1 package yeast (Fleischmann's Rapid Rise)
1 cup warm (not hot) water
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons shortening
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water and allow to proof (about 5 minutes).
Then add all other ingredients.
Keep adding flour and stir with wooden spoon as long as you can.
Knead until smooth and elastic, but not hard.
Place in greased bowl and allow to rise until double, about one hour. My house is usually cold so I use a casserole dish (with handles) for my greased bowl, then lower the casserole dish into a larger bowl or pot which has been 3/4 filled with very hot water. The handles keep the dish suspended over the hot water. I cover everything with two or three teatowels to lock in the heat and allow to stand for an hour.
Punch down and knead again.
Grease muffin pan. For each roll make three little balls and place side by side in one muffin cup. After filling pan(s), cover with teatowel and allow to rise for another hour.
Put in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.