Big Soft and Fluffy One-Hour Dinner Rolls

11.15.2015

No more waiting forever for dough to rise, you can have these rolls ready from start to finish in one hour! This recipe is likely to become your new go-to and a family favorite! They are just the way a dinner rolls should be, big, soft and perfectly fluffy. And they have this delicious melt-in-your mouth buttery flavor.

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I’ve been sharing so many soup recipes lately and realized I need share some sort of easy bread recipe to go along with them. Seriously, fall and winter meals don’t get much butter than a hearty bowl of warm soup and a hot roll fresh from the oven. Comfort food at it’s finest.

If you want more rolls, or if you’d rather they were a bit smaller you could definitely cut them into smaller portions (I might do 5 rows of 4, and shape into a rectangle instead of a square to cut).

But in my mind I’m thinking we each just always have two rolls at my house, so instead I’ll just make them bigger. Dinner rolls are usually fairly small so I just decided to make them the size I think their soft, tender goodness deserves.

The first few times you make them it may take a little bit longer than 1 hour, maybe 1 hour 15 minutes but once you get the hang of it they’ll be a breeze to make.

Enjoy!

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How to Make Dinner Rolls (in 1 Hour)

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together 4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.

Mixing dry ingredients in mixing bowl for rolls.

  • To a medium bowl add water, milk and butter and heat in microwave on HIGH power until it reaches 115 degrees on a thermometer, about 1 minute 15 seconds. Stir to partially melt butter.

Heat butter with milk for dinner rolls.

  • Pour milk mixture into dry mixture in bowl of electric stand mixer along with lemon juice.

Mixing wet ingredients and dry ingredients for dinner rolls.

Set mixer with a hook attachment then set mixer on low speed and gradually increase to medium-low, knead about 3 – 4 minutes until smooth and elastic while adding additional flour as necessary (dough should be lightly sticky but manageable).

Kneading dough for dinner rolls in mixing bowl

  • Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
  • Drop dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into an evenly level square, about 9 by 9-inches.

Shaping dough into rectangle on floured surface for dinner rolls.

  • Cut into 16 equal portions (don’t have to be exact).

Cutting dough into 16 portions for dinner rolls.

  • Shape dough into 15 balls, while using excess dough from the 16th portion to add to smaller rounds as needed, and place shaped dough portions into prepared baking dish.
  • Dampen hands with water and brush tops of dough with the water (just so they don’t dry while rising in oven).

Roll dough balls in greased baking sheet

  • Transfer to oven, close oven and turn oven off, allow rolls to rise 20 minutes (don’t open oven door).
  • Remove from oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees (this should take about 5 minutes, so just allow rolls to rest on counter while oven preheats).

Rolls after rising in baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven 14 – 16 minutes until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and run the top of a stick of butter along tops of rolls just to coat.
  • Serve warm. Store in an airtight container (I recommend rewarming cool rolls in microwave for best results.

Rolls after baking and buttering in baking dish.

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One-Hour Dinner Rolls

4.85 from 40 votes

Soft and fluffy dinner rolls that are so easy to make and ready in one hour! Soon to be a family favorite!

Servings: 15 rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 - 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cool water
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter , diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for tops
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together 4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. To a medium bowl add water, milk and butter and heat in microwave on HIGH power until it reaches 115 degrees on a thermometer, about 1 minute 15 seconds. Stir to partially melt butter (you just want to make sure it's softened through).
  3. Pour milk mixture into dry mixture in bowl of electric stand mixer along with lemon juice.
  4. Set mixer with a hook attachment then set mixer on low speed and gradually increase to medium-low, knead about 3 - 4 minutes until smooth and elastic while adding additional flour as necessary (dough should be lightly sticky but manageable).
  5. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
  6. Drop dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into an evenly level square, about 9 by 9-inches. Cut into 16 equal portions (don't have to be exact)
  7. . Shape dough into 15 balls, while using excess dough from the 16th portion to add to smaller rounds as needed, and place shaped dough portions into prepared baking dish.
  8. Dampen hands with water and brush tops of dough with the water (just so they don't dry while rising in oven). Transfer to oven, close oven and turn oven off, allow rolls to rise 20 minutes (don't open oven door).
  9. Remove from oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees (this should take about 5 minutes, so just allow rolls to rest on counter while oven preheats).
  10. Bake in preheated oven 14 - 16 minutes until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and run the top of a stick of butter along tops of rolls just to coat. Serve warm. Store in an airtight container (I recommend rewarming cool rolls in microwave for best results.
  11. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
One-Hour Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls, Rolls
Calories: 185 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

389 comments

  • Lydia Oliver: Thanks for clarifying oven temperatures. My oven is slightly different as it’s a Neff oven that is controlled by Cycotherm – different again from Celsius or Fahrenheit.
    Actually I had to make some dairy free bread today so when that was finished I turned the oven off and made these rolls. I popped them into the warm oven for 20 minutes and followed the rest of your recipe and they have turned out lovely.
    Will certainly make again but I will reduce the sugar and add a little more salt……just personal preference. May 31, 2019 at 1:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad they turned out well for you :). May 31, 2019 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Lydia Oliver: I’m confused by the oven temperatures. Have you mixed °F and °C?
    180° is not available in F and 375° is not available in C. May 31, 2019 at 4:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is Fahrenheit for both, if you lowest oven setting is 200 degrees Fahrenheit use that and just turn it off a minute before you add the rolls to rest. May 31, 2019 at 9:35am Reply

  • Jason Stoner: You are awesome! I’m quite a foodie and do a fb published Sunday dinner every week. I had never dabbled in breads…thank god I checked your blog for a dinner roll recipe. They were a big hit. As always, perfection. If I’m not your number one fan, maybe second. Lol. These turned out wonderful. Your direction and recipe is spot on. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. May 12, 2019 at 10:22pm Reply

  • Onsia: Where did the lemon juice go May 1, 2019 at 12:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s there in step 3. May 1, 2019 at 10:42am Reply

  • POLLY FOX: Please send me these recipes April 21, 2019 at 4:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I can’t send previous recipes unless there’s a specific one you had in mind I can send it over, my subscriber list sends out new recipes. Let me know if your interested in joining that :). For all of my older recipes you can use the menu tab at the top to get to my recipes collection. April 21, 2019 at 9:30am Reply

  • BIKER GIRL: Had to use a cup more of flower, it took more than 1:15 sec to get my milk up to 115, also can I make and freeze ahead then defrost and put in oven the next day April 15, 2019 at 9:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested but I imagine that would be okay. April 15, 2019 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Karla: Great Recipe. We’re not a fan of buns so I used this recipe for rolls and they are just perfect!!! April 6, 2019 at 2:50am Reply

  • Brian Thurston: Great recipe , worked perfect – thank you! April 1, 2019 at 3:22pm Reply

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