This the dinner roll recipe you want. These are the rolls you want at Thanksgiving dinner. The rolls you want with a cup of hot soup. The rolls you want next to a steak. The rolls you want with a big tossed salad. The rolls you want on Christmas morning filled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with frosting. These are the rolls. So put on your apron and pull out the baking supplies because you want these rolls now.
Basic Dinner Roll Recipe
This is our go to basic dinner roll recipe that we use for every occasion and you can do just about anything to dress them up, but really they are soft and flaky and the perfect roll all on their own.
I’m a savory kind of gal most of the time, and my favorite way to eat them is when they are baked with basil and garlic on them. Oh yum!
My husband is usually the one to bake these rolls. He likes to do it, and he does it well, so I let him. His favorite way to make them is as a cinnamon roll. And they are goooood that way, no complaints from me or the kids there!
When we do dinner rolls, we usually do half and half on the regular rolls and the savory rolls. The savory rolls always get eaten first, and even my kids love these. This recipe makes a lot though, and we always have leftovers the next morning, as long as we don’t have guests. The kids love to spread jam on the regular rolls and eat them with breakfast…who am I kidding, this may be my favorite part too!
Do you see how soft and flaky they are? Just the right amount of chewiness…I wish I had some right now!
Recipe for Basic Dinner Roll
- 2c milk-heated for 2 min in microwave
- 2 TBS yeast
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 5 1/2 TBS softened butter
- 1 egg
- 5 1/2-6 cups flour (you want dough to be a little sticky, but not too sticky!)
- Heat milk and add yeast to it.
- Add sugar, salt, soft butter and egg.
- Add 2 cups of flour at a time, about 2 minutes of kneading each time (we do this in our kitchen aid, but you could also make the dough in your bread maker on dough setting, and take out when done).
- Let rise for 45 minutes
- Sprinkle flour on clean countertop with measuring cup-never your hands, the less you handle the flour the better your rolls will be.
- Roll dough out
- Cut into rectangles with pizza cutter, or knife
- Roll rolls, into log shapes or crescent shapes
- Spray cookie sheet or parchment paper with spray
- Cover with dishtowel and let rise for 45 minutes or longer (should about double in size)
- Bake at 350 for 10-12 min
- Rolls should be slightly brown on top
- Brush with melted butter while hot if desired
- Eat and enjoy!
For the garlic, basil savory rolls, melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small glass bowl, add a teaspoon of garlic powder and teaspoon of basil. Brush on rolls before baking.
Place in a cute roll basket and these can be the centerpiece of even your fanciest meal!