Introduction: Easy Yeast Rolls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2012-01-21


mattle made it!(author)2012-04-06

I like it!

acordeiro-garbett made it!(author)2011-11-18

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

kerri2357 made it!(author)2011-11-23

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!

David211281 made it!(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.

kswizzle4christ made it!(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!

Danbearjah made it!(author)2014-04-02

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 made it!(author)2014-12-31

Is that dry yeast or just yeast

AshleyL6 made it!(author)2017-06-30

dry yeast. thats what i use

ramcam6. made it!(author)2015-03-20

Can I used Splenda instead of sugar or Truvia?

AshleyL6 made it!(author)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 made it!(author)2015-05-31

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

AshleyL6 made it!(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 made it!(author)2017-03-17

Easy and best outcome ever! Made several times! Thanks

MichelleB295 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2016-11-22

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

RachelC132 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2016-06-19

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

TammieRogers made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(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+ made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2015-12-15

is that 2 cups and a 1/4 of yeast

JoshuaK39 made it!(author)2015-12-21

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!!

StaceyC17 made it!(author)2015-12-04

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

Rosieluv04 made it!(author)2015-12-15

can you help me out

Rosieluv04 made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2015-11-22

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 made it!(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!

roberta.woods.3 made it!(author)2015-01-18

can u use all purpose flower

melody.denton.1 made it!(author)2015-05-31

i do everytime I make them : )

roberta.woods.3 made it!(author)2015-01-18


LLCandler made it!(author)2015-03-08

Super easy! I made these today and they were delicious! They were a bit heavy but great flavor. I will do some research to see if I can figure out how to make them lighter, but make them again, I will!

robynj made it!(author)2015-02-16

I made these....super easy!!! And delicious!!!

lvaring made it!(author)2014-12-26

I am taking the time to write a review because this is the FIRST time I have made something that turned out EXACTLY as advertised. The looked beautiful and they taste wonderful. They were a big Christmas dinner hit! Thank You.

melody.denton.1 made it!(author)2014-12-06

These were soooo good and easy to make!!! I've made sandwich bread before but this was my first time for making rolls : )

author made it!(author)2014-11-26

I can made these and they are absolutely wonderful! I wanted to ask if I could put them in the fridge overnight and cook them the next day???

krissy.asencio made it!(author)2014-11-21

Hi Sillymommy, I just made your yeast rolls and they came out awesome!!! they came out perfect, thank you so much for this fantabulous recipe. Will never go back to store bought rolls!!! homemade all the way baby!

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