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Homemade Dinner Rolls

Soft and delicious homemade dinner rolls are not only easy to make but very budget-friendly.

The rolls are perfect for dinner time, holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as potlucks and parties.

An Easy Roll Recipe

Homemade dinner rolls in a pan and on a white plate.

I tend to get nervous about recipes that involve yeast and waiting for things to rise.

But, these bread rolls are really easy and the hardest part is waiting for them to rise.

You can make the rolls the day before, or even make them one month ahead and freeze them. It’s a recipe that will make your life a lot easier in the long run.

What Ingredients Do I Need For Homemade Yeast Rolls?

  • Warm water
  • Active dry yeast
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Butter
  • Salt

Full printable ingredients with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Homemade yeast rolls in a baking dish.

How Do I Make The Homemade Rolls Recipe?

  1. Add the active dry yeast to a large bowl and pour the warm water over it.
  2. Add the egg, melted butter, and sugar and mix well.
  3. Slowly add the flour and salt while mixing. Mix for several minutes. The dough will be a little bit sticky.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead several times. Place the dough back in a greased bowl and cover it with a towel. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 16 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Stretch and tuck the dough underneath the ball and place it into a square baking dish.
  6. Allow the dough to rise again for one hour.
  7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Brush melted butter over the top.

How To Make Easy Homemade Rolls

Active dry yeast in a glass bowl.

Start by adding the active dry yeast to a bowl.

I used my large Kitchenaid Mixer with a hook, but you can use a hand mixer. It might require a little bit more elbow grease, but it will work.

Pouring water into a glass bowl with active yeast for homemade rolls.

Next, pour the warm water into the bowl with the yeast.

Pouring egg and melted butter into the glass bowl for homemade rolls.

Add the egg and melted butter to the bowl.

Pouring sugar into a glass bowl with active yeast, water, egg, and butter.

Add the sugar and stir everything together.

I stirred with a fork for a minute before adding the flour.

Adding flour to a glass bowl for homemade yeast rolls.

Start adding the salt. Then add the flour a little bit at a time. Keep mixing for about five minutes.

The dough will be a little bit sticky and that is ok. If the dough is still pretty sticky, you can add a teaspoon of flour and mix.

Rising dough in a glass bowl for homemade yeast rolls.

Take the dough out of the mixer bowl and sprinkle some flour down on the counter.

Knead the dough a few times and place it into a greased bowl and cover it with a paper towel or a hand towel and set it aside.

Rising dough in a glass bowl for homemade dinner rolls.

Allow the dough to rise for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. It will be about as large as the bowl.

Cutting dough for dinner rolls.

Cut the dough into sixteen pieces and roll the dough into a ball.

Let it sit for five minutes and go back and tuck the dough under the bottom of the ball so it creates a more round shape.

Holding a raw dinner roll.

Place the dough balls into a greased square baker, cover with a paper towel or hand towel, and allow it to rise for one hour.

Dinner rolls rising in a baking dish.

The dough will rise and sort of squish together. This is what you’re looking for.

Bake the dough for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

A homemade dinner roll recipe.

Once the homemade rolls recipe is done baking, take it out of the oven and spread some melted butter on top.

Homemade bread roll on a white plate.

Can I Freeze The Homemade Rolls Before Baking?

Yes, you can shape the rolls, seal them in a freezer-safe container and bake them when you’re ready. I would allow them to rise a little before adding to the freezer.

Just be sure to give yourself enough time to allow them to thaw. The rolls will be ready to bake, after taking them out of the freezer, in about two to three hours.

Can I Make The Homemade Dinner Rolls One Day Ahead?

Yes, you can make the dough, roll it, and refrigerate for one day. Just allow the rolls to warm up a little before adding them to the oven to bake.

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Homemade Dinner Rolls

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking!

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your rolls on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Yield: 16 rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade yeast rolls in a baking dish.

Soft and delicious homemade dinner rolls are not only easy to make but very budget-friendly. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted + 1 Tbsp for brushing the top
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Add the active dry yeast and warm water to a large bowl.
  2. Next, add the sugar, egg, and melted butter and mix well.
  3. Slowly add the salt and flour a little bit at a time. Mix for about five minutes. If you have a mixer with a hook, use the hook in this step.
  4. Sprinkle some flour on the counter and knead the dough for about 30 seconds.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a greased bowl and cover with a paper towel or hand towel and allow it to rise for 1-1/2 hours.
  6. Take the dough and cut it into 16 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a ball and place all of the rolls into a greased 9" x 9" square baking dish.
  8. Allow the rolls to rise again for one hour.
  9. Bake at 350-degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  10. Brush the top with melted butter.

Notes

When shaping each roll, allow them to sit for five minutes after initially shaping them. Go back and tuck the dough underneath the ball to help it have a round shape. Place it back in the baking dish and allow it to rise for one hour.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

Nutrition is approximate.

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