Spoon Rolls

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Looking for a quick and easy bread roll recipe? These Southern spoon rolls fit the bill and they’re perfectly light and fluffy to boot.

Basket of spoon rolls

This Southern spoon roll recipe is simple and delicious. There’s nothin’ like the aroma of baking bread filling the kitchen. That has to be one of the best smells in the world.  I love fresh bread more than cakes, pies, cookies, or any other dessert.

Recently my neighbor, Barbara, told me about a little restaurant not far from our city that had the most amazing spoon rolls. Barbara said they brought over a whole basket and real butter to spread on them. I was in the process of getting the exact location when she happened to mention that she got the recipe. The next time I saw her, she brought over a basket of hot spoon rolls and I instantly fell in love with them. 

They are the kind of dinner roll that I love because they’re no-knead yeast rolls. Yep, there’s no rising or rolling out needed. You just mix the ingredients for spoon rolls up while the oven preheats and spoon them into their little muffin cups. The ingredients include yeast, water, oil, flour, sugar, and egg. That’s all you need. 15 to 20 minutes in the oven later and you’re good to go.

The recipe makes a large batch, which is great because you can store the dough in the refrigerator and make them for several days. When you get ready to cook some more, just scoop them into the muffin tin. No need for more stirrin’. 

Now I want you to trust me and give these Southern spoon rolls a try and if you are feeling really adventurous try making strawberry jam, peach freezer jam, or spiced peach butter. Everyone will think you are a culinary expert. 

Ingredients for spoon rolls

Recipe Ingredients

  • Active dry yeast
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Self-rising flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg

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How to Make Spoon Rolls

Stir yeast into the warm water. 

Stir yeast into the warm water. 

Note: Your water should be the temperature of a baby’s bath water. Just warm to the touch.

Set the mixing bowl aside while you mix the other ingredients together so that it can start working.

Tip: Make sure your yeast is fresh. Check the expiration date.

Mix together sugar and flour in separate mixing bowl.

Measure out flour and sugar in a separate mixing bowl and stir.

Mix all ingredients together.

Add oil, a slightly beaten egg, and the yeast mixture.

Stir the spoon roll ingredients until well blended.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while the oven preheats.

Spoon dough into greased muffin cups.

When you’re ready to bake the spoon rolls, spoon the dough into muffin cups as above that have been greased with cooking spray.

I recommend using an ice cream scoop to make life easier and filling them about 3/4 full.

Baked spoon rolls

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.

apple butter spread on a homemade spoon roll.

Here’s one fluffy spoon roll with my famous apple butter. YUM! 


  • This dough will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator when covered with plastic wrap.
  • But the baked yeast dinner rolls will last up to three days when stored in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • You can also freeze the baked and cooled rolls for up to one month. Let them thaw to room temperature before reheating in the oven or air fryer for best results.

Recipe Notes

  • You want the yeast mixture to stand for at least 5 minutes, that’s all it needs.
  • Feel free to substitute the oil for melted butter or margarine. If you go down the butter route, ensure it’s not hot when you combine it with the active yeast, otherwise, you’ll kill it.
  • For a crisp crust, try baking them in a cast iron muffin pan. Alternatively, you can bake them in a drop biscuit pan or a mini muffin tin.
  • For something different, try fresh herb spoon rolls. Mix a 3/4 cup of chopped fresh chives and 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley (or your favorite fresh herbs) into the batter.
  • Other things you can mix into the batter: 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese or 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper for a little kick.

Recipe FAQs

Why are they called spoon rolls?

Spoon rolls get their name for the fact that you simply spoon or scoop the dough into the muffin tin to bake and there’s no kneading, rolling, or shaping involved.

Can you use rapid rise/instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

Yes, rapid-rise yeast will also work in this spoon roll recipe.

Can you make spoon rolls in advance?

I’d recommend making the spoon roll dough in advance and then baking them on the day. When stored in a greased and sealed airtight bowl, the dough lasts up to one week. Let it sit at room temperature for up to 30 minutes while the oven preheats before scooping the dough into a muffin tin and continuing with the baking instructions.

How do you serve spoon rolls?

Spoon rolls are very similar to homemade biscuits/dinner rolls, so there are plenty of ways to serve them:

Here are more easy bread recipes:

Quick Mayonnaise Dinner Rolls

Easy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

Homemade Dinner Rolls (a.k.a Preston Rolls)

Soft Unleavened Bread

Easy Challah Recipe with Honey

Spoon Rolls

Looking for a quick and easy bread roll recipe? These Southern spoon rolls fit the bill and they're perfectly light and fluffy to boot.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, rolls
Servings: 4
Calories: 168kcal


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg


  • Stir yeast into warm water to dissolve and set aside.
    1 package active dry yeast, 2 cups warm water
  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
    4 cups self-rising flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Slightly beat egg and add to dry ingredients along with oil and yeast mixture.
    3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg
  • Stir with a wooden spoon to combine well.
  • Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.


Calories: 168kcal
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  1. Not too be ugly, but usually the reply to ignorance is, No Reply. Especially when the question is the party’s own personal business. And besides that, what about kindness ?

    1. Amen Sedalia, Christy’s love of God, her children and family is so inspiring to anyone that follows her. She is such a blessing to many. She has lifted me up so many times when I needed her kind words and you are so right we too need to be kind.

        1. Ha ha! It burned your biscuits? I’ve never heard that before, it’s fantastic! It burned mine, too. I hate to gang up on anybody, but I agree with everyone springing to Christy’s defense.

