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Ultimate Dinner Rolls

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 22nd, 2017
4.93 from 26 votes
4.93 from 26 votes

This simple recipe for homemade ultimate dinner rolls makes beautifully golden brown rolls with a soft and fluffy texture! Tons of baking tips, make ahead instructions, and a step-by-step video below

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

BEST EVER DINNER ROLLS! I still can't believe how EASY these are! Everyone loved them, and they can be made ahead of time!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Buttery and ever ever so slightly sweet.
Texture: Soft, fluffy, and tender with a golden brown slightly crisp exterior.
Ease: If you’re not familiar with making homemade bread these rolls are a great place to start! Watch the video to see exactly how they’re made.
Appearance: Who could resist one of these big beautiful golden rolls?
Pros: Easy, relatively quick, delicious, perfect for Thanksgiving or a special dinner.
Cons: None except maybe that these are made with white flour. I may try to develop a tasty recipe for whole wheat rolls.
Would I make this again? Absolutely!

There’s absolutely no need to be intimidated by homemade yeast bread baking. Especially with a practically fool proof recipe like this one. I promise, it’s way easier than it probably seems!

This simple recipe for ultimate dinner rolls makes beautifully golden brown rolls with a soft and fluffy texture! You won't believe how easy these are! Tons of tips and step-by-step video

I actually developed this recipe after testing tons of tweaks on dinner rolls for my Ultimate Dinner Roll Guide post here. I learned exactly what made dinner rolls fluffy or hard, tender or crusty, and compiled my favorite tweaks to create this recipe for Ultimate Dinner Rolls!

I hope you give this recipe a shot soon. If you’re still freaked out by working with yeast, there’s a free guide at the end of this post you can download to give yourself a confidence boost.

This simple recipe for ultimate dinner rolls makes beautifully golden brown rolls with a soft and fluffy texture! You won't believe how easy these are! Tons of tips and step-by-step video

Dinner Roll Baking Tips


This recipe utilizes a short cut ingredient: instant yeast. For this recipe you can also use rapid rise or quick rise yeast. One of the 3 should be available at most grocery stores or you can buy my all time favorite yeast on Amazon. These types of yeast are specifically formulated to allow you to skip proofing (aka the step where you combine the yeast with warm liquid for 5 minutes). You can add instant yeast directly into the mix with all of the ingredients.

If you don’t have or can’t find instant yeast, you can easily use active dry yeast instead. Simply combine it with the warm water and milk called for in the recipe and allow it to proof for 5 minutes before adding into the bowl with the other ingredients.


Bread flour is used in this recipe, which should make sense simply by the name! Bread flour has a higher level of protein content than all-purpose flour, which helps to create tall dinner rolls with a nice chewy texture. If you don’t have bread flour, use the same amount of all-purpose flour. Your rolls may just be slightly shorter and less chewy.

Make Ahead

Basically all yeast dough can be made ahead of time and baked off later on! For this recipe, I like to make the dough all the way through to rising once and shaping the rolls. Once the rolls are shaped, cover them and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature as the oven preheats before baking as the recipe directs. If the rolls haven’t doubled in size yet, allow to sit at room temperature until they do.

Refrigerating basically stunts the rise time and can actually allow more flavor to develop!

The rolls are best served the day they’re baked. However, you can easily reheat the rolls briefly in the oven or toaster oven at 300°F until warmed through to refresh.

I hope you make this recipe soon. Just check out what Tori said in her comment below, “I MADE THESE ROLLS FOR DINNER TONIGHT AND THEY WERE AMAZING.
Thank you!! Best recipe ever, so soft and fluffy. I love them. THANK YOU.

Reader Photo!

Sabrina from Tennessee made this recipe and look how beautiful her rolls turned out! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Ultimate Dinner Rolls Sabrina

If you’re interested in improving your bread baking skills, check out my FREE guide:

This recipe was originally published 10/2013 and recently updated with new photos, video, and more baking tips! Photos by Constance Higley.

