Introduction: Easy Yeast Rolls

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Makes 24 yummy rolls.
The rolls will be baked in a 9 x 13 pan.
The roll are easy to make but if you have a bread machine it can be even easier.
If you have a bread machine add all of the ingredients to the bread machine and use the dough cycle and skip step 2 and 3.
For everyone else follow all of the steps to make yummy rolls by hand.

Step 1: Ingredients

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1 cup whole milk (you can use other milk but whole milk makes the rolls the yummiest)
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs (large)
1 teaspoon salt
4 cup bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

(1 or 2 T water if needed)

Note: save the butter wrapper in the fridge for later.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

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Warm the milk to between 90 and 110 degrees F.
Mix all of the ingredients together minus the optional water.
(If you have a mixer with a bread hook you can use that or just mix by hand)
Once all the ingredients are added if the dough seems very dry add 1 tablespoon of water.  A second tablespoon of water can be added if still needed.  I rarely need to add the water unless the air in my home is extremely dry.
See picture for how the dough should look.

Step 3: Knead and Rise

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Once all of the ingredients are fully incorporated knead the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (approximately 6 to 9 minutes).

Place the dough in a very lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and place in a warm area.
Allow the dough to rise until it is about double in size (approximately 60 minutes.)
(My grandmother liked to let her bread rise in the laundry room while the dryer was running as the heat made the room warm or on top of the refrigerator.)

Step 4: Butter the Pan

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If you saved the butter wrapper use that to butter the 9 x 13 pan (I use a pyrex).
Just rub the empty butter wrapper all over the bottom and sides of the pan.
Your hands stay clean and you are using butter which would have been thrown away.

Step 5: Shape Into Rolls

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You will be making 24 rolls.
Split dough in half and then again so you have 4 even sections of dough.
Divide each of those in half again and then divide into 3 even balls.

To Shape Rolls: (see link below for a video how to)
Take a section of the roll in your hand.
Make a circle with your thumb and fingers that is smaller than the dough.
Hold the dough in the circle your hand creates.
Using your other hand push gently on the backside of the roll (inside your hand.)
Keep pushing gently while your other hand stays in a circle and smooths the outside of the roll.
Continue until the roll is smooth and shaped into a ball.

I can not figure out how to embed a video on how to shape the rolls.  I posted a video Shaping Rolls on YouTube on how I shape my rolls.

Step 6: Rolls Rise in Pan

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I make 6 rows of 4 rolls and place them in the greased pan.
Cover the rolls with a damp towel and let rise in a warm area for 15 to 20 minutes.
(You can let the rolls rise for longer, sometimes if the oven is not free I have let them rise for almost an hour and they were still perfect.)
The rolls should increase in size by about 50%.

Step 7: Bake Rolls

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Remove the damp towel and bake at 375 degrees F for 14 to 17 minutes or until the rolls are slightly golden brown.  The color will be very subtle so make sure you do not over cook.

Serve warm with butter.
Very yummy!!!


slow1221 (author)2012-01-17

These were so good! This was my first time baking anything and I didn't even have a kitchen aid mixer. I was surprised at how easy it was!

teniva (author)slow12212012-01-21


mattle (author)teniva2012-04-06

I like it!

acordeiro-garbett (author)2011-11-18

I don't have a thermometer, so how do I know when the milk is hot enough?

I don't have a thermometer either, so I just heated the milk slowly over medium-low heat and heated it with the butter in it. When the butter was just barely melted, I dripped a little of the mixture on the inside of my wrist (like testing a baby bottle). It should feel warm but not hot on your skin there. Too hot liquid will kill the yeast, so If it feels hot, let it cool a bit before you add the other stuff to it,

Good luck!

