Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins

I have used this recipe for many years. It came in the manual for the first bread machine I bought (at a garage sale, I believe it was call The Bread Machine... not sure, it was a round, taller machine... on the bulky side). Anyway, I have tried other roll recipes over the years and not found one I like better than this. I'd say this is a pretty darn great substitute for buying Rhodes white dinner rolls. One of our favorite ways to prepare them is to divide the dough into 24 small balls and roll in butter, then put in muffin cups and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. These are also great for using with butterscoth pull aparts: . I divide the dough into 12 pieces, then each piece into 4 pieces, and roll each piece into a ball, then dip them individually in butter, then the pudding/brown sugar mix. AMAZING!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Dough

  • 2 14 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 12 tablespoon lukewarm water
  • 3 cups flour, may use up to 1 1/4 cup wheat flour in place of white flour for better nutrition (start with 3 cups flour and add a little if too sticky, amount may need to be adjusted based on your)
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • 1 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 12 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 4 12 teaspoons butter or 4 12 teaspoons shortening
  • 1 egg, large
  • Other

  • Pam cooking spray
  • 2 -3 tablespoons butter
  • parmesan cheese


  1. Mix yeast and warm water in breadpan to proof.
  2. Add remaining dough ingredients. Start manual bread setting on bread machine.
  3. When it is well mixed, touch to see if it feels too sticky (in my machine, you can touch it to test after about 4 minutes of mixing). If you are not an experienced bread maker, you may need to experiment with figuring out the right stickiness. If it is too sticky, it will be difficult to make it into rolls, if it has too much flour, the quality and flavor will not be the best. The goal is to get a good, workable dough that is just barely past the too sticky point.
  4. Run on dough setting in bread machine (my setting is 1 1/2 hours).
  5. Divide dough into 6 pieces.
  6. Divide each piece into 4 pieces. Roll all 24 pieces into balls.
  7. Spray pam on muffin tins (for 12 medium/large rolls) or your choice of baking pan.
  8. Melt 2-3 T butter.
  9. Roll each piece in butter, and put 2 pieces in each tin side by side (or side by side in pan).
  10. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (when I first married 13 years ago, I used canned parmesan cheese. Now I use the real stuff and buy it in bulk at Costco -- it's much better!).
  11. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  12. Bake at 375 for 10-11 minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. If you are using them for the pull apart recipe I listed above, do not bake first!