4.93 from 26 votes

How to make
Ultimate Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This simple recipe for homemade ultimate dinner rolls makes beautifully golden brown rolls with a soft and fluffy texture! Tons of baking tips, make ahead instructions, and a step-by-step video below


  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup warm milk (100 to 110°F)
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for greasing
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups (572 grams) bread flour

For egg wash & finishing

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Melted butter
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Combine the water, milk, 1 tablespoon of the melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add 2 cups of the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a rough, shaggy mass. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, turn to medium-low speed, and gradually add the remaining flour, kneading until a mass of dough begins to forms. Continue kneading on medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes until a soft, smooth ball of dough is formed. The dough should feel elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.
  2. Lightly spray a large clean bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for about 1 hour at room temperature or until the dough is big, puffy, and about doubled in size.

  3. Grease a 13x9-inch or similarly shaped baking pan with butter. Gently deflate the dough. Use a bench scraper, knife, or pizza wheel to divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place in the prepared pan. Lightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise for about 1 hour, or until about doubled in size.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  5. Brush the rolls gently with the beaten egg. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm. Store leftovers in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Ann H. — November 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I don’t know how you can possibly top the Texas Roadhouse rolls of a few months back, which are wonderful, but I’ll give these a try and compare! In the few months I’ve been reading your blog, I’ve come to really trust your sense for a good recipe. Thanks!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I love baking bread and those are some really good results! For sure bookmarking these for Nov 28th 🙂

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      Tessa — November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Gerry!

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — November 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love your videos. I’m such a roll making novice, this helps so much! Not to mention you have the prettiest hands and manicure, so it makes it really easy to watch. Is it creepy I just said that? 🙂

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      Tessa — November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hahaha thanks Heidi! 🙂

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    Leah — November 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were great! My dough didn’t quite double, and wasn’t very puffy, so I thought they might not turn out, but they were perfect! Definitely making them for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I’m glad they turned out!

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    Kajo — November 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    At what point could I freeze these so that would just have to thaw and bake on Thanksgiving?

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      You can freeze 10 minutes after your shape the dough into rolls. Defrost overnight in the fridge and proceed with the next steps in the recipe (letting the dough rolls rise then baking).

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        Moe — January 3, 2020 at 6:22 pm

        Just an FYI you can’t freeze dough made with instant/quick yeast. You won’t get a rise when thawed. Unlike regular yeast freezing kills instant yeast.

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          Tessa — January 8, 2020 at 9:29 am

          I don’t know where you got that from, but it’s simply not true.

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    Maybelline — November 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I suck at baking bread—but no more. This recipe works super fine. I’ll use it in my experiment next weekend. Taking 3 small balls of dough and placing in muffin tins to form clover rolls.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      That’s why I love this recipe… it’s pretty foolproof even for the inexperienced bread baker. Clover rolls sound wonderful, I hope they turn out great!

  7. # — November 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I love making fluffy rolls. Still looking for the perfect recipe-yours look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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    Anna — November 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    can i make this without using a mixer?

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      Tessa — November 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Certainly! It will just take about 10 minutes of kneading by hand.

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    Roberta — November 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    The recipe says bread flour. The bread flour I have sure won’t make white fluffy roles. Did you use regular flour.

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      Tessa — November 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      No, I used King Arthur bread flour. I’m not sure what kind of bread flour you have but if you want you can use regular all-purpose flour. I find that bread flour helps makes these rolls nice and sturdy and round while being soft with a slight chew. Stay tuned for a post I will be publishing next week breaking down all the ingredients in dinner rolls.

  10. #
    Lena — November 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Just tried making these this morning and they turned out absolutely perfect! Great recipe!

  11. #
    Linda Bridge — November 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Could you please post your pizza dough recepie?

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    Erika Boutin — November 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Tessa, I made these the other day and they were awesome. I want to make them again for Thanksgiving but I want to double the recipe. Do you know if I can use the same amount of yeast or should I double that as well.

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      Tessa — November 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Erika, you should be fine with using the same amount of yeast, just be sure to use instant yeast, also sometimes called “rapid rise”. You may also not want to double the salt but instead use 1.5 times the amount, so 2 1/4 teaspoons salt. Everything else should be fine if doubled. Hope that helps. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Kristy Keaton — November 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    These look amazing and simple! 🙂 I’d like to make them tomorrow night for Thanksgiving… will they keep overnight in the fridge from fresh??

