Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (2024)

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This easy homemade dinner rolls recipe makes light and delicious dinner rolls like grandma used to make that go well with virtually any meal!

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This easy homemade dinner rolls recipe makes light and delicious dinner rolls like grandma used to make that go well with virtually any meal!

  • Author: Tawra



3 heaping Tbsp. shortening
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar, less 1 Tbsp.
1 cup hot water
6 cups flour
1 cup warm water (110° – 115°)
2 pkgs. or 2 Tbsp. yeast


  1. Combine shortening, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Pour hot water over the mixture and stir until the shortening melts.
  3. Add enough flour to make a paste.
  4. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water.
  5. Add to bowl.
  6. Mix in the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead the dough well.
  7. Place in a bowl and cover with a damp towel; let rise.
  8. When doubled, punch dough down and roll to 1/2 inch thickness.
  9. Cut with a cookie cutter and place on greased pans about 1/2 inch apart.
  10. Let rise until doubled.
  11. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 3 dozen.

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  1. Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (8)Katie Walsh

    We don’t have shortening in Ireland, do you know would any other fat work? And have ye tried these rolls using gluten free flour? Thanks!


    • Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (9)Jill

      I think shortening is the same as Trex,Flora White,Cookeen and in Australia I think it is Copha. We have not tried these rolls with gluten free flour. Hope this helps.


      • Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (10)Dorianne

        Could one use butter instead of shortening?


        • Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (11)Jill

          You can if that is all you have. In baking exchanging butter for shortening the rolls will rise but maybe not quite the same texture as when you use the shortening.


  2. Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (12)Linda Certuche

    I made these rolls for supper tonight. They are so light. We have enough for tomorrow.


  3. Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (13)Tammy Schwartz

    I am so frustrated, I stink as a cook! I just put together this roll recipe and notice the jar of yeast I have says to keep refrigerated. Well, it has been sitting open in my cupboard for nearly a year! I tried kneading the dough and it seemed really stiff, I doubt it will rise but we shall see?! I swear I can’t cook, I can’t sew, I am just not domesticated at all, even if I put a lot of effort in it! I half jokingly tell my husband I am a Trophy Wife trapped in a Housewife’s body!


    • Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (14)Jill

      LOL Tammy don’t give up. We all have to start some place and part of that is learning from our mistakes. I am not a better cook than say my daughter because I am more domesticate or anything like that – I am a better cook because of experience. It means I have spent 20 more yrs making mistakes and learning how to correct them that is all. You really will do fine if you keep practicing. Any new job or what ever never goes smoothly the first couple of weeks because you just need to learn it and practice.
      Next time you try making any dough that needs to be kneaded and the recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of flour (or what ever amount) just leave the last 1/2 cup out. Then use that amount to sprinkle on the board to knead the dough, add a little at a time until the dough stops sticking and is smooth. If you notice many dough recipes like this will say 2-2 1/2 cups or flour or 4-4 1/2 cups because there are many factors which can make the dough more or less stiff so you adjust it to where you live and how you make it. After about 5-6 tries you should start getting the feel of what the dough will be like.


  4. Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (15)Gamine

    I’d like to make these but we are only two eaters now. At what point can I freeze part of this dough to cook later? I’d really appreciate your advice and instructions. Have you published a smaller recipe that makes about half of this quantity? Thanks!


    • Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (16)Jill

      We do have a much smaller recipe Gamine but one thing I like to tell people is you can always take these recipes and cut them in half, thirds or fourths. The math really isn’t that hard to do for them. I am 1 person and I do this all the time so you can try that with this recipe but here is my favorite roll recipe that makes a very small amount and is easy and quick to make too. https://www.livingonadime.com/90-minute-rolls-recipe-dough/


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Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe (2024)


How can I make my bread lighter and fluffy? ›

Simply put, you have to control the temperature of the bread. Allowing ample time for your bread dough to rise and the yeast to form will create the holes in the bread that give it a lighter texture. Letting your dough get puffy and grow before it goes into the oven is critical.

Why are my homemade dinner rolls dry? ›

Either, you added too much flour or you possibly used all bread flour. Alternately, not giving your dinner rolls enough time to proof and get puffy before baking could yield dense rolls.

How do I make my rolls more airy? ›

Shape and Rise

Each dough ball will weigh right around 3 ounces, give or take. Space them a little bit apart in the baking pan and let them rise until very puffy and the sides are touching. Don't skimp on the rising! If they don't rise long enough, they won't reach their fluff-fluffy potential.

What happens if you add too much flour to dinner rolls? ›

Too much flour results in a dry, crumbly dough that's unpleasant and difficult to work with. It doesn't stick to itself and tends to fall apart when kneaded.

What kind of pan is best for baking rolls? ›

If you don't have a large 11 inch cast iron pan, you can use a glass baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. A 9×13 size would work well. It's best to have the rolls all touching each other when you arrange them in the pan, and I'll tell you why…

Why did my dinner rolls come out heavy? ›

Too much flour makes yeast dough too stiff to rise correctly. Be careful measuring flour. When flour is "scooped" into the measuring cup directly from the container, it compresses or becomes packed. This means you will be adding more flour than called for in the recipe.

Should rolls touch when baking? ›

Arrange the Dough For Baking

Arrange the rolls closer to each other, with enough room for them to expand into each other as they rise and bake. More traditional dinner rolls might be arranged on a baking sheet with lots of space in between so you get little orbs of golden brown goodness that don't touch.

How do bakeries get their bread so soft? ›

There's something magical about the bread you get at your local bakeries - they're always sooo soft and fluffy. Many of these breads, especially packaged ones, are made with a ton of chemical additives such as calcium propionate, amylase, and chlorine dioxide which help keep them soft, light, and fluffy for days.

What happens if I put too much yeast in my bread? ›

Too much yeast could cause the dough to go flat by releasing gas before the flour is ready to expand. If you let the dough rise too long, it will start having a yeast or beer smell and taste and ultimately deflate or rise poorly in the oven and have a light crust.

What can I add to bread to make it fluffy? ›

Dense or heavy bread can be caused by not kneading the dough enough, not letting the dough rise enough, or using too much flour. To fix this issue: try kneading the dough for longer or allowing it to rise for a longer period. You can also try adding a little more liquid to the dough or using a higher protein flour.

Why are my dinner rolls tasteless? ›

Salt adds flavor to bread. If none or too little is used in a recipe, the bread will lack the right flavor and taste "bland." If you reduce the amount of salt, try adding some dried herbs to increase the flavor. Too much yeast in bread will give bread an off-taste.

Why do my dinner rolls taste yeasty? ›

If your bread has a sour, yeasty flavour and smells of alcohol then you have either used too much yeast.or you may have use stale yeast or creamed fresh yeast with sugar.

Does over kneading make bread dense? ›

If your dough feels dense and tough to handle when you stop the mixer, it is a sign that it is becoming over-kneaded. Over-kneaded dough can become very hard to work with and produce a more flat and chewy bread.

Why is my bread heavy not fluffy? ›

The usual reason why bread becomes too dense is due to using flour with low protein content. When your loaf is spongy and heavy, you might have also put too much flour into it or made the dough in a cooler or too warm setting.

What makes homemade rolls dense? ›

If your starter is not active, the bread will be dense. Under-kneading: Kneading helps to develop the gluten in the dough, which gives it structure and allows it to trap air bubbles. If the dough is not kneaded enough, it will be weak and dense. Under-proofing: Proofing is the time when the dough is allowed to rise.


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