Homemade dinner rolls are easy to make and come out of the oven light and fluffy!
A Homemade Favorite
- Easy to make with ingredients you likely have on hand.
- This recipe comes from an old favorite in my recipe box.
- Can be made with a stand mixer or by hand.
- Rolls are fluffy with great flavor.
Ingredients and Variations
YEAST For best results, use fresh active yeast. To tell if yeast is still fresh, add some sugar to the yeast in warm water. If the yeast bubbles up after 10 minutes, it’s still good to use.
DAIRY Whole milk and full-fat butter will give the finished rolls a rich and mildly sweet flavor.
SUGAR Sugar activates the yeast. For extra fiber, use a half and half ratio of whole wheat flour to white, and for a gluten-free dinner roll, use a gluten-free flour blend and increase the yeast and water (or follow the instructions on the package).
How to Make Dinner Rolls
It’s never been so easy to make homemade dinner rolls:
- Combine yeast with warm water & sugar until foamy. Warm the milk, butter, sugar, & salt until melted.
- Mix flour with the yeast mixture, and milk mixtures.
- Knead dough until smooth, allow to rise.
- Punch down dough & divide into 12 balls.
- Shape balls into buns & place them in a greased casserole dish. Cover & let rise. Bake (per the recipe below) until rolls are fluffy and golden brown on top.
How Warm Should the Water Be?
The water should feel just slightly warmer than room temperature, almost like a baby’s bath. You can (but don’t really need to) use a thermometer to check the water temperature, it should be around 110°F. Be sure you’re using active dry yeast.
Tips for the Best Buns
- Measure the flour by spooning it into a measuring cup and then pulling a knife across the top to level the flour.
- Don’t add too much flour to the dough while kneading, just enough to keep the dough from sticking.
- Allow the buns to rise at room temperature away from temperature extremes. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap or parchment and a clean kitchen towel.
- Brushing the rolls with butter or milk helps them come out browned and glossy. Brush with additional butter when they come out of the oven to make them shiny.
How to Store
Keep dinner rolls in a zippered bag or covered container in a cool dry place, and they’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days. Freeze baked and cooled rolls on a cookie sheet and then place them in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside. They’ll keep in the freezer indefinitely, but are best if used within 3 months. Let frozen rolls thaw at room temperature before serving.
More Love from the Oven
- Cheese Bread (Quick Bread) – easy & cheesy
- Homemade Biscuits
- Naan Bread – chewy and soft
- Cheddar Cheese Scones
- 30 Minute Dinner Rolls
- Jalapeno Cheddar Bread – a touch of spice
- Easy Beer Bread – savory warmth
Did you make these homemade Dinner Rolls? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
- 2¼ teaspoons traditional yeast 1 packet
- ¼ cup water lukewarm
- 1 ¼ cup milk
- ¾ cup butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar + ¼ tsp
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 4- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- Dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water and sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of sugar on top. Let it stand for 10 minutes until bubbly.
- In a small saucepan heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt until lukewarm and melted.
- In a large bowl mix flour and the yeast mixture, slowly add the heated milk mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover, letting it rise for 30 minutes.
- After rising, punch down the dough and portion it into 15 balls.
- Grease a 9x13 baking pan and place the rolls into the pan. Cover and let them rise for 60-70 minutes or until fluffy.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Brush buns with additional butter if desired and bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)