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      Tessa — November 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m not sure what you mean by “from fresh” but you can either complete the recipe through shaping the dough into rolls, let the unbaked rolls rise in the fridge overnight then bake off when you’re ready or you can simply bake the rolls tomorrow, underbaking slightly, then reheat in the oven until golden and warm on Thanksgiving.

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    Perry — November 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I made these today for Thanksgiving. Came out very tasty, although a little dense. I’m not sure the dough rose enough, since it didn’t appear to double in size in 1 hour like yours seems to do in the video. I’ll definitely try them again soon!

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    Alison H — November 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Made these for Thanksgiving today, they turned out great fluffy and delicious everyone loved them, they were so easy to make especially after watching the tutorial. thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Chelsea, I made these rolls for Thanksgiving yesterday and they were PERFECT and so easy to make! Thanks girl!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Ohmygosh, I was watching Chelsea Lately on DVR and totally had her name in my head, so sorry Tessa! Oh lordy.

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      Tessa — November 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Haha no worries! I love Chelsea Lately! I’m so happy you enjoyed the rolls 🙂

  18. #
    Michelle — December 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I made these for Thanksgiving, and they were delicious! I had never made rolls from scratch before, so I was thrilled that they turned out like they were supposed to. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  19. #
    Perry — December 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Second time’s a charm! I made these today, and they came out great. Ingredients are everything sometimes.

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      Tessa — December 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Glad to hear that!

  20. #
    Lynne — April 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    After having a tried-and-true recipe for dinner rolls, i decided to try these for Easter. My other recipe took longer and was a bit more involved. This simple recipe was WONDERFUL. I do not have a mixer so I kneaded the dough about 6-8 minutes. I also made them the night before, put in the fridge and let stand before i baked them. Delicious! I love that they made 15 rolls, a perfect serving for us. They will move to the top of my list!

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      Tessa — April 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Lynne, thank you so much for your kind words about the recipe!! I’m so happy they made it to your Easter table. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Candice C — April 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I stumbled upon this page when seeking a new dinner roll recipe. In the time it’s taken these rolls to complete their first rise, I’ve managed to repin a good 20-30 of your recipes! This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. (And a new pant size.)

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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow — May 22, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Hey Tessa. Do you think I could freeze the rolls after they have risen? Or place the rolls a good distance apart on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them to then place them in a bag? I’d love to hear your thoughts. These rolls look so freaking delicious and I cannot wait to try them.

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      Tessa — May 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I think flash freezing the risen rolls would work best! Defrost overnight in the fridge, then let them come to room temperature before baking as the recipe directs. I’ve also actually frozen these rolls completely baked and reheated in a 350°F oven for 7 to 10 minutes with success. Happy baking!

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    victoria — September 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    am i able to use regular baker’s yeast i don’t want to get a whole pack of instant yeast just for one recipe.

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      Tessa — September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Sure, it’ll just take longer to rise.

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    Nan — September 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hi, Tessa. Just wondering if i could use whole wheat flour instead of normal bread flour for this recipe ? and would it be possible to skip the butter ? Im planning to serve this to a friend who is having health issue. Thank you so much.

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      Tessa — September 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

      All whole wheat flour would be pretty dense. I’d do half all-purpose, half whole-wheat if possible. The butter helps to tenderize the dough and brown the rolls as they bake. You can leave it out but it won’t be the same. If it’s a dairy thing you can use dairy-free butter substitute.

  25. #
    Barbara Klassen — September 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Can I make these in my bread maker?

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      Tessa — September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      You can make the dough through the first rise but then of course the rolls will need to rise and bake in the oven.

  26. #
    Chelsie K — September 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    This roll recipe is perfection! I was so surprised when my rolls turned out just as fluffy and golden brown as yours!
    I kneaded the dough by hand for 10 minutes but followed the directions exactly other than that and they are amazing!
    Definitely one to add to my recipe box (: thank you!

