The Best Dinner Rolls – Soft, Sweet Bread!

These dinner rolls are one of the easiest and most delicious bread recipes I have.  I first learned how to make dinner rolls from one of our previous employer’s wife, on the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch.  She was a great cook and made many things from scratch but boy could she make a bread recipe now!  She always had to make double because each cowboy would eat 4 or 5 rolls each.  Yes, they were that good.

I haven’t made dinner rolls with her recipe for a long time and since I had to cook for the ranch today, I thought it’d be a good time.  Two important things about this recipe. Try to follow directions exactly to have the softest rolls ever.  So when it says little flour, use VERY little flour if any.  And when it says to butter them, be generous!  Enjoy y’all!


  • 1 envelope Active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup scalding hot milk
  • 1 egg –lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of melted butter for brushing rolls


Sprinkle the yeast over very warm water in a large bowl.  (warm water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist)  Stir until yeast dissolves.

Add sugar, the 1/4cup butter and salt to hot milk and stir until the sugar dissolves and butter is melted.  Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees.

Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in egg.  Beat in 4 cups of flour, one cup at a time to form soft dough.  Use some the remaining 1/2 cup flour to dust a pastry cloth.  Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes, working in the remaining flour (use if for flouring your cloth and hands).

Place dough in a warm buttered bowl; turn greased side up.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1  1/2 hrs.

Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth.  Dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring your hands and the pastry cloth, otherwise the rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be.

Pinch off small chunks of dough and shape into round rolls.  Place in neat rows, not quite touching, in a well-buttered 13x9x2 pan. Cover rolls and let rise in warm place until doubled, 30-45min.

Brush tops of rolls generously with melted butter, then bake in a 375′ oven for 18-20minutes or until nicely browned.

Serve warm with plenty of butter.  I pour melted butter on top of the rolls right when the come out of the oven.

Recipe makes about 2 dozen!

I served up my rolls in my brand new, very pretty Tuscan Everyday Baker.  I love that color!

Let me know if you make them!

Dinner rolls ingredients

Yeast for dinner rolls

Milk, yeast, sugar mixture

flour to milk mixture for dinner rolls

Before bread has risen

Bread after it has risen

bread dough punched down

Dinner rolls before they have risen

Dinner rolls after they rise

Best Dinner Rolls - Soft and Sweet Bread

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  1. Rosie says

    I love the serving bowl – and the rolls! We still talk about the rolls that they made for us in school when they would have rolls, that is all we’d chow down on! These look wonderful, I’d like to make them, and will be careful to follow exactly because I want them to be soft, too!

  2. Tiffany says

    Hello, We love these rolls! I don’t make them as often as I used to but do at least keep them around for the holidays.

    I’m making a few dishes in advance this year for Thanksgiving and wanted to know if refrigeration was possible at any of these steps to shorten the prep time on the big day?

    Last year i tried refrigeration at the last rise after they were shaped and they turned out flat when cooked the next morning:(

    Thank you for your help!!