A Baker's Dozen: Homemade Dinner Rolls

These rolls can be shaped or baked as pan rolls. They are soft and yeasty, with a hint of honey and amazing texture from the buttermilk. These rolls are an excellent choice for a special meal. Or, freeze the rolls and take a few out when you need them. 

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    Honey Buttermilk Rolls

    Honey Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Any of these dinner rolls can be prepared ahead of time and frozen baked or unbaked. 

    To freeze unbaked rolls, shape the dough as desired and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until the rolls are frozen solid; transfer to a freezer container or bag. The day before you plan to bake them, remove them and arrange in the baking pan(s). Cover and refrigerate them overnight to thaw. Remove them from the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature. Follow the recipe for the second rise and bake as directed.

    To freeze and reheat baked rolls, bake them as directed. Let the rolls cool completely, then wrap in foil. Put the wrapped rolls in a zip-close freezer bag or container and freeze for up to one month. Thaw the rolls or reheat foil-wrapped rolls in a preheated 300 F oven for about 10 minutes.

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    Perfect Cloverleaf Rolls

    Yeast Rolls | Cloverleaf Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These buttery cloverleaf-shaped dinner rolls are a snap to prepare by hand or with a stand mixer. Top the rolls with a simple egg wash and sesame seeds or poppy seeds just before you pop them in the oven.

    Get the Recipe: Perfect Cloverleaf Rolls

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    Sweet Potato Rolls

    Bread Machine Sweet Potato Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    What could be better for a fall meal or holiday feast than sweet potato rolls? These pan rolls are soft and flavorful with beautiful colors. These rolls are mixed and kneaded with the bread machine, making them super easy. Just shape and bake! 

    Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Rolls

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    Savory Herb and Bacon Yeast Rolls

    Savory Herb and Bacon Yeast Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The bits of cooked crumbled bacon and fresh herbs in these rolls makes them extra special, and they could very easily be shaped into buns for lunch or breakfast sandwiches. 

    Get the Recipe: Savory Herb and Bacon Rolls

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    Southern Style Butter Yeast Rolls

    Southern style butter yeast rolls recipe

    The Spruce / Ana Zelic

    The soft dough for these delicious buttery rolls is best worked with a stand mixer. The rolls are baked as pull-apart pan rolls with a simple egg wash.

    Get the Recipe: Southern Style Butter Yeast Rolls

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    Savory Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls

    Savory pumpkin cloverleaf rolls recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Chopped hulled pumpkin seeds decorate these delicious pumpkin yeast rolls. Pumpkin puree in the dough gives the rolls beautiful color and texture and the topping adds crunch.

    Get the Recipe: Savory Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls

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    Brioche Buns

    Rich homemade brioche buns

    The Spruce / Teena Agnel

    These rich, buttery brioche buns are sure to impress your family and guests. The buns are excellent for sandwiches or make them in dinner roll shapes. 

    Because the dough is so soft, a stand mixer with a dough hook is recommended.

    Get the Recipe: Brioche Buns

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    Homemade Potato Yeast Rolls

    Potato Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This potato dough is made with mashed potatoes, and it is easy to work by hand or with the bread machine or mixer. Shape them into crescents, cloverleafs, or pan rolls.

    Get the Recipe: Potato Yeast Rolls

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    Refrigerator Potato Rolls

    Refrigerator Potato Rolls

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These potato rolls are refrigerated overnight, a real convenience for a holiday dinner. The refrigeration also brings out the flavor.

    Get the Recipe: Refrigerator Potato Rolls

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    Bread Machine Blueberry Rolls

    bread machine blueberry rolls with icing

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These easy rolls are a nice change of pace from cinnamon rolls for a holiday morning.

    Get the Recipe: Bread Machine Blueberry Rolls​​

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    Angel Biscuits

    Angel Biscuits

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These biscuits are made with a bit of yeast, adding not only flavor but also ight and airy texture as well. The biscuits are an excellent choice for a holiday dinner, and they are wonderful for post-holiday breakfasts with leftover ham.

    Get the Recipe: Angel Biscuits

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    Homemade Kaiser Rolls

    Homemade Kaiser Rolls

    The Spruce

    These rolls make fabulous sandwiches with that leftover turkey or ham.

    Get the Recipe: Homemade Kaiser Rolls​​