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Dinner rolls in a baking sheet, golden brown on top, and light and fluffy on the inside.
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Dinner Rolls

Light, fluffy, and super soft dinner rolls, great for the holidays, and for any dinner night. You can make these ahead and freeze as well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rise Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked rolls, dinner rolls, easy dinner rolls
Servings: 15 rolls
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5-5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast rapid rise works too
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large bowl, add milk, honey, shortening, and butter together, and microwave about 2 minutes until butter and shortening are mostly melted.
  • Whisk everything together, and set aside to let cool.
  • Check temperature of mixture, and when it reaches 110 degrees, whisk in 1 egg. Set aside.
  • In a the bowl of a stand mixer, combine: 5 cups of flour, yeast, and salt.
  • Fit the stand mixer with a dough hook, and add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, mixing on low speed until dough is coming together. About 2 minutes.
  • Then increase the speed of the mixture to medium-low, and knead for about 8-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. While kneading, about half way through, if the dough is not coming away clean from the sides, add the remaining ½ cup flour, 2 Tablespoons at a time, until the dough is the coming away from the sides clean.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter, and knead by hand until you get a smooth, round, ball.
  • Place dough in a large bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. And cover tightly with a piece of plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Let rise in place for 1- 1 ½ hours until doubled in size.
  • Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Turn dough out onto a clean counter, and stretch into a 15-inch long log.
  • Cut it into 15 equal sized pieces. And cover with the lightly greased plastic wrap while you work with one piece of dough at a time to form into dinner rolls.

To Form Rolls:

  • At this point you should have 15 pieces of dough that are rectangular in shape. You want to use your fingertips to press little dimples into the top of the dough, all the way down.
  • Now fold the dough in half, pressing ends together.
  • Then gently press the dough to form a thick square shape. You want the dough to stick to itself, so the steams do not come apart.
  • Now stick your thumbs underneath the square, and press up to dome it, rounding the bottom under to form a ball.
  • Set this dough onto the counter, and cup your hand, and drag dough in small circles around the counter, until it feels round and firm.
  • Transfer to prepared baking dish.


  • Once all dough balls are in the baking pan, spritz with cooking spray, and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise in a warm place for 45-75 minutes until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to the lower, middle position of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Beat the remaining egg with 1 Tablespoon of water, and brush them over the top of the rolls.
  • Bake rolls until they are a deep golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  • Let rolls cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Remove rolls from the pan, and serve. Can serve warm!


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg