1-Hour Light and Buttery Dinner Rolls

As I was writing up this recipe over the weekend, it occurred to me that it is scheduled to go live at exactly midnight here in Thailand.  Midnight…on the first Tuesday of November.  That means that it is already U.S. Presidential election day for those of us who live in this distant time zone.  It made me wish I had stuck an American flag in these gorgeous buttery little rolls.

But when I chose these dinner rolls for November’s Secret Recipe Club, I wasn’t thinking about the elections.  Rather, my mind was focussed on Thanksgiving. It seems wise to head into Thanksgiving with a good dinner roll recipe.  What better way to soak up that delicious mixture of sweet potatoes, gravy, and cranberry jelly that inevitably ends up in the middle of the plate?  Not to mention that leftovers of these rolls are the perfect vehicle for making turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving.  These are so good though that it’s hard to imagine any would possibly remain beyond the main event.

I considered it a sign that, when I was matched up with Holly from Phemomenon, she had not only one recipe for dinner rolls, but several!

As a side note, Holly met her husband when he was her sky-diving instructor – is that a great story or what?

The Thanksgiving mindset steered me in the direction of Holly’s simplest dinner roll recipe, which was, as promised, a 1 bowl, 1 hour proposition.  Making Thanksgiving dinner is complicated.  There’s no need for the rolls to take up precious extra time on the big day.

The recipe below delivered delightful, soft, buttery dinner rolls in an hour.  I gave the rolls a light brush of butter before and after baking and a sprinkle of salt which made them so irresistible that Frank and I couldn’t keep our hands off of them, even after a breakfast of pumpkin pancakes.

Put these on your Thanksgiving list – you’ll be oh-so-glad you did.

If you like these, you might also like 1-Hour Light and Buttery Crescent Rolls!

1-Hour Light and Buttery Dinner Rolls
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In only an hour, you can have these light, buttery quintessential dinner rolls on the table. They are worthy of a holiday, but easy enough to make any night of the week.
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: makes 24 rolls
  • 1½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 Tbsp. instant yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. (28g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour, lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
For topping:
  • 3 Tbsp. (40g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. To the yeast mixture, add the butter, salt, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low-speed until the ingredients begin to come together. Still on low-speed, add 1 cup of the remaining flour and mix for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1 cup flour. Mix on low-speed until the final addition of flour is fully incorporated into the dough. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (You will know it is ready when the dough starts to make a slapping sound as it hits the sides of the bowl.) Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover it with a dish towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into an even ball. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough in half vertically, then each half vertically again into thirds so you have 6 equal strips of dough. Cut each strip of dough into fourths by cutting horizontally to make 24 little squares of dough. With lightly floured hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball.
  4. Place each rolled piece of dough into a lightly greased 9×13 baking pan in rows of 4. Cover the rolls with a dish towel and let them rise while your oven is preheating to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) – about 20 minutes.
  5. Lightly brush the rolls with about half of the melted butter before baking. Bake until golden brown, 13-15 minutes. Immediately after removing the rolls from the oven, brush them with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Flip the pan over to remove the rolls. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Phemomenon.



  1. says

    What a great pick! I love freshly baked rolls, but I usually don’t have the time to prepare them far enough in advance… so the idea of being able to make perfectly fluffy rolls in an hour? Colour me excited.
    BTW, I was assigned your blog for my SRC pick this month – I made your chickpea and sweet potato curry on a crappy rainy day, and it was a huge hit. Thanks for a great recipe. :)
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    • says

      Isabelle – you’ll have to try these! I never have time to bake my own bread for dinner when there are other things to make, but this recipe makes it so easy!

  2. Ginny says

    LOVELY! Love these photographs. I cooked from Holly’s blog last year—she has some amazing recipes, that’s for sure!

    I’m going to have to make these rolls. We could all use a few extra minutes to do something else (like get the pile of dirty dishes out of the sink) on Thanksgiving day!

    • says

      Holly – So true! I really can imagine these disappearing before they ever make it to the table. Thanks for the great recipe – I will definitely make it again and again!

    • says

      Averie – you’ve got some awesome bread on your site – a number of them have been officially bookmarked for my holiday baking purposes!

  3. Kerin says

    I have tried and failed so many times to make homemade dinner rolls. Can not wait to try this recipe!

    One question, can i make the dough in the morning and then bake later?

