Just Like Lambert's: The famous "Throwed Rolls" recipe!

When Joshua and I got married, we lived near Springfield, Missouri for a couple years. Lambert's Cafe was nearby, and a fun and unique dining experience!

At Lambert's, I had fried okra for the first time (so yummy!!). I tasted "chicken fried steak" with white gravy and then went home to re-create it for Joshua (my mom never made that growing up).

But the best part? The piping hot "Throwed Rolls"! While diners look over the menu, order, and enjoy their meals, servers roll out carts of steaming just-out-of-the-oven hot dinner rolls. These aren't "healthy" dinner rolls. They're super soft and a little sweet. Even more sweet if you plaster them with butter and honey from the honey bears on the table, like I always did.

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?

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! :)

These "Throwed Rolls" are perfect. The recipe makes a dozen nice big rolls, baked in a muffin pan. Allow plenty of time for them to rise before baking to get the nicest, fluffiest roll!

The tricky part is that while these rolls are very good warm, or even leftover, they are best served HOT. And unlike Lambert's Cafe, I am not baking 520 dozen dinner rolls a day in order to have hot fresh rolls on-demand.

My serving tip? Re-warm rolls in the microwave for ~10 seconds before tossing to your family! (I have enough last-minute dinner-rush without trying to perfectly time my dinner rolls.)

Yehoshua catches a roll

And yes, you MUST THROW these rolls!! ;) Your children will love you for it. None of our children have been to Lambert's Cafe so it was a new and exciting experience for them when dinner time came and I announced "I made a surprise for everyone!", uncovered a pan of rolls, and told them to get ready to catch! (Joshua, of course, was laughing and said "You must have made that recipe for Lambert's Throwed Rolls." haha)

Eliyahu catches a roll

If you'd like to visit Lambert's Cafe, they're located in Sikeston MO, Ozark MO, and Foley AL. And if that's impossibly far from where you live, then make these Throwed Rolls at home! :)


It's such a small world sometimes - my husband and I live in Ozark, MO, and my in-laws, who live just around the corner from Lambert's pick up a couple dozen rolls every time we have a big family get-together. I agree, they are amazing!

Where in the area did you and Joshua live?

Fun! :)

We lived in Douglas County! It was quite different to me (I had always lived in Ohio prior to getting married) and I decided real quick that I hated flat tires. !! :)

We went to Lambert's in Gulf Shores, AL about 4 years ago and my children still talk about their throwed rolls!! We will all love this recipe; thanks so much!

Yay! You're welcome! I was hoping that Lambert's was well-known enough for someone besides me to get super excited about making these at home and throwing them to the family! :D

I live near Springfield too. In the Joplin Mo. area. I love Lambert's!! I can't believe you were a grown adutl before eating fried okra and chicken fried steak with cream gravy! Fried okra was/is a summertime staple in my neck of the woods, and we have chicken fried steak all year long :)

Hey, I grew up in the North. :) We ate our cornbread with maple syrup drizzled on top. Okra? Well, the first time someone gave me some okra from their garden (in Missouri), I thought it was some sort of pepper and put it in homemade salsa. Seriously! :)

I am 40 years old and I've NEVER had chicken fried steak or okra! I grew up in MN but I've lived in GA, OR and now IN.

This made me smile because I think every cook has done something just as crazy when finding their way. I rarely make white bread, but I might have to try these as my family has enjoyed several meals at Lambert's

Ah! We stopped here on a cross country drive once. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into, honestly one of the most yummy and memorable restaurants. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

Funny! :) Thanks for sharing about your stop at Lambert's. :)

I lived in Douglas County for 18 years and now live in Ozark. My husband and I go to Lambert's at least once a month and I always fill up on the rolls.

We've been there on a trip, many years ago, and they were definitely yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

These sounds yummy! :) Another recipe on my must try list...

~Tanya - mama to 6 treasures plus one on the way. :)

We have a local restaurant (Houston) that does that called The Potato Patch. Sounds like the same kind of fare. I love chicken fried steak and fried okra. Sooooo good and such a fun place to eat!

i, too, lived in the Springfield area for over 2 years and we LOVE Lamberts - always a go-to place when people came to visit :) i easily gained 20 pounds living in that area...the definite downside! thanks for the recipe; i am not baking bread right now (11 college hours in 10 weeks) but will definitely plan to make these in the fall. my family would love it!


I also lived in Springfield, Missouri and just went back last week to visit my in-laws and we took the kids to Lambert's in Ozark and guess what - they have changed their rolls. It was sad to me because I had always loved their rolls as they were - hot, soft and delicious. The new rolls are firm and not nearly as good. So I would just keep making these at home! Thanks for the recipe. We will definitely be trying them.


I live 2 hours from Springfield, MO have been IN Springfield and through Springfield a lot and we have never stopped to eat there. Maybe some day......

By the way my son was doing some math and said "that's like 6240 rolls a day! and like almost 2.3 million rolls a year! That's if they are open every day." LOL!

I'm going to have to try these. I make a mean loaf of bread and so-so pretzels but I've still to try the rolls. I'll use your recipe tomorrow and give it a go. Wish me luck. I hope they turn out as yummy as yours look. Oh but no-I'm not throwing them. That would be disasterous. I'm a terrible thrower... :0)

We had friends near Ft. Leonard wood and took a trip to Lambert's! We had 10 kids under the age of eight and we took up a whole table just with our two families! SO MUCH FUN and those ROLLS! Ugh! Delicious! I can not wait to make these! Thanks for the recipe and the trip down memory lane!

I was wondering if this recipe is freezer friendly by any chance??

The oven is the only warm and draft-free place in my kitchen so I have to ask...when you turn the oven on for a couple minutes to warm, at what temp do you heat it up to?

I also was wondering if these can be frozen? Before or after cooking?


These look delicious! I have a batch in the oven right now that I'm making to bring to Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you Tammy for sharing such an awesome (and easy) recipe! I made a double batch for my hunny's family this year for Thanksgiving! These were wonderful the day of and just as good leftover!

http://hellorainyday.blogspot.com/2012/11/delightful-homemade-rolls.html I blogged about it here gave you credit as well as linked back to your page!


Can you double the recipe or is it best to make two separate batches? Thx

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