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dinner rolls

★★★★★ 6
a recipe by
Lori Daulton
Somewhere, CA

Over the years I have learned to make wonderful things that my family and friends get to enjoy. The easiest one—and most frequent—that I make are dinner rolls. These sweet, buttery, warm, soft rolls are the best I have ever had anywhere and, while it may sound like bragging, every one of my friends and family agrees. They rock.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We've tried a lot of dinner rolls and these are fantastic yeast rolls. They are fluffy, tender, and you won't be able to stop eating them. The balance of the buttery flavor and a slight sweetness is perfect. This recipe makes 12 rolls. You could make the rolls smaller and get more out of them, but we loved the size of these dinner rolls.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 6
serves 12
prep time 1 Hr 40 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For dinner rolls

  • 1 1/2 c
    water, between 110-115 degrees F
  • 1/3 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • melted butter, optional for brushing on top after baking

How To Make dinner rolls

Test Kitchen Tips
If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook use it to prepare these dinner rolls. It will make kneading a breeze.
  • 1
    If using a bread machine: Place all ingredients in the pot in the order given. Set to Dough setting.
  • Gathering ingredients for Dinner Rolls.
    If making by hand: Make sure butter is soft. Dissolve yeast in warm water and combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Yeast mixture poured into flour mixture.
    Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Place the room temperature butter in the center of it and pour the warm water and yeast mixture. Allow it to set for a few minutes for the butter to slightly melt.
  • Mixing until dough forms.
    Mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated and dough forms.
  • Kneading the dough on a counter.
    Flour the counter so that you can knead dough without it sticking. Knead for 10-15 mins making sure to mix the ingredients well.
  • Dough in a bowl to rise.
    Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Make sure it is in a draft-free place. Let rise to double the size.
  • Dough shaped into smaller balls and in the oven.
    Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down and make 12 round golfball size buns and place in a greased 13x9. Cover and let rise again. Bake at 350 for 25 mins.
  • Brushing Dinner Rolls with butter.
    I brush mine with butter as soon as they come out of the oven.