These Dinner Rolls are so light and fluffy and are the best homemade dinner rolls ever! These homemade rolls are made with only 8 ingredients and are so easy.
The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls are buttery, fluffy, and taste heavenly! These homemade rolls will be gone in no time in your home.
It is SIDE DISH week on Modern Honey so I can't wait to share everything I have been whipping up in my kitchen.
My Mom is the Roll Master. She will shake her head and say, "no honey, I am not"....but I am here to tell you she is wearing the crown. She has always said in her perfect world, she would live on homemade bread and rolls. She is always in her kitchen making up some sort of baked good to deliver to a neighbor in need. Her heart is made of gold, I tell you.
When I was teaching cooking school for kids, I had her come over and teach them everything she knows about bread. So when I wanted to learn how to make homemade rolls, I called up my Mom and she was ready to teach me all the tricks of the trade.
These BEST Homemade Dinner Rolls are heaven sent.
These rolls are made with simple ingredients -- yeast, water, sugar, butter, milk, flour, and salt. It's the ratios that matter. The dough has just the right amount of butter to make them melt-in-your-mouth rolls and enough yeast to help them rise and make them fluffy.
Dinner Roll Ingredients:
- Yeast -- I suggest using instant yeast in this recipe but you can also use active dry yeast. More details about the differences between yeast are listed below.
- Water -- using warm water (approximately 110 degrees) is the best way to active the yeast and let it proof, foam, and bubble
- Sugar -- yeast loves sugar so this is a good way to ensure the yeast is working by adding it to the yeast and water mixture
- Butter -- softened salted butter gives these rolls the perfect amount of richness and flavor
- Milk -- use whole or 2% milk because of their fat content. It is best to slightly warm the milk to help it incorporate into the dough
- Eggs -- the perfect binder to bring the dry and wet ingredients together
- Flour -- you can use all-purpose flour or bread flour in this roll recipe
- Salt -- this is one of the most important ingredients when baking bread. It is what brings out the flavor of all of the ingredients.
What type of yeast should I use in the dinner rolls recipe?
The most popular types of yeast used in baking are traditional active dry yeast and instant fast-rising yeast.
Active dry yeast has been around for ages and is sold in packets and in jars. It is a slower-working yeast. It can be added directly to the dough with the dry ingredients and doesn't need to be proofed or activated with warm water.
Fast-rising or Instant Yeast is a finer granule and is known to work 50% faster than active dry yeast. The most popular brand is Fleishmann's instant dry yeast. This yeast can be proofed or be added to the dry ingredients.
I always prefer to activate my yeast with warm water or warm milk and a sprinkle of sugar to ensure the yeast is working.
There is a Fleishmann's RapidRise Yeast that only requires one quick rise.
Buttery, light, fluffy homemade dinner rolls are a must in our home! I am sharing all of the tips and tricks to make perfect dinner rolls every single time.
How to make the BEST Homemade Dinner Rolls:
- Let your YEAST PROOF. The key is to use very warm water (about 110 degrees). Adding sugar to the yeast helps it proof even faster. Let the yeast proof for at least 5 minutes. Remember to always use fresh yeast. You will know the yeast is working when it starts to form a creamy foam on the surface.
- Use BUTTER and EGGS. The butter and eggs are what adds richness to the homemade rolls dough.
- Use a STAND MIXER. This bread recipe is easiest with a stand mixer such as aBosch or Kitchenaid. This is a huge time saver as you knead the rolls for 5 minutes in the mixer. It saves you from doing it yourself! If you don't own a stand mixer, you can knead the bread dough by hand. Watch for the dough to start pulling away from the sides. You still want the dough to be slightly sticky but begin to pull away from the sides.
- Let RISE until DOUBLE in size. This can be done in a warm place. If you want the dough to rise faster, place the dough covered in a warm oven. Set the oven to 200 degrees, turn it off, and then place the dough in the oven and let it rise until double in size. This expedites the rising process and cuts the time in half.
- Roll into BALLS and brush with softened BUTTER. Roll into desired size and place in baking pan. Place close together so as the rolls rise, they rise upwards and not out. It keeps them from spreading. Brush with softened butter.
- BAKE until GOLDEN BROWN. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake until light golden brown. Remove from oven and spread butter over the top of rolls to give moisture and shine.
Frequently Asked Questions:
HOW TO KNOW IF THE YEAST IS WORKING?
The key to making any type of homemade rolls recipe is to ensure the yeast is working and activated.
I suggest mixing the yeast, warm water or milk (about 105-110 degrees), and a touch of sugar into a bowl. The sugar will help to "feed" the yeast and help it to activate quicker. Yeast loves sugar! The warm water or milk also helps to activate the yeast.
If the water or milk is too hot, it can kill the yeast, but if it is too cool, it won't incorporate with the other ingredients.
The yeast should start to become foamy or bubbles will begin to surface. This is a great sign that the yeast is working. Let it work for at least 5 minutes to see if it begins to proof.
If nothing happens, start again with a new batch of yeast, warm water, and sugar.
One other tip when trying to get the yeast to begin to foam and bubble, make sure to keep it away from salt as the salt can kill the yeast.
How to know if my roll dough has risen enough?
The rule of thumb with bread baking is to watch for the dough to double in size. If possible, place it in a warm place to expedite the process. You want it to look light and airy.
