Total Time
3hrs 25mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 25 mins

I make these buns on a regular basis they have remained a family-favorite over the years --- if you choose not to brush the tops with any butter another idea is after the second rise before baking mix 1 egg white with 1 tsp cold water and carefully brush the buns with egg wash mixture then sprinkle with sesame seeds :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 12 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large egg (covered in warm water for about 15-20 minutes to bring down to room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 14 cup butter, cut into pieces (no subs please!)
  • 1 12-2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar (if you prefer a sweeter roll then increase the sugar)
  • 4 cups white flour (more as needed, U.S. residents use bread flour, Canadian residents can use all-purpose flour)


  1. Generously grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan (preferably metal) with melted butter; set aside.
  2. In a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add in 4 cups flour; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan heat the 1 cup full-fat milk with 1/4 cup butter, salt and 3 tablespoons sugar until the butter starts to melt, stirring with a spoon (butter does not have to completely melt) set aside until warm and not hot, to speed things up place in the fridge for about 20 minutes this will cool it down faster, the mixture should be warm but not hot.
  4. When the milk mixture is warm, proof 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon yeast in 1/2 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar; let sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  5. Add the yeast and the warm milk/butter mixture and the egg to the bowl with the flour in it.
  6. Start mixing, adding more flour only if needed to create a soft semi sticky dough that holds around the kneader blade (it might take up to 5 cups of flour).
  7. Keep adding more flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  8. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and let sit covered with a clean tea towel on the counter for 10 minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, knead the dough gently for about 15 seconds into a ball (the dough will come together nicely).
  10. Place in an oiled bowl.
  11. Cover and let rise about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  12. Punch down dough.
  13. Divide dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls.
  14. Place the dough balls into the prepared baking dish (fitting 12 balls evenly in the dish with 3 balls across and 4 rows down, if you have extra dough balls place into the freezer to bake another time).
  15. If desired, brush the dough balls with melted butter, this is only optioanl.
  16. Cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise for about 30-40 minutes, or until ALMOST double in size).
  17. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  18. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until dark golden brown on top.
Most Helpful

AWESOME AS ALWAYS!!! I have made MANY times and they are always DELICIOUS!<br/>At Thanksgiving, I made another recipe, my husband said, "These can't be Kittencal's rolls" (the ones I made were awful!!!) I will never stray again.

KitKat824 December 17, 2013

I made these to take to a game night and now they won't let me come without them! Kitten, as always with your recipes, they are fantastic! Thanks for posting! I plan to make them for Thanksgiving as well.

TLu November 10, 2013

Love Love Love these rolls thank you for posting very easy to put together another big hit with my family thanks again kit

Chef Laurachingo January 16, 2013