Easy Dinner Rolls

Easy Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

If your butter is cold you can cut it into 4 - 5 smaller pieces and add it to the milk. Then microwave them together for about a minute. That will warm the milk and soften the butter just enough. ALWAYS AERATE YOUR FLOUR BEFORE MEASURING - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes: 16 (3-inch) rolls

Dinner Rolls


  • 2 cups all purpose flour or bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet/ 7 gms) instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk (I use 1% or 2% low fat milk) heated to 120-130° F
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter or a trans fat-free margarine
  • 1 egg at room temperature

  • additional 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar & salt.
  2. Stir in warmed milk & butter (or margarine), then egg.
  3. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in enough flour to make a firm dough (about 1/2-3/4 cup).
  5. Remove to a floured surface and knead 100 turns until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. Cover and let dough rest 10 minutes.
  7. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Cut the dough into 16 pieces. Shape into balls & place on baking sheet.
  9. Cover with a dish towel and let rise in a warm place 30 minutes to an hour, until doubled in size. While rising, preheat oven to 375° F.
  10. Bake 10- 12 minutes until golden brown.

Note: For soft whole wheat rolls simply replace half the flour with whole wheat flour.

138 Comments on "Easy Dinner Rolls"

  1. Linda

    These are always perfect. (I live at 6000 feet and just add 1 TB flour per cup). They freeze beautifully.

  2. Lare

    I notice an instruction to, “beat on high for 2 minutes” but there’s no indication of a stand or hand mixer. Do I need an electric mixer to develop the gluten, or is hand mixing ok?

  3. Bob

    I made the hamburger buns last week and was so impressed with how easy and tasty that I tried the dinner rolls this week. Ranks with the best dinner rolls I ever had.

  4. Denise

    I made these rolls for my large family – DELICIOUS!!!! We use them for breakfast and for making small lunch sandwiches. The kids especially enjoy them with jam in the middle, butter on the top, then sprinkled with powder sugar.

  5. Steve

    . I made these rolls for the first time for a church dinner for about 80 people. I made 5 batches. After mixing the dough just like the recipe Using instant yeast. I then formed them into balls and stretched the outsides of the ball into the center. Then put on a tray and covered with wax paper and put in frig over night. Took out on the morning and let rise about 1 and 1/4 hours then backed. I can tell you they were great

  6. Steve

    I made these rolls for the first time for a church dinner for about 80 people. I made 5 batches. After mixing the dough just like the recipe Using instant yeast. I then formed them into balls and stretched the outsides of the ball into the center. Then put on a tray and covered with wax paper and put in frig over night. Took out on the morning and let rise about 1 and 1/4 hours then backed. I can tell you they were great.

  7. Millie

    The sugar is to feed the yeast. I wouldn’t reduce it or your bread might not rise.

  8. Ann Marie🍀🇨🇮 Ward from Ontario, Canada


    I have a Kitchen Aide mixer. How long should I knead these, “easy dinner rolls” with the dough hook attachment?

    Thanking you in advance.

    • Breadmaker

      I’ve use a Kitchenaid to mix dough for years. You of course use a pretty low speed 2 or 3 – otherwise you stress the mixer too much. This is a small recipe. 5 – 7 minutes on the dough hook would be fine.

  9. Alexis G


    Can I use “less” sugar, and would the recipe turn out ok? I always double the recipe. Jenny? Anyone try with less sugar?


    Alexis (NJ)

  10. Alexis G from NJ


    A quick question:

    I have already made the delicious soft roll recipe, doing the 100 hand kneading turns as Jenny suggested. (See previous text) Has anyone ever used the dough hook in place of hand kneading, and how did your rolls turn out? Just curious.

    Thank you.

    PS…… Making a double batch as we speak. I’ll continue with the hand kneading until I have some responses.

    • Cindy M

      I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with dough hook until the dough looks good, and then I knead it for maybe 25 turns. Always works for me.

