Frozen dinner rolls make having fresh, hot bread every night for dinner a reality! This recipe for homemade Rhodes rolls come together quickly and last for months in your freezer. Plus, this recipe turns out even better than the expensive packages at your store 🙂
Last month, I was psychotically busy preparing to be the camp cook for our church’s girls camp. I was alone in my assignment to cook for 90 mouths so I really can’t put into words the amount of time, stress and craziness that was my life over those weeks. To keep myself from going completely insane, I kept the week’s menu very simple and I hope no one was disappointed. I’m sure everyone was thinking they would be eating a ton of homemade goodies and treats since a food blogger was doing all the food. Oh well 🙂
My inner foodie couldn’t be completely ignored however so I decided to treat the campers and make 240 homemade rolls for dinner the first night. Yes, it was ambitious with everything else I had to prepare so I knew the only way I could make it work was to break out my technique for DIY Frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls. It is a huge time saver!
To make frozen dinner rolls, first mix up a batch of your favorite dinner roll recipe. (Don’t have one? Click here for my rockstar dinner roll recipe that people just can’t get enough of!) Allow your dough to raise until double while it is covered. After it has risen once, shape your rolls as desired on a lightly greased cookie sheet then cover lightly. I like to use my favorite heavy duty half sheet pan in the freezer for this job.
You don’t want your rolls to raise completely at this stage. In fact, you just want them to begin to puff up a little bit. Compare my first picture to this second picture to see what I mean by just beginning to puff up. Once they hit this stage, put the whole pan into the freezer, uncovered, until they are frozen solid. This take between 8-12 hours.
Once your rolls are completely frozen, just toss them into a large freezer bag and put them back into the freezer until you need them. They will stay good in the freezer for about a month.
When it comes time to turn your frozen dough into amazingly delicious rolls like these ones here, just place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and cover them lightly. Let them rise until doubled in size. Since they are frozen, this can take anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on how warm your home is. If you need to speed up the process, you can always heat your oven to 150 degrees and let them rise in there, which will cut the rising time in half. Once they are fully risen, bake them according to the original recipe’s instructions.
I love rolls and I prefer homemade. I’ve wondered how to freeze unbaked rolls. Thanks for the information.
Glad you found it helpful Stephanie
Rose Pollot says
Can I make these out of Rhodes frozen Bread loafs?
Hi Rose! Well, I guess you could but the point of the recipe is to make your own dough and turn them into a frozen Rhodes rolls instead of paying someone else to do it for you.
Love the recipe! Looking forward to trying it, though I must admit, I always feel inadequate in the roll forming department. I feel like I’m going to squish all of the air out of it… How do you manage to be gentle with it but still get anything accomplished?
Joni- great question! I am not cautious at all when I form my rolls. In fact, to get them tightly rolled on my counter, I have to push quite hard. No worries though because that won’t kill the yeast and they will rise again
THANK YOU!!! Yes, I’m yelling, lol, because I LOVE this information! Woot! I will be trying your “rockstar dinner roll” recipe in the very, very near future. 🙂
Thanks so much Diana! Glad you found a recipe you wanted to try out – Carole
Why isn’t there an app to print ? Usually when you can print recipe there is a little typewriter icon.
I looked all over but couldn’t find something like that.
Linda – I didn’t create a recipe using Ziplist like I normally do, which is why there isn’t a print button like normal. I apologize -Carole
Patricia Harrison says
Another good way to speed up the rising time is to put them in your car. Works great!!!
That is a great idea Patricia…unless you live in MN in the winter time 🙂 -Carole
Donna P says
The link for the Rockstar Dinner Rolls actually goes to Amish Potato Rolls. Are they the same thing?
They are the same!
Mrs. Cliff says
can’t find the recipe for these rolls, Thepicture shows a lot of rolls on the pan, the Amish recipe shows that it makes 16. Can you share where the recipe is.
It is the Amish Potato Rolls recipe, but I make a lot of the recipe all at once to freeze them!
where recipes find ?
Olga- in the directions above, there is a link to the actual recipe for the rolls I used. It is after the second picture and says click here
Unfortunately, my freezer drawers are not large enough that I could put a whole baking sheet into them. 🙁
Bummer Nessie! You could certainly use a few smaller sheets
sooo yummy! i have made these 4 times now and each time they taste better and better!! thank you!!
You are very welcome Amanda!
Kate Dunbar says
So doubling or even tripling the recipe is all right?
Absolutely Kate! Depending on your mixer though, a triple batch may not fit!
Kate Dunbar says
Thank you! I have a Hobart it will fit 🙂
I have been looking for a good roll recipe. Am excited about trying this roll recipe. Thankd
You are welcome Virginia!
Hello! My great grandma had a sticky bun recipe that uses Rhodes frozen bread dough. Is this dough pretty much the same thing? I live in a country that doesn’t have any type of frozen bread dough. Thank you for your time!
Hi Lisa! I think it is better than Rhodes dough 🙂