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Dinner Rolls

The best soft, fluffy and butter homemade dinner rolls! Don't forget to check out my step by step photos and top tips above.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 156kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to about 110°F (240ml)
  • 2 + 1/4 tsp yeast 1 packet
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter melted, plus more to brush on tops (71g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour divided (390g)


  • Warm the milk to 110F then pour into bowl of stand mixer and add half the sugar, and the yeast. Cover and set aside for 7 minutes. Melt butter while waiting.
  • Add the melted butter, egg, half the flour, 195g or about 1 and 1/2 cups, remaining sugar, and the salt.
  • Whisk together and scrape the bowl down then add the remaining flour and mix on medium using your dough hook until the dough comes together in a ball 2-3 minutes.
  • Continue mixing for about 2 minutes to knead the dough then finish off by hand until smooth and bounces back when pressed.
  • place in oiled bowl, cover with plastic and place in a warm place to rise for 1.5-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • turn out onto your counter then press down and divide into 15-16 pieces.
  • Pinch the corners together so one side is smooth and rounded then turn upside down so the smooth side is facing up.
  • Cup the ball with your hands and move in a tight circular motion. This will pull the edge down and in creating a nice roll.
  • Place on a buttered 9x13 baking dish, or a few cake pans then cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise another hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes on the lower rack. Once baked brush with melted butter and enjoy.



  • The temperature of the milk is important so I recommend using a thermometer. If the milk is too hot let it come to temperature before using it.
  • Don't place the dough in a place that's too warm like direct sunlight or it'll prevent the dough from rising properly.
  • You can use lower-fat or nondairy milk to make these rolls but you won't get quite the same soft texture and delicious flavor as you would if you use whole milk.
  • Check the expiry date of your yeast, if it's out of date it won't work properly!
  • To make sure your rolls are perfectly even you can weigh each piece of dough to 70g balls before rolling. Otherwise, go with the size of a golf ball and try to roll them the same size.
  • If you don't have a baking dish you can use cake pans or baking pans of any kind as long as they are deep-sided.
  • Remember to brush the rolls with melted butter after baking that's what gives dinner rolls their signature look and it just adds to the flavor!


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg