The BEST Dinner Rolls (2024)

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Light, fluffy, buttery dinner rolls are impossible to resist. Homemade with just a handful of simple ingredients, the BEST Dinner Rolls can you be on your table in a jiffy.They really are the perfect addition to any meal but I love this easy dinner roll recipe with Buttermilk Ranch Oven Fried Chicken or these delicious Turkey Meatballs.

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An easy dinner roll recipe needs to be in everyone’s repertoire. These dinner rolls are perfect. Like, truly perfect. Soft and fluffy, my dinner roll recipe is going to blow you away with it’s pillowy texture and buttery flavor.They are extremely versatile and a welcome addition to essentially every meal.

I am the biggest fan of carbs. There, I said it. I’m currently working with a nutritionist and I get 3 starches a day. It’s basically torture but I’m learning to deal with it. I pick and choose those starches verrrry carefully these days.

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When I knew I was making these soft dinner rolls for dinner this past week, I took extra precautions to make sure I could have at least two of these amazing dinner rolls with butter and jelly. Although, to be completely transparent, they don’t even need butter. It’s more of a habit at this point.

You guys! Just look at these fluffy dinner rolls! I love that they have just a hint of sweetness but it’s not too much. They are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, sandwiches – you name it.

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They homemade dinner rolls are quick too! They do rise twice, for 30 minutes each, but start to finish, you’re looking at 90 minutes total and not a whole lot of work either.

I use my stand mixer and let the dough hook do the kneading for me. I’m using rapid rise or instant yeast in this dinner roll recipe so all the ingredients get dumped in together, much like you would in a bread machine. It’s basically the best thing ever.

Tips for Making Perfect Homemade Dinner Rolls

  • This recipe comes together super fast so it’s nice to be prepared. Measure out all the ingredients before you get started so you can just dump them in the bowl of the mixer and get started.
  • The milk is what activates the yeast so be diligent about checking for the right temperature. You’re looking for somewhere between 100-110F. I warm mine in the microwave in a glass measuring cup and then use this thermometer to check the temperature. If it gets too hot, let it sit until it reaches the right temperature. Killing the yeast is a big no-no.
  • The first and second rise are both 30 minutes. Keep your rolls in a draft free location and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap.
  • Making the rolls the same size ensures an even baking time. I’m pretty good at eyeballing it but to be extra sure, pat the dough into a rectangle about 8 x 12 inches. Cut into 4 strips and then cut those strips into 6 squares for a total of 24 rolls. You can use a kitchen scale to weigh them.
  • When rolling the dough into balls, I like to make them nice and smooth on top by pulling the “seams” down to the bottom and giving it a twist. That’s the side I place on to the baking sheet so the top is perfectly rounded. The video below will show you more of what I mean if that is unclear.
  • Check the rolls at 12 minutes. If they are starting to darken beyond what you prefer, put a piece of foil over the top. I like my rolls a nice golden brown and once it hits that color, I know the rolls are done. Always check a center roll for doneness and then tent with foil if they need a few more minutes.
  • Don’t forget to brush with butter! This is what gives the top of the dinner rolls that irresistible golden sheen. It’s super important 🙂

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The BEST Dinner Rolls

Light, fluffy, buttery dinner rolls are impossible to resist. Homemade with just a handful of simple ingredients, the BEST Dinner Rolls can you be on your table in a jiffy.They really are the perfect addition to any meal!

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword dinner roll recipe, dinner rolls, dinner rolls recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes minutes

Resting Time 1 hour hour

Total Time 22 minutes minutes

Servings 24 rolls

Calories 74kcal

Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 4 -5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rapid rise, instant yeast
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups warm milk , 110 degrees
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg , room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • Combine 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, salt, warm milk, butter, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer.

  • Attach the dough hook and turn the mixer on to the lowest speed and mix until flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  • Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.

  • Add 1/2 cup flour and blend with the dough hook until incorporated. And another 1/2 cup flour and repeat, mixing at medium speed for another 2 minutes until a ball of dough is formed.

  • Add additional flour as necessary. The dough should be slightly sticky and soft and pulling away from the edge of the bowl.

  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let rise for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Remove the towel or plastic wrap and deflate the dough by punching down lightly.

  • Pinch off pieces of the dough and form 24 rolls. You can weigh them to keep the rolls close to the same size. Mine were about 2 ounces each but this will vary depending on how much flour you added.

  • Transfer the rolls to a lightly greased quarter baking sheet or 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for an additional 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake the rolls for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If the rolls are getting too brown, just tent the rolls with foil.

  • Remove rolls and brush hot rolls with the melted butter. Serve immediately or store cooled rolls in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.



Storage Information

Leftover rolls should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Rolls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then foil or transfer cooled rolls to a freezer safe, airtight ziploc bag.

Make Ahead

Rolls can be prepared up to to the second rise, covered and refrigerated overnight. Remove from fridge an hour before you plan to bake and set out at room temperature. Bake as directed.


