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This Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe is going to be a big hit with your entire family. They are light and fluffy and even better with a little extra butter on top.

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These made from scratch rolls are the best. Whether you have a special dinner coming up or just want to surprise your family during the week. This is the best homemade dinner roll recipe.

Skip the store bought rolls and make this easy recipe instead. We make these rolls for all of our Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas dinners.

If you like this easy homemade dinner rolls recipe, you might also like this easy Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe. If you are needing something sweet, make sure you check out this Banana Bread Recipe.

Why We Love these Homemade Rolls:

These easy dinner rolls will be the hit at your holiday dinner and be prepared to hand out the recipe because everyone will ask.

Making homemade rolls can seem overwhelming. But with this easy step by step process, you will see how easy it is to make this easy dinner roll recipe.

These rolls come out soft, buttery and with the perfect texture. They are best served warm with melted butter. The best part is that you only need a few simple ingredients to make homemade rolls.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for dinner rolls - flour, yeast, milk, sugar, butter, egg
  • Flour, divided
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Whole Milk
  • White Sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Flour – Feel free to use all purpose flour or bread flour to make this recipe.
  • Toppings – If you want to add flavor, brush the dinner roll dough with a mixture of melted butter, rosemary and salt.
  • Shape of Rolls – We love how these rolls turned out with placing three dough balls in the muffin pan. But feel free to shape them as you prefer.
  • Yeast – We used active yeast in this recipe, which you will need to allow the dough to rise. But you can make this recipe instant yeast.

Step by Step Instructions:

Combining the flour and yeast in a bowl

Step 1 – Mix together 1-¼ cups of flour and yeast in an electric large bowl

Heating the milk and sugar in a saucepan

Step 2 – In a small saucepan, add milk and sugar. Heat on medium low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and the warm milk begins to steam. Stir the combination with a wooden spoon.

Adding butter to the milk and sugar mixture

Step 3 – Remove from heat and add butter. Mix well until completely melted.

Combining the butter mixture and egg to the flour mixture

Step 4 – Add egg and sauce pan mixture to mixing bowl and beat on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides if necessary. Increase speed to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.

Combining the ingredients with a dough hook in a bowl

Step 5 – Add the remaining flour to the mixing bowl and use a dough hook to beat the dough until combined.

Kneading the dough on a flour surface

Step 6 – Remove dough from a bowl and place onto a lightly floured surface. Knead bread for 5-6 minutes. You shouldn’t have to add any additional flour, but if the dough is sticky sprinkle a bit onto the dough.

Covering the dough in a bowl to allow to rise

Step 7 – Shape dough into a ball and place into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Place in a warm location until dough rise doubled in size, about an hour.

Cutting the dough in half

Step 8 – Punch dough down and divide in half.

Covering the dough on a cutting board with plastic wrap

Step 9 – Place onto a lightly floured surface and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 10 minutes. Grease a muffin tin and set aside.

Cutting the dough into small pieces on a cutting board

Step 10 – Cut the dough into 36 small pieces.

Placing the dough balls in a muffin tin

Step 11 – Shape each piece into a ball and pull the edges under and place 3 dough balls, smooth side up into each muffin tin or baking sheet. Let set covered for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size. Then they are ready to bake.

Baking the rolls in the muffin tin

Step 12 – Bake for 14-16 minutes in a 375 degree oven or until golden brown. Remove from pan and serve warm.

Expert Tips:

  • Combining Ingredients – You certainly don’t have to but if you have a big stand mixer, it makes this recipe even easier. I have one of the kitchen aid style mixers here. The dough hook makes it all come together so quickly.
  • Room Temperature – All the dough to rise at room temperature. You can cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Measuring Ingredients – When making homemade bread, make sure to measure ingredients with a measuring cups or use a kitchen scale. You do not want to add to much flour.
Homemade dinner rolls stacked in a basket

How to Serve Easy Homemade Rolls:

These soft dinner rolls are best served warm. These are usually the last thing I remove from the oven, when making my holiday dinner.

These rolls are even better topped with butter or this Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon butter or our Homemade garlic butter. We have even topped with a homemade honey butter.

It is so easy to make and melts into the warm dinner rolls. Homemade rolls are the perfect side dish to any meal. But they are even better for making this Brown Gravy to dip the rolls in or make Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe.

Topping the homemade rolls with butter on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can You freeze?

Yes, you can freeze the dough or the rolls. Place the dough into a baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. They will stay fresh for up to a month.

How to Bake Frozen Dinner Rolls:

We recommend thawing the dough and letting rise then bake. But you can also cook frozen rolls. Place in the oven and bake at 325 for 25 minutes. Then increase temperature to 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cooking time will vary.

How to Store and Reheat:

Store your leftover rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. When ready to reheat, place in the microwave or a reheat in the oven. You can also place the rolls in a freezer bag to freeze for up to 2 months.

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Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

4.80 from 10 votes
This easy homemade dinner rolls recipe is so delicious. You will love this easy yeast rolls recipe! It’s such an easy bread roll recipe everyone will love.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Servings 18
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 73

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together 1-¼ cups flour and yeast in an electric mixing bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, add milk and sugar. Heat on medium low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and the milk begins to steam.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Mix well until completely melted.
  • Add the egg and saucepan mixture to the mixing bowl and beat on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides if necessary. Increase speed to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining flour to mixing bowl and use a dough hook to beat the dough until combined.
  • Remove dough from a bowl and place onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5-6 minutes. You shouldn't have to add any additional flour, but if the dough is sticky sprinkle a bit onto the dough.
  • Shape dough into a ball and place into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray.
  • Place in a warm location until double in size, about an hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide in half. Place onto a lightly floured surface and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Cut dough into 36 small pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and pull the edges under and place 3 dough balls, smooth side up into each muffin tin.
  • Let sit covered for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

This is such an easy bread roll recipe that everyone will love.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 73kcal, Carbohydrates 8g, Protein 1g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 36mg, Potassium 34mg, Fiber 0.2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 140IU, Vitamin C 0.001mg, Calcium 20mg, Iron 0.3mg

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