Best Dinner Rolls placed on white plate.

The Best Easy Dinner Rolls

Soft and fluffy homemade dinner rolls made in just one hour. Learn all of the tips to make perfect rolls every time!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner rolls
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 20 rolls
Calories 128 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk I used 2%
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter room temperature ( see note )
  • 1 large egg beaten
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 and 1/4 cup of flour and yeast.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat up milk, sugar, salt and butter. The mixture needs to be warm, not hot!
  3. Using a hand mixer, mix the flour and yeast and wet ingredients, by adding the liquid slowly. Add the beaten egg and mix well. Mix the yeast mixture for 2 minutes, until it is smooth. It will be quite runny.

  4. Switch to a wooden spoon and add stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It will take a bit of stirring so be patient.

  5. Place the dough onto a floured surface. Form into a smooth ball.
  6. Wash the bowl you mixed the dough in. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn over a few times to coat with oil.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place in draft-free, warm place ( see note ). Let rise for 30 minutes. It should double in size.
  8. Punch the dough down and place on floured surface. Divide into two parts and let rest for 10 minutes. In the meantime, butter a 13" x 9" dish.
  9. Divide each piece of dough into 10 pieces and form into balls. See note below for tips on forming into smooth balls. Arrange in pan, in 5 rows of 4 balls each.
  10. Brush tops of dough balls gently with melted butter ( see note ).
  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes OR until the tops are golden, the edges of rolls are white and they have risen to the top of the pan.

  12. Cool before removing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
The Best Easy Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.