  11. Alexis G from NJ

    Hello everyone.

    I just made Jenny’s soft dinner roll recipe. Wow! Delicious! It was my first time with this recipe, as I normally make her crusty rolls. I wanted something soft, as my son just had a root canal, and the one side of his mouth is sore.

    I followed another reader’s suggestion and did the “drawstring” roll up, and put them close together to rise and not spread. Worked great.

    I made “18 “ rolls, but some were not the same size. Only “4” are left. Wish I had doubled the recipe. Next time.

    Thank you Jenny.
    Alexis G

  12. Cheryl

    Excellent rolls! Easy and delicious.

  13. Kerri-Lynn

    Fast ,great buns…I did get 16…some smaller than others..but that was me cutting the dough uneven..They were taking them off the tray as they were cooling.

  14. Nancy G

    Best rolls ever thanks you. Merry Christmas!


    can I just roll and put into a 8×8 pan?

  16. Malea

    Can this recipe be made ahead of time and frozen before or after baking ?

  17. Amanda

    I never made anything with yeast until I found your paczki recipe, Jenny. Now, I make ALL the breads and recipes on your site. Thank you for making it so easy and bringing me so much joy. I can honestly say I love baking bread because of you. I always have a healthy loaf of wheat bread available thanks to you and these dinner rolls are simply delicious! Thanks for bringing a lot of wholesome into our home.

  18. Jane from Kansas City

    Dear Jenny,
    My whole life I have believed that I couldn’t cook. Then I found your website! Every, single thing that I have made from your recipes has been delicious! My husband loves the food, and I love you for being so kind to share your talent with the rest of us. What a great thing to share with the world! Thank you so much for your site! Hope many blessings return to you!


  19. Candice

    My Dad sent me the YouTube link to your videos and I’ve been hooked since. My 10 kids love the dinner rolls they are a regular staple here now. Thanks for the recipes!!

  20. Lorene Slagle

    Just made your whole wheat buns, and they are wonderful to say the least. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  21. Helene

    I would like to transform this recipe and make adding pineapple juice like Hawaiian rolls. How would proportions change?
    Thank you

  22. Maria B Rugolo

    What delicious, easy and quick dinner rolls. Another winner dear Jenny. Thank you. ❤

  23. MARY LOU

    My rolls did not stay in a round shape while rising or cooking. Do you have a video of making them in a ball?

  24. Karr

    Could I use hot water from the tap and powdered milk? Or would it ruin the flavour?
    Thanks Jenny!
    I’ve been a BIG fan since March 13, 2020!

    • Karr

      It worked beautifully, using hot tap water and powdered skim milk. No need to fuss with temperatures .
      These really are easy and delicious, soft dinner rolls.

      • Candice

        Thanks for the tip. I have a hot water dispenser and just use it to get the temperature right. That’s cool the powdered milk works too. I’ll have to pick some up

      • Marie

        Hello, may I ask you a question? How much powdered milk do you use and how much water? I’m 16 yrs old and want to bake these rolls for my Mom. I want to surprise her for her birthday. She has lots of powdered milk on hand. Thank you in advance.

        • Charlotte

          I’m not Jenny, but i’m a baker and i appreciate that you’re a young baker looking to make something special for your mum. You would need to add about 4 table spoons of powdered milk to one cup of warm(not hot) water and stir well to dissolve. Use the milk as directed in the recipe. Hope this helps!

    • Connie

      Can I make the roles place them in the fridge over night next day let them rise and bake?

      • Beth

        Yes. I just made these a few days ago. I placed shaped rolls in fridge well sealed and in the morning let them rise in low temp oven. 120 degrees. Then baked according to Jenny’s instructions. I have done this method with Jenny’s cinnamon roll recipe as well.

  25. Randy

    Hi Jenny,

    I have never made dinner rolls before. I’ve always wanted to give it a try. I decided tonight to try your recipe and it was fantastic. They tasted like dinner rolls except so fresh. Thank you so much! I now know how to make them so I want be so intimidated to make them.



