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

Ingredients  

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

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Notes

Note: 
If baking in a 9x13 pan, I make 15 rolls.
If baking in a 10x15 pan, I make 18 rolls.
4.88 from 1656 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. Keeper! Only changes I made is I allowed for more proof time because I could, and used a teaspoon of salt. These are fantastic. Thanks!!5 stars

  2. Question: Is the texture of your 30 Minute Dinner Rolls recipe more like the rolls used to make Biscuits and Gravy, i.e. a denser/heavier texture, or is the texture more similar to homemade bread? I hope this description makes sense! Thanks in advance.

  3. This was my first time making anything with yeast.
    After adding the full 4 cups of flour, my dough was still super sticky and was impossible to handle so I added more flour. They did rise but did not have any flavor…..very bland.
    I was sure to measure everything correctly.
    What am I doing wrong?

    1. If you used all-purpose flour and the correct amount of water, it shouldn’t have been super sticky with 4 cups of flour. I am so sorry that happened! It could be that your yeast was over-proofed, we let it sit about 8 minutes until bubbly before mixing with the remaining ingredients. If you are at a higher elevation this could happen faster. Maybe another reader has some additional advice!

  4. This is a problem…I had one with my homemade apple butter – and I don’t even LIKE apple butter!!! I’m gonna have to take a two-mile walk…BEFORE dinner.5 stars

  5. Hi,

    Just need one clarification. What type of yeast are you using? Active or instant yeast? The recipe time is short so I’m thinking it’s instant yeast. Thanks. The buns look fabulous!5 stars

  6. Hi! I love your recipes :) I was wondering if you’ve ever tried baking these without the sugar and if not, how you think they’d turn out if omitting it? thank you :)

    1. Hi Vivien! We have only tried the recipe as written, so can’t say for sure how it would turn out with less sugar. Other readers have tried (some with more sugar and others with less) with success, so you may wish to check the comments.

    2. Hi there, I accidentally made them without sugar (I forgot to add the sugar) and they were pretty good; I let them rise with the additional 30 minutes suggested. The next time I added the suager and the yeast bubbled up more and the buns rose even more beautifully. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

      1. Also I misspelled sugar in my comment, oh dear. With all of my imperfections the rolls still turned out to be amazing! :)

  7. I have been looking for years for a recipe for a dinner roll that taste like the rolls we had for school lunches in the 1950’s. This is it! OMG they are so good, Made my first batch yesterday and making another batch today. Thank you, thank you, thank you.5 stars

  8. I saw this recipe Thursday and baking a secound batch. so so easy, with a great flavor. thank you for sharing. I will make many batches of these rolls for years to come.

    Vickie5 stars

  9. When I pressed 2x to double the recipe, the instructions still said add 1 cup water, oil, etc… so I being a novice baker, only added 1 of 2 cups of water. Guess we’re having pucks for dinner! You may want to correct this for other people who follow instructions blindly like me!

    1. Hi Jennifer, when you double the recipe it will change the amounts in the ingredients list but it won’t change the way the instructions are worded.

  10. These rolls would be amazing with biscuits and Gravy. The flavor is really bland. I am only giving it five stars for the amazing quick recipe and and the smell coming out of the oven was awesome. If you want to add some flavor add some seasoning. I will the next time. Even though these had a very bland bread taste we still could not stop eating them out of the oven. It is truly a comfort food. I did adjust a few things. Rise time was 40 minutes. Cook time I doubled. Even though I added parchment paper to the bottom of the dish they still stuck a bit. I used my Kitchen aid mixer for kneading it took the full 4 cups. I did add melted butter on top out of the oven. some said their bread was doughy. I let is sit in the dish covered in aluminum foil out of the oven and it cooked the rest of the way. No dough. Thanks for the great recipe.5 stars

  11. I made these today and must say that these are absolutely the best. I did leave them in the oven for 19 minutes and did let them rise for the full 40 minutes. thank you for a great recipe5 stars

  12. When do I use the milk is it to put on rolls to make them shine first time making sorry if I don’t I understand it correct and do I put the milk on the rolls before I bake them

  13. Made these rolls followed everything but FORGOT THE EGG. They still came out amazing. I’m making these again tomorrow… the correct way lol thank you for sharing!5 stars

  14. I am not sure what went wrong but these didn’t rise in the oven at all and I let me yeast proof completely. They needed up not fluffy at all.

  15. These rolls were phenomenal! I wasn’t in a hurry so I let the dough rise twice. I was surprised when they came out much better than the rolls I’ve been making for years. They’re silky smooth, light, and airy and would even make great slider buns. Thanks for the recipe as it’s a keeper.5 stars

  16. I didn’t have egg and butter, but still tried the recipe. I added more slat, oregano and basil for more flavour, and they turned out great. Thanks! 5 stars

  17. I’m not sure if I just didn’t let the rise long enough, but these rolls turned out really doughy and pretty bland.2 stars

    1. Oh no! Sorry these dinner rolls didn’t work for you, Emma, usually they’re a reader favorite!