Dinner Rolls - Our Best Bites

"Wonderful soft dinner roll from "Our Best Bites" by Sara Wells & Kate Jones. I have also made whole wheat version by substituting 2 cups of flour for whole wheat flour with terrific results. I have tried many roll recipes over the years and this is the softest by far. They are soft and yummy the next day too (if you have any left)."
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Ready In:
2hrs 18mins
24 rolls




  • Combine milk, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter melts.
  • Remove from heat. Allow to cool to lukewarm. (From author: I usually rub some ice cubes along the sides of the pan or pop the entire pan in a sink full of ice cubes to cool the mixture down faster. This step is really important because if the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast).
  • While the milk mixture is cooling, dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes. If the yeast hasn't bubbled, you'll need to repeat this step with new yeast.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour and milk mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Add yeast mixture and beat on high for 3 minutes. Add beaten eggs.
  • Stir in as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough. This dough should be very soft--it will be coming away from the sides of the bowl, but it will still stick to your finger when you touch it. Don't worry, it will firm up during the rising process. Part of what makes these rolls so good is that they're so soft and light; if you add too much flour, they will be heavy and dense. Place the bowl in a warm place and cover with a clean towel; allow to rise 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Lightly flour your work surface and turn dough out onto surface. Divide in half.
  • Spray two 9 x 13-inch glass pans with cooking spray. Roll first portion of dough into a rectangle and then cut it into 12 equal-sized pieces. We like to use a pizza cutter because it cuts right through dough without sticking to the blade. This dough should be very easy to work with, almost like Play-Doh. Shape each piece into a ball and place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough in the second pan. Use a kitchen scale if you want to ensure that the rolls are exactly the same.
  • Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. When dough has about 15-20 minutes to go, preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • When done, remove from oven. Rub a stick of cold butter over the tops of the rolls. Eat one now while it's still hot--that's your reward for making the world's best dinner rolls!

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  1. I made these rolls to go along with our Christmas Eve dinner, and they were PERFECT. They are soft and delicious, and the recipe is very easy. This is now my go-to recipe for dinner rolls. Thanks!
  2. We loved the flavor of these rolls and they were so light and fluffy. I think they either over proofed or I didn't cook them long enough as they were a bit doughy.


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