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.
One Hour Rolls
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.
Equipment you’ll need
- 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 with a dough hook.
- Pastry brush – Great for “painting” butter on top of baked goods – it makes it so easy & silicone makes for easier cleaning.
- Baking dish – A pretty & functional baking dish.
Ingredients you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Water – Liquid is needed to activate your yeast.
- Butter – I like to use salted butter. You’ll melt it so no need to bring it to room temp first.
- Milk – I use 2% and haven’t tested with others. Milk will give your bread an added taste and texture profile.
- Flour – All-purpose white flour. I haven’t yet tested with others.
- Salt – In dough, salt tightens and strengthens the gluten strands, which allows the dough to hold carbon dioxide, which makes for fluffy rolls. Science!
- Sugar – Sugar helps to feed the yeast and tenderize the dough.
- Yeast – instant/rapid yeast makes this recipe nice and easy. Make sure it’s not expired and that you’re using instant yeast.
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: Whisk 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 400°F.
- STEP SIX: Remove the plastic wrap and towel from the baking dish and place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes to bake 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!
How to 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.
If they do get stale, use them to make stuffing!
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.
Pro Tip ⭐️
Increase the sugar to 1/2 cup to use this dough for cinnamon rolls!
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).
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