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Quick Dinner Rolls are a buttery sweet, soft, roll that you can make when you want a hot roll for dinner fast. Made with just a few ingredients, these are the perfect addition to your table. From start to finish, this recipe should take about 40 to 50 minutes, which is much faster than many dinner roll recipes.

Baked Quick DInner Rolls on a cooling rack

These quick Dinner Rolls go great with a bowl of Venison Chili or Instant Pot Venison Stew and have become a go-to recipe any time I find I need a bread recipe for dinner.

When you need a dinner roll – fast!

It’s not too often hubby will request I make something, but recently he asked me if I would make some dinner rolls to go with our evening meal. If you are a bread maker, you know that making yeasty bread can take time. However, his request was a little after 1 pm for the same day!

Lucky for him, I have this Quick Dinner Roll recipe in my file and he came home to a home that smelled of hot, sweet dinner rolls fresh out of the oven! He loved these so much that I caught him with a couple the next morning when he was drinking his coffee. He had spread them with butter and jam and was in dinner roll heaven!

What you need to make this recipe

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This recipe is pretty basic. You won’t need much and you probably already have most of what you need in your pantry.

Flour: You can use all-purpose or bread flour, both will work. My preference is bread flour, I feel the rolls come out softer when I use it.

Yeast: I always use this quick rise yeast. I feel it does the best job and gives you a nice tall dinner roll.

Butter: Unsalted is best whenever you are baking anything. If you don’t have unsalted, then reduce the amount of salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

Sugar: While you don’t have to use sugar in this recipe, it is part of what makes it so delicious.

Eggs: I always use large eggs in any of my cooking and baking. If you are using a different size egg, it can make a difference.

9-inch pie plate: I love this pie plate and I use it for so many things!

Tips for the best light fluffy Quick Dinner Rolls ever!

  • Add the flour 1 cup at a time. This will allow you to combine the dough easily and you can gauge how much you will need by the look and feel of the dough.
  • Make sure that the water is not hot. If you have a thermometer, it should register from 100 to 110 degrees. Hot water will kill the yeast.
  • Keep the dinner rolls in a warm area while allowing them to rise. I have a microwave oven and convection oven combination and will sit the rolled dough inside the microwave where it is warm while the oven is preheating.
  • Make the rolled dough balls a consistent size. I always make 8 dinner rolls with this recipe. I divide the dough in half, then divide the sections in half again until I have 8 rolls.
  • Check the expiration date on the yeast. Don’t use expired yeast
Quick Dinner Rolls straight from the oven

Variations to this recipe

There are a few things you can do differently to this recipe to accommodate your needs. Just because you don’t have one of the ingredients doesn’t mean you can’t make it!

  • Substitute warm milk for the water.
  • Use melted ghee in place of the butter. It will give the roll a delicious flavor! If you don’t have butter or ghee, in a pinch you can use olive oil.
  • Substitute brown sugar for the white sugar. This deepens the flavor of the roll with that caramel molasses touch.
  • Egg substitute can be used for the egg. Just be sure to follow the carton for instruction on the amount.
  • White whole wheat flour works just as well as regular or bread flour. Your amount of flour to use may change, but that is gauged when kneading the dough.

Can you make this recipe with a bread machine or stand mixer?

The simple answer is yes. However, there is no need to do so. This batch is small enough that I don’t feel the need to dirty up and pull out my stand mixer.

This recipe comes together very quick and easy by hand. If you wish, you can use a hand mixer in step 3, but it really isn’t necessary, unless you like washing extra dishes. These quick rolls turn out great making them by hand and the effort was very minimal.

Quick Dinner Rolls cooling on a cooling rack

Dinner Roll Flavors

Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls: Stir in 1 teaspoon each: dried rosemary, dried basil, garlic powder in step two. Brush the top of the warm baked dinner rolls with a mixture of melted butter and garlic powder.

Cheddar Dinner Rolls: Stir in 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese with the second addition of flour.

Savory Onion Rolls: Saute 1 small onion (diced) and a pinch or two of salt with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil until soft and lightly browned. Once the dinner rolls have risen and ready to bake, lightly brush the top of the rolls with an egg wash and sprinkle the onion mixture over top of the rolls. Bake as directed.

Recipes these Quick Dinner Rolls pair well with

While dinner rolls acceptable for any meal, they go really well with hot soups and chili. They are great for sopping up the broth or sauce at the bottom of any bowl or plate. Below are some quick dinner recipes that you might like to pair this roll recipe with.

Hamburger Soup, this recipe is ready in 30 minutes and is a delicious tomato-based soup full of beef and veggies.

This Lentil Stew is ready in about the same amount of time it takes these rolls to be ready and is a lightly spiced tomato-based broth that is delicious with these rolls.

This Crockpot Venison Stew is perfect for these dinner rolls. Set the stew in the morning and it will be ready to serve with these quick dinner rolls when they are hot.

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Yield: 8 dinner rolls

Quick Dinner Rolls

Quick Dinner Rolls

Soft and fluffy, these quick dinner rolls are a delicious addition to any meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water mixture and stir to combine. Allow the yeast mixture to sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to foam.
  3. Whisk the egg well to be sure it is thoroughly combined. Add 1 cup of flour and the egg to the yeast mixture and stir until completely combined.
  4. Add another 1 cup of flour and stir to combine. At this point you should have a very soft and sticky dough.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of flour and stir until the flour has been worked into the dough. Sprinkle a working surface with some of the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Turn the dough out onto the work surface, and knead the remaining flour into the dough. Use more or less flour depending on how sticky the dough is. You should have a soft dough that does not stick and pull by the time you are done.
  6. Divide the roll dough into 8 portions and shape the dough into a round ball. Place in a 9 inch round pie plate or baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Cover the roll dough and set in a warm, draft free spot and let them rise for 15 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until the rolls have become golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 277mg Carbohydrates: 43g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.