Great- Great- Grandma Nellie’s Delicious Hot Rolls


Champaign, Ill. (WCIA)

Guest chef and blogger, Natalie Kenny Marquez, is back with a recipe for great-great grandma Nellie’s hot rolls!

Delicious Hot Rolls

*Ingredient that you can find at your Illinois Farmers Market


2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons melted shortening

2 egg yolks*

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, softened

6 dates, pits removed and cut into halves


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix and sift the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, gently beat the egg yolks with a fork. Then add the milk. Then add this mixture to the melted shortening. Stir.
  • Roll and cut out.
  • Spread with the softened butter and place one half date in center of each.
  • Fold over and make on an oven glass platter, rubbed with shortening.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve at the table on the same glass platter!

Serving size: 12 rolls

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