No Milk Yeast Rolls

No-Fail Yeast Rolls Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 15 servings
Yield: 15 rolls
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 47mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

No milk yeast rolls are easy rolls that taste great buttered (vegan butter, if you are avoiding dairy) or as sandwich rolls. They are also great rolls for mini hamburgers and sloppy joes.


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 cup water, 95 to 110 F

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons shortening

  • 2 medium eggs, divided

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour, as needed

  • Poppy seeds, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. In large bowl, add yeast, warm water, sugar, and salt. Stir until dissolved. Add shortening, the egg white from 2 eggs (save the yolk for brushing onto the rolls), and 2 cups of flour. Mix well. Slowly add the remaining amount of flour until dough is formed. You may or may not use the full amount of flour.

  2. Turn dough out onto floured board. Knead dough for about 6 minutes, adding more flour by the tablespoon, if necessary. Grease a medium bowl. Put dough into the bowl and then turn dough over so that the top of the dough is also lightly greased. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size or about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough. Turn it out onto a floured table and knead out all the bubbles for about 5 minutes. Roll dough out, 3/4 inch thick. Cut rolls with a 2-inch cookie or biscuit cutter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two baking sheets. Set rolls on each baking sheets, cover with clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size or for about a half hour. Lightly beat the egg yolks. Brush egg yolk on top of rolls after they have risen. Sprinkle tops with poppy seeds.

  4. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove rolls from oven and turn out onto rack. Serve warm or allow rolls to cool completely before freezing.

Bread Baking Tips

Learn how to make braided rolls with these pictured instructions.

Learn how to make swirl rolls with these pictured instructions.

Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.

To keep bread soft, store in a plastic bag.

Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.

Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.