Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"

A soft, hot dinner roll just like the ones tossed to diners at Lambert's Cafe!


12 large dinner rolls


1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 pkg.) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees F)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose or bread flour

Butter, honey and/or sorghum molasses, for serving


(See additional notes for bread machine directions)

1. In a small bowl, combine the teaspoon of sugar and the yeast with the warm water and allow to foam (5-10 minutes).

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the warm milk, melted butter, sugar, egg and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir.

3. Stir in 3 cups of flour. Stir or knead in another cup of flour (or more, if needed) and knead for 5-10 minutes to make a smooth, elastic dough.

4. Scrape the large mixing bowl clean (or as clean as possible) and place dough in the bowl. Grease the top of the dough with butter or oil and cover with a clean cloth. Place in a warm location (I turn the oven on for 1-2 minutes, then turn OFF and place covered bowl in the warm oven to rise) and let rise until doubled in size, about 60-90 minutes.

5. Liberally butter a 12-cup muffin pan. With buttery hands, deflate the dough and divide into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place two balls in each muffin cup. Gently grease the tops and cover with a clean towel.

6. Let rolls rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake rolls for 20-25 minutes, until tops are browned and rolls are done. (Check rolls after 15 minutes, and cover loosely with foil to prevent excess browning, if needed.)

Toss hot rolls and serve with butter, honey, and/or sorghum molasses!

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"
Rolls rising...

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"

Additional Notes: 

Bread machine instructions:

Put 1 teaspoon sugar, the yeast, and the warm water into the bread machine. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Add the warm milk, melted butter, sugar, and egg. Add 3 1/2 cups of the flour, and add the teaspoon of salt on top of the flour. Start the DOUGH cycle. Check dough after 10-15 minutes and add more flour if needed (I use exactly 4 cups).

Allow DOUGH cycle to finish and the continue at step 5 above.

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"

Preparation Time: 

45 minutes + rising time

Cooking Time: 

20-25 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This recipe for "Just Like Lambert's" Throwed Rolls is on a lot of websites, and from what I've read (including comments from past employees) it is the exact recipe Lambert's Cafe uses. I didn't change the ingredient list a bit, but I did re-write the instructions and take pictures, of course! :)

Indeed, Lambert's Cafe "Throwed Rolls" are unforgettable! It's been almost 8 years since I've been to Lambert's, but I can still almost taste the melty buttery hot rolls. Have I mentioned how soft they are?

Read more about this recipe in my blog post! (includes pictures of my kids having a blast catching the rolls) :)

Just Like Lambert's "Throwed Rolls"


We live in central Missouri and my husband and brother in laws have all had these rolls at Lambert's...and love them. We'll see, maybe I will be nice and surprise them sometime. Thanks for posting it. I'll let you know how it goes when I make them.


I live in ky and have heard a lot about these but have never been there. I just couldn't justify driving an hour and a half just to get there. People talk about these from further away than i thought lol. THanks for posting and i love your blog.


Made these in the bread machine as written. They are absolutely fabulous. I have been making Sweet Dinner Rolls for a while now and wanted something lighter. Wonderful recipe. I don't know who Lambert is but me thinks his/her rolls are awesome.


Let me just say I had never made (leavened) bread before I tried this recipe. I had attempted a couple of times, but the bread would never rise(I think my liquids were too hot). I was so excited when these turned out so big and fluffy and delicious. I have just been making them round roll style because my family like really big rolls(this recipe makes about 8 huge rolls). My whole family loves and requests these rolls often. My mom says they are her favorite thing that I make. So basically I went from never making bread to suddenly being the dinner roll queen all because of this recipe;) THANK YOU TAMMY!!!


Im a stranger to Lamberts, too, but no matter, these baked up like absolute perfection :) They were my first attempt at a yeast dinner roll, and my kids and I were so impressed!! Can't wait for my husband to get home to try them, too. I actually used the dough to make 3 different sizes of roll-one like the recipe, one where I used a glass pie dish and filled it with the small balls of dough, and another small glass pyrex circle filled with larger size balls. Every one of them were yummy!!! Thanks, Tammy!


We've been to Lambert's before and their rolls were so good, I don't know how many times I ate their rolls. :) I made these rolls tonight and they were soft and delicious. Now, I will be able to make these rolls whenever I can. BTW, I used the bread machine. Thank you for the recipe.


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