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Soft, Fluffy Dinner Rolls

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Cook Time:

1.5 Hours

20 Min


20 Servings



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These rolls are, in my opinion, the best I have ever eaten. I have been making rolls for years, and I have tweaked the recipe to get it just the way I want it. They are so soft and fluffy. I am constantly asked for the recipe. Yeast rolls can be a little intimidating, but they really aren’t as hard as they might seem. We love them fresh from the oven, and then will eat them as sandwiches, or with butter and honey for a few days. They stay soft for several days.


2 Tbl. Active Dry Yeast

1 tsp. Sugar

2/3 c. Lukewarm Water

1/3 c. Sugar or Honey

1/3 c. Canola Oil

2 tsp. Salt

2 c. Warm Milk

1 Egg

5-7 c. Flour

Bake 400°F for 15 minutes


1. In your Kitchen Aid or your Bosch Mixer, add your Yeast, 1 tsp. Sugar, and lukewarm Water. Your water should be between 68 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit. It feels just warm to the touch. If your water is too hot or too cold, it won’t make your yeast grow. After you add the water, stir the yeast, sugar, and water together and then let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

2. While your yeast is growing, warm up your Milk in the microwave or on the stove. You will want your milk to be warm, but not hot. It should be in the same range as your yeast.

3. When your yeast is proofed, or has doubled in size, add 1/3 c. Sugar, Salt, Milk, Oil, Egg, and 3 cups of the Flour. Turn your mixer on a medium speed and let it mix for 5 minutes.

4. After it has mixed for 5 minutes, add the remaining Flour. You will want your dough to clump up in a ball. It will not be sticking to the edges of your mixer, but may stick a little in the middle. In a dry climate you will need less flour, in a humid climate you will need more flour. If you don't add enough flour your rolls may be flat after cooking. If you add too much flour your rolls may be hard or dense after cooking. 

5. Let your dough knead in your mixer on a low speed for 10 minutes.

6. After your dough is kneaded, then place the dough in a greased bowl under a light (I place it under my microwave light), and cover it with a dish towel. Let it sit and raise for 20-30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

7. Grease a cookie sheet and roll your rolls. I get a ball of dough that is approximately 2-3 inches in diameter. 

8. Melt ¼ c. butter and use a pastry brush to brush the butter onto the top of every roll after you have finished rolling them.

9. Place your pan under a light again for 10 minutes, or until the rolls are 50% bigger. I preheat my oven while I am waiting for the rolls to rise on the pan. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

10. Bake the rolls at 400°F for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

11. Spread more melted butter on the top of the freshly baked rolls.

12. Serve and Enjoy!!

Troubleshooting and Tips

  • My rolls are flat, or hard and dense

If you don't add enough flour your rolls may be flat after cooking. If you add too much flour your rolls may be hard or dense after cooking. 

  • Click here for the Bosch mixer that I love to use for my bread dough. I have had it for 15 years and it is still running well.

Having trouble with this recipe? Please leave a comment below or feel free to email me!


  • If you keep Powdered Milk on hand, you can use 2 cups of warm water instead of milk, and then add 2/3 c. Powdered milk, instead of warming up milk.

  • You can serve these rolls with butter, honey, honey butter, raspberry butter, jam, or jelly.

Do you have any alterations that have worked well for you? Please share them with the rest of us below!

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