POPULAR HOMEMADE BREAD RECIPES:
- Knotted Buttery Rolls
- Homemade Garlic Butter Rolls
- One Hour Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- Miracle One Hour White Bread Recipe
- Easy Soft French Bread Recipe
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In warm weather, a good place to raise yeast rolls quickly is to put your car outside with the windows up and put the rolls inside. They will raise faster than in the house and using the oven gets tedious.
What kind of flour? All purpose? Bread flour?
Melissa, I have tried several of your recipes (your cranberry oatmeal cookies are the best) and I thought I would try making these rolls. Huge success and my wife wants me to make them for Christmas dinner.
Hi Guy! Wow...what a nice compliment. Thank you so much for trying my homemade roll recipe and I am so happy you loved them. I appreciate it!
Thank you, Melissa! I made these with the help my Grandson for Thanksgiving! They were a hit! They got wiped out fast!
I’m not sure what I did wrong. I followed the recipe and the rolls consistency was more like a biscuit and not like a yeast roll
I have been making yeast breads forever. Came across this recipe and thought this would be great for Thanksgiving. After getting the Turkey in the oven, I got out the kitchenaid and started my dough. I have to be honest, I thought I had a disaster on my hands. The dough was so wet, after an extra half a cup of flour, it looked like it was destined for the trash. I don’t know if it was because it was very humid here in Florida today and the air wasn’t kicking on, but I covered it up and walked away. A couple hours later, I looked and it had risen so I shaped some rolls and covered it for second rise. They came out of the oven and they were a huge hit. They were delicious. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on them.
Oh my absolutely amazing the whole pan was gone within 20 minute my kids and mother in law loved these. I did not have a stand mixer so I just Stirred until combined and then I kneaded it for seven minutes on a floured surface and they came out perfect!
These are my favorite rolls of all time! No better roll out there and I love that I can make them in my own home. I don't have to buy them or go to a restaurant to enjoy them. Great job in making an amazing recipe that me and my family get to enjoy.
Can I make those rolls ahead of time?? Thank you!
Can the dinner rolls be made with almond milk and parve margarine.
I did the receipt as instructed but mine came out a little more like biscuits, instead of light and fluffy. What did I do wrong?
The best rolls. So light and fluffy.
I am so happy you loved the dinner rolls! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for trying my rolls recipe.
I made these buns for the first time yesterday. OMG they are delicious and the recipe is so easy to follow. This recipe is a keeper!
Made these rolls in my Kitchen Aide for dinner last evening. I have been making bread and rolls for years and thought I had a great recipe; until I came upon yours. My family raved about these pillow-soft rolls. These will be my go-to from now on. Thank you for such a great recipe.
No one addressed the sugar? It calls for 1 tsp sugar, yet first step is to mix the sugar into the yeast mix and in the next step your also mixiing it into the butter. How much for each step? Am I supposed to split that and half goes into the yeast mix and the other half into the butter?
Jessica it actually says 1teaspoon of sugar which is fir the yeast mixture in step 1 & 1/2 cup sugar which is used in step 2. I don't think you read it properly.
Yes, that is correct! Thank you so much for replying to her comment. You add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the yeast and warm water mixture. Yeast loves sugar so it helps the yeast to foam and activate. I hope this helps!
Holy cow! These are the best dinner rolls I’ve ever had. I’ve been making another recipe for years but was out of one ingredient, honey, so I opted to try these. AMAZING. They are so soft, even the next day. I’m so happy to have found your perfect recipe. I’ve never creamed butter and sugar before in making any bread dough. I wonder if this makes the difference?
Thank you so much for the kind words, Tracy! I agree -- they are so light and fluffy! I always say with baking...the small tips, tricks, and techniques can make it a big difference in the outcome. I think creaming the butter and sugar together helps to create that fluffy texture.
Can these be made in a bread machine?
This roll recipe caught my attention because of the 'cream butter and sugar' and the recipe having three eggs. I found it very unusual and rich sounding. I gave them four stars instead of five, only because of the recipe's lack of instructions between bullets four and five. While making the copied recipe, not printed, I discovered there is a lot of missing instructions and expectations between 'let raise 1-2 hours' and 'shape into 16-20 small balls'. Running back to the computer to see if you left out some instructions in copying the recipe is quite stressful and inconvenient with a hand full of sticky dough. I hadn't left anything out, so I did the best I could flouring my surface and the dough, trying to stretch and tuck under 16-20 even balls (each one turned out to be 2.0 oz) with that sticky mess. I was able to get a good idea from the picture of the tray of rolls that accompanied the recipe. It was 4 X 5 rows of 20 rolls in a 10 X 15 jelly roll pan. Fortunately, they turned out delicious. They were the most delicious rolls I had ever made. They did take a few extra minutes, past 18 minutes, to finish baking completely through to the center rolls. They were beautiful! They looked just like the picture, but there was quite a bit of stress involved in the first time making the rolls. I would suggest clarifying these points in the recipe. Then they would earn five stars plus some extras!
Is the butter in the recipe salted or unsalted? I’m never sure when I see salt also added to the mix. The last recipe I tried definitely needed salted but I didn’t know until they were done. It added salt as well so I assumed unsalted in the dough but was wrong.