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.
4.89 from 99 votes
Golden brown Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls in round pan
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
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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Recipe adapted from Fleischmann’s.

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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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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for Thanksgiving and they were delicious! Everyone loved them, and they were easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I have been baking and cooking for years. I love it. My sweet rolls are very complicated and time-consuming to make but very good. This year for Thanksgiving I ran out of time so I was looking for a quick easy recipe. This recipe not only was quick and easy but it was so so good. I may use this more in the future. I read the comments before and I can tell you, if you follow the directions to the T they will come out perfect every time. They were so good and easy to make, that I made an extra batch that night for Friday evenings leftovers

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for Thanksgiving using a hand mixer with dough hooks (mixed a bit longer than the recipe because of using the hand mixer) and they rose beautifully and tasted amazing! This recipe was easy to put together and I will definitely be sending it along to others.

  4. Hi- I’ve finally committed to making these for thanksgiving. I’ve always been too frightened of the proofing process, but love the dryer idea. Do you any recipe alterations for high altitude?

    1. Hi Becky! My Social Media Coordinator, Libby, lives at 7200ft and has made these successfully without any changes. :)

  5. 5 stars
    I had been failing at Parker House rolls for many tries. Came across this recipe and it’s nearly the same and fluffy and delicious. A real winner. Thanks!

  6. I see you can make the dough ahead of time. I’m thinking of making 2 batches the wed before thanksgiving. I’ll make them and put them in the pan seal and then it’s ok to leave in fridge until I’m ready to bake them?

  7. 5 stars
    You’re the best!! My husband is on a low to no salt diet and these Dinner Rolls are so quick and easy. I did not add any salt to the recipe and they were just fine! I can make them into longer rolls for homemade, saltless meatball, turkey, etc. subs. Thanks so much!

      1. Hi Denies! Just mix the dough in a bowl then knead it by hand for the time specified in the recipe. :)

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