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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ethel's Icebox Rolls

I promised to let my characters from The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club take over the blog from time to time. Up next is Ethel, the geriatric waitress at the Green Apple Grill. Jake, the owner of the restaurant, suspects she calls everyone "honey," "sugar", or "darlin'" because she can't remember their names. When she's not fussing at people for failing to clean their plates, she's sharing some of her favorite recipes with Jake. Here's the recipe for her delicious... 

Icebox Dinner Rolls


1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 pkgs (1/4 oz) of Fleishmans dry active yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup of water with a tbsp of sugar on top
6 cups of flour (more or less, depends on how it feels)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
2 eggs


Cream the shortening, sugar & salt. Add the hot water, then the cold. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add to the mix. Add the dissolved yeast, then the flour. 

Ethel says once it's all together the dough is so thick she can't hardly beat it with a large spoon. That's the only reason she shared this recipe with Jake. She needs him to do that final stirring. Let the dough rise for an hour or so. Cover and refrigerate and you can use this to make dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls when ever you want.  

Roll out the batter on a pastry cloth and use a glass to cut it into circles. Put the circles in a non-stick baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

For a change, you can use the dough to make cinnamon rolls. Just dip the circles of dough into melted butter, stretch it into  long oval and roll it in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Tie it in a knot and bake as directed above! 

Ethel says to serve them with love, honey! 


  1. These rolls are delicious! They make wonderful cinnamon rolls as well! Thanks for much for the recipe!

  2. So glad you enjoyed them! Ethel swears by 'em.

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