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The Softest Buttery Homemade Dinner Rolls

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Homemade yeast dinner rolls are so delicious, especially fresh from the oven. Some links in this article are affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Closeup of a soft dinner roll

Whether you want a special dinner roll for a holiday dinner or just to accompany your next meal, this is the recipe you want to make.

Homemade dinner rolls should be soft and fluffy, and these certainly are. They’re quick to make and are ready in just about an hour.

If you let them proof in an extra warm space (think about 90 degrees), they can be ready even sooner. Hello, carb heaven.

These are my quick homemade yeast dinner rolls, and they disappear while still warm when I make them. If you want something even a little more special, try my dinner roll knots – they look super fancy, but they aren’t difficult to make.

Do I need to use a digital scale?

You don’t need to use a digital kitchen scale, but I like to. It helps ensure that the rolls are the same size and bake evenly.

This makes the process go much faster. And once you own one, you’ll be surprised how often you use your scale.

If you don’t have a scale, divide your dough as equally as you can into 15 pieces. I find it easiest to divide the dough into three pieces first, then divide those three pieces into five equal pieces.

Can I make these homemade yeast dinner rolls ahead of time?

If you plan to eat them the same day, you can definitely make and bake them ahead of time. If you don’t plan to eat them “soon” however, you want to get a little more creative in your make ahead prep.

To make them the night before and then bake later, follow the steps until the second rise. Place them in the pan, and cover them loosely with plastic wrap so that there isn’t a seal.

Put the pan in the fridge overnight, which slows down the rise. You can then bake them the next day.

If you want to bake them days later, roll them into the balls, but place them onto a sheet pan in the freezer. Once they freeze solid, put them into a zip top bag with all the air sucked out.

You can keep them in the freezer for up to two months. When you want to make them, place the dough into the fridge in overnight to thaw.

Once they thaw, place them in the greased 9×13 pan and let them rise. Because they are so cold, it will take longer to rise, so give them a couple hours on your counter, then bake them off as normal.

Alternatively, you can also bake them and freeze any leftovers for a month in a tightly sealed container. When you want to enjoy them later, place however many rolls you want in a loose tin foil tent and bake them at 275 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

One note: You must serve them immediately, or they don’t dry out. Make sure you only reheat however many homemade dinner rolls you plan to eat right then.

How to Make the Softest Homemade Yeast Dinner Rolls

I make mine in a stand mixer, but you can make these homemade yeast dinner rolls by hand. It just takes a little more time and arm muscles to knead the dough.

Add your warm water to the bowl of your mixer and the yeast over it. Sprinkle in the sugar.

In a separate bowl (I always use a large liquid measuring cup to minimize dirty dishes), mix the warm milk, egg, oil, and salt with a fork until it’s emulsified. Pour this into the water and yeast and stir.

Add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until you see a dough form. It will look ragged, but keep kneading on low speed for 8-10 minutes, and it will come together nicely.

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You want enough flour that it doesn’t completely stick to the sides of the bowl as it kneads, but just barely that much. It should still feel tacky when you touch it.

When you can feel it spring back, you’ve kneaded it enough. It will still be slightly sticky, so be ready for that.

Cover your bowl with a kitchen towel, and set it in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes. Once it doubles in size, start to form the rolls.

This recipe forms 15 rolls, which fits perfectly into a 9×13 pan. Grease your pan with nonstick spray lightly while your dough does its first rise.

Weigh out your rolls – each one should be right about two ounces. If you don’t use a scale, divide your dough into 15 equal pieces.

Weighing dough for rolls

Form rounds by stretching the dough towards the “bottom” on all sides and pinch it to seal. For a better visual, watch the tutorial video.

Dough rolled into smooth ball for pan of rolls

Cover the rolls with the towel again and let them rise for 25 minutes in a warm spot. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Pan of rolls risen and ready to bake

Bake the rolls for 17-19 minutes, until they’re golden brown on top.

Melt your butter just before they come out of the oven, and use a pastry brush to brush the tops of your homemade yeast dinner rolls with it.

Brushing butter on just baked yeast rolls

Let the rolls sit for a few minutes to absorb the butter, then flip the pan over to remove the rolls and carefully separate them.

Serve them immediately. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container on your counter for one to two days or freeze and follow the instructions above to reheat them.

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Bowl of fresh homemade dinner rolls

Easy Yeast Dinner Rolls

Yield: 15 rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes

Homemade yeast dinner rolls are simple to make and quick enough to enjoy on a weeknight but special enough to make for holidays, too.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 1 T yeast
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 c warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 T butter

Instructions

  1. Add warm water, yeast, and sugar to bowl. Separately, mix warm milk, egg, oil, and salt. Pour into water and yeast and stir.
  2. Add flour, a cup at a time, and mix until it's formed a dough. Knead on low speed for 8-10 minutes. When it springs back, it's ready. It will still be slightly sticky.
  3. Cover bowl with a towel, and let rise for 45 minutes until it doubles in size.
  4. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces. Shape into rounds and place into a greased 13x9 pan.
  5. Cover again with the towel and let rise for a 25 minutes. While the dough rises, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 17-19 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  7. Melt butter and gently brush the top of each roll as soon as they come out of the oven.
  8. Let sit a few minutes to absorb the butter, then flip the pan over to remove rolls and carefully separate them.
  9. Serve immediately, or store in a tightly sealed container on your counter for 1-2 days.

Notes

Want to make these even faster? Place them in an oven that's barely 90 degrees (heat it to the lowest temperature if yours won't go that low, then turn the oven off and place it in the oven once you make sure it isn't too hot. Your oven will only take a minute or so to get to 90 degrees! Let it rise in the warm (not hot!) oven for 20 minutes the first rise and 10 the second to have your rolls ready in under an hour!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.

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Deborah Doss

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Loves homemade Rolls and I am going to make them for Christmas. Thanks

Michelle

Friday 11th of December 2020

Fantastic! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do here :)

Breanna

Friday 13th of November 2020

Did you use bread flour?

Michelle

Monday 16th of November 2020

That's a really good question! I did not. I used all purpose flour, and it works just perfect for these!

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