Dinner Rolls So Good They’ll Disappear In Minutes

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These homemade dinner rolls are guaranteed to become a staple at your table. They’re incredibly soft and fluffy, with a hint of sweetness that pairs perfectly with any meal. The best part? They come together in under an hour, making them ideal for busy weeknights or weekend potlucks.


Simple Dinner Rolls Recipe by Tasty
Simple Dinner Rolls Recipe by Tasty

2 ¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 ½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the yeast: In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy and active.
    2. Combine wet ingredients: Stir in the sugar, butter, and salt.
    3. Add flour gradually: Add 4 ½ cups of flour, one cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. If the dough is still sticky, add up to ½ cup more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough is manageable.
    4. Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
    5. First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
    6. Shape the rolls: Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.
    7. Second rise: Place the dough balls on a greased baking sheet, leaving space between them for rising. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes.
    8. Preheat the oven: While the rolls are rising, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the tops of the rolls with the beaten egg.
    9. Bake: Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
    10. Serve warm: Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving. Enjoy them warm with butter or your favorite dipping sauce.

    Nutrition Facts (per roll):

    Calories: 140

  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 3g

  • Conclusion

    These dinner rolls are a crowd-pleaser, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. With their soft, fluffy texture and touch of sweetness, they’re sure to become a favorite at your table. So next time you’re looking for a delicious side dish, give these homemade dinner rolls a try!


    1. Can I use milk instead of water?

    Yes, you can substitute warm milk for the water in this recipe. Just make sure the milk is warmed to the same temperature (105°F to 115°F) as the water.

    2. How can I tell if my yeast is active?

    After combining the yeast with warm water and sugar, it should become foamy and bubbly within 5 minutes. If your yeast doesn’t activate, it may be expired or the water was too hot.

    3. Why are my rolls not rising?

    There are a few reasons why your rolls might not be rising. First, make sure your yeast is active (see question 1). Second, the water temperature might have been too hot, killing the yeast. Finally, your dough might not have risen in a warm enough place.

    4. Can I make the dough ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! After the first rise, place the dough in the refrigerator for up to overnight. Let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before shaping and baking the rolls.

    5. How can I store leftover rolls?