Homemade dinner rolls are soft, golden and buttery, and a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Recipe has directions to make by hand or bread machine.Homemade dinner rolls are soft, golden brown and buttery, and are a perfect accompaniment to any meal.
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!

I make these homemade dinner rolls often throughout the year, but they are a tradition and 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 rolls! Here’s how to make them.

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Homemade Dinner Rolls Can Be Made By Hand OR Bread Machine

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 in the printable recipe (below), 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, while the dough rises.  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 homemade dinner rolls! There’s just something about freshly baked bread that is perfect for any celebration!

Homemade Dinner Rolls Dough Is Made, Shaped, And Is Ready To Bake

Here are the rolls, ready to go into the oven. This is what they look like after dough has been mixed, and has risen to double the size. The dough has been formed into individual rolls.

I’ve placed these homemade dinner rolls in a large round pan, but you can also bake them on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan (for square rolls), if desired. I’ve done all of the above, at one time or another!

Dinner roll dough in a round pan, ready to bake!

Baked In a ROUND Pan

Just out of the oven… golden brown homemade dinner rolls… ready to be brushed with additional butter. Yummy.

Hot dinner rolls, straight out of the oven!

Baked On A 13×9 Baking Sheet

Here are some I made on a baking sheet (my favorite way to bake them). The top of the homemade dinner rolls have been brushed with melted butter and they are ready to serve! Don’t they look delicious? Trust me… they ARE delicious!

Homemade dinner rolls on wire rack, ready to eat.

YUM! Hand me a homemade dinner roll please, and pass the butter… STAT!

See how fluffy the homemade dinner rolls look? Yum.

The smell in the house while fresh bread dough is baking… honestly, it’s one of my favorite smells!  If you enjoy homemade bread, I hope you will also check out my recipes for No Knead Bread (amazing!), or Miracle Bread.  They are so good, and are both VERY EASY to make!!

These (also easy to prepare) homemade dinner rolls are wonderful! I really hope you will check out the recipe below, and give them a try. I really think you will LOVE them! Have a great day.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: Oster Deluxe Bread & Dough Maker Handbook, 1994, Sunbeam-Oster Household Products


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Homemade Dinner Rolls
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 42 mins

Homemade dinner rolls are soft, golden brown and buttery, and are a perfect accompaniment to any meal. 

Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls
Servings: 15 rolls
Calories Per Serving: 163 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 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!
Recipe Notes

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'.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comment on Homemade Dinner Rolls

  1. Hello Grateful Girl,
    Your rolls look awesome! To same time, can they be made in advance and then frozen a few days before using? Thanks!!!

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