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Two halves of a dinner roll on a white plate, with a pat of butter melting on one half.

Quick Dinner Rolls

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rising Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 15 rolls
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Quick Dinner Rolls are rich and fluffy homemade rolls, ready in an hour. Enjoy soft and sweet dinner rolls as an easy holiday side, or any other time of the year!


  • 1 cup (236ml) milk (whole milk preferred)
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (48g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons (435g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the milk for about 60 seconds until it reaches 110°F-120°F. Once heated, stir in the sugar until it’s dissolved. Melt the butter and cool.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, including the yeast. Then add the melted butter and egg. Using the dough hook, beat the on low speed (speed 1) for 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the milk.
  3. Increase the mixing speed to medium and continue beating for another 5 minutes. The dough should be in one large ball, but it may stick to the sides of the bowl.
  4. Divide the rolls into 15 equal size balls. If you can use a kitchen scale, that would be best. Measure out 2-ounce size balls of dough. Shape the dough into smooth balls by pulling the edges under and pinching them together. Place seam side down in a greased glass baking dish and let rise for at least 1 hour until double in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the rolls with melted butter and bake for 15-19 minutes. If the rolls are browning too quickly, tent them with tin foil. Serve warm.


  • For 1 tablespoon of yeast, you’ll need 2 individual packets (2 1/4 tsp size)
  • Storing: Store your leftover dinner rolls airtight on the counter for up to 3-5 days. You can also freeze these rolls for up to one month, see below.
  • Freezing: Once cooled, wrapped tightly or otherwise stored airtight and kept frozen for up to a month. 
  • Rise time: If your rolls aren’t rising enough, it could be that the yeast is expired, or that the milk was too hot and subsequently killed the yeast. Double-check labels and temperatures to be sure! If you live in a cold environment, this can also affect how quickly the dough will rise. 
  • Recommended pan: Use a light-colored ceramic or glass pan to prevent the bottoms from burning or browning too quickly. 


  • Serving Size: 1 Roll
  • Calories: 186
  • Sugar: 4.3 g
  • Sodium: 133.2 mg
  • Fat: 6.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.8 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 29 mg