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Soft Buttery Dinner Rolls

These super squishy, soft, buttery dinner rolls are an absolute favourite at our house. They’re so cute, delicious, and easy to make!

hand pulling a soft dinner roll apart.

I don’t always make sourdough dinner rolls; sometimes, I want to bake something nice and fast, and that’s when these fluffy rolls come in! The dough is lightly enriched, soft, and really moreish. It’s very easy—you can make it by hand or in a stand mixer!

Ingredients

Here’s what you need for these soft dinner rolls. Find the amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • All-purpose flour or bread flour
  • Instant or active dry yeast 
  • Whole milk
  • White sugar and salt
  • Egg – For the dough and the egg wash on top
  • Butter—salted or unsalted. Butter creates a beautifully tender dough, and it’s used to brush the tops of the rolls. 
  • Flaky sea salt – For the topping after baking
side view of dinner rolls.

Method

  1. Add the warm milk to a bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl if you’re kneading by hand. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over the milk. 
  2. If using active dry yeast, let this sit for around 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy; if using instant yeast, this step can be skipped.
shaggy dough in mixer.
  1. Add the flour, salt, and eggs to the milk mixture. Fit the stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and mix on low speed until a thick dough forms and the gluten begins to develop. You can also do this by hand.  
dinner roll dough.
  1. Add the softened butter and mix on medium speed for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and strong and and passes the window pane test. This is when you stretch a piece of dough so thin you can almost see through it. 
a ball of dough in a glass bowl.
  1. Once kneaded, form the dough into a smooth ball. Transfer the dough to a large bowl and cover it with a damp towel.
a bowl of risen dough.
  1. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, around 1 to 1 ½ hours. A warm room temperature will speed up the rising time. 

Make-ahead options – You can also let the dough rise in the refrigerator for up to 16 hours.

Shaping and second rise

hand pressing into risen dough.
  1. Deflate the dough and pull it onto a lightly floured work surface. Weigh the dough and divide it into 20 equal pieces with a bench scraper or sharp knife.
rolled dinner roll dough.
  1. Roll each piece into a tight ball. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and place the dough balls in it. 
little balls of dough in dish.
  1. Loosely cover them and let them rise again until they double in size.
risen balls of dough in dish.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
brushing butter on rolls.
  1. Bake the dinner rolls for around 20-25 minutes until deep golden brown. 
Close up of dinner rolls flecked with salt.
  1. Once out of the oven, brush the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Let them cool to room temperature on a wire rack before serving. 

Serving and storing

Leftover homemade rolls can be kept fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Alternatively, they can be frozen for longer storage.

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Close up of dinner rolls flecked with salt.

Buttery Dinner Rolls

Elien Lewis
Soft, enriched buttery dinner rolls. The perfect side dish for any meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American, New Zealand
Servings 20
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

  • 240 g whole milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • 30 g white sugar
  • 440 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 60 g butter, softened to room temperature. salted or unsalted

Topping

  • Butter
  • Flaky salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the warm milk to a bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl if you're kneading by hand. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over the milk. 
  • If using active dry yeast, let this sit for around 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy; if using instant yeast, this step can be skipped.
  • Add the flour, salt, and eggs to the milk mixture. Fit the stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and mix on low speed until a thick dough forms and the gluten begins to develop.
  • Add the softened butter and mix on medium speed for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and strong and passes the window pane test. This is when you stretch a piece of dough so thin you can almost see through it. 
  • You can also do this by hand.  Squish the butter in until it's all combined. It will become a very sticky dough. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work space and slap and fold the dough for around 10 minutes until smooth and strong.
  • Once kneaded, form the dough into a smooth ball. Transfer the dough to a large bowl and cover it with a damp towel.

Shaping

  • Deflate the dough and pull it onto a lightly floured work surface. Weigh the dough and divide it into 20 equal pieces with a bench scraper or sharp knife.
  • Roll each piece into a tight ball. Line a 9×13-inch (23 x 33cm) baking dish with parchment paper and place in the dough balls. 
  • Loosely cover them and let them rise again until they double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Bake the dinner rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. 
  • Once out of the oven, brush the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Let them cool to room temperature on a wire rack before serving. 

Notes

*The cup sizes given are US-sized cups. Note that these are smaller than metric cups. For best results use grams.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 19IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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