Ultimate Dinner Rolls

Yield: 15 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

This simple recipe for homemade dinner rolls makes beautifully golden brown rolls with a soft and fluffy texture! Tons of baking tips, make ahead instructions, and a step-by-step video below.

BEST EVER DINNER ROLLS! I still can't believe how EASY these are! Everyone loved them, and they can be made ahead of time!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Buttery and ever ever so slightly sweet.
Texture: Soft, fluffy, and tender with a golden brown slightly crisp exterior.
Ease: If you’re not familiar with making homemade bread these rolls are a great place to start! Watch the video to see exactly how they’re made.
Appearance: Who could resist one of these big beautiful golden rolls?
Pros: Easy, relatively quick, delicious, perfect for Thanksgiving or a special dinner.
Cons: None except maybe that these are made with white flour. I may try to develop a tasty recipe for whole wheat rolls.
Would I make this again? Absolutely!

89 Responses to “Ultimate Dinner Rolls”

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    Ann H. — November 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I don’t know how you can possibly top the Texas Roadhouse rolls of a few months back, which are wonderful, but I’ll give these a try and compare! In the few months I’ve been reading your blog, I’ve come to really trust your sense for a good recipe. Thanks!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I love baking bread and those are some really good results! For sure bookmarking these for Nov 28th πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Gerry!

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — November 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love your videos. I’m such a roll making novice, this helps so much! Not to mention you have the prettiest hands and manicure, so it makes it really easy to watch. Is it creepy I just said that? πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hahaha thanks Heidi! πŸ™‚

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    Leah — November 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were great! My dough didn’t quite double, and wasn’t very puffy, so I thought they might not turn out, but they were perfect! Definitely making them for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I’m glad they turned out!

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    Kajo — November 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    At what point could I freeze these so that would just have to thaw and bake on Thanksgiving?

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      You can freeze 10 minutes after your shape the dough into rolls. Defrost overnight in the fridge and proceed with the next steps in the recipe (letting the dough rolls rise then baking).

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    Maybelline — November 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I suck at baking bread—but no more. This recipe works super fine. I’ll use it in my experiment next weekend. Taking 3 small balls of dough and placing in muffin tins to form clover rolls.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      That’s why I love this recipe… it’s pretty foolproof even for the inexperienced bread baker. Clover rolls sound wonderful, I hope they turn out great!

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    Bonny@cleverhen.com — November 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I love making fluffy rolls. Still looking for the perfect recipe-yours look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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    Anna — November 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    can i make this without using a mixer?

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      Tessa — November 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Certainly! It will just take about 10 minutes of kneading by hand.

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    Roberta — November 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    The recipe says bread flour. The bread flour I have sure won’t make white fluffy roles. Did you use regular flour.

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      Tessa — November 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      No, I used King Arthur bread flour. I’m not sure what kind of bread flour you have but if you want you can use regular all-purpose flour. I find that bread flour helps makes these rolls nice and sturdy and round while being soft with a slight chew. Stay tuned for a post I will be publishing next week breaking down all the ingredients in dinner rolls.

  10. #
    Lena — November 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Just tried making these this morning and they turned out absolutely perfect! Great recipe!

  11. #
    Linda Bridge — November 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Could you please post your pizza dough recepie?
    Thanks,
    Linda

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    Erika Boutin — November 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Tessa, I made these the other day and they were awesome. I want to make them again for Thanksgiving but I want to double the recipe. Do you know if I can use the same amount of yeast or should I double that as well.

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      Tessa — November 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Erika, you should be fine with using the same amount of yeast, just be sure to use instant yeast, also sometimes called “rapid rise”. You may also not want to double the salt but instead use 1.5 times the amount, so 2 1/4 teaspoons salt. Everything else should be fine if doubled. Hope that helps. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Kristy Keaton — November 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    These look amazing and simple! πŸ™‚ I’d like to make them tomorrow night for Thanksgiving… will they keep overnight in the fridge from fresh??

