Flaky Dinner Rolls

Recipe by Mole1338
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 12 rolls




  • Heat milk in microwave for about 20 seconds or until you can get it between 100 - 110 degrees F. No hotter, or the yeast will die.
  • Dissolve sugar into milk, then add yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In large bowl (or KitchenAid mixer bowl), add 2 3/4 cups of the flour and the 3/4 tsp of salt. Stir lights (or start mixer with dough hook attachment).
  • Add yeast mixture to flour, continue to mix. If mixture does not pull off sides after about 3-4 minutes of mixing, then slowly add remaining 1/4 cup of flour.
  • After dough ball is formed, turn dough out onto floured surface and knead about 5 minutes until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  • On floured surface, roll dough into 12 x 10 inch rectangle. Use 1/3 of softened butter and spread on top of dough.
  • Working with the long side, fold up bottom 1/3 of dough, then fold top 1/3 down so that you have a 12 x 3 inch log. Put on cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 15 minutes until dough is cool and easy to work with.
  • Remove dough from freezer, remove plastic wrap, and roll dough back into a 12 x 10 inch rectangle without unfolding the log, since you're essentially pressing down and creating layers (it was easier for me to work dough with my fingers first, similar to making a rectangular pizza), then using rolling pin to stretch out further.
  • Spread another 1/3 of the butter on top of the rectangle, fold into log you did before, cover with plastic and put back in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove dough from freezer, remove plastic, and now roll into 12 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread remaining butter onto dough, then working with the long end (12 inch side), roll up like a jelly roll. Slightly pinch seam once it's rolled up, but don't seal up the ends.
  • Cut log into 12 equal portions (this is easiest to do by cutting log in half, then into quarters, then cutting each quarter into 3 equal sizes, so you have 12 total).
  • Use vegetable oil to lightly grease 12 muffin tins. Place dough slices, cut sides up, into each muffin tin, and lightly brush the tops with oil.
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes (watch closely after 15 mins) until golden brown. Remove from muffin tins and place on wire rack to cool. (I like to melt 2 TBS butter and brush the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven for that extra touch).
  • Serve warm, and enjoy.