Easy Crusty Dinner Rolls

2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Rolls

2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Rolls

These rolls depend on a very hot oven (450° F) for the initial blast of heat. My oven takes 35 minutes to reach 450. The best way to be sure is to use an oven thermometer. Always aerate (not sift) your flour before measuring! - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Makes: Eight rolls

2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Rolls


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon hot water, 120 - 130° F
  • (about 2 Tablespoons extra flour for shaping)


  1. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water until it’s well combined. Dough will be fairly thick.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Towards the end of the hour start preheating the oven to 450° F.
  3. Transfer dough to a floured surface and sprinkle with a little flour. Using a scraper fold dough over 10-12 times & shape into a rough ball.
  4. Using the scraper cut dough into 8 pieces. With floured hands, shape each into a ball by folding and tucking, like making a drawstring bag. Dough will be sticky.
  5. Place smooth side up on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet & cover with a towel. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. They will not double in size. (Let stand longer if oven has not reached 450).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
  7. To re-crisp the next day, preheat the oven to 325° F and place the rolls directly on the oven rack for 10-12 minutes..

To Freeze: They freeze beautifully. To re-crisp, place frozen rolls directly on the oven rack in a preheated 325° F oven for 10-12 minutes. They'll be even more crispy than first-baked!

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11 Comments on "2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Rolls"

  1. Sue

    Jenny: I’m so glad I found you. I love to just to listen and watch you work. You are such a happy person and your short- cuts are always fun. I have been saving your recipes for a long while. I no longer work so I can continue to learn from you.
    God Bless You and your teaching.

  2. Judy

    I made these today but they didn’t turn out quite right. The dough wasn’t very sticky like it should have been when I pulled it out of the bowl. I guess with my oven being a convection oven it only took 15 minutes for the rolls to cook and they were a little heavy. They were crunchy and still good though.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      If you have the option not to use convection, please do. Otherwise, please look at the FAQs for a better result.

  3. Lynn

    Can you turn these into bread bowls? I hope so, I’m going to try! 😀 Instead of 8 rolls, I am going to try for 4 bowls. Here’s hoping! Thank you for the recipe!!

    • Cyn

      I am dying to know if you made these into bread bowls. Broccoli Cheddar soup sounds amazing in them.

  4. Daddycancook

    Just whipped up a batch of these buns. OMG, so easy and so good. That’s one less place to go shopping, no need to buy buns when I can make them just the way we like them at home. I’ve never made bread before but this is rediculously simple. Can’t wait to experiment with adding some goodies. Thank you Jenny.

  5. Beverly

    Thanks for being so generous with your recipes and knowledge. I have been baking and cooking for over 60 years and always enjoy learning new things. I have a batch of crusty rolls in the oven right now. Can’t wait till they are done. They smell delicious

  6. George

    So Glad I found you. Nothing better than home made recipes. I love your cabbage rolls! This bread is the bees knees.

  7. Jacalyn

    Beautiful Jenny✨
    I am baking these Rolls right now!
    They came out beautiful on the rise.
    Love this recipe.
    Love everything you have up to share.
    Tried and True Recipes That Are Healthy!
    Made the Polish Donuts Earlier!
    Used Blackberry Jam to fill.
    The cheap pastry bag was a messy split mess! So now I will need to find a real
    one , my husband will want more!
    Thank you for all your shares.
    We Appreciate You Jenny✨❤️✨

  8. Candace Henderson

    Jenny thank you sooo much. My hubby, son and I will be making the rolls tomorrow morning for our thanksgiving dinner……wish us luck😊and thank you for sharing the knowledge, you are so much fun to to watch, your recipes and the instructional videos are a joy.
    Bless you Jenny and best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving day

  9. Karencancook

    OMG Jenny! I made the loaf & it’s cooling on my counter rack… so this was so easy I decided to try the crusty rolls. I’m experimenting by added chopped rosemary, 1 TB olive oil & roasted garlic. They’re baking now & they smell wonderful. Thanks so much for these recipes. I also want to make Demi baguettes and also a Mediterranean oval loaf with olives & olive oil. I’m hooked on these technique. I will never buy anymore from the bakery…. for $5 a loaf!

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