Long John Roll Party


Love getting together with the family to cook or bake on a lazy afternoon? This is the perfect recipe if you do.  This recipe is not a time saver, but the time is well spent because you get to enjoy warm long john rolls for the rest of the day.  This recipe makes a big enough batch that you can enjoy them the next day too!


These long john rolls taste the best when they're warm and fresh!


For Dough

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 pkg dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 8 1/2 to 9 cups flour

For Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Game Plan:


1. Melt 1/2 cup shortening in microwave

2. Add 1 cup of boiling water

2.  Once water becomes lukewarm, add 1 cup of evaporated milk

3. Dissolve 3 pkgs. of dry yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.  Stir until well mixed

4. In the milk and water bowl, combine 2 well beaten eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp. salt, and 8 1/2 to 9 cups of flour.  Add the yeast to this mixture also.

5.  Kneed 5 minutes (until smooth)

6. Rest dough 10 minutes

7. Roll out 1/4 in thick and cut in 1″ by 4″ strips (the edge pieces are fine left alone)

rolling out long john rolls

Rylan helping Grandma by rolling out the dough

making long john rolls

Rylan and Grandma cutting the dough into strips

8. Lay on wax paper lightly dusted with flour and let rise until double in bulk

long john roll dough

Long john roll dough that has risen to double its original size

9. Fry in deep fat fryer

donuts frying

Fry dough in deep fat fryer

frying donuts

Flip the doughnuts over when they're golden


A batch of long john rolls, ready and waiting to be frosted!


1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in saucepan

melting butter

Butter melting in saucepan

2. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar and let boil a few minutes

Butter and brown sugar melting in saucepan

Stir in brown sugar and let boil a couple minutes

3. Pour this mixture into a bowl with 2 tsp. milk and 2 cups powdered sugar (amount of sugar will depend on how thick you like your frosting).

4.  Mix until smooth (remember to add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too runny)

caramel frosting

Creamy long john roll frosting

Now all there is left to do is to frost the long john rolls to create one amazing doughnut!  Let everyone dig in to help at this part!

icing doughnuts

Spread the frosting on however thick you like it; if you run out, you can just make more!

knives in mixing bowl

The more the merrier when it comes to frosting the doughnuts!


Several rolls disappear during the frosting process

Making long john rolls is a family tradition of Jeff’s that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying for several years now. His grandma in Iowa used to make them on cold winter days for her family and then his mom carried on the tradition. Jeff remembers having long john roll parties at the MU Christian Campus House growing up. Some students even came rolling into the house wearing long underwear! What a fun time!

eating a long john roll

Becky, Jeff's mom, eating her labor of love!

Do you have a family cooking tradition?
How did this recipe turn out for you?

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