Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe
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Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe

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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.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Easy Yeast Rolls in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p40

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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...."

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