    • says

      Kerin – I was curious about that myself, but didn’t have a chance to try it. I think they might rise quite a bit because they use so much yeast, but if you put them straight in the fridge after rolling the dough into balls, I still think they would be good if they rested in the fridge for a few hours. If you try it – please let me know how it goes!

    • Kerin says

      I made the dough and let it rise…after cutting and making the rolls, I let the pan sit on the counter covered for a few hours…no issues at all, everyone absolutely loved them!

      • says

        Kerin – that’s great to know! I’m going to make these again on Thanksgiving, and was worried about the rise time being different than the first time I made them. It’s good to know that they’re not too temperamental. ;)

  4. Susan says

    I love cooking and baking, but I’ve always been afraid of yeast. I made these for Thanksgiving and they were so easy and sooooo good! I will be making these a lot!

  5. says

    I Looove rolls. or any carb!
    So… I DO have all the time today. I wanted to make this this morning and maybe put them in the fridge before I let them rise again the second time right before dinner??
    I know I could use any other more time consuming recipe, but I found yours and I really want to make them :)

    • says

      Hi Sumika! I did this the second time I made them – I made these in the morning and put them right in the refrigerator. Once I pulled them out, they were pretty much ready to put in the oven – no need to do much of a second rise. These are pretty resilient, so try them with whatever time you have. Enjoy!

    • says

      They’re a great stand-by dinner roll – we’ve made them many times since the first as well. Thanks so much for your note about refrigerating them for the first rise – this will definitely come in handy for making them a bit early next time!

  6. Jenn says

    If I make the dough in the morning do I let it rise once and after the first rise if I cut the dough and put it into the baking dish can I put them in the fridge and just take the out and put them inthe oven when I ready to bake them? Or do I need to let them come to room temperature? I will be making these for Christmas eve!

    • says

      Hi Jenn! I’m so sorry I missed your note before the holiday, but I hope these worked out for you! What did you end up doing? I probably would have removed them from the fridge and put them straight in the oven since they have so much yeast in the dough (they would probably do just fine without extra time to come to room temp), but I imagine either way would work.

    • says

      Terri, I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say for sure if it will work. With as much yeast as these have in them, they might still come out light and fluffy, even with some amount of whole wheat flour. It certainly would be worth experimenting with, and I’d love to hear how it turns out!

    • says

      I haven’t tried that yet, Alyssa. You might try a mix of half whole wheat and half all purpose flour to test it. I’m afraid that they won’t be as light and fluffy when made with whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, but I would imagine they’d still be good!

  7. Melissa says

    I must say that these are absolutely the easiest and best tasting homemade dinner rolls ever! My family LOVED them.. They were so fluffy and buttery and tasted better then the rolls I have bought in the store.. My dad came to visit and I gave him a couple and he told me “next time I come don’t get me cookies, just make me some more of these rolls” and coming from a guy that loves his cookies I knew they were a hit!! I will be making another batch this evening … They are a MUST try, you won’t be disappointed !

    • says

      Melissa – thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! These are a favorite in our house, so I’m so glad to hear they were in yours as well!

  8. Rachel says

    These are incredible!!! They blew my go-to dinner roll recipe out of the water, and took about half the time. I realized at 5 that I needed rolls to go with dinner at 6…Googled “1 hour rolls” and voila. I think I ate seven of them ;) These will be on the table quite often at my house. I might add a little white whole wheat next time to see how that works.

    • says

      Rachel – I’m so glad they worked out! I make them all the time now – so easy. Do let me know how it goes with the whole wheat version!

  9. Cyn says

    This recipe ROCKS!
    I used half and half bread flour and AP flour. They turned out so soft and pillowy.
    I can’t believe it took me less than 1.5hr from start to finish (gathering ingredients all the way to sitting down and chowing them).
    I might add a little more salt next time but that’s about it.
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  10. Charlotte says

    Wow- this is now my go-to recipe. This came out so soft and fluffy (not to mention buttery!) but I tripled the butter… I melted it, greased the pan with it, and rolled my rolls in it. After rising, I brushed the tops again. After baking, I brushed the tops again! I easily ate 2 in 1 serving. I added 1 tsp of garlic powder, just to see what would happen. OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. So easy. So yummy. If a 13 year old can make this (me) and have it come out so heavenly, it’s a win recipe. Yum. I think I’m gonna go sneak another bun.

    • says

      Charlotte – thanks so much for your note!! I’m so glad they turned out – and I love that you added garlic powder – yum – I’ll definitely try that next time!

