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Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe

Dinner rolls are the perfect yeast bread for beginners! These dinner rolls are ultra soft, fluffy, and rich! They make an amazing side to pretty much any meal. Read below for the full recipe and tips on working with yeast!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 dinner rolls


  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water, between 105°F to 110°F
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 & 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry or instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk, between 105°F to 110°F
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and shaping
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly


  • In a large bowl, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir, and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it starts foaming on the surface. Add the milk and egg to the yeast mixture. Whisk to combine.
  • Add your flour and salt to the wet ingredients. Stir together until you get a rough, crumbly dough. Add the melted butter. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it's smooth and elastic. Add flour as needed if the dough is too sticky.
  • Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until nearly doubled in size. Uncover the dough and transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions, and shape each potion into a smooth ball.
  • Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Transfer the balls of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet, leaving a bit of space to allow for expansion. Cover the dough again, and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until nearly doubled in size again.
    Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Uncover the dough, and bake in the center of the preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. (Optional) Brush the rolls with extra melted butter while they're still warm for added flavor, softness, and shine! Cool slightly before serving.


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