• Melinda O'Malley Keckler

Classic Potato Rolls

Fresh from the oven and made from scratch, these potato rolls are absolute perfection. The mashed potatoes add such great taste and texture whether it's for Thanksgiving dinner or your favorite soup or stew on the table, these rolls will be what everybody talks about. Truly! What I love most about this recipe is its family history (see below) and how you can make these in two easy steps, or over two days - so serving fresh, hot rolls is a snap with any meal.

Classic Potato Rolls

By Crinkled Cookbook

1 package yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup mashed potatoes

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs beaten

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup warm milk, scalded then cooled

6 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix potatoes, butter, sugar, salt and eggs then add the yeast and water mixture and the cooled milk. Add flour and mix until combined. The dough will be stiff. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 2-3 hours. Or, place the covered bowl in the refrigerator for the next day. Remove from the refrigerator and let the dough sit in the bowl for about an hour at room temperature, then proceed with the directions below.

Dust a cutting board with flour and roll out dough with a rolling pin until about a 1/4 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut into rounds then fold over to create a half-moon or slice pizza-style and roll each slice into a cute crescent shape.

Brush a large baking sheet with butter and place rolls on the sheet. Allow to rise for about 90 minutes.

350° for 20-30 minutes

Makes about 30, depending on the size of the rolls.

This is an Auntie's Favorite from my husband's family. According to my mother-in-law Odessa (See her handwritten recipe below, I love how it's so"crinkled.") this originated with her sister-in-law Aunt Katheline, who I'm told loved to bake these for holiday gatherings. Over the years, these rolls have also been lovingly made by Aunt Linda and Grandma Fulwyler and now my sister-in-law Kristie has taken the lead in our branch of the family in keeping the tradition going. Thanks to all the Aunties who have had a role in these rolls :) and Grandma Fulwyler for starting it all. XO

P.S. Check out the photo below from 1965 and all the aunts and uncles together for a family gathering in Rupert, Idaho at Grandma and Grandpa Fulwyler's house.

Rupert, Idaho 1965. Many thanks to cousin Cheryl Sandoval for sharing this great photo.


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