Easy White Dinner Rolls

Did you grow up eating a special weekly dinner with your family? Maybe every night was a home-cooked meal. I always looked forward to my family’s weekly Sunday dinners my dad cooked. It usually consisted of meat and potatoes or “rice-a-roni” (my childhood favorite). Every Sunday was a little bit different but always delicious. When I started contributing to the meal I’d often make crescent rolls or bake some bread using our ancient bread machine. If only I’d had the recipe for these easy white rolls, they would have made a weekly appearance. Light, fluffy and soft, these are the perfect easy white dinner rolls.

These rolls are fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness and one of the simplest recipes you can make. If you’re looking for an easy, crowd-pleasing recipe to start with, make these! They won’t disappoint. You can even make them into hamburger buns (my favorite is with pulled pork and coleslaw on top) or with a dab of butter inside. Whatever way you choose to eat them pull out these simple SIX ingredients and get baking. 

List of Ingredients

  • warm water
  • instant yeast
  • white sugar (honey, or other sweetener)
  • olive oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • salt
  • bread flour

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Easy White Dinner Rolls

Soft, fluffy, quick and easy these white dinner rolls are delicious as a snack or perfect as a side with dinner. They also make great buns for sandwiches and burgers if you make them a little larger. They make the perfect dinner rolls every time!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Course Bread, dinner, rolls
Cuisine American
Servings 24 rolls


  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 3/4 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar see recipe notes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or any neutral oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3.5-4 cups bread flour see recipe notes


  • To a bowl fitted with a dough hook, mix together warm water, instant yeast, sugar, olive oil, salt and 3 cups of flour. As you add in your final cup of flour, check the dough. If it’s overly sticky, keep adding flour a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be able to roll into a ball in your hand but should still be a little sticky.
  • Continue mixing the dough (mixer with dough hook or attachment) about 8 minutes. Add more flour as needed, it should feel tacky–not sticky.
  • Put a teaspoon of oil in a bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Coat the dough with the small amount of oil (this keeps the dough from sticking to the bowl). Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place about an hour or until doubled in size. 
  • Turn risen dough out onto your workspace and portion into 24 pieces. I eyeball the dough and use my dough cutter (or a sharp knife). If you use a kitchen scale each ball should be about 1.4 ounces.
  • Shape each piece of dough into a round ball and place on parchment-lined (this keeps the bottoms from burning) baking sheet. Your baking sheet should be able to fit 24 of these rolls. Check out my Instagram tutorial "Easiest Rolls" for shaping help
  • Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and let rolls rise until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once rolls have doubled in size bake for about 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through if possible. Once the rolls brown on top, pull them out of the oven and brush melted butter on the tops. For convenience I take a stick of cold butter from my fridge and lightly touch the tops of the hot rolls for the perfect shine.
  • Enjoy warm with a little bit of jam or butter. Enjoy!


Sugar: You can substitute honey or a different sweetener if desired.
Bread Flour: If you don’t have bread flour, you can add 1 Tablespoon vital wheat gluten to the all purpose flour. I have also had success making them with whole wheat flour. They won’t be quite as fluffy. A combination of half whole wheat flour  and half white bread flour will yield best results.
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15 responses to “Easy White Dinner Rolls”

  1. Kris Larsen Avatar
    Kris Larsen

    I LOVE the memories from our family meals! I always loved your dad being in the kitchen on Sundays, as well as Saturday morning pancakes with you kids. It was always a beautiful sight. I was glad you guys were getting the role modeling of a father who shared in the cooking process. Mostly, however, I enjoyed the delicious food and fun conversations we had as a family. Good times, indeed!! ❤️🍽🙏🏻🍴

    1. amybakesbread Avatar

      Yes. So many great memories in the kitchen 🙂 I’m hoping my boys will learn to cook like their Grandpa too.

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  3. Zest4Food Avatar

    These looks really good; soft and fluffy. I may give them a try. I have never been lucky with bread rolls. Mine always turned out hard and heavy in the past.

    1. amybakesbread Avatar

      They are delicious! One tip to help keep them soft and fluffy is to be careful when measuring out your flour. You want the dough to still be a little sticky. If you pinch off a bit of dough and it sticks to your fingers but you can roll that dough into a ball (with a little sticky residue on your fingers) it is ready. That’s the test I usually use that will tell me. If you over-flour your dough it can be tough and heavy. Hope that helps! Let me know if you give them a try.

      1. Zest4Food Avatar

        Thanks for the tips. I will give it a try and let you know how they turn out. 😊

  4. Melonie Avatar

    When do you recommend freezing the dough? After the first rise/forming the balls? Can’t wait, thank you for sharing!!

    1. amybakesbread Avatar

      I usually freeze these rolls after I bake them. If you wanted to freeze the dough I would probably form the balls and then freeze…pulling them out to rise for a couple hours before baking. But being me I would probably just bake them and then freeze 🙂

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  10. Jenn Avatar

    If I were to make hamburger sized buns, would it make 12 or 18?? Also would they take longer to bake?

    1. Amy Avatar

      These are small rolls so I would probably make 10-12 buns out of the recipe. They will probably take an extra 10-15 minutes to bake.

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