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Fluffy Dinner Rolls

You only need 7 ingredients to make these Fluffy Dinner Rolls. These are so soft, easy to make and perfect for any meal!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rising Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, bread rolls, homemade bread
Servings: 24 rolls

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour; divided
  • 2 Tbsp. instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm whole or low-fat milk between 105-115 degrees F
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter; softened at room temperature
  • 1 whole egg

To top the rolls

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter; melted

Instructions

  • In a stand mixer, combine 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, salt, warm milk, butter and egg.
  • Using a dough hook or paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until combined on low speed, scraping down the sides often.
  • Continue to add 1/4 cup of flour at a time mixing on medium speed, until the dough doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl and clings to the dough hook. Mix for 3-5 minutes. When the dough is ready, it will feel smooth and it will come off your fingers if you pinch it.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl or you can use the same mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray or oil. Form the dough into a ball shape making sure to coat it evenly in the oil. Cover the bowl with a warm damp towl and let the dough rise in a cool-warm environment for 30-40 minutes, until it has doubled in size. (I place my dough to rise on the kitchen counter)
  • Once the dough has risen, punch the dough ball down to release the air. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and divide the dough to form 24 rolls by shaping each roll into a smooth round ball. Place the rolls onto the greased baking pan, cover and let rise again for 30 minutes in a cool-warm environment. They will be a bit puffy. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F towards the end of the rising time.
  • Bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops of the rolls turn golden brown. Remove rolls from the oven and brush melted butter onto the tops of each roll before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. If you do not own a stand mixer, don't worry! You can mix this dough by hand with a large wooden spoon and a large bowl. It will take some muscle! 
  2. The best way to divide the dough ball into 24 small dinner rolls is by dividing the dough in half, then divide each half in half, to form 4 dough balls. Then divide each 4 dough balls in half again to form 8 dough balls. Divide each of those 8 pieces into 3, making a total of 24 rolls. 
  3. If you are baking in a colder environment, place a clean damp kitchen towel in the microwave for 15-30 seconds until warmed. Cover over the bread dough in step #4 and #5 to let the dough rise. 
  4. TO MAKE AHEAD: You can freeze baked dinner rolls by placing them in a ziplock bag once they have baked and cooled completely. Try to remove as much air as you can from the ziplock bag. You can freeze these rolls for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the rolls in the refrigerator or at room temperature on your counter. Reheat in a 300 degree F oven until warmed, about 10 minutes.