1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

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My favorite 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is easy to make by hand or with a stand mixer and absolutely heavenly served warm out of the oven.

1-Hour Dinner Rolls Recipe in Baking Dish

Is there anything better than a freshly-baked pan of homemade dinner rolls?

Actually, yes — this easy dinner rolls recipe that can be ready to go in just one hour! ♡

This recipe has been my go-to for many years now and always yields the most perfectly soft, fluffy, buttery rolls.  But I especially love it because the ingredient list is simple, the rise times are minimal, and the dough can be easily made either by hand or with the help of a stand mixer.  And everything can come together quickly in just an hour or so, which makes this recipe more do-able on busy weeknights when you’re craving some homemade bread, and also super-helpful on holidays when you’re trying to multi-task all the things.

Many of you have also asked about make-ahead options with this recipe over the years, so I have updated the post with instructions for how to make the bread dough in advance.  And I have also included some fun variations if you would like to make your rolls more garlicky, herb-y, cheesy, or whatever other add-ins sound fun.

Bottom line, this dinner rolls recipe is a keeper and never lets me down.  So if you are looking for a good one to add to your repertoire, bookmark this one and give it a try!

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Dinner Rolls Bread Dough Before Baking

Homemade Dinner Rolls Ingredients:

Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few notes about the ingredients that you will need to make this homemade dinner rolls recipe:

  • Water and milk: These will serve as our base liquids for the bread dough. I used dairy milk, but you are welcome to sub in a plain plant-based milk (such as oat milk or almond milk) instead.
  • Melted butter: Which we will both bake into the rolls and brush on top.
  • Honey: To add just a hint of sweetness.
  • Active dry yeast: This recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of yeast.  So if you are purchasing your yeast in 0.25-ounce packets, you will need slightly more than one packet.
  • Flour: I have only tested this recipe with all-purpose flour.  But if you try out different flours, please let us know how it goes in the comment section below!
  • Salt: Which we will mix into the rolls to bring out all of those delicious buttery flavors.  Feel free to sprinkle a bit of flaky salt on top of the warm rolls just before serving too!

Brushing Dinner Rolls with Melted Butter

Tips For How To Make Dinner Rolls:

The full recipe is included below for how to make these dinner rolls, but here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind too:

  • Be sure that your yeast is not expired. This is one of the most common reasons for why a batch of bread dough does not rise.  Double-check the expiration date on any yeast that may be hanging out in your pantry.  And if the yeast does not begin to puff and bubble up after 5 minutes once it has been added to the wet ingredients, toss out the batch and start over with new yeast.
  • Double-check the temperature of the liquid ingredients. When heating the liquid ingredients (water, melted butter, milk and honey), it’s essential that they be within the temperature range of 100-110°F.  If the mixture is too hot, it can kill the yeast.  If it is too cool, the yeast may not activate.  The mixture should feel warm and not hot to the touch, but I always recommend testing the mixture with a cooking thermometer just to be sure.
  • Don’t skip the rise times. They are essential to helping the dough rise and create that soft and fluffy texture we’re going for.
  • No worries about perfection. When portioning the dough into 12 rolls, don’t worry about them all being perfectly equal in size.  They will all bake up together in the pan, and if some are slightly larger or smaller, hakuna matata. :)

1-Hour Soft Dinner Rolls in Pan

Possible Recipe Variations:

Here are a few other possible variations that you could make to this dinner rolls recipe:

  • Make-ahead option: For make-ahead dinner rolls, follow the recipe through the step that you shape the individual rolls and place them in the baking dish.  Then tightly cover the baking dish and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.  Transfer the dish to the counter and let it warm up to room temperature for 2 hours before baking, and then bake as directed.
  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk and butter and your preferred sweetener in place of honey.
  • Add garlic: Add in 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the bread dough to make the rolls more garlicky, and/or you could also simmer some minced garlic with butter to brush on top of the rolls after baking.
  • Add herbs: Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of finely-chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary or parsley) to the bread dough to add flavor to the rolls, and/or you could also mix some fresh herbs in with the melted butter to brush on top of the rolls after baking.
  • Add cheese: You can also mix in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of freshly-grated cheddar cheese to make cheesy rolls.  (Or I also love mixing in some freshly-grated Parmesan, and then sprinkling some on top of the rolls during the final 5 minutes of baking.)

Soft Dinner Roll Closeup

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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

Description

My favorite 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is easy to make by hand or with a stand mixer and absolutely heavenly served warm out of the oven.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Prep your oven and baking dish.  Heat the oven to 400°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Heat the liquids. 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 reaches 110°F (it will be warm but not hot to the touch) and the butter is completely melted.
  3. Add yeast.  Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer.  Then sprinkle the yeast evenly on top, give it a quick stir with a fork to combine, and let the yeast activate for 5 minutes until it is foamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients.  Add in 3 1/2 cups of flour (not all of the flour) and the salt.
  5. Mix. (See alternate instructions in the notes below for how to knead the dough by hand.) Use the dough-hook to mix in the dry ingredients on medium-low speed until 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 until the dough is smooth.  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 the greased 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. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden brown on top and cooked through.
  9. Brush with more butter. Transfer the baking dish to a wire cooling rack and brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter.
  10. Serve warm. Then serve warm and enjoy!