  2. You & your mom’s recipes are soo good! Thanks for sharing!!
    I have a complaint to register..recently you mentioned how your
    Laundry & house were piled up!
    This UPSETme soo much! I wrote &’told you..surely you have
    Enough $ to hire a housekeeper & someone to take care of your
    Laundry since you are soo busy traveling & promoting your publictions.
    The reason I wrote you was laundry & a clean house are a prority for
    a family…I never received a response & I was very disappointed!!!

    1. Janice, I feel showing your family through love, and raising them to love the Lord is worth more than anything in the world. How many children in the world do not have the love of two parents? How many children are from a wealthy home , the home is spotless via a housekeeper, the children are kept by a nanny and not snuggled with and tucked in with a story and a kiss goodnight? I would much rather have a load or two of laundry that needs washed, and a little messy house than my daughter feeling unloved and neglected because momma didn’t have time for her. Give me the sweet love of a child any day over a messy home. If you ever paid attention to very many of Christy’s pictures and her talking about her children and the things they do you would know her house is not that messy and her children are so very rich from the love of a family. Sorry Janice this is just my soapbox from seeing children come to school each morning seeking a hug and then before leaving from school in the evenings coming by to get another hug before going home to last them until the next morning when they came back to school. the house was not what was important to these children it was the love and attention they wanted. Christy I applaud you for making God, your kids, and family first. A dusty table can wait but a growing child can’t wait!


      1. Children grow up so fast. I wish I had mine small again, I would overlook a few loads of laundry and dishes to play with them. Blink and they are grown with families of their own.

        1. Cathy Z you are exactly right I am going thru a hard time right now with my youngest being a Senior in high school and my oldest being a Junior at college. A little laundry piled up and a little dust is nothing compared to spending time with your children. So, don’t sweat the small stuff it will all work out. Just value the time with your children and make lots of memories!!

    2. Hey Janice,
      One of the things that I can’t keep up with is also my email. I have received as many as 800 in a day and while I hate that I can’t reply to all of them, I also know that most people understand and show me grace in this.
      My family and I run our house in a way that is best for us and I am sure you run your house in a way that is best for your and your family as well.
      Thank you for being here and for your concern. I assure you we’re a very blessed and happy bunch- dirty dishes and all :).

      1. Chisty,
        I believe I’ve posted this before, but think it’s worth doing again. Don’t know who wrote it, so don’t know who to give credit to. Here ya go:

        Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
        For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.
        So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
        I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.

        Love you!

      2. Christy – I love that your answers are full of grace and mercy! You truly do show that you have the love of the Lord in your heart! Love you!

    3. It’s been my experience that Christy consistently responds with kindness and grace. Being that this question is both tacky and, frankly, none of your business, I imagine that Christy didn’t reply to you because she couldn’t reply to such a comment with that same tone. Perhaps you need reminding that a clean and orderly home doesn’t proportionately make it a happy one. I’d much prefer seeing a family spend time together rather than one whose mother is so meticulously obsessed with the household chores that she misses out on the lives of her children. But that’s just me…

    4. No the priority for a family is the love in it! You can have love without a clean house, I know because I’ve been ill for 40 or more years, and my house has never been super clean, because I couldn’t do it! The laundry piled up more than once, but my husband and daughter didn’t worry about it, they learned to cook, clean and wash clothes themselves, they pitched in, may not have done it to high standards but they managed to help out! That’s love. And why should we be super wormen, Christy has things to do, that help support her family, so why should she have to do laundry, the washer isn’t a mystery item, anyone can actually run one. Maybe her son can learn how to clean his clothes, good practice if he goes away for college or to work. Same with dishes and cooking, kids aren’t all play you know they do learn how to live by example, and pitching in and helping out are both things they need to learn early!

    5. A clean house isn’t necessarily a happy home… I am an RN, a thoroughly happy wife and a mother of two beautiful daughters. Our house isn’t always spotless but none of us or our friends have been ill because of a little dust or some excess laundry waiting to be done. I believe that showing love ❤️ kindness and charity and teaching our children the same is more important than a spotless house. May God bless you and yours.

  3. How full would you fill the muffin cups and how many rolls do you think the recipe would make?
    Thanks. Can’t wait to try them.

    1. Hi Charlie, I fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full. They make about 2 dozen regular size muffins. Try them and let me know how you like them. Mama

  4. Whoa howdy, Mama Janice, I can’t wait to make these so simple instead of all the steps to make them the regular way. I love the smell of bread baking too and often think back to being a little girl and the wonderful smell when momma made her awesome rolls. thank you for the beautiful memories. I don’t think anyone can make bread as good as our momma’s even if they used the same recipe.

    1. Hi Marsha, You brought to mind my mama’s butter roll. She stood with me and showed me how to make one but mine just didn’t taste the same. I have not made another attempt since she died. Nothing can ever match the love baked into something your own mama made! Have a great weekend. Mama

  5. Mrs. Christy’s Mama – Can you share the location of the restaurant… it sounds like something my Mom and Dad would like when they visit next time 🙂

    1. Hi Jen, I’m not sure of the name. It is a small restaurant located in Franklin, TN inside an antique mall. Maybe you can find it if you search on line. Try the Ice House Antique Mall. My neighbor could not remember the name of the restaurant. Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Mama

    2. Sounds like Marcy Jo’s ask around for it! Marcy is RORY Feek’s Sister & resturant & gift shop were run by Marcy & Joey Feef! Hope you find the rolls; please post if you do & where. Wilma Morris

  6. Look yummy and I can’t wait to make them! So, did you find the name and location of the restaurant that serves these? Would love to try them as well. Good, country restaurants are hard to find these days.

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