Puffy and fluffy, just a little bit sweet, and best served warm and buttered, these easy Homemade Dinner Rolls are ready in 1 hour! Serve them at your holiday feast, or whip them up for a special weeknight dinner with a bowl of soup.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe
- A No-Fuss Dinner Roll Recipe. Whether you’re a bread baking novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll appreciate the speed and ease of this no-fail yeast roll recipe. Unlike some recipes that require overnight rising, these rolls take just an hour from start to finish.
- Tender, Sweet Dinner Rolls. Even if you’re heating up a tray from the grocery store, dinner rolls feel like a treat, but these homemade dinner rolls are worth getting extra excited about. They’re made with honey, giving them a touch of sweetness, and they have that fluffy, tender crumb you expect from a good dinner roll. Serve them with Instant Pot Roast, Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, and Sautéed Green Beans and you’ll feel like you’re having Sunday dinner at your grandparents’ house.
- The Satisfaction of Making Bread from Scratch. Bask in the glow of accomplishment you get from making homemade dinner rolls—look at you, baking bread! With yeast! Once you master this recipe, you’ll want to bake bread all the time, from this Soft Pretzel Recipe to No Knead Focaccia.
- Freezer-Friendly Rolls. Keep a batch of these rolls in the freezer and have them on hand and ready to go when you’re making Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup or Tomato Bisque for dinner.
- No Kitchen Scale Needed. When you’re serious serious about bread baking, you eventually need to graduate to using a kitchen scale, but this is a sweet dinner roll recipe for the rest of us. All the measurements are by volume so you can use measuring cups and spoons.
How to Make Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Honey. The addition of honey makes these subtly sweet dinner rolls.
- Water. If you have a thermometer, the water should be 110 degrees F. If you’re judging by touch, it should be just a bit warmer than lukewarm.
- All-Purpose Flour. There’s a range here; this is because even this easy dinner roll recipe is bread, and bread is temperamental. When it’s humid out, you may need 4 cups of flour. If it’s dry in your house, 3 1/2 cups will likely be perfect.
- Unsalted Butter. Using unsalted butter gives you more control over the flavor of your dinner rolls.
- Eggs. One for the dough and one for the egg wash.
- Instant Yeast. Be sure your yeast is fresh, stored properly, and not expired. You can ruin a whole batch of dinner rolls with bad yeast!
- Kosher Salt. Kosher salt has larger crystals than table salt, so you’ll need to use a bit less if you’re swapping that in. A generous 3/4 teaspoon is perfect.
- Flaky Salt. Such as Maldon or fleur de sel.
- Prepare. Grease a large baking dish and warm the honey in the microwave. Fit your stand mixer with the dough hook.
- Start the Dough. Dissolve the honey in the water, then add 3 1/2 cups flour, butter, one of the eggs, yeast, and salt.
- Mix. Knead the dough with your stand mixer or by hand. You might need to add more flour.
- Let the Dough Rise. Give it 15 minutes, until puffy.
- Deflate the Dough. Gently punch the dough down in the bowl.
- Form the Rolls. Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each into a tight ball.
- Proof. Let the shaped dough rise for about 15 minutes.
- Add the Egg Wash. Finish with sea salt.
- Bake. Place the dinner rolls in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Set the baking dish on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving. ENJOY!
- Add Fresh Herbs. Near the end of the kneading time, you can work finely chopped fresh herbs into the dough. Chives are a classic choice, but rosemary and sage are also fantastic.
- Top Them. Instead of (or in addition to) the flaky salt, you can top your homemade dinner rolls with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even everything bagel seasoning.
- Add Some Whole Wheat. You can substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour in this recipe with white whole wheat flour.
- To Store. These rolls are best the day they’re made, but you can store them at room temperature for 2 days
- To Reheat. Warm the rolls in the microwave or a 325 degree F oven.
- To Freeze. Freeze the rolls for up to 6 months; let them thaw at room temperature, then reheat if desired.
Freezing Dinner Rolls Ahead
This is the best dinner roll recipe for freezing!
- Shape and freeze the shaped dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag.
- To bake, arrange the frozen rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Cover with a dish towel and rise for about 4 hours, then brush with egg wash and bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- You can also defrost and rise the rolls overnight in the fridge, then bake.
