Easy Dinner Roll recipe perfect for procrastinators! Done in just over an hour, these buttery soft dinner rolls are the perfect addition to dinner.
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Have you noticed yet that I enjoy making bread?! HA! This is a delightfully simple recipe for dinner rolls that I just adore. They’re simple to make and oh my word, don’t even worry about storing leftovers because there won’t be any.
Ingredients needed to make Dinner Rolls
How to make Easy Dinner Rolls
If you’ve never made bread before, here is the basic formula for making your own at home. It really is an easy process and you’ll be thrilled with the results. Plus your entire house will smell like freshly baked bread which is amazing.
Step 1: Assemble Yeast Roll Ingredients
You’ll need warm water, granulated sugar, instant OR active dry yeast, 1 egg, canola oil, salt and flour. That’s it!
Step 2: Dissolve the yeast and activate it by Proofing
This is a simple process that takes about 5 minutes. You can watch the video above to see what yeast looks like when it’s proofed. It’s possible to kill yeast if you use too hot of water, so aim for slightly warmer than luke-warm, or about 105°F. Combine warm water and the sugar, then stir to dissolve. Add in the yeast, give it a quick stir and then let it sit for 5 minutes. You’ll begin to see the yeast puff up until it covers the entire surface of the water.
Step 3: Add remaining ingredients and mix
Add the egg, the oil, salt and flour, then mix using an electric stand mixer until it’s well combined, about 2 minutes. You can mix by hand but it will take longer & I prefer the uniform mix of an electric mixer.
Step 4: Knead the Dough
Trust me, taking an extra 5 minutes to let your mixer knead the dough is worth it! Going through the process of kneading dough is crucial for dinner rolls with great texture. Kneading dough allows gluten to form which enables dough to rise better, be lighter and fluffier.
You can knead by hand or with a mixer. I use the dough hook on my mixer to knead bread dough. If you knead by hand, you’ll want to knead for 7-8 minutes, depending on how consistent you are.
Place your lovely smooth, elastic dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a clean towel. I think plastic wrap works better because it traps hot air inside and thus, my dough requires a shorter first rise. Be sure to spray the side of the plastic wrap that will touch the dough, so that it doesn’t stick.
If your house is cool, your bread will take longer to rise. In the wintertime when my house is cooler than normal, I like to turn the oven on for 2-3 minutes, then turn it off and let the bowl of dough rise in there. The oven traps the heat for a longtime and it’s the perfect atmosphere for rising dough.
This Easy Dinner Roll recipe only needs to rise for 15 minutes.
Punching the dough down quickly releases any air pockets that have developed and helps your bread have a more consistent texture.
Take the dough and divide it into 12 portions. If you want to be really precise you can always use a scale to make sure they’re even.
Shape each ball dough by rolling it gently into a ball and tucking the sides underneath so that the roll looks smooth.
Place in a greased 9×13 pan. The rolls don’t need to be touching the sides of the pan.
I like to brush an egg wash on the top of each roll to give them that smooth, shiny crust. Just whisk together 1 whole egg and 1 teaspoon water, then brush all over the outside of each roll.
For the 2nd rise, I just place the pan on the stove near the oven while it preheats. You can even lay a clean kitchen cloth over the top of the rolls to trap more heat.
You’re nearly there! These rolls bake for about 10-12 minutes. The tops will be golden brown. Let them cool slightly, then brush the tops with fresh butter and serve. YUM.
Buttery Soft Dinner Rolls
- 2 TBSP yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3-3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 egg whisked with 1 tsp water for textured top
- 2 TBSP melted butter for brushing
- In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Add yeast; let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the canola oil, egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Form dough into a smooth ball. Keeping the dough in the bowl, spray with non-stick spray and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
- Punch down dough. Knead for 1 minute. Take the dough and divide it into 12 portions. Shape each ball dough by rolling it gently into a ball and tucking the sides underneath so that the roll looks smooth.
- Place rolls in a greased 9x13 pan. Brush each with egg wash on the top of each roll to give them that smooth, shiny crust.
- Let rolls rest and rise while oven is preheating to 425 degrees F, or about 10 minutes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes, then brush with butter and serve.
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Instant or Active Dry Yeast for Making Bread
If you use instant yeast, you can add it directly to your other dry ingredients when making bread. If you use active dry yeast, you’ll need to first dissolve it in warm water before using it in a recipe. I buy my yeast in bulk from Costco and it’s active dry yeast.
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Easy Dinner Roll recipe perfect for procrastinators! Done in just over an hour, these buttery soft dinner rolls are the perfect addition to dinner. Make a double batch and use them for lunch the next day- you’ll be glad you did!