  27. #
    Huma — October 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    hi tessa
    i read your whole recipe but couldn’t find anything in written “freeze the dough for so-and-so minutes”. i dont understand what other people are talking about.. am i missing something? my PC crashed so I’m using my smartphone to view your recipe. i can’t find your video as well. would you be kind enough to post your original & complete recipe in this comments reply? i love these rolls and would love to try them.
    thanks 🙂

  28. #
    Donna White — November 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    First time making rolls as I have just brought a stand mixer, the dough seemed more sticky than yours but was fine when I shaped the rolls and they turned out perfect. I live in England, can you explain the difference between Dinner rolls and normal rolls? Thank you for the confidence boost, I will try other bread recipes now.

  29. #
    raneem — November 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Can I use oil instead of butter for the dough and brush the top of the rolls with some eggwash instead of butter?

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    Aren — November 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I just made these tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow! TOTAL SUCCESS!!! I did substitute honey for the granulated sugar (because we have bees so I try to use our honey in recipes as often as I can). They turned out great, and everyone in the family fought over the sample roll. (I also doubled the recipe in my Bosch mixer and it worked great.) Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — November 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Soooo happy they were a success! I bet your honey made them extra tasty. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Emma — November 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Is it okay to use self-rising flour for this recipe? I’m excited to try this recipe for Thanksgiving!

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      Tessa — November 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

      No, I would not use self-rising flour as the recipe does not require leavener other than the yeast.

  32. #
    jennifer jones — November 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    i made these for thanksgiving 2014 they were great had nothing but compliments about them. they are also great warmed up do not get hard.

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      Tessa — November 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      That makes me so happy! Glad the recipe was a part of your celebration.

  33. #
    Merlot @ Goddess of Baking — November 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I am a first time roll maker and your video was very helpful! I made these today for thanksgiving and they turned out awesome!

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      Tessa — November 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thrilled to hear that! Hope it was a great holiday.

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    Sandra — December 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve always been hesitant about baking homemade bread….working with yeast made me nervous. I was so pleased at how easy these rolls were to make and how absolutely perfect they came out. The video was a great addition-I could see I was on the right track during the entire process. I am more confident now about baking with yeast. Thanks so much!

  35. #
    Terri — December 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I don’t have a stand mixer, can these be done by hand? I don’t expect you can use a handheld mixer either? Looking to try these for Christmas 😀

  36. #
    johana — January 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Omg this is the first time i made rolls that look like rolls and not like flat wanna be rolls great recipe thank you for sharing life saver 🙂 God bless you

  37. #
    ivanna — January 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Tessa! I made these a couple of weeks ago and they were wonderful! I was wondering if I could use this recipe and stuff them with some pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to make Pepperoni and Chesse Rolls?

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    Karen — January 26, 2015 at 10:28 am

    i just made these, but I knew I was in trouble after I finished mixing in the remaining bread flour. My dough wasn’t soft and fluffy like yours in the video. I did measure the flour as well as weigh it out. My dough looked like I had used too much flour. Any suggestions?

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    albert — March 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I made the dinner roll once with bread flour and once with ap flour they same to good both ways . I also made them into hamburger buns and turned out great I weigh them out at 4 oz balls and pressed them down to make them round they also turned out great thank you for your recipes al

  40. #
    Abbi — March 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Made these, flavored with garlic butter…10 stars!!!!!

  41. #
    Carol — April 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I’ve made these three times now and they look beautiful but turn out dense. Any suggestions? I follow your recipe exactly every time and I’m stumped!

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      Tessa — April 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Dense bread is usually due to the flour being over-measured. If you live in a very dry climate you may need to reduce the flour but for best results always weigh the flour. If you don’t have a scale use the spoon and level method detailed here:

      Another cause of dense bread is not allowing it enough time to rise. Always use the visual indication in a recipe for how the bread should look when it’s risen. You can also replace half the bread flour with all-purpose flour to create a lighter texture too. Hope that helps!

  42. #
    Torii A — May 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you!! Best recipe ever, so soft and fluffy. I love them. THANK YOU.

  43. #
    Sl liew — June 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I tried your recipe it was really good. Thanks. I made the dough have it refridgerated overnight and bake it the next day. Texture was really good spongy and chewy.

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    Beth — November 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I havent made your rolls yet but I watched your video and they look easy and yummy! Im considering adding them to my Thanksgiving dinner but I would have to change one thing. I never buy bread flour, instead I keep some wheat gluten in my freezer and add to my plain flour whenever I make bread or rolls. That is the difference between plain flour and bread flour… bread flour has more gluten for a higher rise than when you use plain flour. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and your teaching video. Im sure it will help those who are afraid of yeast dough to try making it.

