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 Lion House Rolls | The Recipe Critic

Lion House Rolls are the best dinner rolls to pair with all of your holiday meals or any occasion for that matter. These rolls are buttery and super soft, the perfect vehicle to soak up delicious soups, sauces and gravies.

If you love to recreate some of your favorite copycat dinner rolls, try these Parker House Rolls or these Texas Roadhouse Rolls.

Stack of 2 lion house rolls

Lion House Rolls Recipe

Dinner rolls are sometimes an afterthought but to me good dinner rolls can really add to the meal, plus they’re perfect for leftover sliders. These Lion House Rolls are so good, you might even forget to eat the main meal.

What are Lion House Rolls?

Lion House Rolls are some of the most iconic dinner rolls made legendary by the Lion House Pantry Restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Their distinct spirals make them some of the prettiest dinner rolls to adorn your dinner table.

Homemade Rolls Ingredients

The base of these rolls are milk and butter to yield delicious, soft, buttery rolls.

  • Milk: used in the dough and also a little bit in the egg wash. Whole milk is preferred but you can use 2% milk.
  • Butter: unsalted butter is used in the dough and salted butter can be used to brush the rolls after baking for more flavor.
  • Granulated sugar: to feed the yeast and also for added sweetness in the dough. If you prefer your dinner rolls saltier, you can reduce the amount of sugar.
  • Active dry yeast: to help the bread dough rise. You could also use the same amount of instant yeast.
  • Water: used to activate yeast.
  • Salt: for flavor.
  • Flour: all purpose flour is fine in this recipe.

Preparing the Dough

  1. Cooking the Milk: Scald the milk and melt the butter in the hot milk. Allow this mixture to cool before mixing into the dough to ensure you don’t kill the yeast.
  2. Check the Yeast: Activate the yeast in warm water straight from the tap and a little bit of sugar.
  3. Combine: Once the yeast mixture is bubbly, and the milk mixture is at the right temperature, mix all the ingredients together to form a dough.
  4. Let Rise: Shape the dough into a ball, place it in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise until at least double in size.

Bread dough in a stand mixer

Shaping the Rolls

Instead of dividing the dough into balls, these Lion House Rolls are known for their distinct spiral shape, which is not difficult at all to recreate.

  1. Shape Rolls: Roll the dough out to about ¼” thick and about 12”x15”. Brush the surface with melted butter.
  2. Cut: Use a pizza cutter to divide the sheet of dough into 12 small rectangles about the size of a dollar bill.
  3. Bake: Now simply roll each of the small rectangles up and place the rolls on a baking sheet, seam side down, and allow them to rise before baking.
  4. Egg Wash: Brush the top of the rolls with egg wash to ensure a golden brown color is achieved once baked.

Collage of 2 photos showing shaped unbaked lion house rolls

Storing Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls can be stored at room temperature for up to two days. It is best to keep them in a covered container or ziplock bag. Freeze these homemade rolls for up to 3 months. Reheat them in the oven directly from frozen at 350°F for 10 – 15 minutes.

Brushing melted butter on a baked lion house roll

More Unique Dinner Roll Recipes

Stack of 2 lion house rolls

Lion House Rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Rising Time 3 hours

Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes

Author Trang Doan

Servings 12 rolls

Lion House Rolls are the best dinner rolls to pair with all of your holiday meals or any occasion for that matter. These rolls are buttery and super soft, the perfect vehicle to soak up delicious soups, sauces and gravies.


  • 1
    whole milk
  • 4
    unsalted butter
    cubed, divided
  • ¼
    warm water
  • 2
    active dry yeast
    or instant yeast
  • ¼
    granulated sugar
  • 1
    kosher salt
  • 3
    all-purpose flour
  • Extra flour for rolling

Egg wash

  • 1
  • 1
  • Melted salted butter for brushing

Serves: 12

Calories223kcal (11%)Carbohydrates30g (10%)Protein5g (10%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol36mg (12%)Sodium211mg (9%)Potassium84mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar5g (6%)Vitamin A289IU (6%)Calcium33mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.


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