  26. Liz

    Can coconut milk be used instead?

    Thanks Jenny, your recipes are wonderful!

  27. John t

    I have made these rolls twice now, following directions to the letter, and they came out perfect both times!

  28. Betty

    Rolls did not hold their shape when rising. They spread out too much. What did I do wrong.

    • CJ

      It’s possible your oven was not hot enough at the start.

      • Betty

        The rolls had lost their shape before they were put in the oven. After rising for 30-35 minutes they had spread from a perfect little round roll to the shape of an English muffin. Any other idea ???

        • Char

          Try placing the rolls closer together…that way they have a bit of support while rising. Just a thought.

    • Donna

      I roll the dough into balls, then draw the sides around and down to the bottom like a drawstring bag…twist and pinch together, place this side down. Works every time!

  29. Kim

    Has anyone ever made this without egg or a substitute..successfully? My daughter is vegan and I want to make rolls without egg

    • Missy

      There is no egg in this recipe…. unless mine isn’t showing complete. There is butter and milk, but no egg

      • Jenny Can Cook

        There is one egg in this recipe – it’s the 7th ingredient in the list just above the “additional flour.”

    • Pam

      I made these rolls tonight using almond milk, Earth Balance Spread and a flax egg. They came out perfectly! I’m so excited to have soft fluffy rolls and no allergy symptoms. What a blessing to find these recipes. Thank you Jenny❤️

    • Pam

      I made them last night using a flax egg and they are great. I’ve read other posts that have said they forgot the egg and they still turned out perfectly.

  30. Char

    Excellent recipes!!! I have made several of your recipes from bread/rolls to cinnamon rolls. Always a hit. Love your directions so easy to follow. Thank you so much!!!!

  31. The Granny Girl

    Jenny, I just wanted to say how awesome your recipe for dinner rolls is. I’ve been baking most of my life, at first with my mother who was the best teacher anyone could ever have. But recently I have been exploring new recipes, and your page came highly recommended. Like many others I have been out of work due to COVID and have more time to bake, like many others. (LOL). This recipe is the best and easiest I have ever made and so yummy. I followed the recipe exactly as written and the dinner rolls came out perfect. Thanks Jenny.

  32. Malea

    These rolls came out delicious. What is the best way to store these yummy rolls to have the next day or two?

  33. Tammy

    Please post a video for the dinner roll recipe ASAP.

    • Elaine H

      I love your recipes! Simple small batches!
      Please post a video of the dinner rolls. I have made them several
      times but today the dough was very sticky after I beat it for 2 minutes
      and added an extra 3/4 cup of flour. I also had to add flour when I
      was rolling them into balls??

  34. Mira

    Hi. I love your all recipes and very clear directions. I baked buns today. And didn’t knead the dough 100 times before first rise. I just used 2c of flour and a little more milk. And they turn awesome. This recipe is a keeper for me. Soft and fluffy. Yummy. I’m going to serve them tomorrow for thanksgiving dinner. I’m from Canada. Thank you so much for great recipes.
    Dziekuje. Hugs

  35. Michelle

    Hi Jenny,
    Can I substitute milk with soy milk?

    • Pam

      I have made this recipe substituting almond milk for the milk. They came out perfectly and no one knew I had changed the recipe.

      • Mikala

        Hi from the beautiful redwoods of northern California….
        I am about to bake my first batch of rolls…i made 8 for hamburger buns.
        I also used almond milk instead of regular milk.
        Fingers crossed…they will fabulous!! Thank you , Jenny. I love your recipes.

  36. Sue

    Do you have measurements in metric for the ingredients?

  37. Natalina

    I’ve been making your no knead breads for a couple of years, always amazing!
    THIS recipe I use for 10 hamburger buns, or 8 hot dog buns, now that I don’t want to run to the store just to buy ready mades. They are amazing soft buns for those two items, and I think I will never buy ready made again! Thank you!

