Homemade Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is almost here… that means it’s almost time to whip up a batch of these delicious, Homemade Dinner Rolls, one of our family’s holiday traditions!Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I make these dinner rolls often throughout the year, but they are always a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner. Golden brown, soft on the inside, and absolutely amazing when served warm, with a bit of butter (or honey butter)…YUM! I am getting hungry just writing about these!

I usually make the dough in my bread machine for the easiest way to prepare the dough, but it is also quite easy to make these by hand (with just a bit of mixing and kneading). I’ve included instructions for making these BOTH ways, and really hope you will consider making them, especially if you’ve never made dinner rolls before. Most of the prep time involved is not ACTIVE prep time… it’s just waiting time… waiting for the dough to rise. So read an epic novel or eat an entire container of chocolate bonbons while the dough rises. Whatever floats your boat. You’ll be glad you put the time in and made these delicious rolls! There’s just something about freshly baked bread that is perfect for any celebration!

Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here are the rolls, ready to go into the oven. I’ve placed them in a large round pan, but you can bake them on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan (for square rolls), if desired.

Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Just out of the oven… golden brown and ready to be brushed with additional butter.

Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here are some I made on a baking sheet. The top of rolls are brushed with melted butter and they are ready to serve!

Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

YUM! Hand me one please, and pass the butter… STAT!

Homemade Dinner Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: Oster Deluxe Bread & Dough Maker Handbook, 1994, Sunbeam-Oster Household Products

Homemade Dinner Rolls
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Soft, golden brown and buttery, these homemade dinner rolls are a perfect accompaniment to any meal.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 15 rolls
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons regular active dry yeast (or quick-acting active dry yeast)
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter (for brushing onto the rolls)
  1. Place all ingredients in bread pan in the same order as they are given. Select DOUGH cycle.
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in lg. bowl. Add/mix in the butter, egg, flour, sugar and salt. Mix well. Knead dough into a large ball on lightly floured surface. Spray a large mixing bowl with non-stick spray. Place dough ball into bowl. Turn dough over to coat with the spray. Cover dough with a dish towel. Let rise in warm place for about an hour until doubled in size. Proceed with rest of recipe.
  1. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Divide risen dough into 15 equal portions. shape each piece into a ball, tucking the seams under to the bottom side of the dough. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet or in a cake pan. Brush the tops of each roll with melted butter (reserving the rest for when the rolls are fully cooked). Cover rolls with a clean dish towel, and let the dough rise until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during the last 10 minutes of rising time.
  4. Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove rolls, brush with additional melted butter.
  5. Serve while warm. Enjoy!
Note: Most of the prep time indicated is not active prep time. It is the "hurry up and wait" time while the dough rises two times. Just sayin'.






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