Over the holidays I was introduced to a treat that I will definitely be making again! My daughter’s mother-in-law introduced me to Ronda Rolls!

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We had a houseful over Christmas and our son-in-law’s mother was able to join us which was a real blessing. I enjoyed spending time with Martha  and getting to know her better. It was fun to show her where we live here in Vermont. She is from the west coast!

Not only did I enjoy Martha’s company but she made some awesome cookies for us that were delicious! We even decided that they were good for breakfast as well!

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The recipe is an easy one and I understand they freeze well, although we weren’t able to freeze any as they disappeared quite rapidly!

Ronda Rolls


4 c. flour
1 lb. butter
1 pt. sour cream
1 ½ c. sugar
1 ½ c. ground walnuts
2 tsp. cinnamon


Cut butter into flour until fine. Blend in sour cream and chill overnight. (May mix dough with mixer.) Divide dough into 4 or 5 parts. Roll each into 9 inch circle. Sprinkle with mixture of sugar, nuts, and cinnamon. Cut into 12 to 16 wedges.

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Roll from wide end. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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Ready to enjoy!

8 comments on “Ronda Rolls

Susan on December 5, 2015 11:28 pm

45 years ago this recipe was given to my mother in law (Rhonda) by her sister in law (Pauline) with STRICT orders NOT to share with anyone outside the family. Well, Rhonda gave it to a 4H student to make for the SW Washington Fair (with STRICT orders not to share), won Grand Prize, and the recipe, originally called “Snails,” was published in the local newspaper as “Rhonda Rolls”, after my mother in law. This SECRET recipe, thanks to the internet, had been published all around the world. The only thing left out was the powdered sugar glazed drizzled over the baked product. Not a secret anymore!

Nancy Wolff on December 7, 2015 4:34 am

I love hearing this story! I got the recipe from my daughter’s mother-in-law who lives in Washington! I’ll have tot ry them with the powdered sugar glaze! 🙂

Rachelle Black on January 11, 2019 5:24 am

I grew up with these & we called them Rhonda rolls as well. The recipe came from a neighbor who also said it came from her mom’s friend/relative Rhonda. I’m also from of western WA & am 43. I wonder if Rhonda is from here or if it’s jst a local old wives tale. 😉

Nancy Wolff on January 11, 2019 3:49 pm

I have no idea of the history but I do know they are delicious! 🙂

Janice E Bridges on November 24, 2019 1:37 am

Also from W. WA. My mom’s cousins made Ronda Rolls for breakfast in the 60s. At Xmas, I make the glaze with a bit of vanilla and almond extracts.

Nancy Wolff on November 25, 2019 2:27 am

Your glaze sounds delicious!

Michelle Alfarone on December 14, 2019 3:47 am

Hi, we are from Seattle Wa and we make them every year too!

Nancy Wolff on December 14, 2019 5:22 am

What a wonderful tradition!

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