    • Charlotte

      Oh awesome! Was looking for a hamburger bun recipe. Going to try this today!

      • FrannyD

        My go to recipe for buns and bread. Jenny’s recipes are the best! Every one I’ve made are delicious and hits with the family ?

  38. Val from Kuna

    Just made these and I used buttermilk. They came out great! I made burger size. Very easy recipe and QUICK!!. Thanks so much Jenny! God Bless!

  39. Judy

    I love these, I love all your recipes they’re always so quick and easy and I love your videos!

    Question before baking could these be frozen an used for another time as it’s just me in the house hold and too many for one person to consume at once without gaining extra weight!

    • Amy

      Yes, you can freeze any bread product and thaw it via weight in the microwave or via counter for 1 hour. When freezing, fully wrap in plastic wrap then foil to prevent freezer burn. Keeps good for 3 months

  40. Valentina

    Jenny, thank you very much. Love this recipe. I have now made these buns 3 times, yummy every time! My parents immigrated from Ukraine to Montreal in 1951 and my mom made the best bread, buns and every Ukrainian dish! I never thought I could make buns as good as hers, but after trying your recipe, they always turn out just as good.
    Thanks again! ??

  41. Katalin Michaels

    I just recently discovered your blog and I wanted to say “THANK YOU!”. I’ve only done your bread and rolls so far and they both turned out great. I even went astray a little bit because I didn’t read the rolls directions totally right and even so, they came out PERFECT! You’re the best!

  42. DaveR

    Made these for the first time ever. They are great for our now tiny Easter family only dinner! GREAT! I just started baking during this whole CV-19 dilemma. The one good thing about this CV boredom and isolation for me has been finding Jenny’s website and recipes. Everything so far has been delicious and I am thankful she has shared her recipes, info and humor.

  43. Paul

    Awesome rolls. Not much to do these days so I’ve gone through 4 batches in the past weeks Doubled up on the recipe, cut them into 10 pieces and made some huge, honking rolls the size of VW Beetles. Best hamburger buns ever!

  44. Liz

    Jenny, thank you for this great recipe!

  45. Cindy G

    I did It! I made the Easy Dinner Rolls recipe and they turned out nice! So happy. I put them in laundry room over my dryer with the towel on them for about 45 min. Thank you Jenny on sharing your cooking skills. You are my wonderful helper:)

  46. Jennifer McDonald

    I’ve never been successful at rolls. Until now. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Jennifer

  47. Linda

    I made these today to take to a dinner party. They turned out perfectly. Soft and light and delicious. I live at 6,000 feet and didn’t change the recipe at all. A friend got me started making bread with Jenny’s no knead Dutch oven bread and I’ve since become obsessed with all types of bread baking. Several of my favorite recipes are Jenny’s. They never fail!

  48. Ronda Atkins

    These were easy and yummy. They were exactly what I was looking for to go along with Thanksgiving dinner. They were also fast and my family enjoyed them too. Thank you Jenny. I have been so happy with every recipe I have tried of yours.

  49. Jennifer

    I love making your whole wheat and white breads! My son’s favorite lunch is pepperoni rolls (store bought frozen dough and sliced pepperoni- defrost, rise, squish, add pepperoni, fold over, seam side down and bake). Which roll recipe of yours would I want to use for a truly homemade batch?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m not familiar with this product but I would guess it would be pizza dough.

  50. Liz

    Jenny, great rolls!

  51. Janice from MA

    Great recipe

  52. Janice from MA

    Keep the videos coming they are great help out a lot to see how it is done correctly thanks again

  53. kathy holt

    can I use whole milk?

  54. Marsha Kaczmarek

    These are amazing, I just cut to 8 pieces to use for sandwiches or hamburgers!

  55. Susan

    Can this recipe be increased to serve 50 or more, I make the hot rolls for our church funeral dinners and would like to try this recipe for it?

