How To Make Dinner Rolls

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Dinner rolls are the perfect baking project for beginner bread bakers. They are easy, quick, and honestly pretty hard to mess up. Learning how to make dinner rolls is a great first step into the world of bread baking, and they always disappear pretty quickly, giving you lots of opportunities to practice your skills.

Close up shot of freshly baked dinner rolls, cooling on a rack.

This dinner roll recipe is super versatile, and can also be used for a white sandwich loaf, burger buns, or even cinnamon rolls. A great recipe to keep in your back pocket.

What makes these dinner rolls so good?

These dinner rolls are incredibly delicious because we are using sugar, eggs, and butter to enrich the dough. These additions make the rolls super soft and fluffy and slightly rich with a hint of sweetness that goes well with sweet or savory foods.

What is enriched dough?

Enriched dough is made with added fat, sugar, and sometimes eggs. These ingredients give the dough a softer texture, richer flavor, and a slightly sweeter taste. The fat helps to tenderize the dough and create a more squishy and soft final product. The sugar adds sweetness and helps to feed the yeast, supporting the fermentation and providing a better rise. Eggs also add to the richness and tenderness of the dough.

Dough balls in a baking tin, ready to proof.

What you need to make dinner rolls

Equipment:

A bowl or a stand mixer

Ingredients:

  • Milk – any type will do. Cow, soy, almond, etc.
  • Soft butter – or non-dairy spread
  • Egg – this adds richness to the dough
  • Yeast – Instant or dry active, to help these babies rise
  • Sugar – for a hint of sweetness
  • All-purpose flour – for structure
  • Salt – for flavor

How to make dinner rolls

To make the dough

  • Warm the milk in a small measuring jug in the microwave, then add the yeast, sugar, and egg, and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the milky yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour and salt, and mix using the dough hook attachment until it forms a dough. You can also do this by hand.
  • Once the dough is formed, knead the dough until smooth. In a stand mixer, this usually takes 3-4 minutes. by hand, it might be more like 5-8.
  • Place the kneaded dough on the counter and cover it with the upside-down bowl. Allow the dough to rise for 30-60 minutes. Or, for better flavor, place the dough in a bowl, cover it tightly, and proof it overnight in the fridge.

Shaping the dinner rolls

  • Split the dough into 40-gram balls. You should end up with 15 dough balls.
  • Shape the dough balls by cupping your hand over the top, then move your hand in a circular motion while using your thumb and fingers to create a uniform ball. It’s easiest to do this on an un-floured surface because the grippy surface of the counter helps the ball form.
  • Line a 9×13 dish with parchment paper, then place the dough balls in the tin, evenly spaced. If baking them right away, cover them with a tea towel and allow them to double in size. This should take about an hour.

Baking the dinner rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • After an hour or so, your dough balls should have doubled in size. Brush them with a bit of egg wash (a beaten egg whisked with a splash of milk) and bake for 18-20 minutes. They will be nicely golden brown when they’re done.
Freshly baked dinner rolls cooling on a rack.

How to serve dinner rolls

Dinner rolls are great when served warm in a cloth-lined basket alongside a big holiday dinner spread. But it doesn’t end there! They are also the perfect vehicle for your morning-after turkey sandwich (taken to the next level with a side of hot gravy for dipping!) These rolls are also great for any sandwich or mini burger.

Dinner roll variations

Burger buns

To turn these dinner rolls into burger buns, follow all of the same steps, but roll them into 100-gram balls instead of 40-gram balls. You should get 6 burger buns.

Sandwich bread

Instead of dividing the dough into balls, leave it in one piece and bake it in a loaf tin. You may need to allow for a bit more rising time depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

Cinnamon rolls

I use this exact dinner roll dough recipe to make my easy, gooey cinnamon rolls! Check out that recipe here.

I hope this dinner roll recipe becomes a staple for you like it has for me! Let me know how they turn out!

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Close up shot of freshly baked dinner rolls, cooling on a rack.

Quick & Easy Dinner Rolls

Learning how to make dinner rolls is a perfect place to start for beginner bread bakers. These dinner rolls are super fluffy, tender, and quick to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proofing time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Baking
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 119 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 bowl or stand mixer
  • 1 baking tin or dish 9×13"

Ingredients
  

  • 150 ml milk (nut, dairy, soy) warm
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g butter soft
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 325 g flour all-purpose

Instructions
 

To make the dough

  • Warm the milk in a small measuring jug in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, then add the yeast, sugar, and egg, and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the milky yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour and salt, and mix using the dough hook attachment until it forms a dough. You can also do this by hand.
  • Once the dough is formed, knead the dough until smooth. In a stand mixer, this usually takes 3-4 minutes. by hand, it might be more like 5-8.
  • Place the kneaded dough on the counter and cover it with the upside-down bowl. Allow the dough to rise for 30-60 minutes. Or, for better flavor, place it in a bowl, cover it tightly, and proof it overnight in the fridge.

Shaping the dinner rolls

  • Split the dough into 40-gram balls. You should end up with 15 dough balls.
  • Shape the dough balls by cupping your hand over the top, then move your hand in a circular motion while using your thumb and fingers to create a uniform ball. It’s easiest to do this on an un-floured surface because the grippy surface of the counter helps the ball come together.
  • Line a 9×13 dish with parchment paper, then place the dough balls in the tin, evenly spaced. If baking them right away, cover them with a tea towel and allow them to double in size. This should take about an hour.

Baking the dinner rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • After 60 minutes, your dough balls should have doubled in size. Brush them with a bit of egg wash (a beaten egg whisked with a splash of milk) and bake for 18-20 minutes. They will be nicely golden brown when they’re done.

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Notes

Tip: To be sure that your dinner rolls are fully baked, use an instant-read thermometer to check that the internal temperature is 200F. This is my favorite thermometer of all time.

Nutrition

Serving: 15gCalories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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