These are the tastiest easy dinner rolls! Rolls from frozen dough are a cinch to make and you'll enjoy fuss-free homemade rolls! Perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner or just about any meal!
Love easy shortcuts? Next time try Pull Apart Cinnamon Rolls - also made with Rhodes dough!
Why you'll love this recipe
You'll love these rolls because they are delicious, but don't take hours of work in the kitchen! The big shortcut is store-bought dough.
My Grandma made these white dinner rolls for dinner every night. They were always hot and fresh out of the oven, perfectly timed for an evening meal.
Whether we were feeding 10 or 25, she never took a shortcut by using store bought rolls... or so I thought!
It wasn't until I was in my 40's that I realized Grandma used frozen bread dough! Seriously? If it worked for my 98-year-old Grandma, then it definitely works for me!
For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- frozen dinner rolls
- garlic powder, Italian seasoning
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Butter the cast iron skillet.
- Place the frozen dough in the buttered skillet or on baking sheet.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put in a warm place. Allow rolls to rise.
- Baste thawed dough with butter prior to baking and bake until golden brown.
- After removing from the oven, baste with the remaining butter.
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Proofing the dough is the final rise of the dough prior to baking. In this recipe, you'll wait for the dough to thaw and proof. This takes about three hours. The dough will double in size.
If you don't allow the dough to proof completely, the rolls will be tough and heavy. Allowing the rolls to rise will keep them light and fluffy!
Allow it to sit on the counter in a warm area until it doubles in size. Frozen dough can be placed in a buttered baking dish and placed in a slightly warm oven to speed up the proofing process.
Frozen bread dough doesn't need to be kneaded, you skip that step entirely!
That will happen if you don't allow the dough to rise properly.
They need to rise 3-5 hours before baking.
That's easy! The dough will have doubled in size.
While the dough is proofing, cover the dough with plastic wrap. Spraying the plastic wrap with non-sticking spray will keep it from sticking.
Butter the baking dish, it adds home cooked flavor.
Brushing the rolls with garlic butter when they are just pulled out of the oven makes them absolutely delicious!
Use frozen bread dough to make garlic breadsticks! Allow the rolls to thaw, roll them into breadsticks and proof until doubled in size. Place on parchment paper and bake as directed until golden brown. As soon as you pull them out of the oven, brush will garlic butter and they will taste just like garlic breadsticks from the Olive Garden!
Sprinkle the unbaked dough with parmesan cheese for cheesy rolls.
Make Clover Rolls - Split each roll into thirds. Roll into small balls. Place three balls into a muffin tin and allow to rise. Brush with melted butter and bake according to directions.
Yes, you can spend hours making the dough - and for those folks that do that - hands off!
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I love serving rolls with pasta casseroles as well. Is it a carb overload? Absolutely, but it's the best combination!
Rolls from Frozen Bread Dough
- 12 frozen dinner rolls
- 4 tablespoons butter divided
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- non stick spray or extra butter for baking dish.
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- Using 1 tablespoon butter, generously butter the inside of a cast iron skillet or cookie sheet.
- Place the frozen dinner rolls in the buttered skillet about 2 inches apart.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area. Let rise until doubled in size, about three to four hours.
- Before baking melt butter and stir in the remaining spices. Generously brush onto the uncooked rolls.
- Bake rolls according to package directions until golden brown.
- When the rolls are removed from the oven, brush tops with melted butter. Serve while hot and enjoy!