  56. Lare

    Ok, so I’m using Jenny’s trick of warming the egg to room temperature in a cup of water and things are going along just fine. Form the rolls, let them rise, bake, and out of the oven. When I’m putting the rolls out for lunch, what do I spy? The egg, of course, still warming in the cup of water! The rolls were still delicious and the dog’s dejected because he didn’t get one.

    • Paul

      Hmmm…. I fell victim to this flub as well. Like a bozo, I forgot the egg in the cup. I threw the batch away and started over. Maybe I kneaded the exercise. 🙂

  57. Lyne

    I cook these fluffy roll and there are so delicious the best recipe ever thank you so much I like to watch your videos

  58. Carla

    An added delightful discovery: If you divide the dough into eight pieces instead of 16 and pat them down just a bit, these make fantastic hamburger buns.

  59. shirley

    My go to recipe when I want delicious, fast, rolls.

  60. Carla

    Hi Jenny,
    This was a great recipe, a definite keeper. I don’t have a stand mixer and they came out just fine.

  61. DeLoris

    Are these similar to Parker House Rolls? I love your recipes and would love on for Parker House Rolls. Your videos are sooo easy to understand!

  62. Franca

    Thank you Jenny for the recipe. These buns came out so good and easy to make ?

  63. Mark

    I have made the braided cinammon raisin roll twice and thet were delicious.

  64. Richard Johnson

    Not playing as much golf at 76 as I used to so cooking seems to be in order. the Meatloaf was better than my old recipe so I’m stuck with that one. The Apple Pie was wonderful but my top crust was a little brittle, any idea why. I going to try the braided cinnamon bread, looks loverly.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      You may have used too much flour with the pie crust. Next time, be sure to aerate the flour before measuring.

  65. Jane

    How would you re-heat them if I baked them the night before TG dinner. I have so much to cook the morning of TG. the Turkey the Dressing and the pies. Or could I keep the dough in the fridge over night if I could arrange some time to bake them right before we serve.

    • Janie

      I would keep the dough in the fridge overnight, I don’t C where it would hurt. But, B4 I served I would bring them out a while, then to the oven.

  66. Patty

    So, So good! ….however if you are from Ontario and using Fleischmann’s yeast, note that the packets are 8 grams, not 7. So you will definitely want to measure (and not dump the whole packet into the flour.)
    Jenny, I have just recently found out about your cooking expertise and read the “About” section on your site. You are an amazing lady! THANK YOU for all you have done to help so many people. You are such a generous soul! I’m proud to know you are Canadian. My grandkids visited Springbank Park a couple of months ago and they LOVED it!
    Lastly, the Halloween cartoon you put on your blog today is hilarious!!! Thanks for the smile, ?

    • Nikta


      You are absolutely correct about the yeast packages in Ontario, I came across this as well, now I try to use one package of yeast for two of Jenny’s recipes: one quarter teaspoon for the no knead bread and the rest for recipes that require two teaspoons of yeast.

      Like yourself, I love Jenny’s website and her simple and fun recipes!

    • Lori

      I live in Ontario too. I’ve made several of Jenny’s breads and have always used the entire 8gr package. Everything has always turned out very well….and delicious.

  67. Donna

    Hi Jenny,

    Is it possible to over knead dough and, can I use my food processor with the kneading tool to get the dough going before turning it out onto my flexible pad to prep for the rise??

    • Cai

      Hi donna,

      I made this tolls a few time and it is actually super delicious. However, the dough is very sticky thats why i knead them 50x by hand, like jenny recommend. You won’t get the same consistency by using a dough hook, if you insist, you may end up adding more flour and it wont be as moist and fluffy anymore. Sorry if I bypass jenny for answering this question.

      • Donna

        Hi Cai,

        No, are you kidding? Thank you for bypassing. I appreciate the answer.

  68. Chris

    How many calories are in a dinner roll please jenny ? ?

    • Jenny

      I don’t count calories so I’m sorry I don’t know.

