This recipe for Homemade Dinner Rolls turns out perfect every time. The buns are soft, light, and fluffy- the perfect dinner roll to complete any meal.

These rolls are a great side to any entree and a personal favorite with chicken enchilada soup or our easy meatloaf.

Dinner rolls rolled with butter in a baking dish.


These soft dinner rolls are absolutely irresistible using ingredients you most likely always have in your pantry. The buns are not overly sweet and can be enjoyed as sweet rolls with jam and butter or savory rolls with dinner.

Dinner rolls laid out on a towel topped with butter.



  1. Sift flour– Sift the flour and salt through a sieve and create a well in the center.
  2. Heat milk– Heat the milk and butter until warm, not hot. Pour the milk mixture into the well of the flour.
  3. Activate yeast– Add yeast and sugar, stir to combine, and allow the yeast to activate.
  4. Mix dough– Mix the dough until the flour is incorporated.
  5. Proof the bread– Cover the dough and set it aside to double in size.
Step by step collage on how to make the dough for homemade dinner rolls.


  1. Roll-out– On a floured surface, roll the dough into a long strand and cut it into 15 equal parts.
  2. Shape– Shape the dough into dinner rolls.
  3. Rise rolls– Cover the pan and set it aside to double size.


  1. Bake rolls– Preheat the oven and bake the dinner rolls until golden brown in color.
  2. Brush tops– Remove buns from the oven and brush with butter.
Step by step collage on how to form dinner rolls and place into baking sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions-

Why are my dinner rolls tough?

Be sure to measure the flour correctly. Scoop the flour into the measuring cup with a spoon, and level the flour by brushing off any flour.

Why do I sift the flour?

Sifting flour sifts out any lumps in the flour, and the flour mixes better into the remaining ingredients.

How warm should the milk be?

For the yeast to activate properly, be sure the milk mixture is warm, not HOT, reading about 105°F – 110°F with a food thermometer.

Dinner roll with jam and butter being held.


  • Room Temp– Add dinner rolls to a bag and store them at room temperature for 3-5 days.
  • Refrigerator- Keep in a storage bag refrigerated for 5-7 days, reheat before serving in the microwave for warm rolls.
  • Freeze– Place the dinner rolls into a freezer bag and store for 2-3 months, thaw, and reheat before serving.


Since these fluffy dinner rolls aren’t overly sweet, they are extremely versatile and may accompany different meals as a side. Here are some of our favorites-

Three dinner rolls stacked on top of each other.

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Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

Author: Valentina
5 from 6 votes
This recipe for Homemade Dinner Rolls turn out perfect every time. The buns are soft, light and fluffy- the perfect dinner roll to complete any meal.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 15 rolls


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (4 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • Grease 9"x13" baking sheets and lightly dust with flour. 
  • In a large bowl, add flour and salt. In the center of the flour create well. 
  • In a saucepan, combine milk and butter, heat until warm then remove from heat.
  • Pour milk mixture into the well and sprinkle the yeast over the water and sugar. Give a quick stir, cover and allow the yeast to activate, about 3 minutes.
  • Mix dough until well incorporated. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Cover dough and set aside to rise for 2 hours in a warm area.
  • Lightly dust working area with flour. Roll out a log and cut 15 equal parts.
  • Shape the dough into round balls, cover rolls and let rise 30-45 minutes, until doubled. 
  • Bake dinner rolls on 375°F for 20-25 minutes, until golden in color. Allow rolls to slightly cool and generously butter top of rolls.
  • Enjoy!


142kcal Calories24g Carbs4g Protein3g Fat2g Saturated Fat18mg Cholesterol88mg Sodium57mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar105IU Vitamin A20mg Calcium1.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)