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      Tessa — November 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m not sure what you mean by “from fresh” but you can either complete the recipe through shaping the dough into rolls, let the unbaked rolls rise in the fridge overnight then bake off when you’re ready or you can simply bake the rolls tomorrow, underbaking slightly, then reheat in the oven until golden and warm on Thanksgiving.

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    Perry — November 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I made these today for Thanksgiving. Came out very tasty, although a little dense. I’m not sure the dough rose enough, since it didn’t appear to double in size in 1 hour like yours seems to do in the video. I’ll definitely try them again soon!

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    Alison H — November 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Made these for Thanksgiving today, they turned out great fluffy and delicious everyone loved them, they were so easy to make especially after watching the tutorial. thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Chelsea, I made these rolls for Thanksgiving yesterday and they were PERFECT and so easy to make! Thanks girl!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Ohmygosh, I was watching Chelsea Lately on DVR and totally had her name in my head, so sorry Tessa! Oh lordy.

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      Tessa — November 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Haha no worries! I love Chelsea Lately! I’m so happy you enjoyed the rolls πŸ™‚

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    Michelle — December 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I made these for Thanksgiving, and they were delicious! I had never made rolls from scratch before, so I was thrilled that they turned out like they were supposed to. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! πŸ™‚

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    Perry — December 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Second time’s a charm! I made these today, and they came out great. Ingredients are everything sometimes.

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      Tessa — December 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Glad to hear that!

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    Lynne — April 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    After having a tried-and-true recipe for dinner rolls, i decided to try these for Easter. My other recipe took longer and was a bit more involved. This simple recipe was WONDERFUL. I do not have a mixer so I kneaded the dough about 6-8 minutes. I also made them the night before, put in the fridge and let stand before i baked them. Delicious! I love that they made 15 rolls, a perfect serving for us. They will move to the top of my list!

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      Tessa — April 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Lynne, thank you so much for your kind words about the recipe!! I’m so happy they made it to your Easter table. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Candice C — April 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I stumbled upon this page when seeking a new dinner roll recipe. In the time it’s taken these rolls to complete their first rise, I’ve managed to repin a good 20-30 of your recipes! This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. (And a new pant size.)

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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow — May 22, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Hey Tessa. Do you think I could freeze the rolls after they have risen? Or place the rolls a good distance apart on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them to then place them in a bag? I’d love to hear your thoughts. These rolls look so freaking delicious and I cannot wait to try them.

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      Tessa — May 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I think flash freezing the risen rolls would work best! Defrost overnight in the fridge, then let them come to room temperature before baking as the recipe directs. I’ve also actually frozen these rolls completely baked and reheated in a 350Β°F oven for 7 to 10 minutes with success. Happy baking!

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    victoria — September 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    am i able to use regular baker’s yeast i don’t want to get a whole pack of instant yeast just for one recipe.

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      Tessa — September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Sure, it’ll just take longer to rise.

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    Nan — September 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hi, Tessa. Just wondering if i could use whole wheat flour instead of normal bread flour for this recipe ? and would it be possible to skip the butter ? Im planning to serve this to a friend who is having health issue. Thank you so much.

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      Tessa — September 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

      All whole wheat flour would be pretty dense. I’d do half all-purpose, half whole-wheat if possible. The butter helps to tenderize the dough and brown the rolls as they bake. You can leave it out but it won’t be the same. If it’s a dairy thing you can use dairy-free butter substitute.

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    Barbara Klassen — September 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Can I make these in my bread maker?

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      Tessa — September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      You can make the dough through the first rise but then of course the rolls will need to rise and bake in the oven.

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    Chelsie K — September 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    This roll recipe is perfection! I was so surprised when my rolls turned out just as fluffy and golden brown as yours!
    I kneaded the dough by hand for 10 minutes but followed the directions exactly other than that and they are amazing!
    Definitely one to add to my recipe box (: thank you!

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    Huma — October 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    hi tessa
    i read your whole recipe but couldn’t find anything in written “freeze the dough for so-and-so minutes”. i dont understand what other people are talking about.. am i missing something? my PC crashed so I’m using my smartphone to view your recipe. i can’t find your video as well. would you be kind enough to post your original & complete recipe in this comments reply? i love these rolls and would love to try them.
    thanks πŸ™‚

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    Donna White — November 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    First time making rolls as I have just brought a stand mixer, the dough seemed more sticky than yours but was fine when I shaped the rolls and they turned out perfect. I live in England, can you explain the difference between Dinner rolls and normal rolls? Thank you for the confidence boost, I will try other bread recipes now.

