Super Soft Homemade Dinner Rolls

Soft homemade dinner rolls with a melted butter topping

5 from 6 reviews

Super soft, fluffy, light and buttery homemade dinner rolls with yeast.


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Optional Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together warm water, dry yeast and sugar. Wait for 5 minutes.
  2. Method 1 (Kneading With Hands): In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, milk and butter. Pour the proofed yeast in the large mixture and combine everything using your hands. Knead it with your hands right in the bowl. Wet your fingers with a little water occasionally so that the dough doesn't stick. Keep kneading until you have a smooth but slightly sticky dough.
  3. Method 2 (Using Stand Mixer): Put flour, salt, milk and melted butter in the bowl of your stand mixer. Pour the proofed yeast over them. Beat using the dough hook or paddle attachment of your stand mixer on low speed until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides. Keep beating for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth and slightly sticky dough.
  4. First Rise: Transfer the dough into a large bowl that is slightly greased (not just the bottom, all the sides inside). Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour to rise.
  5. When the dough doubles in size, punch it down to release the air.
  6. Second Rise: Transfer the dough on the slightly floured counter and shape it into a log. Cut it into 12 slices. Roll each into a ball and place them in a 9x13 baking pan that is lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise, at least for 40 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  8. Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and brush each with melted butter and let them cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Keep the leftover rolls tightly covered at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


  1. All the ingredients should be warm or at room temperature. This is very important when making something with yeast.
  2. The consistency of the dough is very important. It should not be too tough or too loose.
  3. Giving enough time to the dough to rise properly is very important.
  4. The temperature where you wait the dough is very important. Put it in a warm and draft-free place. Make sure it’s not a cool or cold place like the balcony. Or don’t leave the windows open, especially in cool weathers. Otherwise your dough won't rise.
  5. Punching the dough after the first rise is important. Yeast causes some gas as it rises. After the first rise, release the air out of the dough by punching it down to get rid of that gas. This will also relaxes the gluten and the dough has a better texture. 


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