1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

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This classic 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is easy to make, full of great buttery flavor, and just as warm and comforting as always.

1-Hour Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe

Growing up, I was always the pickiest kid at the dinner table.

But especially so on Thanksgiving.

While my extended family would pile their colorful plates high with a bounty of turkey and gravy, every kind of casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce and veggies galore, my picky little plate, by contrast, was a study in monochrome.  I would quickly bypass all of the veggies to pick out a small slice of turkey (white meat only, I insisted), a big scoop of mashed potatoes (sans-gravy, of course), maybe a small scoop of corn (had to meet Mom’s one vegetable quota), and then — the best part of the entire meal — one of my grandmother’s famous soft and buttery dinner rolls.  Atop which I would pile another dinner roll.  And another.  And another.

What my plate lacked in diversity, it made up for in height.  I could balance an impressive mountain of carbohydrates when it came to those dinner rolls!

Fast forward thirty years, and I still look forward to good dinner rolls on Thanksgiving just as much.  Granted, they are now surrounded by a much more balanced array of veggies (the more, the merrier), dark turkey meat (finally saw the light!), and gravy on everything (yum).  But warm pan of soft and buttery dinner rolls each holiday is still a must.  And since I rarely make them nowadays, when I do bake up a batch, I want the real deal rolls that I grew up with.  I’m talkin’ all-purpose flour, plenty of butter, yeast and rise times and the whole nine yards — this recipe right here.

And the good news?  This recipe is actually surprisingly simple to make, especially if you’re new to working with yeast.  And it can be ready to go from start to finish in just one hour. So if you’re looking for a solid dinner rolls recipe to make this Thanksgiving (or any night of the year), I thought it was time to bump this one back to the top of the blog today for you to bookmark.  I think you’re going to love them!

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How To Make Dinner Rolls

1-Hour Dinner Rolls Ingredients:

As with many classic bread recipes, the ingredient list for this one is super-simple.  To make this 1-Hour Dinner Rolls recipe, you will need:

  • Water and Milk: These will serve as our base liquids for the bread dough.
  • Melted Butter: Which we will both bake into the rolls and brush on top.
  • Honey: Just a little bit to add a hint of sweetness.
  • Active Dry Yeast: This recipe calls for 1 tablespoon active dry yeast which — if you are buying the little packets — is a little more than one packet.  So be sure to purchase two!
  • All-Purpose Flour: This is the only flour with which I’ve tested this recipe.  It may work with others, but I can’t say for sure.
  • Salt: To bring out all of these delicious flavors.

1-Hour Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

How To Make Dinner Rolls:

Alright, if you’re nervous about working with yeast, hakuna matata.  We’re in this together!  To make these dinner rolls, simply…

  1. Warm the liquid ingredients.  In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, stir together the melted butter, water, milk, and honey.  Then microwave for 1 minute, and give it a stir.  Then continue microwaving it in 15 second intervals, until the mixture is very warm to the touch but not hot or boiling (ideally 110°F, but anywhere between 95°F-115°F will do), and the butter is completely melted.  The temperature of the water is important here, because if it’s too hot (120°F or more), it will kill the yeast.  If it’s too cool, the yeast will not activate.  Just think — a little bit warmer than your body temperature.
  2. Add yeast.  Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer (affiliate link).  Then sprinkle the yeast evenly on top, and give it a quick stir with a fork to combine.  Wait for five minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.
  3. Add dry ingredients.  Then add in 3.5 cups of flour (not all of the flour!) and the salt.
  4. Mix.  Using the dough-hook, mix on medium-low speed until the dry ingredients are combined.  If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add in 1/4 cup more flour at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch.  (Only use up to 4 cups of flour total.)  Continue mixing on low speed for 4-5 minutes.  Then form the dough into a ball with your hands and transfer it to a greased bowl.
  5. Let the dough rise.  Cover the bowl with a damp towel or paper towel, and let it rise briefly for 15 minutes.
  6. Form the rolls.  Gently punch the dough down and divide into 15 equal-sized pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place the dough balls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.  Cover the dish again with a damp towel or paper towel, and let the dough balls rise for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  7. Bake.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden brown on top and cooked through.
  8. Brush with more buttah.  Remove the baking dish from the oven, and brush the tops of the rolls with butter.  (Yum.)
  9. Serve warm.  And enjoy!

1-Hour Dinner Rolls

What To Serve With These Dinner Rolls:

If you happen to be making this dinner rolls recipe for the holidays, feel free to check out our full collections of Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter recipes.  But otherwise, these rolls would be delicious served with any of the following faves:

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1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x

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This 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is surprisingly easy to make…and irresistibly delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon active-dry yeast*
  • 3.5 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • extra melted butter, for brushing on top

Instructions

  1. Prep your oven and baking dish.  Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Warm the liquid ingredients.  In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, stir together the water and melted butter, then add in the milk and honey and stir until combined.  Microwave the mixture for 1 minute, and give it a stir.  Continue microwaving the mixture in 15 second intervals, until it is very warm to the touch but not hot or boiling (anywhere between 95°F-115°F), and the butter is completely melted.  The temperature of the water is important here, because if it’s too hot (120°F or more), it will kill the yeast.  If it’s too cool, the yeast will not activate.  Just think — a little bit warmer than your body temperature.
  3. Add yeast.  Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer.  Then sprinkle the yeast evenly on top, and give it a quick stir with a fork to combine.  Wait for five minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients.  Then add in 3.5 cups of flour (not all of the flour!) and the salt.
  5. Mix.  Using the dough-hook, mix on medium-low speed until the dry ingredients are combined.  If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add in 1/4 cup more flour at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch.  (Only use up to 4 cups of flour total.)  Continue mixing on low speed for 4-5 minutes.  Then form the dough into a ball with your hands and transfer it to a greased bowl.
  6. Let the dough rise.  Cover the bowl with a damp towel or paper towel, and let it rise briefly for 15 minutes.
  7. Form the rolls.  Gently punch the dough down and divide into 15 equal-sized pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place the dough balls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.  Cover the dish again with a damp towel or paper towel, and let the dough balls rise for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  8. Bake.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden brown on top and cooked through.
  9. Brush with more butter.  Remove the baking dish from the oven, and brush the tops of the rolls with butter.  (Yum.)
  10. Serve warm.  And enjoy!

