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  • Writer's pictureAnwuli Anyah

Soft, Sweet, & Buttery Dinner Rolls

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Yields 12 - 16 rolls

Time: 3.5 hours

Hands down the best dinner roll recipe. They taste just like Hawaiian rolls. This is a very easy recipe. You will impress family and guests by serving up rolls made form scratch that taste this good!

You do not need a thermometer but it can be handy. It takes the guess work out of figuring out the correct temperature for the yeast. If you of not have a thermometer, touch the mixture you introduce the yeast. It should be comfortably warm, not hot.

Happy baking.


1 cup milk

1/3 cup salted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

1/4 ounce package of yeast (2 1/4 tsp)


2 parts melted butter plus 1 part honey. Or just plain melted butter.


1. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm milk. The milk temperature should be below 115 degrees Fahrenheit (between 90 to 115 degrees is ideal).

2. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the other 1/2 cup milk with the sugar, butter, and salt until it is all completely dissolved.

3. Let cool down to 115 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit). Add the egg and whist to combine. Do not add the egg while the mixture is hot. Otherwise, the egg will cook. Adding the egg will bring the mixture to the perfect temperature for the yeast.

4. Add the mixture from #3 to the yeast mixture from #1

5. Add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, to the mixing bowl and use a dough hook to combine for 3 minutes.

6. Transfer dough to a kneading surface and use the remaining 1/2 cup to knead the sticky dough. Use only as little of it as you need during the kneading process. The more you knead, the more elastic and easy to handle it will become. Knead for another 3 minutes.

7. Transfer to a greased bowl for the first rise and cover with plastic wrap.

8. Place in a warm part of your kitchen and let it rise until has doubled. Takes 1-2 hours.

9. Transfer dough to an oiled surface and punch the dough to release the air. Split dough into an equal 12 or 16 parts.

10. Form rolls and transfer to a greased baking pan or dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until soft, puffy, and basically touching.

11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

12. Bake for 20 minutes until tops are brown.

13. Remove and glaze with a pastry brush. Enjoy.

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