30 Minute Dinner Rolls

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  • Hello, my name is Jessica and I am a butter fanatic. To be honest, I’m not sure what I enjoy more, butter or a perfectly executed bread.

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    Soft 30 Minute Dinner Rolls are easier to make than you think! Check out my speedy yeast rolls that you can make ahead and freeze.

    While I appreciate a crusty sourdough, buttery brioche or soft pumpernickel, one thing remains the same, they all taste better with a slab of rich, golden butter.

    Really, bread is a vehicle to get the creamy goodness of butter from point A to point B in a socially acceptable way (although I have been known to lick the butter knife).

    Easy dinner rolls are one my ways to accomplish my goals. 

    butter basting on homemade dinner rolls

    While there are plenty of days that I have several hours to bake artisan breads, there are many more nights that I crave freshly baked bread to serve with dinner, but have limited time.

    buttered dinner rolls in a blue baking dish

    Correction: there are plenty of nights that I crave BUTTER! Easy dinner rolls are my solution. A basic recipe for the best dinner rolls, I also throw in fresh herbs, garlic or sun dried tomatoes, but one thing remains the same: butter.

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    And not all butter is created equal. I prefer either gourmet butter, homemade 5-minute blender butter or one of my 5 favorite compound butters.

    buttery homemade dinner rolls

    These amazing quick rolls require yeast, but only 10 minutes to rise in a warm place. The bread requires little kneading and then only 15 minutes to bake.

    dinner roll cut in half with melty butter

    From start to finish, only 30 minutes for light and fluffy dinner rolls. It is a misconception that anything using yeast will require hours of rising time. As long as the bread grows a small amount, you’ll still get the airy results you are looking for.

    Tips for working with yeast:

    • Make sure your yeast isn’t expired.
    • Water temperature can’t be too hot or cold. 110 degrees is the optimal temperature and is just fairly hot tap water.
    • Store yeast in the refrigerator for best results.
    • Yeast doesn’t have to have sugar, but it can be helpful.
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    Can I make dinner rolls ahead of time?

    Sure! Bake them whenever you have time and eat them at room temperature or warm slightly before serving. Just like the ones from the store.

    They are best within 1-2 days of baking. Homemade dinner rolls are also freezer friendly. Allow to thaw at room temperature. Do not defrost in the microwave, this makes bread rubbery.

    You can also half the recipe and just make 6 dinner rolls. Use a heaping teaspoon of yeast instead of the whole packet.

    Good butter and a dinner roll recipe need to be paired with amazing dishes, give these a whirl!

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    Tools for making Easy Dinner Rolls:

    Stand Mixer– I lived for years without one and I can tell you with 100% confidence that life with one is easier and it is worth the investment.

    9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish– an absolute essential for any kitchen! Use it for baking, marinating or storing. Get one with a lid, you’ll thank me later. 

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    Easy Dinner Rolls

    Soft, easy dinner rolls are easier to make than you think! Check out my speedy yeast rolls that you can make ahead and freeze.
    Prep Time30 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time45 mins
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade dinner rolls, yeast rolls
    Servings: 12 rolls
    Calories: 223kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola


    • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
    • 1 packet active dry yeast rapid rise
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
    • 1 egg room temperature
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 1/2 cups flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter melted, plus a cold stick for greasing the pan


    • In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook, combine sugar and yeast, giving a quick stir to combine. Add warm water and allow to bloom for 10-15 minutes. The mixture should be frothy and fragrant.
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish with a cold stick of butter.
    • Add oil, egg and salt, stir to combine. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
    • Knead until bread comes together and slaps against the side of the bowl.
    • Turn dough onto a lightly floured cutting board or work surface. Divide into 12 equally sized balls and place into baking dish. Cover and allow to rise for 10 minutes.
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. When you remove rolls from oven, baste the tops with melted butter. Serve warm.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


    For added flavor, throw in fresh herbs, garlic or sun dried tomatoes.
    You can half the recipe by using a heaping teaspoon of yeast instead of the whole packet. 
    Dinner rolls also freeze well. 
    Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen.


    Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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