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.
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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!!!

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slow12213 years ago
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 slow12213 years ago
mattle teniva3 years ago
I like it!
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!
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!
ramcam6.4 months ago

Can I used Splenda instead of sugar or Truvia?

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

can u use all purpose flower

i do everytime I make them : )


LLCandler4 months ago

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!5 months ago
I made these....super easy!!! And delicious!!!
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!

Is that dry yeast or just yeast
lvaring7 months ago

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.

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

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???

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!

SC48 months ago

These turned out amazing!! Thank you so much for the recipe! This is only the fourth time in my life I've made bread and they were idiot-proof, went together so quick and easy, and they taste INCREDIBLE. The flavor and the texture are a thousand times better than the frozen stuff I was gonna get for Thanksgiving. I increased the batch by half again and put most of them in the freezer for the holiday (well-wrapped!), which I hope works out.

gcmhphleb8 months ago

How can I condense this recipe so I can print it.

gcmhphleb8 months ago

How can I condense this recipe so I can print it.

polarluv9000 made it!1 year ago

my "yeast rolls" turned out like english sweetbread...

ibrk4men1 year ago

Second time I made them... .Wonderful..! I appreciate this site, thank you.

Oh my gosh! I have tried for years to make wonderful rolls. Until I tried thisrecipe I could never do it! I used my bread machine for the dough, andfollowed the rest. I loved the video on how to form the rolls! TgThanks so much for sharing!

Must have done something wrong because my rolls came out very dense. They rose very nicely. Perhaps the kneading...

hsalter1 year ago
These are so freaking good! The second time I made these, I couldn't get them in the oven right away and the dough sat for a while. When they finished cooking they were huge, about twice as large as normal and really soft and gooey inside. If I had brushed on a little melted butter, they would have been just like Golden Corral's.
tclark4491 year ago
Made these rolls today (Thanksgiving). Delicious! My husband told me I could make them as often as I'd like, and other family members were also very complimentary. Thank you for a simple, yet delicious, recipe. I will be making them again.
Wonderful. I have been trying to find the courage to make yeast rolls for years. You made it look so easy I had to try it. I now have 4 pans in the freezer for my family and Thanksgiving this year is going to be a blast. Thank you so much for posting this.
skidwell3 years ago
Guess I'll save it and write it out by hand, since in order to get a printed copy you want me to become a member and pay you for the priveledge of being able to print it out. Otherwise I have to print out 10 pages.
Or just copy everything over to MS word. ;)

It's silly to charge people to download a PDF.
twinsagain2 years ago
OMG! These are the best! I have a huge family, so these will deffinately be brought to the next gathering. I also use this for Sugar Free Cinnamon Rolls! I rolled out each piece (instead of shaping into balls) Added filling (eyeball it so it is thin and speaded from end to end) then roll from one end to the other. Filling: 1 cup Splenda, 5 tsp cinnamon and 1 cup butter (2 sticks softened in the microwave for 20 secs) I also added 3/4 cup of Peacans (toasted them on top of the stove for a few minutes) and stirred everything to gether. I baked these same temp for 15 minutes. My kids loved them. YUM!
Star272 years ago
This is by far the best, lightest and yummy yeast roll recipe I have ever made!! I threw it all in my wonderful bread machine!

curlacher2 years ago
I love this web site, I have been to many sites but I love how you have broken down the process and posted pictures. I am a visual learner and this is a great help. I take lap top in kitchen and have it right there to refrence if I need it. The easy rolls are awesome. A great one to use when starting out making bread and what every new bride should have. Keep up the great site.
csumner22 years ago
my husband and I both bake breads and rolls... and he normally beats me on the fresh yeast rolls... but with this recipe, I beat him! They were easy and great! Thanks for sharing!
thank you soooo much for this recipe!...just made them fresh out the oven...i called them OMG rolls!...thank you!
Kickice3 years ago
thanks for the recipe! I've never made bread before (apart from cornbread!), this is a great recipe for a 'first timer'. They came out pretty good!
Could not agree more.
tobune3 years ago
The best!
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