Refrigerator Dough {Multi-purpose}

Refrigerator dough is a must have staple in our home! It is so versatile and whatever recipe you end up using it for you will NOT be disappointed. Every recipe I have ever used refrigerator dough for has turned out amazing! There is a rich flavor that complements the other ingredients and tastes so good alone if you use it as a loaf of bread.

Refrigerator Dough | Ten at the Table

It takes just just 20 minutes or less to pull refrigerator dough together. Then when you are ready to use it the options are endless!Β Β You can use it for biscuits, rolls, butter-horns,Β cinnamon buns, bread, and even pizza!

I am all for recipes that require minimal time and effort. Which is why refrigerator dough is so high up on my list of favorite recipes!

To use it for bread: Break off 1/2 to 1/3 of the dough roughly. Form the dough roughly into a loaf shape, place in a greased loaf pan, let rise about an hour and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. I love slices of refrigerator douhg bread dipped in this Chipotle Gouda Queso Dip!

Here’s the recipe:

Refrigerator Dough {Multi-purpose}


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water or milk
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6-8 AP cups flour


  • Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl. Stir in mashed potatoes, sugar, butter, eggs, salt, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle, about 3 or 4 cups. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place into a large, greased bowl. Flip the dough so that the greased side is up and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, but no longer than 5 days.

You might also enjoy:

Cinnamon Buns {From Refrigerator Dough}

38 Thoughts on “Refrigerator Dough {Multi-purpose}

  1. guinan on June 20, 2014 at 9:55 am said:

    Great Idea!!
    Is this dough also freezable?

  2. I just found your blog from Raising Homemakers. I see so many recipes you have posted that I want to try, but I’m confused on what to do with some of them. Meaning I need more details. What do you do with the bread dough once you take it out of the fridge? Do you use the whole bowl for one loaf, do you need to let it sit awhile, and what do you set the oven temp on and how long to bake? I’m an inexperienced bread maker. πŸ™‚ Your biscuit recipe says one cup of butter. Did you really mean one cup of butter and not one stick or one pound? Yes, cooking doesn’t come naturally to me. I was raised on box, but have moved away as much as I can from processed lately. I also have ten at my table. Thanks!

  3. Natasha Hammond on August 17, 2014 at 11:30 am said:

    I think based on the amount of flour, this recipe would make two loaves. I would bake this at 350* F (because of the amount of sugar). For buns, 15-20 minutes; pizza, 20-26 minutes depending on amount of toppings (I would check to bottom of the crust to see how dark it’s getting around the 20 minute mark); loaf, approximately 45 minutes.

    I haven’t made this recipe, but these are my general guidelines for white bread.

  4. Natasha Hammond on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm said:

    I’m going to make this recipe with my daughter (7) this afternoon. Thanks for posting this recipe! πŸ™‚

  5. Natasha Hammond on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm said:

    I baked 1 loaf today and it turned out fantastic!! I’ve left the remaining dough for later I. The week. This will be a staple I my house for sure!! πŸ™‚

  6. What a great dough! I will have to try this, thanks πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Maria. I saw this post on the Weekend re-Treat Party and had to check it out, because we make a lot of breads on My Sweet Mission. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of adding mashed potatoes to a bread dough recipe before. What is the mashed potatoes function, or is it just added for extra flavor?

    Thanks for sharing and have a sweet day,

  8. What a very cool idea! And the idea that you can freeze it is amazing. I’ve featured it on my fb page. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  9. WOW! I’m looking forward to trying this dough recipe. I just recently made pizza dough at school and I’m now excited about this πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing on The Weekend Social #34. It was lovely meeting you

  10. Sherry Duval on August 29, 2014 at 10:04 am said:

    So, I’m assuming that once you take it out of the frig and form it into a loaf or rolls it needs to set and rise??? Should the dough come to room temp before shaping?

    • When I use it for bread or rolls, I knead 5 minutes, rest 5 minutes then shape. I then let it rest to desired height and bake. It depends on what recipe calls for this dough. I will have some posts coming out soon using this dough, so stay tuned Sherry!

  11. G’day and thanks for sharing at the #SayGdayParty! Reminds me to make one today! Pinned!
    Thank you! Cheers! Joanne

  12. MaryBeth on August 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm said:

    Do you boil a potato and then mash it?

  13. I must give this recipe a try! I came over for a visit from Amaze Me Monday and I think I will be coming back often! I love your blog and posts! Thank you for sharing this recipe! dazee

  14. I have never made dough with potatoes. I can’t wait to try it!

  15. lesley cooper on September 2, 2014 at 10:50 am said:

    Can u use that dough for pizza? My fav go to pizza dough from Pepe’s is no longer carried in any local grocery store. πŸ™ so it’s time to start making my own.

  16. lesley cooper on September 2, 2014 at 10:52 am said:

    Sorry.. just reread last sentence b4 recipe. So I am off to make dough!!!

  17. I have never heard of refrigerator dough but what a wonderful thing to have. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  18. I never buy food that has ingredients I can’t pronounce! πŸ™‚ Pinning of course!

  19. Oh & also I bought two subscriptions to Baby Bug magazine from your sidebar ad! I’m so excited because I had been trying to find a coupon code that worked so I could get a subscription for my baby, and one for a birthday gift. It’s too expensive to get full price and I had pretty much given up home until coming over to your blog!

  20. Can you freeze the dough to use later?

  21. Hi saw this post at Create for Joy. Will definitely give this a try!
    Have a Happy New Year

  22. Saying hello via friendship fridays. Love the look of your recipe – look forward to checking out more of your recipes too. Happy 2015 from

  23. Love homemade bread! This sounds so easy too. Thank you for sharing it and the great pizza recipe at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  24. angincambo on August 14, 2015 at 4:45 am said:

    Love, love, love this recipe. Makes the softest cinnamon rolls ever and it made some really good donuts too. Thanks for the great recipe.

  25. What does the AP mean where it says 6-8 AP cups flour?

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