Maddox Rolls

Living about 15 minutes away from Maddox growing up was always a good thing.  For those of you who don’t have a clue what Maddox is………..I’m sorry.  Come visit and I’ll take you there.  I will even buy your Turkey Steak for you if you will really come:)  We didn’t go out to eat a whole lot as kids, but birthdays were always very special occasions.  The birthday person would pick their restaurant of choice and we’d be off.  I always picked the Utah Noodle, but someone else always seemed to pick Maddox.  We’d drive North, and have a contest who could see the Maddox red twirly thingy first.  Those 15 minutes always seemed like an eternity, but the drive was well worth it.  I’d always get turkey steak, or a turkey burger.  Always!  Another constant at Maddox was their rolls.  Over the years I’m sure I’ve eaten more than a few bakers dozen.  Who can resist when there is raspberry honey butter to put on each lovely morsel?   Those rolls are delicious!  I love them, and I have tried to recreate them tons of time.  They’re made in muffin tins, but a regular roll recipe never made the cut.  Jimmy has a cute cousin that has been a waitress there for YEARS and I even tried to get her to tell me how they were made.  She claimed she didn’t know, but deep down inside I’ll bet she did.  It’s probably one of those secret oaths and combinations that Maddox employees have to make when they are hired.  “NO TELLING HOW THE ROLLS ARE MADE OR YOU WILL DIE.”  I’m sure of it.  I’m sure Jimmy’s cousin was just fearful for her life:)

Well the other day on Pinterest guess what popped up?  A Maddox roll recipe, and gosh dang it, I think it’s it!  I should have known though.  It was one of those recipes that I read and just went……Of Course!  I totally should have been able to figure that one out.  A batter dough, a lot like my muther’s Dilly Roll recipe.   But truth be told, I’ve never seen a plain old roll recipe like this.  You don’t even need to own a Kitchenaid.  True!  You only need to own a big bowl, and a big wooden spoon.  If you have a big silver spoon that will work just fine as well.  Oh and a couple muffin tin pans.  Enjoy these this Sunday.  I made them for Super Bowl Sunday in honor of my 49ers!  Aren’t we glad they won!  (can you tell I had no clue or did I even care who was playing or who won.  Now if it would have been the Tour de France in July, we’d have been allllllllll over that!)  You’re family will love you, and they will love you even more if you make the raspberry honey butter too.  Delish is all I have to say!

Maddox Rolls
recipe courtesy of cityhomecountryhome
I think she used to work at Maddox:)
Maddox Ranch House Rolls
2 Tablespoons of yeast (not rapid rise)
1/2 cup of warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup (or 4 ounces) of  butter
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
3 large eggs
5 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the milk and salt.  Scald but do not boil.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
In a measuring cup, mix the yeast and warm water.  Add a pinch of sugar from the 1/2 cup measure and stir.  Let the yeast sit and proof for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the yeast mixture, eggs, sugar, milk mixture and flour just until blended and no lumps of flour remain.  Do not over mix.  The dough will be sticky and very loose.
Let the batter/dough raise until double (about 90 minutes).  Mine took only 50 minutes to double in size;  I live at high altitude so my dough raises quickly.  
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Spoon it into greased muffin tins and let it raise again until doubled in size. 
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.  I’d go a little more on the underdone side.
Cool on a wire rack.  Serve with honey or raspberry butter.
This recipe makes about 24 dinner sized rolls.

Raspberry Honey Butter

1 cube butter (1/2 c.)
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. raspberry jam
1 t. vanilla

Whip the living daylights out of this until it is super fluffy.  Don’t start with melted butter.  Room temp is great.


  1. says

    My in-laws live just up the mountain from Maddox. I love their turkey steak and their fried chicken. Every time we visit from Boise we HAVE to eat at Maddox. On special days we even get one of their delicious cream pies!

  2. says

    EmJaneWalker I haven’t ever seen their chicken recipe, but I think I know what they do. There’s a place in Logan, that is kind of a knock off of Maddox and they have chicken that’s almost identical. The key I think is flash frying. They take their chicken, boil it and then bread it and flash fry it for a minute or so. I’ve never tried it, but thats how they say they make it. Let me know if it works. Good luck!!

  3. says

    Well I just attempted these and mine definitely didn’t turn out right. I think I mixed the yeast in too warm of water. They still turned out good but just very dense. I’ll definitely have to try them again!

  4. says

    i don’t know you. but i freaking love you!!!!

    we live in washington but WHENEVER we come into town Maddox is a MUST. for sure. I AM GOING TO DIE!!!!

    Thank you for helping me realize my dreams.

    i know i am dramatic. lol.

  5. says

    I am going to pin this and try it next week. Funny enough, I just received a box of 12 Maddox rolls which my mom mailed to me all the way in Louisiana. Now she can shrink her shipping budget. 😉 THANKS!

  6. says

    Just found this on Pinterest, and since I don’t own a Kitchenaid, I can’t wait to try these!!!! We only live an hour from Maddox, but that’s still a drive when you crave these rolls. Thank you!

  7. says

    Oh yum! Just made these. Heavenly. For beginners like me – be sure to measure your yeast – I just used a packet, and when it didn’t poof up, I realized that my packet was only 1 tablespoon of yeast. Had to start over 😉

  8. says

    Haili! I don’t know if you’ll get this comment but here’s a try. You can totally use 2% milk in the rolls. I usually use what I have. It’s even been skim and I can’t tell a difference. Good luck!

  9. Anonymous says

    mine are rising and i really hope they turn out good.esp. since ive been making split pea soup all day to go with it.thanks for posting!i live in brigham city but with 8kids and 1 due in a few weeks i could spend alot of rolls.thanks again

    • says

      Oh Becky I think you’re ok either way. I usually use salted butter though if that helps any. Maybe add a pinch more salt than called for if you’re using unsalted. Good luck!!

  10. says

    These look delicious. Might have to try them out for Thanksgiving. I am traveling without my KitchenAid and figured homemade rolls were out of the question.

    • says

      Christina!!! Sorry it took me forever to reply. Your comment got thrown in with a ton of spam, and I just sifted through it today. You have a great question, and I have no idea. I’ve never tried to keep this dough in the fridge, but I have with a few others. The only thing that would worry me is the consistancy of the dough is totally different than the “5 minute a day” type doughs that you can refrigerate for days. Maybe make a quarter batch and try it out. That way if it works great, and if it flops you didn’t waste a ton of ingredients. I’d love to hear your results, and if I get to it first I’ll let you know for sure!!

      Love, Lisa

    • says

      Becci!! I’m so sorry to just be getting back to you. Your comment was thrown into a spam folder, and I just found it. I hate to say I don’t have Maddox’s Chocolate Cream Pie recipe:) Wouldn’t it be nice if I could figure it out! I’ll let you know if I find something that wonderful:)

  11. LaVon Barton says

    My Aunt that lived in Brigham City gave me this recipe 53 years ago when I got married and it was word for word the same recipe. I have left the dough, after rising once and punched down, in the fridge over night and then give it a longer period of time to rise a second time and then bake. Thanks for reminding me that my husband used to beg me to make these rolls.

    • Lisa says

      LaVon I love your comment!! I love hearing how old the recipe is. Maybe it really is the “REAL” thing:) Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!

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