Southern-Style Butter Yeast Rolls

Southern style butter yeast rolls recipe

The Spruce / Ana Zelic

  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Rise: 90 mins
  • Servings: 20 servings
  • Yields: 20 rolls
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
191 Calories
10g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 642mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*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.)

These incredible tasting, buttery yeast rolls are the ideal side for your Sunday dinner or holiday dinner but are easy enough for any occasion. They're also great for making extra special sliders.

The key to soft, moist rolls is to mix or knead until you achieve smooth, elastic dough and then stop. Make sure it has doubled in volume before forming the rolls, and bake just until cooked through. A healthy dose of melted butter adds lots of flavor and helps keep the rolls from being dry, too.

If you're having trouble with your dough rising, check the expiration date on your yeast and make sure your kitchen is warm enough (but not hot). If your kitchen is chilly, turn the light on in your cold oven and let the dough rise in there. With the majority of ingredients probably already in your pantry or fridge, you can whip up a batch of homemade dinner rolls in no time!


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  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk (about 100 F to 110 F)
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 19 ounces, plus more for kneading)
  • 2 large eggs (divided)
  • 1/2 cup/4 ounces butter (melted, cooled to lukewarm)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt (plus a pinch for the egg wash)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • For serving: salted butter (room temperature)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

    Ingredients for Southern style butter yeast rolls
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  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the yeast with the warm milk. Let stand for a minute or two.

    Combine yeast with milk
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  3. Add the flour, 1 large egg, butter, sugar, and salt.

    Add flour
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  4. Using a dough hook, mix on low speed until combined.

    Dough hook and mixture
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  5. Increase the mixer speed to medium and continue to mix for 15 minutes, adding small amounts (a teaspoon or two at a time) of flour, as needed to encourage dough from the sides of the bowl.

    Increase mixer speed
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  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times to form a ball.

    Dough on board
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  7. Place the ball of dough in an oiled bowl. Turn to oil both sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

    Dough in bowl
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  8. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.

    Dough rises
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  9. Turn out onto a lightly floured board. Shape the dough into balls, about 1 1/4 ounces each.

    Balls of dough
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  10. Place in large baking pan to make about five rows of four (20 rolls). Or, use a large buttered jelly roll pan or half sheet pan and make 1-ounce rolls, leaving a little space between rows to form a more rectangular roll (about 24 rolls). Cover lightly with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.

    Dough in baking pan
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  11. Preheat the oven to 375 F. For the egg wash topping, whisk the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt until well blended. Gently brush the tops of the rolls with the egg wash mixture.

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  12. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and the rolls sound hollow when tapped. The internal temperature should be about 190 F on an instant-read food thermometer.

    Bake dough
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  13. Serve the yeast rolls warm with butter.

    Serve yeast roll
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  14. Enjoy!


  • The dough for these great-tasting, buttery yeast rolls will be soft and slightly sticky, so a stand mixer with a dough hook is recommended. A heavy-duty portable hand mixer with dough hook would work as well.
  • Shape as directed or form into cloverleaf shape and bake in muffin cups.
  • You can freeze these soft and delicious rolls. Just reheat in foil at about 325 F until hot.