ShannonF48 (author)2017-12-07

Pretty sure I've made this recipe exactly as written about 10-14 times, about 4-6 with some modifications (instant yeast, more yeast, one less egg, etc) and shared it at least 3 times on FB. These are THE rolls you want and the directions on forming them are perfect!

kswizzle4christ (author)2013-08-05

I have a couple of questions for you. First, should I dissolve my yeast in the milk or in a 1/4 cup of water? Should I then proof that? Also, what order should I add my ingredients or does it really not matter? Also, should the butter be softened, melted, solid? Finally, should I use a mixer to mix or should I just mix it with a spatula? Thanks!

Ok, I know this was posted months ago, but for anyone that might still need the answer to this question...this recipe is so simple, but so good. You will mix all of the dry ingredients together. After you have melted the butter in the milk, you can add the eggs. Be careful! If the milk is too hot you will curdle the eggs. If you aren't sure, just temper the eggs. That means you beat the eggs in a sep bowl and add a VERY small amount of the milk at a time, beating well between each addition. Once the eggs have come to temp, you can add the rest of the milk/butter and beat well. Then just add all of the wet ing to all of the dry. Viola! These are so yummy! I didn't have any whole milk on hand, but I had some half and half. So good!

romeyrome (author)Danbearjah2014-12-31

Is that dry yeast or just yeast

SherriC26 (author)romeyrome2017-11-20

Fleischmann's rapid rise yeast in the little package checking your dates to make sure your yeast is fresh and new. Don't use out of date yeast it hardly ever acts like it should lol.

AshleyL6 (author)romeyrome2017-06-30

dry yeast. thats what i use

David211281 (author)2017-07-18

Mine didnt turn out like this at all. Dough was cracky and never rised properly. Never added yeast right to the dough before without first putting it in warm water with sugars. Just didn't work at all.

SherriC26 (author)David2112812017-11-20

David, its sounds like your yeast may have been old or got to hot or to cold the yeast temp is important also, if they were dry and cracked sounds like the air was dry in your home so adding a dash of water to tops will help and covering them with a moist towel when allowing to rise helps as well, buttering the tops helps too. Yeast has to be new, and the right temps of fluids added. Hope this helps. they are so yummy its a shame to have them not turn out.

roberta.woods.3 (author)2015-01-18

can u use all purpose flower

I did

i do everytime I make them : )


StaceyC17 (author)2015-12-04

Letting the dough rise its 60 minutes.. Cant wait to try it out tonight.. :)

Rosieluv04 (author)StaceyC172015-12-15

can you help me out

BonnieSons (author)Rosieluv042017-08-24

how can I help

Rosieluv04 (author)2015-12-15

is that 2 cups and a 1/4 of yeast

BonnieSons (author)Rosieluv042017-08-24

it is 1 pkg of dry yeast

JoshuaK39 (author)Rosieluv042015-12-21

its 2 & 1/4 tsp of yeast. Not cups. And these are the most delicious rolls!! So easy with the bread machine doing most of the work! Followed the instructions almost exactly, I added about 1/2 tsp more of yeast. They turned out great. Easy, fairly fast and extremely delicious!!

ramcam6. (author)2015-03-20

Can I used Splenda instead of sugar or Truvia?

AshleyL6 (author)ramcam6.2017-06-30

i dont think so, because the yeast feeds on sugar and that may help with the rising in the dough so you probably will have to add a buttload of yeast and even then it wont turn out as good

melody.denton.1 (author)ramcam6.2015-05-31

let me know if you try that! i was thinking about that too since i have baking truvia right now

AshleyL6 (author)2017-06-30

hello, my mom has a method to rise rolls in oven.

Turn the oven to the lowest setting for just a few minutes, then turn it off. Place the dough in the center of the oven. Allow it to rise until almost doubled. Remove the dough from the oven and preheat it to the desired temperature. While the oven preheats, the dough will finish its rising.

IrisS15 made it! (author)2017-04-12

The first time I made it. I used an aluminum pan, hand kneaded and baked in a gas stove. Looks and tastes great. I must say though, its more of a sweet roll. Id doesn't have that really yeasty flavor I look for in a yeast roll. Nonetheless, still a great dinner roll that's fluffy and tasty. Its in my recipe box to make again.

