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Easy Dinner Rolls

They are so good and ready in just a couple hours!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rising Time1 hr
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls
Servings: 24
Author: Amanda Rettke


  • 4 cups (512g) all-purpose flour, or more if needed
  • 2 envelopes (about 2 tablespoons) rapid rise or instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (367g) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, optional


  • Combine 3 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, egg, and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
  • Heat milk until very warm (110°F to 120°F).
  • Add warm milk to flour mixture. Knead 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally if needed. Add 1/2 cup flour; knead 2 more minutes.
  • Add remaining 1/2 cup flour. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl and very soft. (If the dough seems too wet you may need more flour. Add in 1/4 cup increments until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl while kneading.)
  • Cover with a clean towel and let REST 30 MINUTES.
  • Remove towel and punch down dough.
  • Divide dough into equal pieces and shape into balls. Place in greased 9x13 inch pan. Cover with plastic wrap and REST in a warm place - over 70°, preferably 75° - until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
    (I had 6 left over and added them to a greased 7-inch pie dish and baked as directed.)
  • Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 12-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter while warm.
  • Sprinkle kosher salt on top if desired.


If dough appears to be DRY, you can add up to 4 tablespoons of melted butter, one tablespoon at a time. The dough should be sticky if you touch it.