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    raneem — November 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Can I use oil instead of butter for the dough and brush the top of the rolls with some eggwash instead of butter?
    Thanks.

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    Aren — November 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I just made these tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow! TOTAL SUCCESS!!! I did substitute honey for the granulated sugar (because we have bees so I try to use our honey in recipes as often as I can). They turned out great, and everyone in the family fought over the sample roll. (I also doubled the recipe in my Bosch mixer and it worked great.) Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — November 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Soooo happy they were a success! I bet your honey made them extra tasty. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Emma — November 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Is it okay to use self-rising flour for this recipe? I’m excited to try this recipe for Thanksgiving!

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      Tessa — November 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

      No, I would not use self-rising flour as the recipe does not require leavener other than the yeast.

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    jennifer jones — November 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    i made these for thanksgiving 2014 they were great had nothing but compliments about them. they are also great warmed up do not get hard.

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      Tessa — November 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      That makes me so happy! Glad the recipe was a part of your celebration.

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    Merlot @ Goddess of Baking — November 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I am a first time roll maker and your video was very helpful! I made these today for thanksgiving and they turned out awesome!

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      Tessa — November 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thrilled to hear that! Hope it was a great holiday.

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    Sandra — December 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve always been hesitant about baking homemade bread….working with yeast made me nervous. I was so pleased at how easy these rolls were to make and how absolutely perfect they came out. The video was a great addition-I could see I was on the right track during the entire process. I am more confident now about baking with yeast. Thanks so much!

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    Terri — December 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I don’t have a stand mixer, can these be done by hand? I don’t expect you can use a handheld mixer either? Looking to try these for Christmas πŸ˜€

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    johana — January 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Omg this is the first time i made rolls that look like rolls and not like flat wanna be rolls great recipe thank you for sharing life saver πŸ™‚ God bless you

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    ivanna — January 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Tessa! I made these a couple of weeks ago and they were wonderful! I was wondering if I could use this recipe and stuff them with some pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to make Pepperoni and Chesse Rolls?

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    Karen — January 26, 2015 at 10:28 am

    i just made these, but I knew I was in trouble after I finished mixing in the remaining bread flour. My dough wasn’t soft and fluffy like yours in the video. I did measure the flour as well as weigh it out. My dough looked like I had used too much flour. Any suggestions?

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    albert — March 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I made the dinner roll once with bread flour and once with ap flour they same to good both ways . I also made them into hamburger buns and turned out great I weigh them out at 4 oz balls and pressed them down to make them round they also turned out great thank you for your recipes al

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    Abbi — March 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Made these, flavored with garlic butter…10 stars!!!!!

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    Carol — April 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I’ve made these three times now and they look beautiful but turn out dense. Any suggestions? I follow your recipe exactly every time and I’m stumped!

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      Tessa — April 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Dense bread is usually due to the flour being over-measured. If you live in a very dry climate you may need to reduce the flour but for best results always weigh the flour. If you don’t have a scale use the spoon and level method detailed here: http://www.handletheheat.com/ultimate-guide-measuring/

      Another cause of dense bread is not allowing it enough time to rise. Always use the visual indication in a recipe for how the bread should look when it’s risen. You can also replace half the bread flour with all-purpose flour to create a lighter texture too. Hope that helps!

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    Torii A — May 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I MADE THESE ROLLS FOR DINNER TONIGHT AND THEY WERE AMAZING.
    Thank you!! Best recipe ever, so soft and fluffy. I love them. THANK YOU.

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    Sl liew — June 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I tried your recipe it was really good. Thanks. I made the dough have it refridgerated overnight and bake it the next day. Texture was really good spongy and chewy.

