Easy Dinner Rolls

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These Easy Dinner Rolls are a super popular recipe. Add them to your dinner menu, and everyone at your table will be so happy!

Easy Dinner Rolls just out of the oven

It’s easy enough to buy rolls at the store, add them to your meal plan and call it a day. But have you ever made homemade rolls?  It might seem intimidating (and some recipes are), but these rolls are really easy to make. They’re totally worth the time. And they turn out incredibly tender and buttery and delicious!

Read through the comments on this recipe, and you’ll see some very positive reviews.  Many people have made these for their holiday dinners, and they have been very happy with the results! And be sure to watch the video that shows you how to make the recipe.

Easy Dinner Rolls just out of the oven

How to make Easy Dinner Rolls:

You’ll start by combining warm water with yeast.  The recipe calls for active dry yeast. RecipeGirl readers have indicated that they’ve tried this recipe using quick rising yeast and they’ve had similar results. When you combine water with yeast, it’ll become foamy after a few minutes.  If the foam action doesn’t happen, your yeast is probably old and not active.  Be sure to use freshly purchased yeast!

Then you’ll be stirring in melted butter, eggs, sugar and salt. Flour is stirred in last, until the dough is no longer sticky. The dough is then placed in a greased bowl. At this point, the dough is covered with plastic wrap and the dough is refrigerated.  It can be refrigerated anywhere from 2 hours to up to 4 days. This is excellent news since that means this is a good make-ahead recipe!  More good news is that there is no-kneading needed for the dough!

Easy Dinner Rolls

When you’re ready to finish up making these rolls, the dough is removed from the refrigerator and divided into 24 equal sized pieces.  Each piece is rolled into a little ball and placed into a greased 9×13-inch pan. A towel is placed over the pan of rolled dough balls, and then you need to set it aside and let the dough rise (about an hour or so).

Finally, the rolls are baked until golden brown. You can brush melted butter on them as they come out of the oven!

A lot of people think that you only bake homemade rolls like this when it’s Thanksgiving or Easter or another prominent holiday. Not true!  Bake them on a Sunday to have with your Sunday dinner. They’re such a nice addition to a meal!

pulling Easy Dinner Rolls out of the pan

These freshly baked Easy Dinner Rolls are pull-apart tender. You can just reach into the pan and pull the rolls apart.  Leave the baking dish on the table and let guests pull them apart themselves, or you can pull all of them apart and serve them in a basket covered by cloth napkins. It’s also okay to make them ahead and warm them in the oven right before serving.

Here are a few more recipes you might like to add to your holiday menu:

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Easy Dinner Rolls

These buttery rolls are so easy to make and they're buttery and fluffy!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill and Rise Time: 3 hours
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 147kcal
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner rolls, easy dinner rolls, make ahead, rolls


  • 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • Two .25-ounce envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • additional melted butter (if desired)


  • In a large bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Let the mixture stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes. If it does not become foamy, your yeast is probably old and not active- it's best to throw it out and start again.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir in the butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Beat in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough is too stiff to mix (all of the flour may not be needed). The dough should no longer be sticky. Place the round ball of dough into a new bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or up to 4 days.
  • Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. Turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured board. Divide the dough into 24 equal-size pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth round ball; place balls in even rows (4 rows by 6 rows) in the prepared pan. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough balls rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour (or so). You can leave them to rise longer if you need to.
  • Preheat the oven to 375° F. Bake until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. If they are browning too quickly on top, tent foil over the rolls until finished baking. Brush warm rolls with melted butter, if desired. Break rolls apart to serve.



  • *nutritional info. does not include extra melted butter brushed on top.
  • *In this recipe, don't use quick-rising dry yeast.
  • *Before adding the yeast mixture, use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of the water (it's important that it's in the temperature range indicated)
  • *These rolls may be baked early in the day and re-warmed when ready to serve.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Easy Dinner Rolls in the pan


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  • Mary Stacey wrote:

    Would they still turn out okay if I cut the sugar by half?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think so.

  • Millie wrote:

    Can these be frozen after baking and still be just as good

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure!

