So incredibly easy to make and wonderfully delicious, these 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are the perfect addition to any meal!

dinner roll on plate with butter

There is truly no smell as amazing as fresh warm bread or rolls coming out of the oven! I remember coming home from school to the smell of freshly baked buns or bread, ready and waiting as the perfect after school snack! To this day when I smell fresh baking, I am immediately transported to that happy time and place of my childhood.

Fast forward to today with busy work schedules, running to kids activities and trying to simply keep up with life, it is difficult to put together a meal – let alone add on the extras!

This 30-Minute Dinner Roll recipe is wonderful because it is truly so easy to prepare, the buns take a short time to rise and the result is such a delicious treat that it is worth the extra effort! What a great side to enjoy with a hot and tasty bowl of soup or chili!


dinner rolls stacked


I love the convenience of buying dinner rolls from the store and the quality is very nice. In most cases however, store bought items have additives or preservatives in order to keep a longer shelf life. Making these homemade dinner rolls from scratch ensures that nothing is added except wholesome goodness! And these tasty little buns never last long enough to have to worry about shelf life!

If you are lucky enough to have any left over the next day, they do stay fresh and are so wonderful served with butter and jam in the morning! I love to enjoy this special treat with my morning coffee – it is comfort food at it’s best!

Our sense of smell is one of the most highly acute of all our senses and tends to influence our mood. It is no small wonder that when we smell freshly baked dinner rolls, it makes us feel happy and excited in anticipation of these tender, tasty treats!

dinner rolls stacked
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30 Minute Dinner Rolls

There is truly no smell as amazing as fresh warm bread or rolls coming out of the oven! These 30 minute dinner rolls are the perfect addition to any meal!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 rolls


  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • cup oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour I used closer to 3
  • cup milk room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 400*F.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup water, oil, sugar, and yeast. Let sit until yeast is bubbly (about 8 minutes). Stir in beaten egg, softened butter, and salt.
  • With a stand mixer or by hand, add flour, one cup at a time until you have a soft dough that isn’t sticky. Knead by hand 10 minutes or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
  • Divide dough into 18 even pieces, and form into balls. Place in a greased pan and cover with parchment paper and a kitchen towel.
  • Let rise 10 minutes in a warm place. (You can allow them to rise up to an additional 30 minutes if time allows).
  • Lightly brush with milk and bake on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes or just until browned.



If baking in a 9x13 pan, I make 15 rolls.
If baking in a 10x15 pan, I make 18 rolls.
4.88 from 1514 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 134 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Whether it’s a special occasion or you simply want a delicious addition to your weeknight meal, 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are perfect! Absolutely delicate, delicious and simple to make, you will want to bake them often. And your family will ask for them even more!

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  1. This is a great recipe for rolls that don’t take all day to make and I like to let them rise around 45 minutes if I can, but even if it’s less, they still rise well with baking. The only reason I dinged it a star is because that 1/2tsp of salt is way off. I tried it with a whole tsp and they were still pretty bland. Looking up salt to flour ratio, it should be around 1.8-2%, which using 4 cups of flour would be about 3.5-4tsp of salt. I don’t know I’m going that far next time, but I will try 2tsp and see if that helps out.

    For those asking about glass vs metal, I find it is too easy to overcook the bottoms in metal and don’t let the tops get fully golden brown or the bottom will be unpleasant.4 stars

  2. Better than my mom’s and my mom was famous for her homemade rolls. Amazing. I don’t understand why they were so quick and easy to make. My rolls always take nearly 3 hours.5 stars

  3. My family loved these! They required a few extra minutes in the oven since I made 15 larger rolls in a 9×13 pan. I’m 45-years-old and have never made dinner rolls before… I always just assumed it was difficult. Thanks to this recipe I now know it can be simple! :)5 stars

  4. These were really good! I was skeptical, but I was also short on time. These really turned out great! Will definitely make again!5 stars

  5. Followed the directions to a T. My buns were.. doughy? they sort of fell apart when we tried taking one out of the pan. I cooked an extra 6.5 minutes and the texture still was sickening. Also very sweet even though I reduced the sugar.4 stars

  6. Delicious and quick as promised!

    Made a stew and quickly decided it deserved a bun to enjoy with it and these are a fantastic accompaniment that saved me a lot of time and energy so late in the day.

    These are a nice pillowy texture, a bit on the sweet side but they are equally great with both jam and gravy~

    Thanks so much for sharing :)5 stars

  7. I normally hate making bread. The kneading, rise time etc. This recipe is so quick and easy!! Rolls turned out delicious. Very tasty! I let mine rise for around 35 minutes and baked for 11 minutes.5 stars