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Classic Dinner Rolls

Scott Phillips

Servings: Yields 16 rolls.


  • 18 oz. (4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (2-1/4 tsp.) rapid-rise yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per roll
  • Calories (kcal) : 200
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 70
  • Fat (g): 8
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 160
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 5


  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Put the bowl in the mixer stand and fit it with the dough hook.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter, stirring until the butter melts and the liquid is very warm, between 115° and 125°F.
  • Dump the warm milk-butter mixture and the egg yolks into the flour and mix on medium-low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until the dough is smooth and shiny, about 8 minutes.
  • (If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can make a well with the dry ingredients, gradually add the wet, and then knead the dough by hand until smooth and shiny.)
  • Remove the dough from the bowl, shape it into a neat ball, and then return it to the bowl. Lightly grease the sides of the bowl and cover the top securely with plastic. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

  • Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Turn the dough onto a clean work surface (no need to flour; the dough is soft but not sticky) and gently press to deflate. Using a pastry scraper, divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, each about 2 oz. (use a scale to be sure).
  • Put a piece of dough in your palm (again, no flour). With the edge of your other palm (curved slightly), press gently but firmly on the dough, rotating it repeatedly until it forms a smooth-skinned ball with a sealed bottom. Put the ball in the pan, sealed side down, and repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Cover the pan with plastic and let the dough rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375°F. Remove the plastic and bake the rolls until they’re puffed and browned, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the dough and shape the rolls up to a day ahead of baking. Take the recipe to the point where the rolls are shaped and in the pan but not yet proofed and immediately refrigerate them. About four hours before you’re ready to bake, transfer them to a warm place to let them proof until almost doubled before baking them.


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Reviews (30 reviews)

  • Sarhill1 | 12/27/2020

    Perfect classic dinner rolls!

  • kristinvanness | 04/19/2020

    Taste was great. But it didn't rise so the rolls turned out pretty dense. So it could have been bad yeast. But not bad for a first time

  • BrittaV | 04/12/2020

    These are hands down the best soft yeast dinner rolls! I’ve been making this recipe for about 8 years now and they never fail. I normally make them the night before so I don’t have a big mess in the morning. Just make the dough, allow to rise, then form in to rolls and put directly in to fridge. I take them out about 4 hours before baking time the following day to compete the second rise, as indicated in the recipe notes and it works perfect. They are always a huge hit and I make a double recipe each time. Note- this is a heavy dough so only make 1 recipe at a time if using a Kitchenaid mixer.

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