Simple homemade dinner rolls (+video)
These are our favorite dinner rolls! They are soft and buttery, and are always popular at any dinner or holiday party. It’s too hard to eat alone!
Whether it’s a holiday meal or a Sunday dinner, these rolls are unbeatable! We like to make them with soup, but especially during the holidays, there are other dishes such as cream corn, mung bean casserole, and roasted Brussels sprouts.
Favorite homemade dinner rolls
Nothing compares to the smell of homemade bread or dinner rolls being made. My mother has mastered her bread roll recipes, and they have become a must-have for holiday dinners.
In fact, I think it is safe to say that whenever they are made, they are always the first thing to disappear. These rolls are so good that they are called heavenly dinner rolls (almost describing what they are-heavenly). They are soft, melt in your mouth, and are actually easier to make than you think!
If you are like me, making homemade dinner rolls seems scary. They usually require yeast, and if you haven’t used it before, yeast is usually a bit fickle. Fortunately, this recipe is really not that complicated. At first I was nervous to try it myself, but realized that they are easy.
We even provide a video below to show you how easy it is to make them. Read it a few more times, hope you will realize how easy they are. 😉
How to make dinner rolls
yeast. You will first mix the yeast with warm water and sugar. This will become bubbly after a period of time. From there, you will use a wooden spoon to mix hot milk (we just use the microwave or heat it in a pan to warm-it won’t burn), oil, sugar and salt. A cup of all-purpose flour will be added, and then 2 eggs and yeast mixture will be added.
flour. From there, you will add 3-4 cups of flour. At this point, the dough should be sticky. Put it in a large bowl and cover it with a tea towel. The dough will rise for several hours until it doubles in size.
Divide the dough. + Cut Once the size of the dough has doubled, it will be punched and divided into two halves. The dough will roll into two 12-inch circles on the floured surface. It will be brushed with melted butter and then cut into 12 pieces, just like pizza.
From there, each triangular piece will roll from the round edge to the tip to make a crescent roll.
Let us get up. The rolls are placed in a pan (we make 8 rows, 3 in each row). Then, we cover them with a tea towel and let them rise again (yes-they will rise twice in total).
Yes, there are many steps, but they are all simple-they just take some time. 😉
Keep scrolling because we have some FAQs below to help you make these delicious dinner rolls.
Frequently Asked Questions About Homemade Dinner Rolls
What flour is best for making dinner rolls? We use all-purpose flour. Can you use bread flour? Yes, but we don’t always have it on hand and think that just using all-purpose flour can make the rolls taste perfect.
Which yeast is best for making dinner rolls? We always use RapidRise active yeast to make this recipe and most of our bread recipes.
Can bread rolls be made in the Kitchen-Aid blender? Yes, you can make this recipe in Kitchen-Aid. Please be careful not to overmix the dough, as it will make the dough harder rather than soft.
Can the bread machine make bread?
Although we do not have it, many readers do. The following is a reader’s experience using a bread machine to make these rolls:
Mine first mix all the “wet” ingredients together (I first mix the hot milk, oil, sugar, eggs, and then put them in-and the salt, because I was told not to “contact” the salt with the yeast !) I have used 4c. Flour and yeast, but did not add the first 1/4c. The water is sweetened because it is not necessary to dissolve the yeast when using the bread machine, and without it, the dough will be wet enough. I use my dough loop, and my machine takes 1 ½ hours. The dough is well made and easy to handle. After forming the rolls, I let me ferment for 1.5 hours in a “almost no heating” oven. Then it bake in my oven for 15 minutes. We love them!
More dinner roll recipe tips
How to shape dinner rolls? As stated in the instructions, these rolls are made by rolling the dough into a round shape. From there, you cut it into 12 pieces like a pizza. From the rounded edge, roll the dough into a crescent roll, and place it face down in the seam of the pan.
How to freeze dinner rolls? We recommend freezing immediately after the roll is formed. Then, take them out a few hours in advance and let them expand to double their size (because the dough is frozen, this obviously takes longer).
How to store dinner rolls? To maximize the shelf life of dinner rolls, be sure to put them in a sealed bag or wrap them in foil and store them on the counter at room temperature.
Do they look perfect? ! We hope you like these soft and fluffy dinner rolls.
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Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Dough fermentation time 2 hours
Total time 35 minutes
Calories 138 kcal
Author Little Luna
- 1 Tbsp Yeast RapidRise
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup hot milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
- Melted butter
Mix 1 TB yeast with ¼ cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon. sugar. Let stand until foaming.
Mix 1 cup of hot milk, ½ cup of oil, ½ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to add salt.
Add 1 cup flour to the mixture and mix well. Add 2 eggs and stir until smooth (mix vigorously by hand). Add the yeast mixture and stir vigorously until smooth.
Add 3-4 cups of flour to the yeast mixture. The dough should be very sticky. Pour the dough into a large bowl. Cover it with a tea towel and let it rise for a few hours until it doubles in size.
Once the dough has doubled in size, it is flushed down and divided into two halves. Roll the dough onto a floured surface to form two 12-inch circles. The dough should be about ⅜ inches thick.
Brush the dough with melted butter. Use a pizza cutter to cut the circle into 12 pieces (like a pizza). Scroll from the round edge to the point to make a crescent roll. Put it in a greased pan (we use an 11 x 16 metal pan, 3 rows horizontally and 8 rows down).
Cover the dough with a tea towel and let it rise for a few hours until it doubles in size.
Bake at 375 degrees until light brown, about 15-20 minutes. Note: Touch the rolls to see if they bounce-if they don’t bounce, please bake for a while). Brush with melted butter when warm. Please enjoy!