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One Hour Dinner Rolls

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These One Hour Dinner Rolls are the only dinner roll recipe you need! Soft and fluffy, these buttery rolls are easy enough to make during the week but delicious enough to serve at a holiday meal.

several dinner rolls in a bowl from above

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A good dinner roll recipe is one of my favorite side-dishes. The problem is that so many recipes end up with me being in the kitchen all afternoon and I just don’t have time for that.

Enter: one hour dinner rolls. They’re quick, easy, and more importantly – buttery and delicious. You can cut corners on time without sacrificing quality.

They work perfectly with a weeknight meal but also fit in with a fancier holiday get together.

Serve them with Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Mississippi Pot Roast, or Meatloaf Dinner for ultimate comfort food.

closeup of one hour dinner rolls

INGREDIENTS

  • Water – liquid is needed to activate your yeast.
  • Butter – make sure to bring your butter to room temp so it’s easy to work with!
  • Milk – milk will give your bread an added taste and texture profile.
  • Flour – a very essential ingredient for bread recipes.
  • Salt – salt gives that delicious flavor you look for in a dinner roll!
  • Sugar – sugar helps to feed the yeast and tenderize the dough.
  • Yeast – instant/rapid yeast makes this recipe nice and easy.
labeled ingredients for making one hour dinner rolls

TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU

  • Thermometer – This thermometer is GREAT for recipes where you need to check the temperatures. It’s super easy to read and can be used for everything from making candy to deep frying.
  • Stand mixer – I use my hand mixer for a lot of things, but the KitchenAid is super helpful for bread recipes.
  • Pastry brush – Great for “painting” butter on top of baked goods – it makes it so easy.
  • Baking dish – A pretty & functional baking dish.

HOW TO MAKE ONE HOUR DINNER ROLLS

STEP ONE: To a large microwave safe bowl, add the water, butter, and milk. Microwave until the temperature reaches 95-115 degrees F. If it’s hotter, allow it to cool to that range before proceeding.

Alternatively, you can do this step on the stove in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

STEP TWO: Stir together 3 1/2 cups of flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.

STEP THREE: Add the warm liquid mixture to the flour mixture and knead for 6-8 minutes, until a soft ball forms and pulls clean away from the sides of the bowl. Add the additional cup of flour, as needed.

STEP FOUR: Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel for 15 minutes. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.

STEP FIVE: After 15 minutes, punch down the dough and divide into 12-15 equal sized balls. Place them in the greased casserole dish and re-cover with plastic wrap and the towel for another 15 minutes. While waiting, preheat your oven to 400F.

STEP SIX: Remove the plastic wrap and towel from the baking dish and place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown on top.

STEP SEVEN: If you’re opting to brush with butter, do so halfway through baking with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and then again once they’re finished baking. Enjoy!

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HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVERS?

The best way to store dinner rolls to maximize shelf life is to wrap them in plastic wrap before leaving them on the counter. They will last about 5 days at room temperature when stored properly.

You don’t want to store them in the fridge, however, as they have a chance of drying out that way.

CAN I FREEZE THEM?

Yes! Wrap them with plastic wrap and/or place them in a freezer bag. They will maintain quality for about 3 months, and are safe to eat beyond that time frame as well.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A STAND MIXER?

A stand mixer makes this recipe easiest with either the paddle or dough hook attachment. You can do it by hand as well, but be prepared to use a bit of arm muscle.

DO I HAVE TO USE INSTANT YEAST?

No, you don’t have to use instant yeast, but if we want one hour dinner rolls, it will work fastest. If you only have regular yeast, allow an additional 10-15 minutes for rise time.

If you’re in a pinch, you can also use baking soda at a 1:1 ratio, it just won’t rise the dough as much. (I haven’t personally tested that method but I’m told it works).

dinner rolls in a bowl

NEED MORE HOMEMADE BREAD RECIPES? TRY THESE:

Quick & Easy Wheat Rolls with Garlic Herb Butter
Holiday Garlic Herb Rolls
Onion Dill Bread

image of dinner rolls in a bowl with text that reads one hour dinner rolls
several dinner rolls in a bowl from above

One Hour Dinner Rolls

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
These One Hour Dinner Rolls are the only dinner roll recipe you need! Soft and fluffy, these buttery rolls are easy enough to make during the week but delicious enough to serve at a holiday meal.
4.82 from 33 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Rolls
Calories 211 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk I use 2%
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • Additional butter for brushing optional

Instructions
 

  • To a large microwave safe bowl, add the water, butter, and milk. Heat until the mixture is in the range of 95-110 degrees F. If it is hotter, allow it to cool to that range before proceeding. Alternatively, you can do this step in a saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove.
  • To a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast.
  • Add the warm liquid mixture to the flour mixture and knead for 6-8 minutes until a soft ball forms and pulls clean away from the sides of the bowl. Add the additional 1 cup flour, as needed.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel for 15 minutes.
  • Spray a 9” x 13” casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • After 15 minutes, punch down the dough and divide into 12-15 equal sized balls of dough.
  • Place the balls of dough in the greased casserole dish and re-cover with plastic wrap and towel for another 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  • Remove plastic wrap and towel from the casserole dish and place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown on top.
  • If brushing with butter, brush halfway through baking with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and then again after baking.

Notes

Store leftovers covered for up to 5 days.
You can freeze baked rolls, wrapped tightly in a freezer bag, for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 75IUCalcium: 19mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Judy A Brody says

    Can this recipe use King Arthur Bread flour instead of AP flour?

  2. Cathy says

    Are you supposed to use the rapid rise yeast in this recipe or just regular yeast?

  3. Molly says

    5 stars
    Can you make the dough ahead of time and store to bake the next day?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tested & I would be worried about them rising too much. Can you bake them & just reheat day of?

  4. Sherelly says

    It’s only the two of us. Can the dough be stored in fridge/freezer for another meal?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I have not tested that, but I think so. Or baked and then frozen.

  5. Kim says

    5 stars
    Have made these several times and everyone loved them. Very easy and great that they can be made so quickly.

  6. Camille says

    How long does everyone cook these for? They are still not cooked in the middle after even 30min at 200c?
    Thanks

    • Melissa Williams says

      Did you do both rises? They should bake approximately 15 minutes.

    • Camille says

      Hi yes I did it in the bread machine so that did one rise then I knocked it down like the instructions say. Made the rolls then let them rise again.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hmm, I’ve never used a bread machine so I’m not sure how that affects things, but they should only take about 15 minutes.

  7. J Marley says

    What flour is it can you use self-raising or plain flour

  8. Valerie says

    On the back of the rapid yeast packet, it says the temp should be 115-120 degrees Your recipe has a lower temp. Which should it be? Would it be better to bloom the yeast first?

  9. Sylvia says

    My rolls came out dense and not fluffy. I used a bread flour, active dry yeast, allowed to rise for longer than 15 minutes, let rolls rise for longer than instructed. Flavor is good, just not fluffy. Did I let them sit for too long?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tested with bread flour, just all purpose, so I’m not sure how that affected it.

  10. Joyce says

    5 stars
    These rolls are really good. The first time I made them I noticed they have a slightly sweet taste and thought that dough could be used to make a quicker batch of cinnamon rolls. I am happy to say that it does. Instead of shaping in balls, roll out into a rectangle, spread with soft butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then roll up, slice and bake. Family thinks they are better than the traditional recipe I used to used.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tried that but I love the idea. Thanks for letting me know!

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