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The Best Homemade Rolls Recipe

Sara Garska
Homemade dinner rolls recipe passed down from our great-grandmother -- soft and buttery and perfect!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 157 kcal


  • Muffin Tin
  • 9-inch cake pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Hand mixer
  • large mixing bowl


  • 2 packages active yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 7 cups flour
  • 2 sticks butter salted
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


General Instructions

  • Uncover the dough that is now all puffed up and soft. Use your hands to push down on it, until all the air is out and it is reduced in size and firm again.
  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Divide the two pieces each into four pieces. That’s all the dividing I do. I eyeball everything else.
  • I like to make two different shapes of dinner rolls. This recipe makes about two dozen rolls. I use a muffin pan to make 12 cloverleaf rolls and a 9-inch square cake pan to make about 16 to 20 pull-apart rolls. But you can make yours all the same either way.
  • The important thing is not to get exactly 24 rolls. The important thing is that all your rolls are uniform in size. All the clover leafs are the same size and all the pull-aparts are the same size. Or as close as you can get.
  • Assemble a little work area. Melt the remaining stick of butter in a bowl. Get out the pans you are going to use. I like to work on a cookie pan because melted butter can get a little messy. You want to have everything ready to go, because your hands will be messy.
  • I like to do the clover leaf rolls first.  Plan on one half the dough for this pan. You might need a little more and that’s okay. I’d rather have a full pan of clover leaf, so that’s what I always make first.

Directions for Cloverleaf Rolls

  • You have 12 spaces for muffins and each space will hold three balls of dough. You will be making 36 balls of dough that are about 1 ½ inches in diameter.
  • Pull a piece of dough and break it off. Form it into a ball by stretching it a bit and tucking the sides underneath. Dip it into the melted butter and place in muffin tin.
  • Do this procedure 35 more times until the muffin tin is full.

Directions for Pull Apart Rolls

  • Now, to make the pull apart rolls. When I made this recipe, I ended up with 16 rolls in the second pan. 
  • I make these dough balls a little bigger, more like two inches around. You form them the same way and dip in butter. Then space evenly in your square baking pan. Leave a little room between them.

How to Bake Dinner Rolls

  • Cover both pans with plastic wrap and put them in a draft-free place to rise for 1 and ½ hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and put them in the oven when it is at the correct temperature.
  • Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top.
  • Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 103mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 16IUCalcium: 17mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bread, rolls
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