  • Linda Drey wrote:

    Can you freeze the roll, than thaw and bake them as needed?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried this.

  • Peggy wrote:

    I’ve made these rolls several times, including yesterday for Thanksgiving, & they are wonderful! One time I made them using quick-rising yeast & another with regular yeast. Both times the rolls were yummy. Today, I’m making another batch using 1 regular & 1 quick rise yeast because that’s what I have in the house. By the way, I use my stand mixer with the dough hook when mixing in the flour. This save my arms from getting so tired when the dough gets stiff. I also knead the dough for a few minutes before forming the rolls. My family just loves these rolls! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Lynn wrote:

    Can’t wait to try these. If I make ten tomorrow and refrigerate until Thursday, what is the best way to reheat them? Oven or microwave, and if oven, what temp and how long?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m making mine today. They’ll be fine wrapped at room temperature. My plan is to wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven just before serving Thanksgiving dinner.

  • leah wrote:

    Omg! This is it! I tested these today and I have found my thanksgiving rolls! My last recipe I tried took much more time and ingredients and wasn’t nearly as good. I’m probably going to brush them with honey butter and serve more with them as well. One thing I wish I had thought to test though. Since they can stay in the fridge 4 days could you rise them a couple hours then roll them then keep in the fridge maybe another full day or more? I would love to hear if someone tries this. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Debra wrote:

    I’ve made these several times, and you just cannot go wrong. They are wonderful.

  • Mary wrote:

    The Easy Dinner Rolls are awesome love the flavor the best thing of all you can refrigerated or freeze .

    Thank You

  • christine gray wrote:

    I’m traveling about 80 miles in the cold on T’giving morning.

    can I make the rolls and have them ready to put in the oven about two hours after I arrive?

    should they be in the cold trunk or the warm car?

    Do I let them warm up before I put them in the oven?

    thank you

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’d just make them ahead completely and then wrap them in foil and warm them up right before dinner. Much easier!

  • becky wrote:

    Do you use a mixer or mix dough by hand?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You do not need to use a mixer- just use a strong wooden spoon to stir by hand.

  • Joanne wrote:

    I made these this week and the are so incredibly easy…and delicious! I plan on making them for my Thanksgiving bread basket. Yes, there is still such a thing!

  • Jin wrote:

    I accidently used quick rising yeast…… and they came out WONDERFUL!!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      oh good to know!

  • christine wrote:


    I have never been able to make yeast rolls, but I can make these!! BTW, the dough was in the fridge for four days and turned out perfectly!

    Two questions:

    can the dough be used as a base for cinnamon rolls?

    can anything be added to the dough to make either sweet or savory rolls?


    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hi Christine- I love the idea of using the dough for cinnamon rolls! I haven’t tried it, but it seems like it might work! As for your other questions, not sure…

  • Pam Kilmer wrote:

    These are the best dinner rolls we have ever tasted. They are perfect in every way. i also froze some to see how they would do. They freeze perfectly; even unthawed in the microwave for a few seconds. Now one of my favorite.

  • christine wrote:

    There have been two things I cannot make, both essential parts of Thanksgiving DInner–rolls and gravy. Since yesterday, there is now only one item I cannot make-gravy. .

    I made these rolls and they were perfect and so easy!

    I made them and put them in the fridge the night before.

    I kneaded the dough for about five minutes before letting them rise.

    I let them rise for about three hours.

    I had enough dough for 28 rolls.

    I’ll continue to buy the gravy at a gourmet shop.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Glad to hear!

  • Heather g. wrote:

    This recipe was reccomended by a friend, and I’m so glad! I made these for Christmas dinner and it was my first attempt at anything using yeast and I was very very nervous…in fact made Mom buy a tube of crescent rolls as a backup plan. Let’s just say the crescent rolls are still in her fridge because these turned out AWESOME!! Will be my go-to roll recipe going forward. Thank you!

  • Christine Steendahl wrote:

    These are fantastic and easy! What a perfect compliment to Thanksgiving dinner. Kids love them as well!