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The Ultimate Dinner Roll Guide shows how different ingredients make soft, crusty, fluffy, or hard rolls!

Control Dinner Roll Recipe

The Ultimate Dinner Roll Guide experiments with 6 batches of bread rolls to show how different ingredients make soft, crusty, fluffy, or hard rolls

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yields: 15 rolls
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 1 cup warm milk (100 – 110°F)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups (15.43 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour


  1. Combine the water, milk, 1 tablespoon of the butter, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Add 2 cups of flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a rough, shaggy mass. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, turn to low speed, and gradually add the remaining flour, kneading until a mass of dough begins to forms. Continue kneading on medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes until a soft, smooth ball of dough is formed. The dough should feel elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.
  3. Lightly spray a large clean bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature or until the dough is big, puffy, and about doubled in size.
  4. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Gently deflate the dough. Use a bench scraper, knife, or pizza wheel to divide the dough into 15 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place in the prepared pan. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Brush the dough with the melted butter. Lightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise for 30 minutes, or until about doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm. Store leftovers in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.