30 Minute Dinner Rolls

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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!


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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!

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Review Recipe

30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 rolls
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


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

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  • 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.

Recipe Notes

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

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.)

Keyword dinner rolls
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. I have been making yeast rolls for years got my mom’s recipe but I needed something a little bit faster so I came across this one this is the best yeast roll recipe ever and so easy!! Thank You5 stars

  2. So flipping delicious. Toddlers can be so picky and he ate so much better than he usually does. I’m going to have to keep this recipe!5 stars

  3. I have made these rolls many times now, and have adapted the recipe to my needs. I have increased everything by about 50%. The yield is 25 rolls that are about 2 ounces each. I use unsalted butter in place of oil. My proportions:
    1.5 Cups water. 6 TBSP butter. 1/3-1/2 Cup sugar, 3 TBSP Yeast. 1 tsp Salt, 6 Cups AP Flour. 2 Eggs. Mix water, yeast and sugar in mxer first – let rest for 10 mins. Add remaining ingredients (salt last). Mix dough in mixer until smooth elastic ball. Measure out 2 ounce balls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper (2 pans roughly 12 x 16). Rise up to 30 mins. Brush with milk – no puddles! – and bake 10-12 minutes @ 400 F until desired brown.

    I initially tried to double the original but in wouldn’t fit in my mixer! Quite the mess I made!!!5 stars

  4. Quick and easy bun recipe. I’ve always had some trouble with bun recipes but this one was great! I am trying for a second time so hoping they turn out just as they did the first time. I doubled the recipe this time though.
    Very yummy though!5 stars

  5. I followed the recipe to the T. They came out a little too doughy and the texture was off. Are you supposed to put them on the pan touching? I did this and am wondering if that was the problem.4 stars

    1. Did you take a look at the video Amanda? It shows exactly how I make them! They are not touching before they rise, but they touch a bit once they do rise. Hope that helps!

  6. I made these tonight for hamburgers. I should have made them smaller, as I made 8 and they came out huge. They came out soft and airy. I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and the rest AP, about 3.5 cups total. I decreased the sugar to 3 T and the fat to 3 T butter. I used 1 T quick rise yeast. Awesome and easy. I let them rise 20 minutes, covered with plastic wrap, after I oiled the tops. Will definitely make these again. Thank you for an easy recipe!!!5 stars

  7. My go to recipe when wanting fresh rolls!

    I have experimented with this recipe numerous times:

    – made with an egg replacement (1 tbsp chia seeds + 2.5 tbsp water)

    – using GF flour ( ended up using 8 cups and they were super hard)

    Thank you very much!!5 stars

  8. These buns were so easy and very good. Just wondering if I could substitute gluten free flour and they would be the same?

    1. I’ve never tried with gluten fere flour Anne. Perhaps another reader has and can help you out!