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    Jenn@slim-shoppin — November 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I made these for thanksgiving today – EPIC!!! So excited they turned out exactly like yours. I was worried because I just used All Purpose Flour – but they still turned out amazing.

    Thank you so much for a great recipe

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    Tine — December 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Saw this recipe last week and thought to try it. Made these twice so far and they are awesome. Easy to make and my family loves them. I’m also checking out your other bread recipes that I can try. Thanks for the recipe and great video tutorial.

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    Lindsey — December 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I was looking for something I could make that was not too hard, satisfying for lots of people’s tastes, and fun to do. Your recipe filled the bill! Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the texture, handling the dough, forming the rolls, and then presenting the results to my family and to members of a class I teach. The aroma was the best advertisement! I want to work on the subtle skills that enhance flavor and texture, but try was a success.

  48. #
    Lindsey — December 28, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I was looking for something I could make that was not too hard, satisfying for lots of people’s tastes, and fun to do. Your recipe filled the bill! Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the texture, handling the dough, forming the rolls, and then presenting the results to my family and to members of a class I teach. The aroma was the best advertisement! I want to work on the subtle skills that enhance flavor and texture, but my first try was a success.

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      Tessa — December 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Woohoo, Lindsey! Happy to hear that 🙂 And you’re so right, there’s nothing like the aroma of baking bread.

  49. #
    Jess — December 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Have you tried making a loaf of bread with this recipe?

  50. #
    Linda — January 24, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Turned out great!! My grandkids love them.

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    Laddie66 — February 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I have made these dinner rolls and each time I surprise myself with the end result. It’s easy and something to put on the table that’s tasty and beautiful to look at.

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    Allina — March 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Can this particular dough be shaped into knots or other shapes?

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      Tessa — March 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      I haven’t tried that! Let me know if you give it a try 🙂

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    Denise — May 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Without a doubt the BEST and EASIEST recipe I have found…these are a big hit with everyone in my family!!!

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      Tessa — May 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear, Denise!

  54. #
    Suzanne — June 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    These rolls were perfect!!! They tasted as good as they looked! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  55. #
    Dawn — August 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I have used your roll recipe for years now. It is perfect, easy, and never fails me! Thank you!

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      Tessa — August 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

      So happy to hear that, Dawn!!

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    Lori — November 2, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hi Tess,

    there are 2 comments about freezing the dinner rolls, one says to shape into rolls and let rise then flash freeze the other one says to freeze10 minutes after shaping. Which way is best and do i need extra yeast in the recipe?

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    juliana gomes — November 23, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    hi Tessa..these rolls look amazing!!i would love to make them. do you mind sharing the recipe in grams? i’m not very familiar with cup measurements :p

    thanks 🙂

  58. #
    Claire Allen — February 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Wow! Made these today, and they are amazing! This will now be my go to recipe! Thank you 🙂

  59. #
    Alex — March 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I made these last Thanksgiving and they were the STAR of the meal. So easy and fabulous. I will never buy a dinner roll ever again.

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      Tessa — March 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Oh, I’m so pleased to hear that, Alex!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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    Secret Admirer — March 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I was wondering if you knew of a way, or your best suggestion for making these rolls stay fresh longer? Is there a way to store them that would help them taste and feel similar after say, three or four days? Or an ingredient you know of even? Or is feezing/thawing the dough the way you’d handle it?

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      Tessa — March 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Yes, freezing and thawing the dough would give you the best taste and texture!

  61. #
    Yvonne loong — April 5, 2017 at 3:43 am

    My whole family love the buns. Going to use them for my Meat Sliders the next time. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  62. #
    Riz — April 18, 2017 at 3:03 am

    These rolls came out PERFECT. Tried and approved! You will not be disappointed. My go-to dinner roll recipe from now on. Thank you!!

  63. #
    Samrah — October 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    These were fantastic. Soft and chewy. Thank you for a great recipe. Do you think these can be made into a bread loaf?

