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Homemade Dinner Rolls

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These dinner rolls are light, fluffy and full of buttery flavor. Impossible to resist and the perfect easy yeast rolls for beginners. They are the perfect addition to any meal and can be ready for the oven in a snap.

baked dinner rolls in a pie pan with one tilted to the side

Recipe Features

  • Beginner Bread Recipe: This is a straightforward recipe with minimal ingredients.
  • Perfect Side: A fresh baked batch of rolls will pair amazing with almost any meal.
  • Easy to Customize: You can top with seasoning, use garlic butter, or stuff with cheese.

I’m fairly confident these are the best dinner rolls. I’ve made dozens of variations but always land back on these easy yeast rolls when I want a light and fluffy side dish. The recipe is very straight forward, gives you a super buttery roll, and is perfect if you are a newbie to bread baking. You cannot mess this up.

Keep this one in your recipe box for when you need a basic roll recipe that is fuss-free but full of flavor.

Before we get started I’m going to drop a link to the most amazing baking with yeast guide from Sally’s Baking Addiction. If you start to get stuck, or need a little extra guidance, check this post out. It’s worth a bookmark if you’re new to the wonderful world of bread making.

unbaked rolls in a pie pan half covered with plastic wrap

Easy Yeast Rolls Ingredients

Ok, so let’s dive into this. I’m going to break down the ingredient list with possible substitutions. However, this recipe is extremely basic and you won’t want to get too crazy with the changes. It’s already delicious as-is and uses basic pantry staples.

  • All-Purpose Flour- While I like to stick with white, I’m sure you could substitute half or all of this for a whole wheat.
  • Active Dry Yeast- This provides the best results and you only need on packet.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Salt- Sea salt is best. Sea salt has a courser grind which gives you a stronger flavor.
  • Milk- Slightly warmed whole milk is our preference, but I have made this using as low as 2%.
  • Water warm- This is the secret. You want the water warm but not hot.
  • Butter- Unsalted or salted will work, but I prefer salted for a little more buttery flavor. This is going to provide most of the fat in the dough which will provide you with a richer light bread.
Unbaked rolls being brushed with butter

How to Make Quick Dinner Rolls

  1. Combine the yeast, sugar, salt and water in your mixing bowl. Stir gently and allow to sit for five to 10 minutes so the yeast has time to activate and bloom. You will know it is ready when it starts to look a little like foam.
  2. Add the milk and 1 cup of flour and mix with a wooden spoon, or paddle attachment if using a stand mixer. Stir until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the remaining flour and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides, about 1 minute.
  4. Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, milk and water in your mixing bowl. Stir gently and allow to sit for five to 10 minutes so the yeast has time to activate and bloom. You will know it is ready when it starts to look a little like foam.
  5. Add 1 cup of flour and mix with a wooden spoon, or paddle attachment if using a stand mixer. Stir until combined, about 30 seconds.
  6. Add the remaining flour and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides, about 1 minute.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, OR switch to the dough hook in your stand mixer. Knead until the dough becomes smooth, roughly 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Gently form into a round dough ball.
  9. Spray the inside of your mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place your dough into the bowl, turning once to coat.
  10. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour in a warm room.
  11. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 10-12 equal pieces.
  12. Gently shape each into a ball by pulling the edges towards the bottom and pinching closed.
  13. Place in a large round baking dish like a pie plate or 9 inch cake pan.
  14. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes, or until doubly in size.
  15. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  16. Brush the rolls with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
  17. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.
homemade dinner roll held in a hand

Tips and FAQs for Homemade Rolls

  • I find that using a stand mixer (affiliate) is going to save you a lot of arm work. The dough hook and paddle attachment will be your saving grace and help the dough come together quickly. However, it is a fairly soft dough and you would also be able to knead by hand. So don’t run to the store to buy any special equipment if you do not already have it.
  • For bread, it is best to use room temperature ingredients. It helps cut back on the mixing time and allows all of the ingredients to incorporate together quickly.
  • Make sure the water and milk are only warm and not hot. If too hot it could kill the yeast and keep it from helping the bread rise.
top down shot of baked dinner rolls in a pan

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Easy Dinner Rolls

Easy Dinner Rolls

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

These dinner rolls are light, fluffy and full of buttery flavor. Impossible to resist and the perfect easy yeast rolls for beginners. They are the perfect addition to any meal and can be ready for the oven in a snap.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet (2-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided

Instructions

  1. Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, milk and water in your mixing bowl. Stir gently and allow to sit for five to 10 minutes so the yeast has time to activate and bloom. You will know it is ready when it starts to look a little like foam.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and mix with a wooden spoon, or paddle attachment if using a stand mixer. Stir until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the remaining flour and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides, about 1 minute.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, OR switch to the dough hook in your stand mixer. Knead until the dough becomes smooth, roughly 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Gently form into a round dough ball.
  6. Spray the inside of your mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place your dough into the bowl, turning once to coat.
  7. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour in a warm room.
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 10-12 equal pieces.
  9. Gently shape each into a ball by pulling the edges towards the bottom and pinching closed.
  10. Place in a large round baking dish like a pie plate or 9 inch cake pan.
  11. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes, or until doubly in size.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  13. Brush the rolls with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.

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