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Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls that come together in about an hour are basically magic. These homemade dinner rolls are easy to make, light and fluffy, and perfect for weeknight dinners or holiday meals!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Rising Time + Cooling Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread roll, bun, dinner roll, easy dinner rolls
Servings: 20 rolls
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 6 cups all purpose flour 1 lb 9.5 ounces (or 723 grams) by weight
  • 2 tablespoons instant or active dry yeast 24 grams
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 25 grams
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt if using table salt, reduce to 1 1/2 teaspoons (9 grams)
  • 2 cups warm water (about 120 degrees F or 50 degrees C)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter divided (120 ml)


  • In a large bowl, mix the flour yeast, sugar, slat, water, and 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the melted butter together using a stiff wooden spoon until a shaggy dough begins to form. (See photo in the blog post.)
  • Continue to knead the dough by hand (or using a machiene) until it becaomes smooth. It will seem as though it is not coming together and then it will! This will take about four minutes.
  • Return the dough ball to the bowl and cover with a clean towel and let rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Spray a 9 by 13 inch with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Divide the dough into 20 equal pieces. Roll the dough into balls by gently pulling the edges of the dough down and tucking it under the bottom. Turn the dough 1/4 turn and continue this process until you've made a dough ball.
  • Place the dough balls into the pan with the tucked side down. You should have four rows of five that are evenly spaced in the pan.
  • Place the pan of prepared rolls into a cold oven on the middle rack. Place a rimmed baking sheet that has hot tap water below it. Close the oven and set the temperature to 400 (200 C). Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven and brush generously with the remaining 1/4 cup melted butter. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before serving the rolls. To use the rolls for sliders, allow them to cool compltely.



Serving: 1roll | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 1mg