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Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe

Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe

These simple, tender rolls bake to a golden brown and will disappear in no time. If you've never baked with yeast before, these rolls are the perfect starting point. –Wilma Harter, Witten, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:48 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, egg, oil, salt, yeast mixture and 4 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • 2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Divide and shape each portion into 12 balls. Roll each ball into an 8-in. rope; tie into a loose knot. Tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 4. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 roll equals 78 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Really easy and taste great. I have started making this most Sundays."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"I had not made a bread recipe that required kneading in over 10 years thanks to the invention of the bread machine. I was in the mood to try it the "old fashioned" way and tried this recipe. These rolls are delicious and very easy!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"So E-Z to make, & so good!!! I'm making them again tonite!!!

Linda Kennedy Swafford, Alabama"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"These rolls are light in texture and have a good flavor, but the dough is not easy to work with. I put 6 1/2 cups of flour in the mix and used more to knead with. I made plain rolls as the dough was too sticky to make ropes, and difficult to portion out for a roll. Because of this I only got 33 rolls. I will try the recipe again and hope for better results with the dough.

The recipe was easy to mix up, just difficult to make the finished roll."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Really easy and really good !! I threw these together in no time flat and used the EXACT recipe. They turned out wonderful ! THIS is the recipe I will be using every time now...."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"These rolls are so easy to make, and they are light, tender and delicious! Plus the recipe makes 4 dozen rolls that are the perfect size for dinner rolls. I put a little butter on the tops when they came out of the oven - mmmm!! Will be freezing them today to serve for Thanksgiving!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Newbaker8730, the recipe states combine the yeast mixture to your dry ingredients. It also says 6 1/2 cups flour. If your water was too hot or you over worked your dough, you may have added too much flour. I just tried the recipe and it was fine!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Incomplete recipe. What are you supposed to do with the yeast and water? Are you supposed to combine it with the flour mixture? When I did this, guessing of course the mixture was like cake batter runny, not thick like the recipe says. I ended up using about 8 cups of flour. Is this right? No pictures to see what the dough is supposed to look like. So far I am far from satisfied. You really need to have someone proofread your recipes and actually try them out Exactly as written !"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Amazing! Easy to make and the rolls are wonderful."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Perfect! I make these all the time, using honey instead of sugar, and 1/2 whole wheat flour."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Perfect! These were light and fluffy and had a great taste!! Will be making these A LOT more!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I made these rolls in my bread maker and they turned out perfect. My husband loved them and said they tasted just like the ones his mother made. His mother was a wonderful cook, so that's quite a compliment! I just made them as ordinary rolls, didn't do the knots. Try these, you won't be disappointed."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Very, very good!!! My husband said they were the best rolls he's ever had. I used 75% whole wheat (hard white), and added a 1/4 cup of gluten to the dough."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"I decided to make these rolls Thanksgiving morning. The dough was very easy to work with, and the rolls baked up light and airy. They were a hit at the table, and the recipe is now going to be the one I reach for every time I need rolls."

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