Homemade Dinner Rolls

Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy.

The BEST homemade dinner rolls ever. They’re buttery soft and perfect with any soup, salad or main dish.

Introducing our treasured family recipe for Homemade Dinner Rolls. These buttery soft rolls are easy to make and perfect for any meal, including Christmas and Thanksgiving. Learn step-by-step how to create the softest, most delicious dinner rolls with golden brown tops.

With their irresistible buttery warmth and perfect touch of sweetness, our homemade rolls have earned their place at our dinner table for over 25 years. Now, we’re sharing our secret with you, so you can create your own memories around the best homemade yeast rolls recipe.

golden brown rolls in a baking pan

What readers are saying:

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Mary says, “Made these today. Easiest rolls I have ever made, only took a couple of hours start to finish. Made with easy bake dried yeast as didn’t have any fresh. Great soft texture and delicious. Will definitely make these again. Thank you.”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Tessa says, “My favorite dinner roll recipe! I’ve made it about ten times. Fluffy and delicious. We prefer saltier breads, so I increase the salt to a heaping teaspoon. I use this recipe for cinnamon rolls too!”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Tina says, “Made these last weekend. They are delicious! They are our new Thanksgiving day dinner rolls for sure & what I will be taking for monthly potlucks at work. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.”

This dough is very close to our dough for cinnamon rolls. If you’ve made those, you’ll have no problem with these!

Ingredients

ingredients for homemade dinner rolls on a table

One thing I love about this recipe is that I always have ingredients on hand. No special ingredients needed.

  • Bread flour makes the rolls chewier and sturdier. All-purpose flour will work as well, the rolls may end up slightly smaller and a little softer. Bread flour is a high gluten flour so it gives rolls great texture.
  • I prefer to use instant yeast (rapid rise yeast). Active dry yeast will work as well. For either one, I prefer to activate the yeast in warm milk to ensure the bread will rise.

How to Make Homemade Dinner Rolls

Make the dough.

  • Put the milk (115º Fahrenheit) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk. Allow the yeast to activate for 3-4 minutes. Use a thermometer to test the milk temperature. This is the key to making sure your dough rises.
  • Add the butter, sugar and eggs. Use the beater blade on low speed to mix this just until combined. About 30 seconds.
  • Add in 2 cups of flour and the salt. Mix about 30 seconds until combined. Then add in the remaining 2 cups of flour. Mix just until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the beater blade and place the dough hook attachment on the stand mixer. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes on low speed. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed during kneading. The dough should still feel sticky and tacky to the touch, but it should not be so wet that it sticks all over your hands. As the dough turns in the stand mixer bowl, it will pull away from the sides, but may stick to the bottom slightly. This is ok and shows the dough is not too dry.
collage of how to make dough for rolls

pro tip

The stand mixer is a great “hands off” way to knead dough, but what if you don’t have one? Simply knead bread dough by hand. Press with the palm of your hand, folding and turning the dough. Just be sure that you don’t add too much flour as you do this. The dough should feel tacky to the touch.

Let the dough rise.

Place the dough in a greased large bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it has almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

The key to this is to place the dough in a warm place. This could be next to a sunlit window. It could be in the oven with the oven light on. You can even allow your bread dough to rise in a slow cooker. Read our tips on how to get bread dough to rise.

Whichever way you choose, just remember to be patient.  Humidity and temperature can affect your bread making. So be patient and give the yeast time to do its work.

Shape the rolls.

Divide and roll dough into 12 balls. Place in a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Cover and rise for 15-20 minutes while the oven is heating.

dough balls cut on a pastry mat

Wondering how to get those shiny, golden brown tops on your rolls? In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the egg mixture lightly on top of the unbaked rolls. This gives a shiny brown top. See our guide to bread washes. There’s so many different looks you can go for.

uncooked rolls in a glass pan

Bake the rolls.

Bake at 375ºF for 18-22 minutes. The exact baking time will depend on your oven, the type of pan you use (I use a glass pan) and the size of the rolls you made. The internal temperature of the rolls should be 190ºF. Test them with an internal probe thermometer.

When the rolls come out of the oven, brush melted butter over the tops. Or for an extra special touch, brush with honey butter. This makes them look absolutely irresistible.

Can you make these rolls the day before?

We love to bake these soft rolls fresh the day we serve them, but you can make the dough the day before and place in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Knead the dough and allow the dough ball to have its first rise.
  • Shape into balls, place them in the pan and refrigerate until the next day.
  • Take the rolls out and let them rise again. This will take at least an hour.
  • Bake as the recipe suggests!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make rolls in a bread maker?

