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Dinner Rolls

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Created by Mariam E.
Soft, buttery, and light, you only need 7 simple ingredients to make these easy Dinner Rolls. A classic side for any dinner, you’ll love how easy this foolproof dinner roll recipe is.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 9 buns


  • 3/4 cup warm milk plus 1 tbsp. warm milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast about 2 ¼ tsp. yeast
  • 5 1/4 tbsps. sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg


  • In a bowl, combine warm milk, yeast, half of the sugar and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, whisk together flour, salt and remaining sugar.
  • Gradually add in the yeast mixture to the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Add in melted butter and egg. Beat at medium speed until the dough is smooth and has passed the windowpane test. See photo.
  • Grease a large bowl with some oil and place the dough in the bowl. Let it rise in a warm, draft free area until dough is doubled in size, roughly about 1 hour.
  • Once risen, lightly punch the dough down.
  • On a lightly floured surface, turn the dough out and divide it into 9 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  • Once rolled, place them in a lightly greased pan. Cover and let the dough rise the 2nd time in a warm, draft free area, until the dough have puffed up (about 40 minutes)
  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • In a bowl, whisk an egg and lightly brush the rolls using the egg mixture.
  • Bake the dinner rolls until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, and serve them warm with some butter.


  • Make sure your dinner rolls are the same size before you bake them so they’ll be baked evenly.
  • Make sure your yeast hasn’t expired! This is usually the culprit if your bread isn’t rising.
  • If you only have instant yeast, you can use that instead. Just add it to the milk and sugar and skip the 10 minute bloom.
  • If you are kneading by hand, add in 5-10 minutes of kneading time.
  • Brushing the top with additional melted butter once it’s out of the oven, gives it a beautiful shiny sheen.


Serving: 9buns | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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