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Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

Soft Dinner Rolls are the perfect companion to any main dish. There is nothing like fluffy, warm, buttery dinner rolls with honey butter or jam. This recipe is easy and approachable for any home cook – beginner and advanced alike! 

A holiday table isn’t complete without homemade dinner rolls. Serve these alongside your roast turkey, mashed potatoes and of course gravy for an unforgettable dinner. P.S. They can be made ahead!

Soft dinner rolls on a tray with butter in the background

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Dinner Roll Recipe:

If making your own bread intimidates you, fear not! This recipe for homemade dinner rolls from my friend Natalya of Momsdish is totally within your reach. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you will soon be an honorary bread baker.  

Whether you’re serving soup, a hearty bowl of chili, or your family’s favorite meatloaf, any menu is elevated by a good dinner roll. Keep this recipe in your back pocket and soon it will become second nature.

If you’re ready to master soft, airy and buttery yeast rolls, let’s get started! 

A pile of soft dinner rolls

How to Make Dinner Rolls?

Simply put, the process of making dinner rolls is split into three parts: preparing the dough, shaping the rolls and baking them. All you need is a very short list of ingredients which are pantry staples: milk, flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and butter. 

Ingredients for the soft dinner rolls.

Making the Yeast Dough:

Making a yeast dough is easier than you think. First, you will combine milk, melted butter, salt, yeast and sugar in your mixing bowl. Slowly incorporate the flour, taking care to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as you mix. 

Once the dough starts to pull away from the sides of your mixing bowl, continue kneading the dough with the dough hook attachment on your Kitchenaid until it becomes less sticky (about 2 minutes). The kneading process releases the gluten from the flour and incorporates air into your dough. It is a crucial step that cannot be skipped! 

Step by step photos on making the yeast dough for dinner rolls

Can I Mix the Dough by Hand?

You can easily make homemade dinner rolls without a mixer. Mix the dough ingredients together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon or firm spatula. Once it comes together, knead with clean dry hands.

To knead, press on the dough with the heel of your hand, moving in a forward rolling motion. Rotate your dough ball and repeat several times (about 10-12 minutes). Prepare to work those arms! 

Shaping Dinner Rolls:

After kneading, you are going to oil a bowl and place your dough ball in it. Rotate the dough ball a couple of times, coating it in the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and allow the dough to rest and rise for about an hour. 

Once your dough has rested, remove the cover and punch down on the dough ball until the air is released. Remove the dough and separate it into 24 even pieces using a bench cutter tool

To shape the dinner rolls, take a piece and stretch the top of the dough down to pinch and seal it at the bottom. You can also roll the pieces into rounds on the countertop. Place dough rounds into a greased baking dish. Cover with a towel and let it rest for another 30-45 minutes.

Shaping of dinner rolls and them rising on a baking sheet.

Tips for Making Yeast Rolls Rise Faster:

Yeast is activated by warm temperatures and moist environments. If you are running short on time, here are a couple of hacks to make your dough rise faster.  

  • When allowing your dough to rise in the oiled bowl, cover it with a towel dampened with warm water. Ring out the towel to make sure it is just damp and not dripping wet. 
  • Preheat oven to the lowest setting of 150˚F then turn the oven OFF, place your dough bowl into the oven over a towel and crack the oven door open with a wooden spoon. We use this method to make our Easy Cinnamon Rolls rise in half the time! 

Baking Dinner Rolls:

Bake your dinner rolls at 350˚F until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes). When the rolls come out of the oven, immediately brush them with melted butter. 

Dinner rolls in a baking sheet.

How to Keep Dinner Rolls Warm?

After baking, transfer your rolls to a serving dish or bowl and immediately cover them with a kitchen towel. This will trap the heat and keep your rolls warm. 

Freezing Dinner Rolls for Later:

For make-ahead, freezer-friendly dinner rolls, bake your rolls as directed. Allow them to cool completely and then place them in an airtight, freezer-friendly container. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then reheat in the microwave or oven. If you freeze them the same day they are baked, they will keep their freshness when thawed. 

2 soft dinner rolls at room temperature ready for freezing

What to Serve with Dinner Rolls:

Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Dinner rolls on baking sheet served with butter

Irresistibly Soft Dinner Rolls are easy to make with just 6 ingredients. There's nothing like fluffy warm homemade dinner rolls. These are holiday-worthy!

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5
Keyword: dinner rolls
Calories: 115 kcal
Servings: 24 rolls

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine warm milk (~110F), melted butter, salt, sugar and yeast. Whisk everything together and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour the liquids into a mixing bowl, and add flour in small portions until the dough is no longer sticky. You’ll need about 4 cups of flour. 

  3. Knead the dough with the dough hook in a stand mixer for 2 minutes or knead by hand (10-12 min), then place dough in an oiled bowl. Cover it with a towel and let it rise for about an hour in a warm place. 

  4. Once the dough rises, remove it from the bowl and cut it into 24 even pieces. Shape each piece into a round shape and place them on an oiled baking sheet next to each other. 