  69. Gail A

    CAn I use this recipe for hamburger or hot dog buns? Looking for a good recipe for buns and have not been able to find one. Or do you have one ?

  70. Claire

    Best rolls ever:) made dinner rolls in glass pan and round rolls on sheet pan. Have made 4 batches the last two weeks. Joy

  71. Chris

    I messed up on the part number 6. Will it turn out ok?

  72. Joyce

    If I don’t have a mixer to beat on high can I still make them without using a mixer?

    • Jenny

      Yes, you can make these by hand but you will have to knead for a longer time, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  73. Maria

    Hello Jenny,

    Have you or will try to recreate some of these/your recipes with coconut and almond flours instead of the traditional flours? Please and thank you. If so, please share the recipes? Thanks again!


  74. Gean

    Hi jenny I make these dinner roll was very good.I love to watch you baking thanks for all recipies.

  75. Joline

    Will you please do a video of this recipe? Please please please.. i love watching you baking.

  76. Anna Tari

    Can you make a whole wheat version of this recipe? I love white bread but I like to bake wholemeal bread too as it is much healthier! Love all your bread recipes by the way. They are really great!

    • Jenny

      Somehow, whole wheat breads always turn out better than whole wheat rolls. You can try a 50/50 mix of white and wheat flours but I don’t think you’d be happy with 100% whole wheat.


    Gracias por esta maravillosa receta…!! Es la primera receta de pan que me queda magnica desde la primera vez….
    Usted explica tan bien, que es muy facil seguir sus recetas…Gracias.

  78. Melissa

    Can I use active dry yeast instead and if so would directions for this recipe change in any way? Thanks!

    • Jenny

      The only thing that would change with active dry yeast is the temperature of the milk, which should be 110 to 120 degrees.

  79. Danielle

    Hi Jenny! I found your site a few months ago while looking for a pierogi recipe and I’ve been trying so many of your recipes since then!! So far our favorites are the whole wheat bread and pierogi!! I remember you from when you had your show!!!

    Anyway, would these dinner rolls work as soft sandwich rolls if I cut them into 8 instead of 16 or do you think they would be too big?

    Thanks!!! Keep those recipes coming!

  80. Joyce

    Do u have a method for cutting the dough so they are shaped like hot dog buns. I made hamburger buns &I they are terrific. But could use some help in shaping & cutting into hot dog buns. I freeze them also &I they stay very fresh &I as god as day I baked them.

  81. Artie C

    Thanks for a great recipe, really tasty! Made 8 dinner rolls and 4 hamberger buns for dinner.

  82. Joyce

    Do u have a receipe for hamburger &a hot dog buns? If not I would really like for u to come up one made with whole wheat bread flour.

  83. Joyce

    Would this receipe for dinner rolls be used to make hamburger &a hot dog buns ?

  84. Lis K

    I made this today, and I think it’s quite easy to make (I just started to bake 3 weeks ago ;p). I am so happy that I could find another great yet simple recipe.
    Thanks Jenny 😉

  85. Lee M

    Hi Jenny. Do you have a healthier Parkerhouse roll recipe? Used to watch you all the time. You’re still disgustingly gorgeous! ;-P

    • Jenny

      I have used the same recipe for Parkerhouse rolls. I haven’t made them for a while but my notes say to “roll the dough flat and cut 4” circles. Indent center & brush with a little melted butter. Fold over, cover, and rise.”

  86. khabirah

    If I am mixing by hand, how long should I kneed everything?

    • Jenny

      Probably 150 to 200 turns or until it feels smooth and elastic.

  87. yarineth camargo

    I’m from panama…love all your recipies Jenny jhones…specially cinnabons rolls i baked them and were an event in my family ….they loved your recipe….
    Tomorrow i’ll try to bake dinner rolls… 🙂

  88. namira

    I’m so happy if you want to make the video of this article^^

    • connie cobb

      Me to Im doing really good with Jenny ..it like I have always been baking .and the videos are why .But I don’t tell haha Thanks Jenny

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