This recipe was originally a bread machine recipe. Just add the ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer of your bread machine and use the dough setting. It’s super easy this way and makes much of the recipe “hands off”. Then take the dough out, shape it and bake.

How many dinner rolls per person?

Plan for 1 ½ dinner rolls per person. This will account for people (and kids!) who want to eat more than one, and also those who may not eat any.

How do I keep dinner rolls warm?

Use dry beans to keep your dinner rolls warm! Warm the beans in the microwave. Place the dry beans in a bowl and cover them with a towel. Heat until they are warm.

Then, place the beans in the bottom of a bowl or basket. Cover the beans with a towel, then place the dinner rolls in the basket. Place another towel over the top of the rolls to keep that warmth in.

What is the best way to reheat dinner rolls?

The easiest way to reheat dinner rolls is with the microwave. Place the rolls in a bowl and cover with moist paper towels. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until the rolls are warmed.

You can also reheat them on a baking sheet in the oven. Wrap the rolls in foil and heat in a 350º oven for 10 minutes or until the rolls are warm.

Can you freeze the rolls?

Yes. Freeze the baked rolls for up to 4 weeks in the freezer. Wrap the rolls plastic wrap, then place them in another airtight container.

Allow the rolls to thaw before removing them from the packaging.

These quick dinner rolls are excellent with turkey, green bean casserole and garlic mashed potatoes.

overhead view of golden brown homemade dinner rolls
overhead view of golden brown homemade dinner rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

4.74 from 154 votes
The BEST homemade dinner rolls ever. They're buttery soft and perfect with any soup, salad or main dish.
Servings 12 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Email Me This Recipe!
Enter your email and get the recipe sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week.

Ingredients
 

For the rolls:

  • 1 cup warm milk 115ªF, 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened, 4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50 grams
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 grams
  • 4 cups bread flour 520 grams
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 1 package, 7 grams

For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions
 

  • Put the milk (115º Fahrenheit) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk. Allow the yeast to activate for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the butter, sugar and eggs. Use the beater blade on low speed to mix this just until combined. About 30 seconds.
  • Add in 2 cups of flour and the salt. Mix about 30 seconds until combined. Then add in the remaining 2 cups of flour. Mix just until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the beater blade and place the dough hook on the stand mixer. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes on low speed. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed during kneading. The dough should still feel sticky and tacky to the touch, but it should not be so wet that it sticks all over your hands. As the dough turns in the stand mixer bowl, it will pull away from the sides, but may stick to the bottom slightly. This is ok and shows the dough is not too dry.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it has almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Divide and roll dough into 12 balls. Place in a greased 9×13" glass pan. Cover and rise for 15-20 minutes while the oven is heating. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • For shiny, golden brown tops: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the egg mixture lightly on top of the unbaked rolls.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. The exact baking time will depend on your oven, the type of pan you use (we generally use a glass pan pan) and the size of the rolls you made. The internal temperature of the rolls should be 190ºF.
  • If desired, brush melted butter over tops of the warm rolls.

Video

Notes

  • You can make this bread without a stand mixer. Simply mix and knead by hand. Be sure not to add extra flour when kneading by hand. The dough should be sticky.
  • You can also use a bread machine. Simply add the ingredients to the bread machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use the dough setting, then prepare the dough as indicated above.
 
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 rolls, with 1 serving being 1 roll. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 266
Keyword homemade bread, homemade rolls, how to make dinner rolls, soft rolls

Recipe From Taste of Home

About JulieJulie Clark

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

Get 5 Classic Recipes with a Deliciously Secret Twist

You might also like

Join the Discussion

Subscribe
Notify of

234 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Lois Muhasky
6 months ago

5 stars
a great recipe, EXCEPT, I scald the milk First and let it cool down to warm then add yeast. Also, you need to give us a class on shaping the rolls! I crisco-up my hands and start in forming them, and they snap the bubbles away to make a more uniform dough (ie: no air pockets)

LINDA LEDESMA
1 year ago

I’m truly sorry but this was, without a doubt, the worst dough I have ever attempted. I have baked homemade breads for at least 10 yrs?? I have NEVER experienced this type of dough. I Love Love to make bread by hand, never have used a mixer. It was like heavy liquid paste & I ended up throwing all my precious ingredients in the trash…I know my yeast was frest, the flour was fresh…I followed the recipe to the letter. It was unusually cold here in Houston, but that didn’t mess up the next batch of a different recipe, that… Read more »

1 7 8 9