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30 Minute Dinner Rolls is the perfect solution when you want homemade bread but don’t have much time. Enjoy soft and fluffy yeast rolls in just 30 minutes.

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I love homemade bread. However, I used to think it wasn’t possible during the week. This 30-minute dinner roll is light and fluffy and the perfect roll to serve for the holidays or an easy weeknight meal.

This quick bread recipe is amazing. The only thing that makes this better is Cinnamon butter. If you have a few extra minutes, this is so easy to make and really is amazing with warm rolls. We love these homemade rolls.

What type of Yeast Works Best?

I use regular active dry yeast in this quick dinner roll recipe. If you don’t do a lot of baking, store the yeast in an airtight container in the freezer and it will last a long time!


ingredients for recipe: flour water, oil, yeast, butter, sugar.
  • Warm Water 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Sugar
  • Yeast 
  • Salt 
  • Egg
  • Butter
  • All Purpose Flour (you can use bread flour if you want)
  • Butter 

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Variations and Add-Ins:

  • Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkle over the top when they are fresh out of the oven and you have parmesan rolls. These would go perfect with any Italian Dish. I even like to sprinkle with Garlic salt as well.
  • Honey – Drizzle honey on top fresh out of the oven, and you have delicious sweet rolls.
  • Garlic Rolls – Brush on melted butter fresh out of the oven and sprinkle a little garlic salt on top. This is probably my favorite variation.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together water, oil, sugar, and yeast in a bowl

Step 2 – With a large glass bowl add the warm water, oil, sugar, and yeast. It is important to let the yeast sit until it is bubbly. This takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add in egg, butter and salt to the yeast mixture

Step 3 – Stir in the egg (beat it first) with the yeast mixture, butter (softened) and salt.

Add in flour to the yeast mixture to form into dough

Step 4 – We used a stand mixer with a dough hook but you can do this by hand if you prefer. I like using the stand mixer, just because it is simpler. Add in the flour gradually until you have a soft dough that isn’t sticky.

Kneaded dough ball on a floured surface

Step 5 – Next, knead the dough by hand for 10 to 20 minutes. If you are using a stand mixer, knead for only 5 minutes with the dough hook.

Making the dough into 12 balls and placing in a prepared baking dish

Step 6 – Finally, shape the dough into 12 balls (ensure that they’re all approximately the same size). The dough is easier to manage if you spray your hands with cooking spray first. This will help the dough not to stick to your hands when making the balls.

Dough balls doubled in size in a baking dish

Step 7 – As you make the dough balls, put each one in a greased 9X13 pan. Cover with parchment paper and a kitchen towel. The last step is to let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Make sure to allow them to rise the entire 10 minutes to rise.

  • Step 10 – Then it is time to bake. The rolls will only take about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden browned. Sometimes I like to brush melted butter on top fresh out of the oven.

I know it is hard to believe but they really are that quick and easy! In minutes, make the best rolls. This is an easy but also a great recipe.

Expert Tips:

  • Wheat Flour – You can substitute wheat flour for regular cups of the flour. Either substitute the entire amount or do half and half. I would do half and half so they are not too grainy.
  • Stand Mixer– While you can certainly do this by hand, I prefer to use my stand mixer. It makes it super easy when you use the dough hook.
  • Gluten Free – You can also use the 1 to 1 gluten free to make quick and easy gluten free rolls. Just make sure that you use a 1 to 1 option so that the dough will rise correctly.
  • Yeast – Make sure the yeast is not expired. If you don’t use it often, it may have expired without you realizing it and the rolls will not rise properly with expired yeast.
  • Dough Texture – I suggest adding about ½ cup at a time. If the dough is still sticky after you have added all the flour, add 1 Tbsp at a time until the dough isn’t sticky anymore.
rolls in a baking dish.

How to Freeze and Reheat Homemade Rolls:

You have two options to freeze homemade rolls. You may freeze the balls of dough, or you may freeze them after they have been baked. This is a great way to save time and still enjoy homemade dinner rolls.

If you want to freeze the balls of dough.

  • Place them in a foil pan wrap with saran wrap or foil and place in the freezer.
  • When you are ready to bake, place in the fridge to thaw over night and bake according to the directions. You do want to make sure they are thawed.

The second way to freeze dinner rolls is to freeze after you have baked them.

  • Simply, allow them to completely cool and place in the freezer.
  • You can bake them from frozen, but make sure you keep them covered so they do not brown too much.

What to Serve with Homemade Rolls?

rolls in baking dish

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store you leftover easy dinner rolls at room temperature in a zip lock bag or air tight container. Enjoy within about 4 days.

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make ahead of time. If you are making them for the holidays, when you know the oven will be full, make them up to a day ahead of time. Then just warm them up in the oven for a few minutes right before serving. Enjoy the flavor or homemade rolls without having to do all the work on the actual holiday.

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls 

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls is the perfect solution when you want homemade bread but don't have much time. Enjoy fluffy rolls in 30 minutes!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 234



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the 1 cup warm water, oil, sugar, and yeast. Let sit until the yeast is bubbly (approximately 10-15 minutes). Then stir in the beaten egg, softened butter and salt.
  • With a stand mixer with a dough hook or by hand, add in the flour, ½ cup at a time until you have a soft dough that isn’t sticky (If your dough is still sticky after all the flour has been added then add in more flour 1 Tbsp at a time until the dough is no longer sticky).  Then knead by hand 10 minutes or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
  • Form the dough into 12 balls (I spray my hands with non stick spray so the dough does not stick to my hands when forming the balls). Place in a greased 9X13 pan and cover with parchment paper and a kitchen towel.
  • Let the dough rest and rise for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or just until browned.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 234kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 5g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 21mg, Sodium 128mg, Potassium 51mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 107IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 9mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Hello, I would like to make these. I was wondering what kind of yeast you were using. Was it active dry yeast or Instant yeast?

  2. Can you make gluten free breads and rolls I know with the chicken noodle soup I can make that gluten-free with a gluten-free noodle