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October 24, 2016 8 Comments


We are so excited that our creative friend Leigh Anne is back today to share another one of her favorite recipes.   This summer she shared her ingenious recipe for Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treat Ice Cream.  It changed my life (and my waist line.)  Today Leigh Anne is here to help us create the perfect dinner roll for the holidays.  You are going to wow your family and friends when you uncover these rolls on your holiday table this year.


With the holidays coming it's time to start planning that holiday menu and at our house, homemade dinner rolls are always at the top of the list.

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

I know for a lot of people, working with yeast can be a scary thing. I had so many questions about it, I actually wrote a whole post on how to work with yeast. You can find it here. It's actually a lot easier than you may think and the results are so worth it. For me, nothing beats a homemade, freshly baked loaf of bread or pan of rolls!

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

The perfect dinner roll is light, soft, tender and warm. Now you can get light and soft rolls at the bakery but getting them warm, fresh out of the oven just doesn't happen unless you make them at home!

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

Making your own dinner rolls does take a little time but the results are so worth it. After your dough has risen the first time just roll it out into a rectangle and cut it into 24 squares. Roll each square of dough into a ball and place on a greased cookie sheet to rise a second time.

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

Find a nice warm spot in your house to let the rolls rise. I like to preheat my oven to 200 degrees F and then turn it off. I place the rolls in the warm oven to rise, especially if I am in a hurry. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it over the top of the rolls while they raise. 

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

Then all you have to do is bake them until they are golden brown and enjoy! I also like to brush some melted butter over the top of them when they come out of the oven. It makes them looks pretty plus a little butter is never a bad thing. I can never resist eating at least one, straight out of the oven! Add some more butter and I'm pretty much in heaven.

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

And what could be cuter than this vintage inspired bread box that you can find on the Barn Owl Primitive site! This sits on my kitchen counter and makes the perfect spot to store all kinds of things, not just bread!

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

Be sure and add these Perfect Dinner Rolls to your upcoming holiday menus! For more yummy bread and roll recipes come on over to Your Homebased Mom for a visit!

Dinner Rolls
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Leigh Anne Wilkes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups warm milk (100-110 degrees F)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp yeast, dry active
  • 6-7 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
  • melted butter for garnish
  1. Add yeast into warm water along with 1 tsp of the sugar. Stir to combine and allow to sit for 6-8 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Mix together milk, butter, remaining sugar, salt and yeast mixture.
  3. Add in 5 cups of flour and mix until dough forms with the paddle attachment on a stand mixer or by hand. Continue adding flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough becomes smooth and a ball forms.
  4. Dough will be slightly tacky.
  5. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double in size (30 minutes or so depending on room temperature)
  6. Pressh dough down and roll into a 8 x 12 rectangle. Cut the dough into 4 strips the long way and then each strip into 6 pieces for a total of 24 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  10. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Brush the baked rolls with melted butter if desired. Serve warm.

The Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe

8 Responses


November 29, 2019

Do these rolls freeze well after they are baked?


November 24, 2017

This will be perfect for the holidays!

Erin Clarkson
Erin Clarkson

November 23, 2017

Amazing! Carbs are my fave food group!

Debra C.
Debra C.

November 21, 2017

These rolls look absolutely perfect!

Megan @ MegUnprocessed
Megan @ MegUnprocessed

October 28, 2016

That looks great!


October 27, 2016

These look absolutely perfect!!

Lane and Holly @ With Two Spoons
Lane and Holly @ With Two Spoons

October 27, 2016

Now I’ve craving these! There is nothing better than fresh baked bread!

Diane Williams
Diane Williams

October 26, 2016

These look absolutely divine! Pinned.

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