If rolls start to get too brown before they are finished baking, tent with foil to prevent additional browning.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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How do you make store bought dinner rolls taste better? ›

Use fresh herbs. Brush melted butter onto your dinner rolls and add your choice of fresh herbs—I like fresh thyme leaves. Bake until the herbs and rolls are toasted, then sprinkle on some flaky sea salt. Now you have herby rolls that pair wonderfully with that holiday lasagna.

What is the difference between a soft roll and a dinner roll? ›

Soft rolls and hard rolls are yeast breads, but quick breads are chemically raised doughs (with baking powder or baking soda). Soft rolls would be dinner rolls or sandwich buns which are usually enriched with dairy, butter or some other fat, and normally are sweetened to some degree.

What is the difference between Hawaiian rolls and dinner rolls? ›

A sweet, tropical take on the dinner roll

According to Baked By an Introvert, the secret to the flavor of authentic Hawaiian rolls lie in some sweet add-ins. These rolls use a combo of vanilla extract, honey, and pineapple juice to imbue the distinct flavor that sets these rolls apart from their European cousin.

Why are my dinner rolls not light and fluffy? ›

Too much flour, or not the right kind, could be to blame. Dough made only from flour with a high or even average amount of protein (like bread flour or all-purpose flour) can become tough from overmixing. Protein gives bread structure in the form of gluten—the more you mix and move the dough, the more gluten you get.

How to amp up dinner rolls? ›

3 Tiny Steps to Make Store-Bought Dinner Rolls Taste Amazing
  1. Brush with melted butter. Before warming the store-bought rolls in the oven, brush them generously with melted butter. ...
  2. Sprinkle with fresh herbs. ...
  3. Finish with flaky salt.
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How to make store-bought buns better? ›

  1. Buy the freshest buns possible. ...
  2. Always heat your buns for better texture and smell. ...
  3. Try basting your buns for moisture and flavor. ...
  4. Use a panini press to revive stale or dry burger buns. ...
  5. Add mayonnaise to your buns before grilling them. ...
  6. Try steaming your burger buns on the stove. ...
  7. For a crunchy bun, use an air fryer.
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Which is better for rolls, bread flour, or all-purpose flour? ›

If you don't have bread flour, use the same amount of all-purpose flour – but your rolls may just be slightly shorter and less chewy, and may take longer to knead and rise.

What is the difference between Rhodes Texas rolls and dinner rolls? ›

Texas Size rolls are 50% larger than our Dinner Rolls. The only difference is the roll size.

Why are my homemade dinner rolls dense? ›

Rolls that are not light and fluffy can be the result of using too much flour (not measuring the flour correctly, as we mention above), or not using the type of flour your recipe calls for. Another reason for dense tough rolls is overmixing, which will produce too much gluten.

Why are Kings Hawaiian rolls so good? ›

The recipe combines milk, sugar, yeast, flour, and sometimes pineapple juice to add that delightful sweetness to the roll, and reflects the strong Portuguese influences in Hawaiian cuisine.

What is Aloha rolls? ›

At their core, they're sweet, fluffy dinner rolls, like the love child of a chiffon cake and a Martin's potato roll. And they're an all-but-ubiquitous supermarket staple these days, not just in Hawaii but across the continental US.

What is the difference between a slider bun and a dinner roll? ›

Final answer: A dinner roll is smaller and softer, a slider bun is slightly larger and used for mini hamburgers, and hamburger buns are larger and sturdier to hold a regular-sized patty and toppings.

What is the secret of soft buns? ›

Flour isn't going to make the difference. In fact, use a high-protein flour for both, i.e. a “bread” flour. The secret to soft, light rolls, if you're looking for something like a dinner roll, is an enriched dough that contains butter or other dairy, eggs, or both.

How can I make my bread fluffier instead of dense? ›

Potato Flakes or Potato Water

Starch helps the dough by trapping the gas from the yeast in the dough and makes the bubbles stronger. This helps the bread to rise and be lighter and fluffier. If you are boiling potatoes, you can use the unsalted water in place of the water in your bread recipe to help out the yeast.

What ingredient makes bread light and fluffy? ›

Adding sugar weakens the gluten structure, absorbs water, and eventually makes the bread lighter and softer. As a result, sugar improves the bread's taste, structure and texture. Yeast also eats up sugar to produce carbon dioxide, which raises the dough and makes bread fluffy.

Why do my dinner rolls taste bland? ›

Salt adds flavor to bread. If none or too little is used in a recipe, the bread will lack the right flavor and taste "bland." If you reduce the amount of salt, try adding some dried herbs to increase the flavor. Too much yeast in bread will give bread an off-taste.

How to refresh store-bought rolls? ›

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Place rolls in a baking dish or arrange on a baking sheet, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Bake until warm, 7 to 10 minutes.

How do you rise frozen dinner rolls? ›

Preheat oven to 200°F. Then turn the oven off. Boil 2 quarts water and put in a pan on the lowest rack. Put rolls in the oven and let thaw and rise until double in size.

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