Simple Dinner Rolls

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Big Batch of Dinner Rolls for a Hungry Crowd

Are you looking for an easy-to-make dinner roll recipe that is sure to please a hungry crowd? Look no further! This recipe for a big batch of dinner rolls is guaranteed to delight your family and friends. Soft, tender, and warm, these buttery rolls are a must-have for any holiday table. With just a little hands-on prep, even the kids can get in on the fun and help make these tasty treats. Plus, your home will be filled with an amazing aroma while they bake. So grab a baking sheet, the ingredients and let’s get baking!

There is something special about the scent of freshly baked dinner rolls. Warm, buttery and soft, they’re a staple at holiday gatherings and other family meals. But even if you don’t consider yourself much of a baker, making a big batch of delicious dinner rolls doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Start by combining flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until blended. Create a well in the center of the mixture and add warm water and melted butter. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise for about 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into equal pieces and shape into desired shapes (buns, loaves, etc.). Place on a greased baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth, and allow them to rise until doubled in size again. Brush with melted butter or egg wash before baking.

Finally, bake the dinner rolls in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow them to cool slightly before serving.

Making dinner rolls may seem like a daunting task but with a little practice, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The result is always worth the effort – nothing beats fresh-baked dinner rolls that are sure to delight your family and guests!

Serve these Dinner Rolls with Vinegar-Braised Chicken and Onions, Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms or Braised Herbed Chicken.


Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

Soft, tender and warm dinner rolls are perennial favorites at the holiday table. This big batch of rolls will make enough to feed a hungry crowd and then some.

  • Author: Martha Stewart
  • Prep Time: :25
  • Cook Time: :20
  • Total Time: :45
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven


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  • 1/4 cup warm water (115 degrees)
  • 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm whole milk (115 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for bowl and pans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface


  1. Place water in a small bowl; sprinkle with yeast, and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, butter, sugar, salt, and 2 eggs. Whisk in yeast mixture.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, stir in 6 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, until you have a soft, shaggy dough (if necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour). Turn dough out onto a floured work surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Butter the inside of a large bowl; place dough in bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let stand in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size, about 1 1/4 hours.
  3. Butter two 13-by-9-inch baking pans. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 15-inch rope; cut each rope into 15 1-inch pieces. Press each piece into a disk, then shape into a ball. Arrange dough balls in prepared pans. (To make ahead: Wrap pans well, and freeze, up to 2 months.) Cover pans loosely with plastic; let stand in a warm spot until rolls have doubled in size, about 1 1/4 hours (2 hours more if frozen).
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a small bowl, beat remaining egg until blended; brush onto rolls. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, rotating pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through. Let rolls cool 15 minutes before serving.


  • The rolls can be shaped in advance and frozen for up to 2 months. No need to defrost — just add 2 hours to the second rise.


  • Serving Size: 8
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