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Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

three dinner rolls stacked on a plate and one dinner roll cut open is spread with butter

Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls smell and taste amazing! This small batch of buttery rolls bakes up soft and tender.

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This easy recipe makes just 4 rolls and is a perfect side dish for so many recipes ranging from easy weeknight casseroles, steak, chicken, pork or Thanksgiving Dinner for two.

How to make Homemade Dinner Rolls:

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F (76.67 C). This is for allowing the dough to rise.

Place the water, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let it stand 15 minutes to activate the yeast. It will be bubbly and frothy. The water temp is right when the water feels just barely warm to your finger. Water that is too hot will kill the yeast and too cold won’t activate it.

yeast, sugar, and water activating in a bowl

Add in the oil, salt, and flour. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and set the speed button to the slowest speed to begin mixing the dough, for about 30 seconds.

Move the speed button up one click and continue mixing for another 30 seconds.

Bring the speed button up one more click and mix until the dough comes together. It will form a ball and the sides of the bowl will be mostly clean with no dough sticking to them.

If the dough is too wet, add in some flour, one tablespoon at a time. If it’s too dry, add in some water, one tablespoon at a time.

Place the dough on a cutting board and cut it into 4 equal parts. Roll each piece into a ball using your hands.

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Spray a 6 x 6 cake pan with non-stick spray. Click for a 6 x 6 cake pan.

Cut some parchment paper into a 6 x 12 inch strip and fit it into the cake pan, leaving an inch sticking up out of the pan on each side. Spray again with non-stick spray. Click for parchment paper.

a parchment paper sling in a 6 x 6 inch cake pan

Set the 4 dough balls into the cake pan. Cover with a fine-weave tea towel.

four dough balls into cake pan

Turn off the oven and place the cake pan inside. Allow the dough to rise there for 30-45 minutes.

Remove the cake pan from the oven and preheat it to 375 degrees F (190 C).

Bake the rolls for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.

Use the parchment to easily lift the rolls out of the pan. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes on a wire rack.

a graphic with three easy homemade dinner rolls stacked on a plate and one dinner roll cut open is spread with butter

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Yield: 4

Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

three dinner rolls stacked on a plate and one dinner roll cut open is spread with butter

Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls smell and taste amazing! This small batch of buttery rolls bakes up soft and tender.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water (see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter (melted after baking)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F (76.67 C). This is for allowing the dough to rise.
  2. Place the water, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let it stand 15 minutes to activate the yeast. It will be bubbly and frothy.
  3. Add in the oil, salt, and flour. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and set the speed button to the slowest speed to begin mixing the dough, for about 30 seconds.
  4. Move the speed button up one click and continue mixing for another 30 seconds.
  5. Bring the speed button up one more click and mix until the dough comes together. It will form a ball and the sides of the bowl will be mostly clean with no dough sticking to them.
  6. If the dough is too wet, add in some flour, one tablespoon at a time. If it’s too dry, add in some water, one tablespoon at a time.
  7. Place the dough on a cutting board and cut it into 4 equal parts. Roll each piece into a ball using your hands.
  8. Spray a 6 x 6 cake pan with non-stick spray. Click for a 6 x 6 cake pan.
  9. Cut some parchment paper into a 6 x 12 inch strip and fit it into the cake pan, leaving an inch sticking up out of the pan on each side. Spray again with non-stick spray. Click for parchment paper.
  10. Set the 4 dough balls into the cake pan. Cover with a fine-weave tea towel.
  11. Turn off the oven and place the cake pan inside. Allow the dough to rise there for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Remove the cake pan from the oven and preheat it to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  13. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.
  15. Use the parchment to easily lift the rolls out of the pan. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes.

Notes

  • The water temp is right when the water feels just barely warm to your finger. Water that is too hot will kill the yeast and too cold won't activate it.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Vanessa

Thursday 28th of May 2020

Thank you for these. I have made them today and they were so easy to follow and so good. They didn’t rise as much but taste amazing. This is now a favourite.

Zona

Friday 29th of May 2020

Hi Vanessa, you can always let them rise longer if you have more time. I'm so happy you enjoyed them :)

Mary

Saturday 21st of December 2019

I have made these small batch dinner rolls several times. They turn out perfectly every time. Great recipe

Zona

Saturday 21st of December 2019

Hi Mary, that is wonderful to hear. We love them too. Thank you so much for the comment :)

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