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Simple Dinner Rolls

Home-baked bread is one of the best foods there is. There is nothing quite like bread pulled fresh from the oven with some fresh butter on it. These simple dinner rolls are easy, and will impress your family with their warm, soft, chewy taste.

Simple Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

This recipe is so versatile, you can use it as the base for so many things.

  • dinner rolls
  • homemade hot pocket
  • loaf of bread
  • +oatmeal
  • replace some white flour with whole wheat
  • use honey instead of sugar to sweeten
  • oil instead of butter for flavor
  • more salt
  • a bit less salt
  • some garlic powder
  • some herbs.

The possibilities are endless. Experiment with your bread making! Once you get the general technique down, its really, really, really hard to mess up bread.

How to make dinner rolls

Put 3 cups of warm water into your mixer along with 2 Tbsp yeast.

Let that sit for about 5 minutes and make sure it gets a bit bubbly. That’s “proofing” your yeast.

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If your water was too hot when you added the yeast, you will have killed the yeast and you will get none of the foamy/bubbly yeast growth.

Next put in your sugar and salt and turn your mixer onto medium. Begin to add the flour as its mixing until a soft sticky dough starts to form.

Now drizzle your melted (but not too hot!!) butter into the running mixer and let it get thoroughly worked into the dough. Keep mixing and keep adding flour slowly until your soft, sticky dough turns into a smooth, not sticky, ball. It should clean off the sides of your mixer.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, flip it over a few times to coat the dough with the oil, and cover with a towel.

Let this rise until doubled in a warm, draft-free place. Punch down the dough, grease up your hands, and form into palm-sized balls. You can get that smooth uniform exterior by pulling and pinching the dough from the bottom and pushing it up into itself. Place the formed rolls onto a prepped baking pan and cover. I usually use parchment paper, but this time all I had was foil.

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Do you need a stand mixer to make this recipe?

I’m going to write up these instructions assuming you have a stand mixer. If you do not, you can still make this. Just mix everything in a bowl and knead by hand. It will take you longer, but it will still be very good!

Let rise until doubled, and then bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Rub the tops of the baked rolls with some butter. Feel free to get creative and mix in some herbs and seasonings to that butter if you’d like! For these, I added a bit more salt, garlic powder, and parsley.

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Yield: 12 servings

Simple Dinner Rolls

Simple Dinner Rolls

Soft, fluffy dinner rolls are easy, delicious, and make any meal special. There's nothing like fresh bread to make your family or guests feel cared for!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 47 minutes


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted but NOT hot
  • 6-8 cups bread flour (approx)


  1. Place warm water & yeast into your mixer. Let sit 5 minutes and make sure there is some bubbles and foam forming.
  2. Add sugar & salt. Start mixer and add enough flour to form a sticky dough.
  3. Drizzle butter into mixer while running. Let it fully incorporate into dough.
  4. Slowly continue to add flour while the mixer is running until a soft flexible dough forms and the sides of your mixer are "cleaned" off by the dough.
  5. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in a warm draft-free place.
  6. Punch down and form rolls. Place on prepped baking sheet, cover, and let rise until doubled again.
  7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown. Rub the tops of the baked rolls with butter.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 9g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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