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Classic Dinner Rolls

These Classic Dinner Rolls are what you think of when your grandma or great grandma made rolls for holidays or family gatherings. Slightly sweet and amazing.


Dinner Rolls are perfect to go with your Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. These rolls are like the ones your grandma or great grandma made. 

Dinner rolls are often called yeast rolls. They have that wonderful bread flavor and texture while being a little easier to hold in your hand. They are wonderful with just butter or your favorite jam. My favorite jam is Blue Raspberry JamApple Pie Jam on them would be amazing also. 



Do dinner rolls have eggs in them?

Yes, most dinner rolls have eggs in them including these Classic Dinner Rolls. The eggs help give the roll a soft tender texture on the inside.

Why does it matter what temperature the liquid is that you add the yeast to?

Yeast is sensitive. It needs luke warm liquid to activate. If too cold it won’t activate. Too hot and it will kill the yeast. The right temperature for most yeast is between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 and 43 degrees Celsius.  


Yield: 24 rolls

Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

These Classic Dinner Rolls are what you think of when your grandma or great grandma made rolls for holidays or family gatherings. Slightly sweet and amazing.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup water, heated to 100-110
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 1/4 cups flour


  1. Dissolve yeast in water. Set aside for 10 minutes. Scald milk by heating it on stovetop to 180. Add sugar, salt & butter. In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs. 
  2. Temper eggs by slowly adding a 1/4 cup of the milk mixture to eggs. Combine eggs and milk mixture in large bowl. 
  3. Add yeast mixture, combine. Add 2 cups flour and beat until smooth. Switch to dough hook and add 3 1/4 cups flour or if not using a Kitchenaid mixer, stir in remaining flour and mix. 
  4. When flour is mixed in, knead for 6-8 minutes, until smooth. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm draft free area for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until doubled. I put on top of my oven with the oven on 170.
  5. Once doubled, pull off a golf ball size piece of dough. Using your finger flatten to make smooth on top. Then tuck the edges under to make a ball. The bottom of the dough with look like this. And the top will be smooth.
  6. Place on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Keep doing this until you have used all the dough. Cover and set back in the warm draft free area to rise for another hour.
  7. Once risen, preheat oven to 375. Bake rolls for 10 -15 minutes.
  8. Once baked, brush with melted butter. Serve warm or cold. They are delicious!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g
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Monday 1st of December 2014

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Friday 6th of December 2013

These look amazing, Kerry!! I love the recipe challenge! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever - pinning now!

Kerry C

Monday 9th of December 2013

Thanks. They were tasty too. The Hardworking Husband wants me to make them for hamburger buns. And since hamburger buns was one of my goals for next year, I have killed two birds with one stone.


Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Thanks for the tips and congrats on achieving your recipe goals, what a fun idea!

Kerry C

Monday 9th of December 2013

Thanks Britini! I have really enjoyed working through these goals. I have sure learned a lot. I went back to make my homemade velveeta and I realized how much I have learned through cooking things I've never done before.

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