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    Beth — November 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I havent made your rolls yet but I watched your video and they look easy and yummy! Im considering adding them to my Thanksgiving dinner but I would have to change one thing. I never buy bread flour, instead I keep some wheat gluten in my freezer and add to my plain flour whenever I make bread or rolls. That is the difference between plain flour and bread flour… bread flour has more gluten for a higher rise than when you use plain flour. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and your teaching video. Im sure it will help those who are afraid of yeast dough to try making it.

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    Jenn@slim-shoppin — November 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I made these for thanksgiving today – EPIC!!! So excited they turned out exactly like yours. I was worried because I just used All Purpose Flour – but they still turned out amazing.

    Thank you so much for a great recipe

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    Tine — December 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Saw this recipe last week and thought to try it. Made these twice so far and they are awesome. Easy to make and my family loves them. I’m also checking out your other bread recipes that I can try. Thanks for the recipe and great video tutorial.

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    Lindsey — December 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I was looking for something I could make that was not too hard, satisfying for lots of people’s tastes, and fun to do. Your recipe filled the bill! Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the texture, handling the dough, forming the rolls, and then presenting the results to my family and to members of a class I teach. The aroma was the best advertisement! I want to work on the subtle skills that enhance flavor and texture, but try was a success.

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    Lindsey — December 28, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I was looking for something I could make that was not too hard, satisfying for lots of people’s tastes, and fun to do. Your recipe filled the bill! Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the texture, handling the dough, forming the rolls, and then presenting the results to my family and to members of a class I teach. The aroma was the best advertisement! I want to work on the subtle skills that enhance flavor and texture, but my first try was a success.

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      Tessa — December 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Woohoo, Lindsey! Happy to hear that πŸ™‚ And you’re so right, there’s nothing like the aroma of baking bread.

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    Jess — December 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Have you tried making a loaf of bread with this recipe?

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    Linda — January 24, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Turned out great!! My grandkids love them.

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    Laddie66 — February 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I have made these dinner rolls and each time I surprise myself with the end result. It’s easy and something to put on the table that’s tasty and beautiful to look at.

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    Allina — March 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Can this particular dough be shaped into knots or other shapes?

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      Tessa — March 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      I haven’t tried that! Let me know if you give it a try πŸ™‚

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    Denise — May 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Without a doubt the BEST and EASIEST recipe I have found…these are a big hit with everyone in my family!!!

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      Tessa — May 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear, Denise!

  54. #
    Suzanne — June 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    These rolls were perfect!!! They tasted as good as they looked! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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    Dawn — August 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I have used your roll recipe for years now. It is perfect, easy, and never fails me! Thank you!

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      Tessa — August 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

      So happy to hear that, Dawn!!

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    Lori — November 2, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hi Tess,

    there are 2 comments about freezing the dinner rolls, one says to shape into rolls and let rise then flash freeze the other one says to freeze10 minutes after shaping. Which way is best and do i need extra yeast in the recipe?
    Thanks,
    Lori

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    juliana gomes — November 23, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    hi Tessa..these rolls look amazing!!i would love to make them. do you mind sharing the recipe in grams? i’m not very familiar with cup measurements :p

    thanks πŸ™‚

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    Claire Allen — February 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Wow! Made these today, and they are amazing! This will now be my go to recipe! Thank you πŸ™‚

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    Alex — March 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I made these last Thanksgiving and they were the STAR of the meal. So easy and fabulous. I will never buy a dinner roll ever again.

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      Tessa — March 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Oh, I’m so pleased to hear that, Alex!! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

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    Secret Admirer — March 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I was wondering if you knew of a way, or your best suggestion for making these rolls stay fresh longer? Is there a way to store them that would help them taste and feel similar after say, three or four days? Or an ingredient you know of even? Or is feezing/thawing the dough the way you’d handle it?

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      Tessa — March 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Yes, freezing and thawing the dough would give you the best taste and texture!

  61. #
    Yvonne loong — April 5, 2017 at 3:43 am

    My whole family love the buns. Going to use them for my Meat Sliders the next time. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  62. #
    Riz — April 18, 2017 at 3:03 am

    These rolls came out PERFECT. Tried and approved! You will not be disappointed. My go-to dinner roll recipe from now on. Thank you!!

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