These Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners are the perfect way to get started with yeast baking! The dough is simple to make, and the rolls come out light and fluffy every time. These are the BEST rolls!
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Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ This yeast roll recipe is versatile- you can make dinner rolls, sandwich buns, or even cinnamon rolls!
✔️ The dough is easy to work with, so it's great for beginners.
✔️ These delicious rolls come out light and fluffy every time.
For the exact measurements for the homemade rolls, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- warm water
- granulated sugar
- active dry yeast (not instant yeast)
- all-purpose flour
- salted butter
This is an overview of the instructions for the easy dinner roll recipe. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour ¼ cup of water, add half the sugar and the active dry yeast.
- Let it stand until the yeast has begun to froth or foam up.
- Once the yeast mixture is frothy, add the remaining of the water, salt, sugar and half the flour.
- Mix until all ingredients are blended.
- Add the remaining flour. Mix until you have a dough form. If using a stand-up mixer, mix until the dough has formed a ball and is detached from the sides of the bowl. The dough consistency may have lumps and be a bit sticky.
- Place the sticky dough on a clean, lightly floured surface.
- Knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes or until the dough is not sticky anymore and is smooth.
- Place in a large mixing bowl greased or buttered. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 90 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Place in a warm place.
- Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. You can also use non cooking spray. I found butter gives the crust a nice flavor.
- Put the dough out of the bowl on a lightly floured work surface and cut the dough into 12 equal pieces.
- Shape rolls into a ball.
- Place the dough balls into baking dish, cover with a tea towel.
- Let it rise for 45 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
- Once the bread is cooked, brush the butter on it.
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- measuring cups and spoons
- stand mixer
- large bowl
- plastic wrap
- 9-inch round cake pan
- pizza cutter or large knife
If your yeast rolls are dense and heavy, it could be a number of things. First, make sure you're using active dry yeast. Second, check the expiration date on your yeast- if it's old, it may not be as active as it should be.
When yeast cells consume sugar, they create more CO2. The bubbles in your bread are caused by this gas being released from the dough and making it lighter and fluffier! Be sure to let the bread rise.
Yes, if you knead for too long, the gluten in your dough will become overworked and tough. This will result in a denser, harder loaf of bread.
The best way to tell if the dough is kneaded enough is to perform the windowpane test. Pinch off a small piece of the dough and stretch it out slowly. If it stretches out into a thin, translucent sheet without tearing, it's ready!
Things to know
- Use active dry yeast. Rapid rise yeast will make your bread rise a lot faster which may lead to an overproof bread if following this recipe.
- Additionally, active dry yeast gives a more “bready” taste, and in my opinion the structure and texture is fluffier and lighter!
- Don't forget to oil the bowl, that way when the dough rises and won’t stick to the bowl and plastic wrap.
- The dough will be sticky, that is ok!
- Place dough on a well floured board. Knead the dough for at least two minutes.
- Make sure you knead the dough for at least two minutes, to help the gluten develop.
- I use salted butter, because it’s what I always have on hand, but you could use unsalted and just add an additional ¼ teaspoon of salt to the recipe
- This recipe is not for the bread machine.
- Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the dough for garlic rolls.
- After you brush the butter on the cooked rolls, sprinkle with some dried parsley flakes.
- For a sweet option, mix together 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. After you cut the dough into 12 pieces, roll each piece in the sugar mixture. Place in the pan and let it rise.
- If you don't want to make 12 rolls, you can cut the dough into 6 pieces and make larger rolls. Just increase the baking time by 3-5 minutes.
- You can also brush these homemade yeast rolls with a little honey butter, for a slightly sweet taste.
These soft dinner rolls are perfect for special occasions!
Refrigerate - Allow to cool to room temperature. Place rolls in an airtight container or bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.
Freezer - place rolls in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
Reheat - place rolls on a baking sheet and reheat in a 350-degree oven for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through.
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- These are the best dinner rolls! They are perfect for pairing with this Easy Chicken Casserole with Stuffing. Your entire family will enjoy this comforting meal.
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- Blueberry Parfaits are the best way to end this meal when you are craving something slightly sweet but still light and fresh.
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Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons warm water divided
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons salted butter divided
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- In a bowl of a stand-up mixer, pour ¼ cup of water, one tablespoon of granulated sugar and the active dry yeast.
- Let it stand for 3 to 4 minutes or until the yeast has froth/foams up.
- Once the yeast is frothing up, add the remaining of the water, remaining sugar, salt, and half the flour.
- Mix until all wet ingredients are blended.
- Add the remaining flour. Using a dough hook, mix until you have a dough form. If using a stand-up mixer, mix the dough at medium speed until it has formed a ball and is detached from the sides of the bowl. The dough may have lumps and be a bit sticky. It’s okay. The next step will solve this.
- On a clean, lightly floured surface (about 1 tablespoon of flour), place the dough on it. With your hands, knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes or until the dough is not sticky anymore and the dough is smooth.
- Oil a large mixing bowl. That way the dough ball rises and won’t stick to the bowl or plastic wrap.
- Place the dough ball in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise for 90 minutes or until it has doubled in size—place in a warm environment. Use a draft-free place. I like to put mine in the microwave.
- Butter a 9-inch round cake pan with one tablespoon of butter. You can also use nonstick cooking spray, but I found butter gives the crust a nice flavor.
- Take the dough out of the bowl, place it on a lightly floured surface and cut the dough into 12 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece into a smooth ball.
- Place the shaped rolls into a 9-inch cake pan.
- Let it rise for 45 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the remaining butter. Brush the top of the rolls with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes or until nice and golden.
- Optional - after baking brush additional butter over the hot rolls. Enjoy!