Notes

Yeast: I typically purchase my yeast in bulk. But if you are using the 0.25-ounce packets, they each contain 2.25 teaspoons of yeast.  So you will need slightly more than one packet to yield 1 tablespoon.

How to knead the dough by hand: If you do not have a stand mixer, no prob!  For step 5 (mixing the dough), simply stir the dry ingredients into the dough as much as possible.  Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 to 7 minutes until smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup of extra flour if the dough is too sticky.

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

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  1. Seriously the best rolls I have ever made – I’m so glad I found this recipe! 5 stars from all family members. So easy to make, just follow the instructions and in no time you’ll be enjoying delicious rolls!

  2. I used this recipe to make garlic knots! They were wonderful!
    I’m making them again this morning for cinnamon rolls.

  3. I don’t have honey, what can I use as a substitute? Ty

  4. I am not good at making bread but this recipe was passed onto me so since Easter is this weekend I thought I would try it and this recipe is GREAT! Super easy and the rolls where sooooo good. Question : can the rolls be re-heated? If so how long? Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

    • I reheat rolls all the time. I store them with a paper towel on top and bottom of a ziplock bag, on the counter, then I reheat one for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave.

  5. I’m allergic to honey. Can I substitute sugar for the honey? Also I have bread machine rapid rise yeast, can I use that or do I need to purchase a different yeast?

    • I only have unsalted butter on hand most days. Can I use that instead of just regular butter?

  6. Finally got the recipe that agreed with me!!!😆😆😆😆😆 after so many failed attempts this recipe gave me the excellent result ….. it tasted like dinner rolls, it’s crunchy from the outside but so fluffy in the inside . Thank you for sharing this excellent recipe…

  7. Easy and fool proof! Made them for Easter and I am making them again right now. I followed the directions exactly and kneaded the dough by hand adding almost all the extra 1/4 cup of flour when kneading to get rid of the stickiness. I was in a rush and made 8 large rolls and they turned out delicious. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  8. I did exactly what the recipe said, and mine didn’t rise and my Yeast was good. I was disappointed. I’ll try to make it again and if it doesn’t turn out, I will look for another recipe.

    • Did you mix salt in with your yeast? If you did, that may be the problem. Mix the salt with flour and then add the yeast mixture. If that wasn’t it, then it might have been the room temp. Make sure the room your in is warm, if it is cold the dough may take longer to rise. The yeast too, when your proofing the yeast make sure the water it’s in is NOT hot. Warm, not hot if it is hot it may kill the yeast.

  9. I make these about once a week now. They are hands down the best rolls ever and my family absolutely loves them!!! I brush and egg wash on them before they go into the oven just to make them nice and brown and a little bit shiny on top.

  10. Easy instructions, just wondering how long they can be stored and refrigerator or counter. ?

  11. Great rolls–so soft and buttery. And they take less than half the time of my other roll recipe, which means I can make them anytime without having to plan very far ahead. My kids thank you, since they are always begging me for rolls!

  12. I tried this recipe tonight and these rolls were excellent! My husband and I had them with a casserole and veggies. These were the perfect bread to serve with our simple meal! So quick and easy to make. I did use my stand mixer to mix the dough. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  13. This recipe was awesome!

  14. Absolutely the best!!! We were having company and stores were out of fresh rolls. I found this recipe and was super nervous to try this recipe for the first time for guests! Let’s just say that these rolls made me look like I’ve been making rolls my whole life! Absolutely fool proof! So easy to make and no need to feel intimidated to make!

  15. I have made this recipe and absolutely adore it so easy and they are extremely easy I have used packet loaves act this is better.

  16. Thank you for posting this recipe 🤗 I have made these rolls several times now and my family LOVES THEM!!
    Thanks again .. and
    GOD BLESS ALL👼

  17. This is a family recipe that I have made for years! I use 4 cups flour and they are absolutely delicious and ready in 1 hour! I make 12 rolls in my 9×13 glass dish and our family devours them in one sitting. They truly are amazing!

  18. Love these rolls. They’re so quick to come together and delicious! I doubled the size of the rolls and used them as hamburger buns. I’ll never go back. I end up using more flour than the recipe to make the dough easier to handle but they e never been dense as a result. Today I made batch with 100% whole wheat flour. They still turned out great! Thank you Ali!!!

  19. Super easy. I didn’t have any regular flour so I substituted self rising flour. Mixed a little honey, salt and butter to brush on top. They look great, can’t wait to pair them with some good ole’ fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. So easy to make and I added fresh parsley to the dough. Perfect saved to my all time favorites for rolls!! I used soy milk!!

  21. Wonderful rolls at my first attempt. Trying a double batch now

  22. I have made many MANY bread recipes off the internet, this is the only one I will use again, absolutely awesome results.

  23. This was the easiest bread to make ever. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe 😊

  24. I made these tonight for the first time. We loved them. I shared them with neighbors, and they loved them too. It’s incredible how quick and easy they are to make. I made mine using white whole wheat flour. Thanks for sharing.