog! What a beautiful page. I was just looking into finally breaking down and buying one. I would be thrilled to have any color. If I have to choose, Guess it would be stainless. I am Barbara Giacometti from Sunday at the Giacometti’s, eatgreatfood@hotmail.com! Cheers! I am sharing!

  14. Rachel Meriwether says

    Subscribed for emails and really looking forward to learning some new recipes! I am an aspiring baker in particular myself and have experimented quite a bit with yeast and sourdough breads along with pizza doughs, muffins, bisquits, and my personal favorite scones!

  15. Kim T says

    I would love the metallic chrome if I won, I’ve had my eye on that one for awhile, and I can think of several things to make but i think first up would be a lemon meringue for my husband’s homecoming in a few weeks.

  16. says

    Hi, Erin! What a wonderful contest! If I had the opportunity to choose, I would without a doubt choose the gloss cinnamon color. It’s so beautiful! It made me happy. It’s warm and inviting! Everything a home cook should be! xo

  17. Susanc648 says

    I just “shared” the giveaway on facebook completing everything necessary to enter the contest! Sooooo want to win the onyx black mixer! Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. says

    i have liked lemon sugar on facebook, i would choose the graphite/gray color and would first try a coconut-based gluten-free bread or pastry, including organic lemon juice, coconut flakes and lemon zest!

  19. Anonymous says

    I liked Lemon Sugar on Facebook. I would LOVE the red one. The first thing I would make is your Sweet Rolls. I haven’t had much luck with my breads but you make it sound so easy. It’s time to give it another try. YUMMM


  20. Anonymous says

    I can’t afford to buy one, but I have always wanted one. I would love the black, white or turquoise one. The first thing I would make is my Aunt Macy’s 7-flavor pound cake. I live in NJ and she lived in MD. I would drive down to visit her every month or so. She would make me a cake everytime I visited. I would eat 1/2 the cake in my 3-4 hour trip home…njadelld@optonline.net

  21. says

    I have been trying to leave a comment- so I would choose Magestic Yellow because it is my daughter’s favorite color and I think we would make bread! I liked on Facebook, followed on twitter, shared on FB and twitter, followed on Pinterest and follow your blog. Thanks! kimberleyskitchen@live.ca

  22. Anonymous says

    I would love the black one, or the green or the red, heck I really dont care about the color. I have always wanted a stand mixer and never been able to afford one. And the first thing I would make would be a homemade angel food cake. No preservatives, oh yummy
    Denise Alberty-Small on FB



  24. Monica Wasemiller says

    Majestic Yellow of course!! Definitely to bring some sunshine to my kitchen! Your Facebook page is liked and i am looking forward to the Pinterest & email updates too! The thing I love most about your posting is your style and from what I have seen so far — I would love to have you as a neighbor! Thanks for the opportunity! Monica Wasemiller – justsewhappy@yahoo.com

  25. says

    Though the black or stainless would go better I. My kitchen, I just live that soft blue one above. I reminds me of the one my grandma had. Makes me feel sentimental. :) as for what recipe?? Hmmm…since in feelin nostalgic, maybe grandpa’s favorite Impossible Pie.

  26. says

    Though the black or stainless would go better I. My kitchen, I just live that soft blue one above. I reminds me of the one my grandma had. Makes me feel sentimental. :) as for what recipe?? Hmmm…since in feelin nostalgic, maybe grandpa’s favorite Impossible Pie.

  27. Vicki says

    Oh my! Onyx Black would be the one I want….matches the appliances (yeah I know….boring) Anywho….what to make, so many things, so little time. Probably a cheesecake….or maybe a Red Velvet cake…or maybe Grandmother’s dinner rolls….oh wait, maybe another poundcake. I don’t currently follow your blog, but since Ally stalks you, that’s good enough for me. Off I go to check you out.

  28. Anonymous says

    Liked FB page and shared event.

    Green Apple or Tangerine … two of my favorite colors. First thing I’d bake? Cookies!! Used to use Ma’s larger mixer when I was younger and people always raved and craved! :-)


  29. Debbie (debbieanderson1955@comcast.net says

    Choosing a color is so hard. I like the black because my stove is black, the coffee pot is black but I like the yellow one too it would help to add some color to my kitchen. What would I make first once it was sitting on my counter? I believe that I would use it to make the roll recipe that you have on this page. I have been trying to make yeast bread and rolls lately however it is hard because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and it makes it hard to knead the dough. I have found some any new and exciting recipes that I would like to try but so many of them say to use the paddles on your mixer or dough hooks.

  30. Mary says

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted one of these (in black) and I’d use the dough hook attachment to make these rolls – they look absolutely delicious (ok, I’ll be making them soon even without the mixer cuz they’re so easy)

  31. Mary says

    Shared your Sweet Orange Rolls on Facebook – they remind me of ones my mother use to make (and never left a recipe for – so guess what I’ll be making soon :)

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