1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

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!

1-Hour Dinner Rolls Recipe | 1-Minute Video

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:

Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe

Print
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

Description

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


Scale

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, followed by the milk and honey.  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.)

This post contains affiliate links.

1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

  1. too dense and heavy…no fluffy bun here

  2. Delicious ! My family loved it. They enjoyed the break from French banquettes w crispy tops I make. My husband said they reminded him of the chic filet breakfast mini’s bread but better :)

  3. Can you freeze these so that you can make them a day or two ahead if time. Then defrost and heat up for dinner again.

  4. These were so easy! I am a failure when it comes to baking, but I gave these a try and they came out PERFECT! And they were so easy and delicious!

  5. I love this recipe- and my family loves them too! Second time- delicious just as the first. Thank you! This is becoming my “Go-2 Girl”
    Light, fluffy and beautiful- super easy for a beginner Baker, but also a great recipe for the person who needs a foolproof yummy bun to top off the dinner. You will not be disappointed!

  6. Do yourself a favor and bake these rolls for dinner. They are absolutely delicious! So fluffy and tender and perfect. My dough was a sticky mess when trying to shape into a ball for the first rising (I didn’t want to add too much flour according to directions), but it turned out fine in the end. Brushed with honey butter. *drool* Thank you!

  7. I’ve made these three times so far and they are a always good. I do use two Tbsp honey cause I like just a little sweeter

  8. Super easy and so delicious! I’ll definitely make again!

  9. They turned out amazing! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

  10. I used this dough to make rolls for dinner, then saved leftover dough in fridge for 2 days and made calzones tonight. I used butter, milk, sugar wash for both. The dough was perfect for both! I almost forgot, I even had enough to make a medium size pizza too. Thank you so much for such a versatile dough recipe!

  11. Can we do cinnamon rolls with this dough?

  12. This was my first time using my stand mixer for dough and the rolls turned out great. My kids absolutely loved them. Thanks!

  13. This is one of those things where its like expectations vs reality. They really didn’t come out looking soft like in the picture. The taste ismt exactly there either…

  14. If I do not have a stand mixer can I use a hand mixer? Or must it be turned by hand or with a spatula?

  15. These rolls were delicious, I’ve never made bread this fast before. I was making swedish meatballs and the grocery store bakery didn’t have fresh bread. Thanks Covid-19. I loved the yeasty flavor of these but I thought they needed something else. Perhaps more honey or sugar instead of honey, not sure. I may brush them with butter before they go in the oven next time. I used the full 4 cups of flour and the rolls were super soft. I’m so glad I have this recipe, I can’t wait to make these rolls again!