  64. #
    Rachael — December 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    These are the best rolls I have ever made. On one of the batches I brushed on Italian herb butter that I mixed up and it was amazing. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

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    Sandy D — December 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I made these recipes for a dinner party and they did not disappoint. The dough was simple to make and a breeze to work with. I made the dough the day before I needed them and baked them off the day I was eating them. Made it such an easy bread to serve with dinner. They were light as air and so good. I even reheated the buns the next day and you would never know they were not freshly baked. A definite winning recipe.

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    Bonnie — December 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I just made the dough and it looks very dry, not like yours at all. I measured my ingredients carefully, even using the scale for the flour – help!

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    Junell — January 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Wonderful!!! Soft & light. Can not imagine having any left…. Going to try as cinnamon roll next! Working on my bread skills & pasta this month. Love the helpfulness from the overview of different additions to the dough. THX!!!

  68. #
    Bonnie — March 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Tessa. I made your dinner rolls last night for dinner. Omg. It’s the best recipe I have ever tried. And easy! They turned out big, fluffy, soft inside, slight crisp outside, not dry at all. I tried to send you picture, but I don’t know if it did. I used that Instagram which I have never done before. Anyway. This is my favorite by far. I can even make sandwiches or sliders with them. My husband made a comment how good they were. Thank you.

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    Redsled — March 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Tessa I have a question, is the flour 9 oz or 2 cups? It doesn’t add up to me

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    Redsled — March 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    oops never mind Tessa I was wrong. I read it wrong Sorry to bother.

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    kilroyuk — March 26, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Just baked a batch of these rolls and could not believe how good they are. Have never had such great results. They are so fluffy with a wonderful taste and are a good size, which are ideal for sandwiches. When my wife returned home she thought I had bought them from the local supermarket. She still won’t believe me. She’ll find out the next time I bake them. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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    Deborah Freeman — November 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    On, you list 3 T. of unsalted butter for the Ultimate Dinner Rolls, but on the Beginner’s Guide to Bread, the same recipe lists 2 T. unsalted butter. Which amount is correct? I’m eager to try this recipe. Thanks

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    cindi — November 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I noticed when you add your yeast, milk and water you don’t let your yeast rest for 5 mins. to get foamy why?

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    Kari — November 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Uh-oh, you have awoken the hidden baker in me. I have been afraid to attempt baking bread after so many epic fails, but I forged on with this recipe as you said it was foolproof even for beginners. You did not disappoint. I made this recipe and the rolls came out perfect. I am (dough) hooked! Going for those ricotta herb rolls next for my Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you Tessa, I love your site!

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    maria jiza berdos — November 26, 2018 at 12:17 am

    thank you its kinda help for me during competition

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    Diane — April 14, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I want to thank you for a great recipe and for creating a nice, clean print page for it. I hate when you have to print a bunch of pages with ads or other stuff to get the recipe. I cannot wait to try these.

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    Minni — September 6, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Excellent rolls. Made 2 batches for a dinner party and when it was time to leave I left with empty bowls. My boss said I made her break her bread diet and ate 3. LOL!

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    Kortnee Heck — November 14, 2019 at 6:03 am

    These were delicious and very easy to make. Yeast and I normally don’t get along but your step by step video and instructions have changed that. Thank you!

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    Pamela — November 24, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    My friend and neighbors ask me to make these rolls whenever I an invited for dinner or have a dinner party. They are tall, fluffy, and melt in your mouth

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    Beth — November 28, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I made this today, the day of Thanksgiving. I tried another recipe and it called for too much salt and ened up tasting like play dough. These came out wonderfully and the whole family enjoyed them. I will have to make a bigger batch next time, cause they went very quickly.

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    Wri — December 26, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I don’t know if you’ll see this but I got active dry yeast instead of instant yeast. Can I use that, and if so how do I activate it?

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      Mariana Grebler — February 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      The answer is in her post. Just read it thoroughly.

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    D.Morgan — February 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Lo would like to try this with Rapid Rise yeast. How do I adjust this recipe?

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    D. Morgan — February 25, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Why does this dough, using a rapid rise yeast, have to rise 45 minutes instaead of about the normal 10 mintiest?

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    Christina Henderson — March 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    These are amazing! I have never made homemade rolls or bread before and I followed this recipe exactly and nailed it on the first try!

