Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

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Take the stress out of your side dish spread with the ultimate recipe for Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls.

Golden brown Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls in round pan

It doesn’t take many clicks around these pages to come to two simple conclusions:

  1. Doughnuts might as well be a food group.
  2. Carbs can come in all shapes and sizes and we embrace them all.

Holding a single Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

When it comes to carbs, I have a very definitive list of favorites on the savory side (sweet is a whole other story):

Basically, if it’s hot, yeasty and qualifies as a carb, I am down to par-tay.

Stand mixer with Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls dough

And who can seriously resist bread fresh from the oven? Especially when it’s insanely fluffy, buttery and perfect for pulling apart and popping shoving into your mouth.

Poking Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls dough

This is a recipe for those with a fear of yeast and all things involving rising times. If you can stir, you can make these dinner rolls.

The best part is, this recipe is totally a blank canvas. I’ve topped mine off with melted butter and large-flake sea salt (love that crunch), but the sky is the limit.

Brushing dinner rolls with melted butter

I can imagine endless variations, from garlic and cheese to fresh herbs and, dare I say, chocolate!

Whip up these rolls for a holiday feast (hello, Thanksgiving essential!) or add them to your weeknight menu for the ultimate wow factor. Best of all, any leftovers are great toasted in the a.m. with butter and jam or halved and stuffed with all of your sandwich favorites.

The best Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls in round baking dish
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Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

Take the stress out of your side dish spread with the ultimate recipe for Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.88 from 124 votes
Golden brown Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls in round pan
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 rolls


  • 1 (1/4-oz.) packet active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing
  • Large-flake sea salt (optional)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of the flour, as well as the salt, whole milk and melted butter and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add an additional 1 cup of flour and beat on high speed for 2 minutes until the dough begins to form a ball. (If the dough is still very sticky, add an additional ¼ cup flour as needed.)
  • Lightly flour your work surface. Scrape the dough onto your work surface, and using the heel of your hand, knead it for 2 minutes then place the dough in a greased bowl and cover the bowl with a towel. Set the bowl in a dark, warm place for 30 minutes until it has doubled in size. 
  • Grease an 8-inch round pan with cooking spray or butter.
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces then roll each piece into a ball and arrange the balls in the prepared pan. Cover the pan with a towel then return it to a dark, warm place for 30 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Uncover the rolls then bake them for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven, brush them with additional melted butter and immediately sprinkle them with the sea salt (optional). Serve them warm. 
  • If you want to prepare the rolls in advance, follow the directions up until you place the (unbaked) rolls in the baking pan then tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap. When ready to serve, remove the rolls from the freezer and place them in the fridge overnight then bring them to room temp to rise before baking them as directed.
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Calories: 106kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 35mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg


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Recipe adapted from Fleischmann’s.

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  1. 5 stars
    i made the rolls at first they were awesoe but then i made cinnamon rolls out of it and they are the best i have made or eaten my husband really likes them to .Finally a good recipe for a beginner like me we have had some doozies .thank u

  2. I had tried a different Dinnr Rolls recipe that didn’t taste very good. But when I tried this recipe, we ate them before they cooled. This is an excellent recipe for me.

  3. 5 stars
    These are my go to rolls from now on. I made a double batch for Thanksgiving. They were a HIT! I love how easy it is to make variations too. Thanks for sharing. I never thought I’d be a baker!

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