Soft, fluffy and the best homemade dinner rolls you’ll ever make! Easily made with simple ingredients, these golden brown rolls are the perfect addition to any meal.
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Ultimate Dinner Rolls Recipe
If you’re looking for the best dinner rolls, you’ve found them here. I I adapted it from my famous homemade bread recipe then tested and re-tested this recipe at least a dozen times to make sure they come out perfect.
And while they make a great Thanksgiving side dish, they’re perfect for ham and cheese sliders, alongside any soup recipe, pot roast or salad. Or to simply enjoy as a snack with butter and strawberry jam, apple butter or honey on top.
All you need is pantry staples to make the best dinner rolls ever!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Flour: I recommend using bread flour when making this recipe. It has a higher protein count than all-purpose flour, which produces more gluten and a better texture. Learning how to measure flour accurately will also make a big difference in texture.
- Yeast and sugar: An active dry yeast makes short work of giving these rolls their necessary rise. Sugar helps feed the yeast and adds a little sweetness.
- Warm water: Make sure the water reaches 110°F so that it can activate the yeast.
- Butter: I use unsalted because I add salt to the dough. You can use salted butter and adjust added salt.
- Milk: The milk makes this dough incredibly tender and just a little sweet.
How to Make Dinner Rolls
The ultimate homemade dinner rolls take a little bit of time and love but the soft and fluffy results are well worth it. From start to finish you will never want to purchase store-bought rolls again!
- Proof the yeast. Place the yeast and 1/2 Tablespoon sugar in a small bowl. Pour warm water (not too hot) over the mixture and let sit it’s nice and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- Combine wet ingredients. Stir together the melted butter, 2 Tablespoons sugar, milk and salt into a large mixing bowl. Once the yeast mixture is bubbly, add them together and mix.
- Add flour to mixture. Using a stand mixer with bread hook, pour in 1 1/2 cups of flour. Then add in 1/2 cup of flour at a time and continue to knead, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides.
- 1st rise. Coat the ball of dough and sides of the bowl with shortening or butter. Then cover the bowl with a warm towel and rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- 2nd rise. Once the dough has doubled, punch down, place on a floured surface and knead. Cut dough into four pieces. Roll each piece into 3 rolls then place into a buttered 9×13″ pan. Let the rolls rise again, until doubled.
- Bake in oven. Bake dinner rolls in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes. When the center is cooked through, remove from the oven and coat the tops with butter. Sprinkle sea salt on top if desired. Enjoy!
Follow these guidelines and you will have golden brown, soft and fluffy dinner rolls every time!
- Proofing yeast. After it sits for about 10 minutes, the yeast should be nice and foamy. The higher it bubbles up, the better! If it’s not bubbling at all, then it’s probably expired or the water you used was too hot.
- Use a dough hook. When making the dough, you can use a dough hook with a mixer or a dough whisk to whisk together the dough.
- Let dough rise. Make sure to place the bowl in a warm spot to rise. You can also place on top of a heading pad. Another way to help the dough rise is to turn the oven to 100°F and then turn off. Then place the bowl inside the oven and allow to rise there.
- Use foil if browning too fast. Tent with foil if the dinner rolls are starting to brown too fast.
Not at all! You can make this dough by hand, if you’d prefer. Use a large mixing bowl and a sturdy wooden spoon to form the dough and then knead by hand on a floured surface 3 to 4 minutes, or until the dough feels smooth.
Absolutely! Form the dough into balls and place in the baking dish, Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Let the rolls come to room temperature and let them rise until doubled in size before baking.
Sadly, not for this recipe. It was created using active dry yeast and it wouldn’t work the same.
Make these beautiful dinner rolls ahead of time and freeze them or the dough to help save you time for special dinners!
Freezing the dough: Place the shaped dough balls on a baking sheet and freeze. Then transfer to a zip-top bag or freezer container. When ready to bake, place on a buttered 9×13-inch baking dish and let rise for about 4 hours. Then bake as directed.
Freezing baked rolls: Let easy dinner rolls cool completely, then wrap each roll in foil. Place in a zip-top bag or freezer container and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat in oven until warm.
5 star review
“This recipe is now my go-to for dinner rolls. I’ve made them three times now and each time they don’t disappoint. I threw away all the other recipes I have for dinner rolls. Thank you, thank you , thank you.”-Marnie Clark
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Homemade Dinner Rolls
Optional: Maldon sea salt for tops; Butter and jam for serving
- In a small bowl, add the yeast and 1/2 Tablespoon sugar. Pour the warm water (not too hot) over the yeast mixture and let it sit about 10 minutes, or until nice and foamy.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a bread hook (or dough hook), stir together butter, the remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar, milk, and salt. When your yeast mixture is ready, mix until combined.
- Add 1 1/2 cups of flour. Add in 1/2 cup flour at a time and continue to mix on medium speed, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides. You’ll know it’s ready when your fingers no longer stick to the dough but it's still soft.
- Spread shortening or butter across the dough ball and sides of the bowl and cover the bowl with a warm towel. Set by the window and let rise about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.
- When the dough has risen higher than the bowl, punch it down and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough 2 to 3 minutes.
- Cut into 4 pieces. Roll each section into 3 rolls (they should be about 60 grams each). Place into a buttered 9×13-inch pan.
- Let the rolls rise again and once they have doubled, place them in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and the center is cooked through. Remove from the oven and brush the tops with butter.
- Sprinkle sea salt on top, if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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