  11. Cynthia says

    I need to know what size ball to make these rolls.
    I’ve tried making bread and rolls in the past but
    they never turn out. I am getting ready to try these
    now. Sounds easy and the look delicious.

    • Andrea says

      my husband loves these so i have made them all different sizes from small to big loafs. if you follow the steps they come out great no matter what. cut them into 6 equal pieces than quarter those pieces and you’ll have dinner roll size. good bakingQ

    • says

      Angela, I often make a batch of these and freeze the ones we don’t eat right away. I defrost them completely at room temperature and then bake them just long enough to heat through.

      If you know you’re going to freeze the whole batch, I really think it would work to cover them tightly in the baking pan and freeze the whole thing before you bake them. Just let the entire pan come all the way to room temp before you bake the rolls. These are best within a few hours after they come out of the oven.

  12. Heather says

    These are fantastic. As I’m coming back here to make them a third time I had to stop and say what a great recipe. Thanks so much!

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  14. krish says

    omg!!!! thank u so much….this was the first time i baked it with instant yeast and they came out so nyc n fluffy……..thank u so so so much…..though it burnt a bit at d bottom bcoz of my carelessness :p but still they were awesome…!!!

  15. Jenn says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I was in a pinch today because I forgot to pick up frozen rolls for our Christmas dinner. I did a quick Google search and came across your posting. These rolls are amazing! So much better than the frozen rolls I usually buy….and just as easy. Thanks again!

  16. says

    Have made this more times than i can count perfect everytime! this recipe never disapoints i’ve also made them into loafs by only splitting dough in half and still amaizing.

  17. Marise says

    WoW! the rolls are delicious and the cook up there in the photo, who is brushing butter on the rolls…..sure is skinny! -inspite of making and eating home made rolls!

  18. Sian Lunt says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been looking for a fail safe fluffy white roll recipe I could actually bake for ages. I tried making these by hand last night (after work since it is such a quick recipe) and they came out perfect!

    You are awesome!

  19. Hoor Al-Sammarraie says

    My momma told me to make those at 10 pm because she didn’t have any bread to make my siblings’ school lunch. On oh good Lord, they taste so good and are so fluffy even though they might seem dense. Thanks a bunch <3

  20. Heather says

    I’ve commented before, but I had to come back and say, you know, you can shape these differently and get wonderful hot dog and hamburger rolls, too. Don’t skip the butter and salt at the end for those.

  21. Gayle says

    Made these rolls a couple weeks ago and my kids and grandkids loved them. My bread loving son has requested them several times since and will be thrilled to see them at dinner. Great recipe!

  22. Andrea says

    Hello! I’m just curious about the sugar in them…can I sub that for honey? Or regular sugar? I’m not sure about the physics on baking…is the sugar for flavor (can I skip it?) or is it necessary for the actual bread to let’s say …rise?
    Thank you!

    • says

      Andrea – you can certainly substitute honey or any other sweetener. You’re right though – you’ll need some form of sugar to encourage the yeast to rise.

  23. Mae says

    Amazing! And amazingly easy! I have made other rolls and these were the best. None left. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  24. Kwilder says

    I absolutely never respond to these posts but I had to this time. These are by for the very best yeast rolls that I’ve ever made and I’ve tried quite a few. :)) My family adored these will become a family heirloom recipe to be passed down for generations.

  25. Pamela says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made it using dairy free ingredients and they were delicious! Making them again today but as hot dog buns. Not sure how they will turn out as buns but they were amazing as rolls.

    Yummy stuff!

      • Pamela says

        Just wanted to follow up with you. I have made these several times as hot dog buns and hamburger buns. My family gobbles them up. Made the hot dog buns again last night and after they ate, they ate a bun on their own! I don’t add the topping for buns because of the size but they are amazing with or without the buttery topping. Thanks again. I’m going to try this as a loaf of bread too! With my son having a dairy and soy allergy, it’s so hard finding bread for him. This is so quick and easy to whip up. I wasn’t feeling well yesterday and still made these because they’re so simple. x

  26. SM Young says

    These are great! The taste and texture reminds me of the rolls my grandmother would make! I would definitely recommend these to anyone!

    • says

      Thanks so much for letting me know – I think I love them so much because they remind me of rolls my grandmother used to make as well!

  27. Emma says

    These could not be more delicious!!!! They take so little time, yet I think they may possibly be the best bread rolls I have ever tasted! I’ve made these multiple times already and plan on making them many more!


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