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Summer’s heating up and the last thing we want to do is heat up the oven, too. That’s why we love our slow cooker. It’s such a great way to cook things in the summer when the weather is hot but you want to keep your kitchen cool. When we realized you could cook dinner rolls or a loaf of bread in the slow cooker, we thought we’d give it a try.

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Sometimes we get that carb craving, where we just want a nice, warm roll with our dinner. It’s the perfect treat with a summer salad, and an even more perfect treat when you don’t have to heat up your oven to get one!


We tried and succeeded with these Rhodes Texas rolls, which you can find in the freezer section. We tried this method twice. The first time we thawed the rolls completely (below). The second time, we put the frozen dough in with no thaw and they turned out great with a little extra time in the crock pot.


We started by laying a piece of parchment paper in the slow cooker. No cooking spray needed, just place the paper in there and place the dough on it. Keep a little space between the dough knowing it’s going to rise and grow together. Turn the cooker on high and let it work its magic.


This is how the rolls looked after about 40 minutes. The smell was just starting to waft through the kitchen like fresh bread baking. Mmmm!


After about an hour and 10 minutes, this is what we found. Beautiful golden edges and the smell of heavenly goodness. Our mouths are watering just thinking about these rolls!


Look how the bottom cooked up nicely. Very easy to pull apart.


Perfect and ready for the butter table. Such a great way to serve fresh rolls in the hot summer!

Keep in mind that slow cookers can vary in their cooking. Some may have “hot spots” resulting in uneven cooking. We used a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker (not expensive at all!) and it turned out great both times. Keep an eye on the rolls after approx 50 minutes.

Here’s the recipe
Parchment Paper
Dough – fresh homemade, frozen, or frozen rolls.  If using thawed or fresh, the cooking time will be reduced from using the frozen

Place parchment paper in slow cooker to cover the bottom and sides of the slow cooker.

Put the dough (fresh or frozen) into the slow cooker and turn the cooker on high.

Let the rolls cook for 50 min, and then check on them. If you used frozen dough, the rolls may take up to 1 hr and 10 min to cook through.

Pull the rolls out of the slower cooker and get the butter out – these rolls are ready to eat!

Nom. nom. nom.