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The Best Darn Dinner Roll Recipe

This dinner roll recipe…oh my word, it’s amazing. And I promise I’m not just saying that because I’m a writer and I’m trying to fluff up this post.

This dinner roll recipe is a game changer if you're looking to impress guests, or just want to sink your teeth in to something amazing.

We’ve* been making them for friends and family for more than a decade and everyone says the same thing.

Like, they’re so amazing that the second you sink your teeth into one of these warm, fresh-from-the-oven dinner rolls you’ll automatically close your eyes, let out a big, “mmmmmmm,” and savor the heck out of that first bite.

People may look at you silly until they, too, take a bite; then the get it.

You’ll both look at each other, nod, and agree that this is the best darn dinner roll you’ve ever tasted.

This dinner roll recipe is a game changer if you're looking to impress guests, or just want to sink your teeth in to something amazing.

*Okay, the cat’s out of the bag: my husband makes these. I sit at the table and give him moral support while he mixes, kneads, and makes the rolls. Then I help him quality check them once they come out.

Dinner Roll Recipe

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Best Darn Dinner Rolls

This dinner roll recipe is a game changer if you're looking to impress guests, or just want to sink your teeth in to something amazing.
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter melted (plus 2 Tbs for brushing)
  • 6 Tbs sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¼ tsp Instant Yeast Rapid-rise; 1 packet
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • Mix together milk, 6 Tbs melted butter, sugar, and salt to a bowl.
  • Add eggs and yeast; mix well.
  • Add in flour; kneed until cohesive, elastic dough is formed.
  • Transfer dough to lightly floured work space; kneed dough by hand two to four minutes, until not sticky anymore.
  • Lightly spritz medium-sized bowl with nonstick cooking spray or oil. Transfer dough to oiled bowl. Lightly coat surface of dough with cooking spray; cover bowl lightly with a damp towel.
  • Let dough rise in a warm, draft-free location until it doubles in volume (2-3 hours)
  • Once dough has doubled in size, shape dough into 12-16 equal shaped balls.
  • Arrange shaped rolls on lightly oiled pans about one inch apart. Spritz the rolls with more oil; cover prepared pans with plastic wrap. If making them the same day: leave out and covered for at least two hours (for a second rise). If making them the next day: refrigerate for up to 24 hours. *If refrigerated take out of the fridge 4-6 hours before you plan on baking them.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°
  • Remove plastic wrap from room-temperature dough balls. Brush rolls with remaining 2 Tbs melted butter.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes. When rolls turn golden brown, use a food thermometer to check the internal temp. Rolls are done when they reach 190°. Put a foil tent over rolls if this heat has not been reached, but if the rolls are already browning on top.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes; serve warm.

What Makes this Recipe so Good

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I’m going to throw out a word here that people love to hate: these are soooooo moist.

Move over, dry rolls; these are flakey, buttery, fluffy, and full of flavor, but they’re also light and strong enough at the same time to hold up as the foundation for a great leftover Thanksgiving sandwich.

We make these for special occasions (like Thanksgiving), but also on random Tuesday nights to go with a warm bowl of soup.

This dinner roll recipe is a game changer if you're looking to impress guests, or just want to sink your teeth in to something amazing.

The nice thing is that these freeze really well, so you can make them, bake them, and then freeze them in a freezer bag. Pop them out when you want one (or a half dozen), and either let them defrost naturally, microwave ’em for about 30 seconds, or bake for a bit to warm them back up.

Have You Tried Them?

When you give these a whirl, let me know what you think about them!

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One Comment

  1. These rolls were a hit with my family this year! It did take awhile for the dough to rise though (longer than the 2 -3 hours the recipe indicates) turns out my kitchen was too cold but placing them in the oven as it was cooling down from another meal really helped!

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