Basic Dinner Rolls


Basic Dinner Rolls

Makes 30 Rolls

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 mins | Inactive Time: 1 hour 30 min


Diet Style


Tools You'll Need

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Glass or Ceramic Bowl
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet
  • Small Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • Cotton Kitchen Towel
  • Pastry Brush
  • Standing Mixer with Dough Hook (optional)
  • Plastic Wrap


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Vegetable oil for bowl and baking sheet
  • ½ stick melted butter - Toppings
  • Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or rolled oats (optional) - Toppings


  1. Whisk ingredients

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.

  2. Bring ingredients to a boil

    Place a small saucepan over low heat and combine milk and butter until lukewarm and butter has melted. Don’t bring to a boil.

  3. Mix with fork

    Pour into bowl of dry ingredients. Mix with a fork to make a rough dough.

  4. Knead the dough

    Using a standing mixer with dough hook, or by hand, knead the dough until smooth and silky.

  5. Let the dough rise

    Place dough in a lightly-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Uncover the dough

    After an hour, uncover and punch the air out of dough.

  7. Oil baking sheet

    Oil a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

  8. Roll into balls

    Pull off small pieces of dough the size of walnuts and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet, leaving about a 1/4 inch between each. You should have 6 rows of 5 dough balls.

  9. Let the dough rise

    Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes.

  10. Preheat oven

    While dough is rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  11. Melt butter

    Melt ½ stick butter in a small saucepan.

  12. Butter the rolls

    Using a pastry brush, paint the rolls with melted butter and top with either poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or oats.

  13. Bake

    Bake rolls until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

  14. Serve

    Transfer to a cooling rack or serve immediately.