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sweet dinner rolls

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Tamera Gish
Hardy, VA

My family and friends love these dinner rolls. They are slightly sweet and are so light. My kids didn't think it was Sunday dinner without these on the table. I also use this same dough after the first rising to make cinnamon buns, sticky buns, or danishes. I know this recipe seems lengthy and complicated, but I have tried to give you the best tips and instructions that I could to help you be a successful baker. Hope you will give them a try and let me know how you like them. P.S. They freeze well too. Just pop them in a 350 F oven for 15-20 minutes to warm them back up.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These sweet dinner rolls are perfect for a weeknight dinner or holiday meal. They're rich and slightly dense with a subtle sweetness. A touch of salt balances out the flavors. We were able to get 2 dozen rolls. If you need 3 dozen, make them slightly smaller.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 2 Hr 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sweet dinner rolls

  • 1/2 c
    warm water
  • 2 Tbsp
    quick-rise yeast
  • 1/2 c
    plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp
    instant potato flakes, dry
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 lg
  • 6-8 c
    bread flour

How To Make sweet dinner rolls

Test Kitchen Tips
We used 6 cups of bread flour.
  • Warm water, yeast, sugar, and potato flakes sitting until foamy.
    Mix together warm water, quick-rise yeast, 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, and potato flakes. Let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy. I start this in my mixer bowl.
  • Heating milk and butter.
    Next, heat the milk and butter in a microwave-safe dish for about 1 1/2 minutes or until the butter is mostly melted and the milk is hot but not boiling. If the dish is too hot to handle with your bare hands, the milk will be too hot and you will need to let it cool a bit.
  • Salt, egg, and sugar added to milk.
    Next, add the salt, egg, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to the milk and butter. Add all of this to the mixer bowl.
  • Slowly adding flour to wet ingredients.
    With a dough hook attachment, start adding the flour a cup at a time.
  • Dough mixed and pulling away from the side of the bowl.
    The dough should come away from the sides of the bowl when it is mixed properly. The dough should be soft but not stick to your fingers when pinched. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Covering the dough to rise.
    When the dough is mixed well, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap. Let rise for about 45 minutes until doubled.
  • Dough formed into balls and in a baking dish.
    Spray your pans with non-stick baking spray. Butter your hands well and shape the dough into rolls. Place into the prepared pans. Cover and let rise again for another 30-45 minutes.
  • Baking the dinner rolls.
    Bake in a 350 F oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the tops.
  • Brushing rolls with melted butter.
    Remove from oven and brush with melted butter if desired.
  • Fluffy inside of the Sweet Dinner Rolls.
    Wrap the rolls in plastic wrap when cooled. Make sure that they are wrapped well to prevent freezer burn if they make it that far.

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