Grandma’s Jailhouse Rolls

Grandma always had hot rolls for us to eat, when we went to her house.  These were her favorite to make.  She said she got the recipe from the cook at the jailhouse.  These were served to the inmates there, hence the name.


Grandma’s Jailhouse Rolls Deliciuos rolls with mashed potatoes added.

(make night before or at least 8 hours in advance and chill)


1 cup mashed potatoes

2 sticks butter or margarine, softened

3 whole eggs

7 cups flour

1 ½ tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

1 pkg. dry yeast


Dissolve yeast in water.  Then add potatoes, softened margarine and eggs, sugar and salt.  Stir in flour.  If dough is not slightly sticky add about 1/8 cup more warm water to dough and mix well.  Knead about 5 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface.  (Knead by folding and pressing down on dough, pushing away from you and repeating the process until dough becomes soft and pliable. 


Place dough in greased bowl and place in refrigerator overnight.   Next day roll out dough, cut and shape to any shape you want, butter tops and let rise until double for about 2 hours.  Bake at 375’ for 12 to 15 minutes.