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    Kitty Hilton — March 26, 2020 at 6:06 am

    These are the BEST! Seriously!

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    Rosemary Nakatani — March 26, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Great easy delicious recipe!

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    Jan — April 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Followed recipe to a tee and they turned out perfect!

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    Harriet — April 13, 2020 at 9:27 am

    I’ve baked bread for 50 years and now this is one of my favorite recipes. I knead the dough though by hand and it came out lighter. Great upper body exercise!

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    Mary M. — April 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight…they turned out perfect! Will be making again! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Je — May 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Can i double the recipe?

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    Leslie R. — June 10, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Hi! I’m excited to make these, but I am wondering if I can sub Oat Milk for the milk in this recipe?

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    Anusha — June 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

    If I want to halve the recipe – do I take half of all the ingredients? What will be the amount of yeast to be used?

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    MATTHEW HALLBAUER — June 28, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Great recipe used to make dinner rolls. Those were a hit with the family over half eaten before dinner was ready. Not a big deal because it made so many. Today I’m making the dough to use for cinnamon rolls

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    Baked By Maru — July 23, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Easy to do. Very delicious. Very soft. Thanks for this recipe!

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    Lisa — July 30, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Easy and delicious! If you’re a new yeast baker, the video shows you exactly how your dough should look.

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    Glory Janes — August 27, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Can we make these without the help of a stand mixer? And what would be the procedure.

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    Adele — November 15, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I like the thoroughness of your experiment for the perfect dinner roll. I’m not a very experienced baker so tips are great!! Here’s my dilemma – we are driving about 2.5 hours to a lake the day before Thanksgiving. I want to make rolls for the dinner on Thursday. I was thinking I could make a batch of dough while I’m still home on Wednesday, let them rise once, punch them down, and put the bowl with the dough in an iced cooler. Then on Wednesday night, I would let them rise once more then shape the dough into rolls and place in the fridge overnight. I would bake them on Thanksgiving after letting them rise. Does this sound like it would work???

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    Adele — November 15, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I like the thoroughness of your experiment for the perfect dinner roll. I’m not a very experienced baker so tips are great!! Here’s my dilemma – we are driving about 2.5 hours to a lake the day before Thanksgiving. I want to make rolls for the dinner on Thursday. I was thinking I could make a batch of dough while I’m still home on Wednesday, let them rise once, punch them down, and put the bowl with the dough in an iced cooler. Then on Wednesday night, I would let them rise once more then shape the dough into rolls and place in the fridge overnight. I would bake them on Thanksgiving after letting them rise. Does this sound like it would work???

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      Tessa — November 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      That should work! You should check out my free Make Ahead Baking Guide – I go over in detail how to make bread rolls and lots of other recipes ahead of time. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Muriel — December 24, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I made the dinner rolls a few years ago and they have been requested at every family gathering since.

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    Cheri — January 4, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    could I use this same recipe in a bread machine?Would there be any alterations to do so?

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    Shirley — January 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

    I am not a bread maker! I make everything else but was always fearful to make bread for fear of failure. I decided one day to try this recipe and see how it worked. I followed the instructions perfectly and waited to see what happened.
    Unbelievably the rolls turned out PERFECTLY. They were so so so good. Give this a try if you are a beginner like me!! Thanks for the recipe and confidence booster.

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      Tessa — January 25, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      I am so happy you loved these rolls!

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    Linda Ward — January 26, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    I have tried other bun recipe but these are the best I have tried, I do have a question, I baked them in a glass dish, and left them in only 15 mins and it seem to work, do you think that is long enough? thanks

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    Donna — May 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I’ve made these “Ultimate Dinner Rolls” twice now. Both my husband and I think they are great. The recipe was easy to follow and the rolls came out perfect both times. Will be making these often. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Tina K — July 30, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Dear Tessa, I made these with APF and they tasted fantastic! You make my world so much better !!! Thank you for sharing your recipes ! Greetings from India !!!

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      Emily — July 30, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Tina! We appreciate it!

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    Kathleen clapp — August 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    I just saw the video and I’m going to try them next week they look delicious.

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      Emily — August 20, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Great! Please let us know what you think!

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