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Dinner Rolls

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These classic, fluffy, homemade dinner rolls are the perfect, delicious rolls your whole family will love!
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Table of Contents
  1. DINNER ROLLS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS DINNER ROLLS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Make fluffy soft homemade dinner rolls as a side dish for your next meal using this simple dinner rolls recipe. This quick recipe uses instant yeast and makes the best dinner rolls with a rich buttery flavor.

Homemade bread is leaps and bounds more delicious than store-bought. Our no-knead bread and cloud bread are two bread recipes that we are sure you will love.

DINNER ROLLS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 4½ cups of all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons rapid rise, instant yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups warm milk, 110 degrees
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (for the top of the finished rolls)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MILK: Although any type of milk will work, for the softest dinner rolls I recommend using whole milk. The more fat your milk contains, the softer your dinner rolls will be!

ACTIVE DRY YEAST: While this recipe calls for rapid rise, instant yeast, you can also use active dry yeast. The major difference is that instant yeast can be added directly to the ingredients, while active dry yeast needs to be mixed with and dissolved in warm water before using. They can be used interchangeably for most recipes, although active dry yeast may take a bit longer to rise.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS DINNER ROLLS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Add 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt to the large bowl of a stand mixer. Stir together, then add in your warm milk, softened butter, and egg.

PRO TIP:

Warm the milk in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds to reach approximately 110°F.

STEP TWO: Attach the dough hook to your stand mixer and turn the mixer on to the lowest speed. Mix until the flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

STEP THREE: Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Add ½ cup of flour and blend with the dough hook attachment until it’s fully incorporated. Add another ½ cup of flour and repeat, mixing at medium speed for another 1 to 2 minutes, until a ball of dough is formed. Add up to ½ cup of additional flour until the dough ball is slightly sticky and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

PRO TIP:

If you don’t have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can achieve the same thing using a wooden spoon, mixing until combined and sticky. Knead the dough for 10 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for 30 minutes at room temperature.

STEP SIX: Remove the towel and deflate the dough by punching it down lightly.

STEP SEVEN: Pinch off pieces of the dough to form 20 equally sized dough balls.

STEP EIGHT: Transfer the rolls to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover baking pan with a towel and let rise for an additional 30 minutes at room temperature.

STEP NINE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If the rolls are getting too brown, just tent the rolls with foil.

STEP TEN: Remove the baked rolls and brush hot rolls with the melted butter. Serve immediately or store cooled rolls.

HOW TO SERVE

Buttery dinner rolls go great with so many meals. They can complete a pasta dish like this baked spaghetti and meatballs and they are the addition to a hearty comfort meal like this crockpot chicken and gravy. These fluffy dinner rolls are an especially perfect addition for a holiday meal such as Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You should serve your soft dinner rolls immediately or store any extra cooled rolls in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. You can store them in the fridge or on the countertop at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: If you have extra dinner rolls that you won’t eat within the 3 days, you can toss them in a Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer. Just be aware that they will not be quite as soft thawed out as they were when served fresh.

PRO TIP:

To reheat your buttery rolls in the oven wrap them in tin foil, place them on a baking sheet in the oven, and cook for about 10 minutes. To reheat your rolls using the microwave, wrap them in a damp paper towel, place the rolls on a microwave-safe plate, and warm for about 15 seconds.

These homemade dinner rolls are soft and delicious. They are quick and easy to make using instant or active dry yeast. Buttery dinner rolls make a wonderful side to go with so many dinner dishes, and leftovers can easily be reheated to enjoy later.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze dinner rolls?

This easy dinner roll recipe will freeze for up to three months in the freezer. They may not be quite as soft after being thawed, but will still be delicious.

I don’t have a stand mixer, can I make these without one?

You can make the dough in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it is combined and sticky. Place a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes before continuing with the recipe.

Can the dough be made in a bread machine?

It probably could be made with a bread machine, but we haven’t tried it out this way.

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Dinner Rolls

5 from 5 votes
These classic, fluffy, homemade dinner rolls are the perfect, delicious rolls your whole family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 20 rolls

Ingredients
  

  • cups all-purpose flour divided
  • tablespoons instant yeast rapid rise
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups warm milk 110 degrees
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted (for the top of the finished rolls)

Instructions
 

  • Add 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir together. Add warm milk, softened butter, and egg.
  • Attach the dough hook and turn the mixer on to the lowest speed, mix until flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup flour and blend with the dough hook until incorporated. And another ½ cup flour and repeat, mixing at medium speed for another 1-2 minutes until a ball of dough is formed. Add up to ½ of additional flour until the dough ball is slightly sticky and pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Remove the towel and deflate the dough by punching down lightly.
  • Pinch off pieces of the dough to form 20 equally sized dough balls.
  • Transfer the rolls to a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with a towel and let rise for an additional 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If the rolls are getting too brown, just tent the rolls with foil.
  • Remove rolls and brush hot rolls with the melted butter. Serve immediately or store cooled rolls in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Notes

TIP: Warm the milk in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds to reach approximately 110°F.
TIP: If you don’t have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can achieve the same thing using a wooden spoon, mixing until combined and sticky. Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
TIP: To reheat your buttery rolls in the oven wrap them in tin foil, place them on a baking sheet in the oven, and cook for about 10 minutes. To reheat your rolls using the microwave wrap them in a damp paper towel, place the rolls on a microwave-safe plate, and warm for about 15 seconds.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Toni Thomason says

    5 stars
    I love the smell and taste of freshly baked bread. But, I don’t always have enough time or patience to actually make it. This recipe is perfect. The rolls are so fluffy and delicious and doesn’t take all day to make.

    • Rousmil says

      5 stars
      Oh my..! Amazing! Like little soft clouds.. I can t believe they really came out so soft and delicious.. Congratulations!

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Sharon – you can make them in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it is combined and sticky. Place a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. Theresa says

    Would like to try these but this makes a bit much for us. Can these be frozen and if so at what stage? Or perhaps maybe only half the recipe, would we cut everything in half evenly?

  3. Wayne Ellis says

    5 stars
    I did this recipe last year and they were great! Didn’t need all of the flour, so pay attention to the consistency, but they tasted perfectly!

  4. Tina Campbell says

    I tried these last weekend, however after they raised and I pinched for individual rolls and laid on cookie sheet, the dough balls didn’t raised that much more. What did I do wrong? They tasted great but were flat. I went exactly by the recipe.

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Tina – my first guesses would be there: they’re supposed to be made in a 9×13 baking dish, not a cookie sheet, so that could impact them. The freshness of ingredients and type of yeast would also have an impact on how they would rise – if something wasn’t fresh, it can have a big difference on how it turns out.

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