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Easy 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are made with a few basic ingredients, you don't need a mixer, and they turn out perfectly soft and delicious every time!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12


  • 3 1/2 cups flour divided
  • 2 Tbsp. regular yeast 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water I never measure the temp of the water, I just use really hot tap water, but if you like more specific directions, I think it's supposed to be around 110° F
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted butter OR 1/3 cup oil vegetable, coconut, canola, etc


  • Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with yeast; stir together with a spoon until well combined.
  • Add sugar and salt, mix well.
  • Add hot water and stir to combine, then add the melted butter and the egg.  Mix completely (until the butter and the egg are no longer visible).
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix until the flour is incorporated.  Dough will be sticky.  At this point, I like to add just a little bit more flour and incorporate it into the dough with my hands for about 1 minute. The dough should then be smooth and not sticky. 
  • You can shape the rolls however you prefer – I usually make crescent rolls because it’s fast.  To do this, you just roll the dough into a large circle (1/8-1/4 inch thick). Cut the dough into triangles with a pizza cutter and then starting with the larger end of each triangle, roll the dough up.
  • Place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet, making sure that the tip of the triangle is tucked under the roll.  Let the rolls rise for 10-15 minutes and then bake them at 425 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. (Mine are always done right at 10 minutes.) I like to brush the rolls with a little bit of melted butter right when they come out of the oven – so yummy!


These rolls work best when you mix everything by hand with a wooden spoon. I tried to use my Bosch mixer once and the rolls just didn't turn out very well which shocked me because I've made them dozens and dozens of times and they've always turned out perfectly before!