Classic Dinner Roll Recipe

Classic Dinner Roll Recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 16 servings

Homemade dinner rolls are surprisingly easy, and the taste is far superior to anything from a store. Few things make your kitchen smell as wonderful as fresh dinner rolls.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 F)
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) dry active yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour (plus more as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Dinner Roll Recipe ingredients

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  2. Combine water and yeast in a large bowl. Whisk until dissolved, and set aside.

    Combine water and yeast in a large bowl

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  3. Combine milk, butter, sugar, honey, and salt in another glass or plastic bowl. Microwave for one minute, or until milk is just warm. Set aside until butter is melted.

    Combine milk, butter, sugar, honey, and salt in a bowl

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  4. Add the flour to the bowl containing the water and yeast, followed by the milk mixture. Stir until sticky dough forms.

    Add the flour to the bowl containing the water and yeast, and milk mixture

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  5. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead dough for about 6 minutes, adding enough flour, as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the surface, or your hands.

    dough ball on a floured surface

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  6. Stop kneading when you have a smooth, soft, elastic ball of dough. Grease a large bowl with oil. Place the dough into the bowl and turn over a few times so the dough is lightly oiled. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and leave to rise in warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

    dough in a bowl

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  7. Punch down the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a square and cut into 16 equal-sized sections.

    dough cut into pieces

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  8. Roll each piece into a ball.

    dough balls on a wood surface

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  9. Line an 18" x 13" baking sheet with a silicon baking mat. Place each ball, seam side down, about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet (4 rows with 4 rolls each).

    dough balls on a baking sheet

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  10. Put some flour in a fine-mesh sieve and tap to dust the top of each roll with a little flour. This is optional but gives that classic dinner roll look. Set the pan in a warm spot and allow to rise for 40 minutes. The rolls can be slightly touching each other after they've risen.

    dough balls on a baking sheet

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  11. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake on the center rack for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and let cool on a rack for 20 minutes before serving.

    baked Classic Dinner Roll

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