Best Dinner Rolls Recipe

These are the BEST Homemade Dinner Rolls you will ever eat! They are fluffy, slightly sweet and delicious and they go great with any meal, whether it be soup or turkey dinner or a simple weeknight meal.

Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

A few years ago we visited some friends in Louisiana and I still have vivid memories of the food they made for us. The gumbo was mind-blowing, but the dinner rolls are what I remember most. I recall Elijah eating five, yes FIVE, rolls in a row without taking a single breath. They were light, fluffy, slightly sweet and dreamy. A few weeks ago I emailed this friend and asked if she would be willing to share her dinner rolls recipe. I squealed when she said YES.

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

So here's the deal. They turned out GREAT. I'm talking, life-changing great. But it took me three tries before the dough and I were speaking the same language. Now we have a common understanding and we're good. We worked through our issues. And thanks to my trial and error, I can keep you from having to make three batches.

Important Detail #1: The warm water that you'll add the yeast to should be warm, but not too warm. The temp should be somewhere in the range of 105-115°F.

Important Detail #2: When you let the dough rise, be sure it is covered and sitting in a warm spot (on top of a warm oven or running dishwasher or sitting near a sunny window).

Important Detail #3: The dough should be soft and pliable after rising. It should feel like a soft, fluffy cloud in your hands. Handle it with what I call gentle-firm love. Respect the dough, people.

Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

These fluffy gems go great with a big turkey dinner or even a weeknight meal like Lasagna or Chicken Rice Bake or Chili Mac!

Here's hoping that you love these dinner rolls as much as we do. Thanks for being here and have a great rest of your week!

Best Homemade Dinner Rolls
Rolls, Sides, Yeast
Yield: 15 rolls


prep time: 3 hours, 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time:3 hours,40 mins

A fluffy, delicious side for any meal!


  • 2 cups warm water (between 105-115°F)
  • Two 0.25-oz. packages active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus extra for coating bowl
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let sit for 5 minutes, or until mixture becomes cloudy. Whisk briefly. Add the salt, sugar and vegetable oil. Whisk until the salt and sugar have dissolved, about 1 minute.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for approximately 3 minutes, or until soft and pliable. Coat a clean, large bowl with vegetable oil and add the dough, coating it completely with the oil from the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. Coat a 9x13 baking dish generously with cooking spray and set aside. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 3-5 minutes, or until dough is soft and pliable. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball with your hands. Place the balls of dough into the prepared baking dish, making five rows of three. Cover the baking dish and let it sit in a warm place for 2 hours, or until the dough balls have doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Gently brush the tops of the dough with the beaten egg. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until rolls are golden-brown. Cut at the seams and serve immediately.


Total of 3 hours bread rising.
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