RichardT146 (author)2017-03-17

Easy and best outcome ever! Made several times! Thanks

MichelleB295 (author)2016-12-22

Awesome recipe! Only change I made was I used half 2% milk and half Half and Half to make up for no whole milk. Fantastic. Did a test batch before Thanksgiving to make sure they turned out and a second batch for Thanksgiving dinner. NOT A SINGLE ONE LEFT OVER! So good!

MarilynM54 (author)2016-11-22

These were very easy using my Kitchenaid mixer. I would recommend using a larger pan than a 13 X 9. I've made them twice with similar results.

JoJoJosi (author)2016-11-22

Can these rolls be made the day before cooking and saved in fridge over night?

RachelC132 (author)2016-11-14

I NEVER have good luck trying to make dinner rolls somehow I always mess them up. HOWEVER these came out perfect and everyone raved about the! so nice and buttery!

Isaacgudu made it! (author)2016-08-08

awesome recipe, easy to make and terrific results. Thank you so much! :-) :-) :-) :-)

Afrijunida made it! (author)2016-08-05

love this one!

JudyW64 (author)2016-07-09

Easiest yeast roll recipe ever. I made two loaves with this recipe and they were wonderful as well. Definitely a keeper.

JudyW64 (author)2016-07-09

Easiest yeast roll recipe ever. Very tasty. I have made loaves with this recipe and they turned out wonderful. Definitely a keeper.

NetaGray (author)2016-06-19

I love this recipe !! I now make these for all family events !

TammieRogers (author)2016-05-22

I'm gonna try this recipe in the bread machine. For that, do I melt the butter, or should I just put it in the machine in pieces? Please and thank you

Hyacinth69 (author)2016-05-08

I cannot believe this was your first try by the looks of that picture. I know this was a while back and I hope you have really perfected your roll-making. I am always looking for that one golden keeper!!

Linrosenstiel (author)2016-04-02

This is the easiest dough to work with! One of my favorites! I also like that the rolls arent so big.

dean1_007 (author)2016-01-22

do you add the yeast to the cup of warmed up milk, and do u let it sit at all.

RobR48 (author)2016-01-19

Thank you for this easy recipe. I made it as instructed and WOW was it perfect!

They turned out Golden, fluffy, with a Heavenly aroma.

Rosieluv04 (author)2015-12-15

the yeast is that 2 cups?

KelseyW10 made it! (author)2015-11-24

Perfect and easy! Huzzah!

eyerol made it! (author)2015-11-23

This has been my go to roll recipe for a while!

cajunmom69 (author)2015-11-18

Okay I made this for the very first time. I have never made any bread from scratch. This was incredibly easy and very good. Great in fact. I was a bit confused about the yeast. I used Hodgson Mill active dry yeast and I did add it to 1/4 of the warmed milk. and they were perfect. My question is there a way to make ahead but not cook until later?

theyarnmaiden (author)cajunmom692015-11-22

There are 2 ways you could make them ahead.

Either, get all the way to the shaping step, then put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they're solid, then transfer to a freezer bag and date. They keep for several months. To wake them back up just take them out the night before or follow the instructions for Rhodes rolls. (I usually have a batch in my freezer and just thaw+bake as I need them (1-2 at a time))

OR, go all the way through the baking, but bake them very very pale. You want them to juuuust be done in the middle but not browned on top. Then let them cool and keep them covered until you're ready to put them in to "brown+serve" them. (This method is a lot trickier, since any raw dough in the middle becomes a hazard and if you're not used to baking a lot at home it can be really tricky to gauge)

sburggsx made it! (author)2015-11-22

So far so good. I used 2% milk and think they may need whole milk. I also heated up the milk and added some sugar and yeast to "brew" for a little while as my first attempt didn't rise as quickly as it should.

MTrudeau10 (author)2015-07-28

Easy steps to follow. I've made these this afternoon and they were amazing and the best homemade buns I've made after so many attempts. Thank you, this recipe is a keeper!

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