  5. Cover the dinner rolls with a kitchen towel and let them rise another 30 minutes in a warm place until puffed then bake at 350F for about  20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

  6. Immediately brush tops with melted butter and set aside to cool to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 50mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Kathryn Burton
    November 2, 2019

    Just threw out these burnt hockey pucks. I followed the directions but they never rose the second time and burned in 10 minutes. May have to try again and check what I am doing the second time around they did not rise they spread out too wet? I will try again just did not get them right this time Reply

    • Natasha
      November 2, 2019

      Hi Kathryn, oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. If they did not rise, I would suspect either the liquids were too warm (or the dough was overheated while rising), which would inactivate the yeast. Also, could the yeast be expired? I hope that helps to troubleshoot. Reply

  • Toshiko
    October 27, 2019

    Hello Ms Natasha, I made this recipe last night and it turned out beautifully soft, lovely rolls. I halved the recipe and it was no problem. And since I was making an Italian meal, I added a little garlic powder to the flour, then when done baking I brushed lightly with garlic/pesto/salt-laced melted butter. Yum! I can’t wait to try these again with a honey butter that I know my dad would love, or dusting the tops with flour before baking for country roll style, or shaping them parker-house or croissant style, or etc… Lots of roll possibilities with this recipe. Was looking a long time for such a roll recipe – Thank you muchly!
    p.s. for your readers without a stand mixer: I don’t have one either :The dough is a gloppy mess when you first start kneading by hand but dust with just a very little flour at a time. And the kneading process itself will eventually evaporate the excess moisture too, like in a stand mixer.
    p.p.s. If you’re going to make these in advance, go ahead and give them a partial slice along the median with a sharp knife before you reheat them so your guests who add butter won’t crush them trying to slice them open with a dinner knife, haha yeah they’re that soft. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Natalie S.
    October 18, 2019

    Just made these buns, they turned out so soft and yummy!! I bake my own bread regularly, saw these and had to try making them! Just like all other recipes I tried from Natasha’s Kitchen- was not disappointed! Will definitely be making these more often! Reply

    • Natasha
      October 18, 2019

      That is fantastic!! I’m so happy to hear that and thank you for the wonderful review. I’m glad you discovered a new favorite. Reply

  • Jen
    October 17, 2019

    I wanted to make these for Thanksgiving. What are your suggestions for making them ahead? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      October 17, 2019

      Hi Jen, I have some freezer instructions in the post. I hope that helps! Reply

      • Ann Lee
        November 2, 2019

        What is the most ahead of time can you freeze them. Thanks Reply

        • Natasha
          November 2, 2019

          Hi Ann, I would say a month for max freshness, but you could keep them up to 3 months in a freezer if they were really well wrapped. Reply

  • Jan Nash
    October 17, 2019

    Hi Natasha. Can I use bread flour for these rolls please? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 17, 2019

      Hi Jan, we tested these with Bob’s Red Mill All-purpose flour. I think it should work with bread flour, which tends to have slightly more gluten. If you experiment, let me know how it turns out. Reply

  • Valerie
    October 17, 2019

    Can I use Almond milk instead? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 17, 2019

      Hi Valerie, without experimenting with almond milk, I can’t make a recommendation for or against it. If you test that out, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Terry
    October 16, 2019

    Hi…
    Could I use whole wheat flour, instead of white flour? Also, low fat milk instead of whole milk? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2019

      Hi Terry, I haven’t tested that to advise but I imagine with some tweaking it may work. If you experiment please let me know how you like that. Reply

  • Ravin
    October 16, 2019

    i loved roll, even last year we all in one anniversary party and at the last moment some mistake done with dishes so later we decided to enjoy the anniversary with roll.

    old memory remind again, thanks for sharing recipe. I would try again in this weekend. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ravin! Reply

  • Kristyn
    October 15, 2019

    These are the softest rolls! They are easy to make & would be great for so many other recipes as well! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2019

      Aren’t they the best, Kristyn! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Natalie
    October 15, 2019

    These rolls seriously look so soft! Homemade rolls are the best & perfect with any meal! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2019

      They are the best & you’re right, they’re super soft! Reply

  • Katie
    October 15, 2019

    These rolls are SO delicious & turn out amazing every single time! Thank you so much for the recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2019

      You’re welcome, Katie! Sounds like you found a new favorite! Reply

  • Sara Welch
    October 15, 2019

    These were perfectly light and fluffy! Excited to make these with Thanksgiving dinner! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2019

      That’s just awesome, Sara! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

      • Danna
        October 20, 2019

        These sound delicious. We like to eat dinner rolls with a lot of different meals or even to snack on. I’m wondering if the dough can be made in a bread machine in the dough setting. That’s what I use to make my cinnamon rolls which my husband wants all the time. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 20, 2019

          Hi Danna, I have not tested that in a machine to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • Kellie Hemmerly
    October 15, 2019

    These rolls are so light and fluffy. AND SO EASY to make!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2019

      Isn’t that the best, Kellie!! Reply

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