What to Serve with Homemade Yeast Dinner Rolls
- Sunday Dinner Favorites. We’re talking Crockpot Pork Roast, Vegetarian Pot Pie, Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes, and all those cozy comfort food dishes.
- Holiday Classics. These sweet dinner rolls are ideal for a holiday get-together alongside Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe, and Thanksgiving Turkey or Crockpot Ham. (They’re the absolute best Thanksgiving rolls!)
- Soup. Soak up your Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Cauliflower Chowder with big, soft, fluffy dinner rolls.
- Pasta. Double down on the carbs and serve Sun Dried Tomato Pasta, Penne Alla Vodka, or other pasta recipes with a side of fresh baked rolls.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Bowl Scraper. This will help you scrape all the dough from the sides of the bowl.
- Bench Scraper. Not to be confused with a bowl scraper! A bench scraper scrapes the dough from your work surface and you can also use it to cut the dough into pieces.
- Stand Mixer. If you fall in love with bread baking after making these quick dinner rolls, a stand mixer is a worthwhile investment.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Spoon the Flour Into the Measuring Cup. Since we’re measuring by volume instead of weight, it’s super important to be accurate. Instead of scooping the flour, lightly spoon it into your measuring cup. This keeps it from compacting in the cup, so you won’t end up using more than needed.
- Soften the Butter. If you don’t, it won’t mix evenly into the dough. Starting with very soft butter allows it to incorporate fully, adding richness to every bite.
- Know When to Add More Flour. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour. Adding too much will give you dense rolls, so you want to be careful about how much you add, but the dough should be easy to work with.
- Roll the Balls Tightly. You should feel tension in the rolls, with the outsides feeling taut. This helps homemade dinner rolls with yeast keep a nice shape when baking.
- Adjust the Rising Time. If your house is cold, you may need more than 15 minutes for rising and proofing. Sometimes in the winter, I put the bowl of dough in the oven with the light turned on or in the microwave just to keep it away from drafts and chilly air. Put a note on the microwave or oven so you don’t forget and start it by mistake!
Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Measure the honey into a glass measuring cup or heat-proof bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, until warm and loose (this helps it dissolve).
- In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook or a large mixing bowl, stir together the honey and water (be sure to check it’s temp, preferably with an instant read thermometer! It should feel warm but not hot) until the honey is dissolved. Add 3½ cups flour, butter, 1 egg, yeast, and salt.
- If using a stand mixer: Turn the hook on medium-low speed, and knead until the dough is uniform, soft, and smooth, adding more flour if necessary (I used about 1/4 cup), until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 minutes.
- If not using a stand mixer, once you have a shaggy dough, turn it out onto a clean work surface and knead until it comes together and is no longer sticky, adding flour as necessary (I added about ¼ cup).
- Place the kneaded dough into a clean, greased bowl (or remove the dough from the mixing bowl, spray the bowl with nonstick spray, and return the dough to the same mixing bowl). Cover with a dish towel. Let rise somewhere warm for 15 minutes, until the dough looks puffy.
- Make a fist and gently punch down the dough to deflate it. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (about 2.7 ounces each). On a clean work surface, roll the pieces into tight balls under your palm: using one hand, roll each ball of dough on the counter in a circular motion until they are smooth and taught. Arrange the balls in the prepared baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Cover the dish with a clean dish towel and let the dough rise somewhere warm until puffy, about 15 minutes.
- Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl until smoothly blended.
- Uncover the dish, brush the rolls with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Place the baking dish on a wire rack and let cool in the baking dish for 10 minutes before serving.
- *if using active dry yeast, use 1¼ tablespoons. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in the mixing bowl in step 3 and let it soak until frothy, 3-4 minutes. Then add the honey, followed by the remaining ingredients listed in step 3.
- TO STORE: These rolls are best the day they’re made, but you can store them at room temperature for 2 days
- TO FREEZE: Freeze the rolls for up to 6 months; let them thaw at room temperature, then reheat if desired.
- TO REHEAT: Warm the rolls in the microwave or a 325 degree F oven.
- PREP TIP: Freeze shaped unbaked rolls ahead, then bake as follows: To bake, arrange the frozen rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover with a dish towel and Rise for about 4 hours, then egg wash and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. You could also defrost and rise the rolls overnight in the fridge and bake.
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