Lion House Rolls


Lion House Rolls have to be one of my favorite things EVER. Have you had them? If you have not tried them, you need to make them! Like NOW! Seriously put these on your list! You will thank me later… ahh, okay maybe you won’t. ;)

lion house rolls

Imagine these rolls fresh out of the oven topped with melted butter and homemade strawberry jam. Holy cow! Words cannot describe the amazing taste! Seriously, if I’m in charge of  making rolls… this is my go to recipe!


Why I love these Rolls

They are amazing. The end. In all seriousness, the main reason I love them is because they are super soft and fluffy with a nice buttery taste. There is actually a special way to roll them up, but this time we ended up making crescent rolls. If you’d like to see how the REAL Lion House rolls are made you can watch the video here.

Seriously… you’ve got to try these. They really are not too difficult to make. Promise!

Lion House Rolls Video

Lion House Rolls Printable Recipe

Lion House Rolls


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cups nonfat dry milk (instant)
  • 2 TB dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening softened
  • 1 egg
  • 5 cups bread flour or all purpose


1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water and milk powder and stir until the milk dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for a few minutes. Then add the sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add 2 more cups of flour then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet, then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. The dough will be getting stiff and you may need to remove the bowl from the mixer and mix in the remaining flour by hand. Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour and mix again (this can be done by hand or mixer). The dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour.

2. Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour approximately on tablespoon of vegetable oil all around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil. (This helps prevent the dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size.
3. Sprinkle your counter with flour and put the dough on the flour. Roll out and cut into desired shape and size of rolls. Place on lightly greased baking pans. Let rise in a warm place until the rolls are double in size (approx. 1 hour).
4. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter when taken out of the oven.

Melt in your mouth rolls... these are delicious!

Enjoy! :)

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Lex Malla Books posted on March 1, 2012 at 11:21 am (#

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. These rolls look great.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm (#

      They are delicious!! Mmm… :) Have a good weekend!

  2. Jaimie posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:51 am (#

    okay those sound like EXACTLY what I’m looking for right now… awesome!! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm (#

      Yes, they are so good! You have to try them!! :)

  3. Simply Sunsine Ray posted on March 1, 2012 at 11:20 am (#

    I’m trying it! I just started making bread and rolls and love finding new recipes that seem easy. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm (#

      Me too! I’ve just recently started baking my own bread and it tastes so much better!! mmm :)

  4. That Cute Little Cake posted on March 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#

    I love the new look ! Makes your recipes really stand out !
    And I like the look of those rolls too !!! Would be perfect for sunday morning….
    If you like Tiramisu, come and see me at tomorrow as I will be posting a delicious recipe !
    Have a sweet day

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm (#

      Thanks so much! I will definitely come check that out. xo

  5. Amanda Jones (@creativendeavor) posted on March 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm (#

    We love these rolls! They are the very best!! Thank you so much for linking up to my party!!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm (#

      Rolls are definitely my weakness! Have a good weekend! xo

  6. Melanie LaDue posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am (#

    These look so delicious….and your photography is so amazing…..I’ve been following your photography tips posts, and they’re great! I’d love for you to come link these up!

    Melanie :)
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

  7. Alicia posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm (#

    Oh, those just look way too buttery and delicious… :)

  8. aizadmama posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am (#

    Have you ever tried freezing the unbakedrolls once you’ve formed them and then defrosting when you’re ready to bake? I have a similar recipe that I can do that with, and I’m wondering if it would work with this one. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:40 am (#

      I haven’t, but my mom has and said it worked great. It’s worth a shot! :D

  9. Remi posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm (#

    Looks good! If im doing half the recipe does it mean i also will use half yeast which is 1 tablespoon?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on November 3, 2016 at 7:20 am (#


  10. Stephanie posted on November 10, 2016 at 10:26 am (#

    Is there a substitution for the non-fat dry milk? I never have that on hand and don’t want to purchase a box of it and have it go to waste.

  11. Charlotte Ivie posted on November 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm (#

    Tried the Lion House Rolls very easy and delicious!

  12. diane mcdonald posted on November 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm (#

    i just made them today and they are delicious i used warm milk instead of water and dry milk it worked perfectly

  13. Beth Chase posted on November 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm (#

    Question…about how long does it take the dough to rise the first time? While still in the bowl? Thanks!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on November 23, 2016 at 11:35 pm (#

      It depends on how warm and humid your home is. For me, usually about an hour to an hour-and-a-half.