Perfect Dinner Rolls

by simplylife on December 26, 2013

I am a firm believer that no holiday meal is complete without a side of bread.  I’d happily take biscuits, baguette slices or buttery rolls.  It doesn’t matter their shape or form; but it is vital that this side make an appearance.  I know a lot of people could easily pass-up the bread at a meal for the main course or other side dishes, but I always have been (and feel I can confidently say, always will be) a bread-loving gal.


These rolls are soft, buttery and just the right amount of fluffiness.  They are perfect warmed with a smearing of butter.


And yes, I realize I’m very late to the holidays with this recipe, but I figure there’s always a reason for a side of homemade bread. 😉

Perfect Dinner Rolls

by Simply Life
Adapted from Life & Kitchen

Keywords: bake side bread Thanksgiving Christmas

Ingredients (15 rolls)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (2-1/4 tsp.) rapid-rise yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks


Place the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together then place the dough hook in the mixer.

Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan, stirring frequently until the butter melts, and the temperature reaches 115F to 125F (steamy but not boiling). Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl, then add the egg yolks, and mix with the dough hook in low speed. Increase the speed to medium and knead for about 7-8 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a ball. Place dough in lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Place the dough onto a clean work surface (surface does not need to be floured) and gently press down. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Then form each piece into a ball, and place in the pan, with the seam side down.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until almost doubled, about 30 min. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the rolls until they’re puffed and browned, about 20 min. Serve warm, with butter, and enjoy!

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 ~What is your favorite side dish?

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  • Kari

    These are gorgeous – so much nicer than store bought! Happy Christmas 🙂

  • itzyskitchen

    Those look awesome! So fluffy! I always end up loving any form of roasted vegetable

  • Bianca Garcia

    There’s nothing like warm fresh bread slathered with butter! Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love a good warm dinner roll. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite side dish, but it would probably have potatoes in it 🙂

  • wearenotmartha

    These DO look perfect!!


  • Jolene (

    I love potatoes or rice as a side dish. I love the smell of fresh baked dinner rolls – mmmmm!

  • Mari’s Cakes

    I am a bread lover too! I Like you recipe very much! Have a Merry New Year!

  • Colleen

    I agree! Homemade rolls are a must with any holiday meal! My grandma always makes them for our family holiday meals 🙂 Yours do look perfect, indeed!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Your dinner rolls sound delicious, and I know they would be a hit with my boys! When I still ate bread, I used to love stuffing… 🙂

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I love making bread to go with my weekly soup! These are being added into the mix!

  • yummychunklet

    I’m always willing to try any “perfect” recipe!

  • Del Mar Dentist

    Wow! Looks so yummy! I will do this when my friends come over this weekend. Have you tried putting stuffings like hotdogs or hams? I think it will be very delicious.

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