Notes

*I buy my yeast in bulk.  But if you’re buying the packets, note that 1 packet contains 2.25 teaspoons yeast.  So this will call for a little more than 1 packet.

(Recipe originally published 2016, instructions updated in 2018.)

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1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

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210 comments on “1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls”

  1. Made these to go with pulled pork tonight and everyone loves them.

  2. Ok these are the BEST!!!! I’m currently making another batch as I type this! They rise so good and are perfect!!!! Thank you for the easiest and tastiest recipe there is!

  3. These rolls are the best I’ve tried and so easy! My family loved them! Light and fluffy. This is my new go to recipe. Thank you!

  4. I’ve made these twice. The first time they were still REALLY sticky even with the full 4 cups used but manageable. The second time, I even added an additional 2\3 c beyond the 4 cups called for and the dough was still a nightmare to work with. They turn out nice and soft but geez, the prep is a disaster. Maybe it’s because I live in the Deep South and our humidity levels are about 80% lately.

  5. WOW !!! The most amazing homemade dinner rolls. I have tried so many recipes from the internet but nothing is as delicious and tasty as this one. This surely is the best dinner rolls recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    Thank you all for your comments as they made me even more eager to try out this recipe. I am serving this with a delicious beef stew tonight.

  6. I’ve only had rave reviews and massive success with every single time I’ve made these. I’ve made them larger and used as hamburger buns for burger night and everyone was so impressed!

    I’m going to try dividing the dough into two loaf pans to make two loaves of bread. Wish me luck!

  7. Love this recipe! I’ve made them twice and they have come out perfect. Simple, easy to follow recipe. Mine came out light and fluffy as they should have. I’ve been looking for a great homemade dinner roll and so glad I finally found one. The family loves them. Thank you so much!

  8. Absolutely perfect! Love this recipe, shared it with many friends

  9. I am so glad I decided to give these a try. It was a bit of an adventure, but a big payout. Hopefully someone else can learn from my mistakes. I don’t have a stand mixer so I kneaded by hand for about 6 minutes and that worked fine. I think I might try the food processor next time to see if that’s an easier option though. I also used instant yeast, so I mixed the flour, about 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast, and salt together first and then warmed the liquid (minus yeast) and mixed the liquid and dry together. I started with 420 grams of all-purpose flour and then gradually added more to a total of 480 grams (as my weight estimate for 3.5-4 cups) but my dough was too sticky. It was all over my hands the entire time. It was a mess to shape into balls so they were just 15 dropped globs of dough, but they still came out delicious. Lesson learned, though. Definitely adding more flour next time until I can knead without the dough sticking to my hands. After more research online, using 128 grams of flour per cup is a better estimate, so I next time I’ll use 450-520 grams of flour and see how that goes. Thanks so much for a great recipe! Rolls haven’t been a regular part of our diet before now, but they certainly will be going forward.

  10. Hi, if I want to knead with hands, how long do o need to knead ?

  11. This is the second time.I am making these dinner rolls.in a week The first time I made them we had them with steak and then the next night homeade.lasagna. Tonight we are having from scratch white hamburger gravy on the fresh baked dinner rolls. I am about to bake the rolls now. Yummy yummy yummy. We can’t wait to eat dinner tonight. Thank you for this easy and great tasting recipe for very yummy dinner rolls.

  12. Awesome and very easy! Best buns ever!

  13. This is a very good and easy recipe. Came out perfect. I even made a loaf of bread from this recipe just to see how it would come out…delish. Thank you

  14. Just made these and oh my gosh they turned out beautifully!! Thank you for this recipe I will definitely be baking these again!

  15. Baking dinner rolls now, it’s so easy, I love to make, and finally made, thanks 💐💞!!?

  16. I made these just as stated in the recipe, using all the flour. These are AMAZING rolls. Quick and delicious. I should have them for a few more minutes, but they were delicious. This recipe is a keeper.

  17. I followed the recipe, except slowly added the liquid to the flour stirring with a fork until it hit the right consistency. I used a little bit of oil and flour to keep the dough from being to hard to handle, and mixed and rolled in a bowl with a fork. Hand kneaded. Rolls turned out as good as mom’s. Pretty easy and wife liked them too.

  18. LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times already & rolls are so easy to make. I used to be intimidated by anything with yeast that needed kneading. But, with the clear instructions & timing on the kneading – I made delicious yeast buns!! My hubby loves them & we usually have them with homemade apricot or nectarine jam or with soup. As another person mentioned, the recipe may also make a great loaf of bread but I haven’t tried it just yet. I haven’t had a problem with the dough being too sticky, but we typically have very low humidity in Phoenix. These rolls are delicious & thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  19. So I have never made bread before, but have always wanted to but have been very hesitant.
    So when I found your recipe I wanted to give it a go ( once I finally found some yeast).
    I am currently awaiting the rolls to come out of the oven but for a complete scaredy-cat this recipe was super easy to follow.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am very excited to try them when they come out of the oven.