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Best Dinner Rolls

These are the best dinner rolls around. If you can't decide which enticing topping to use, just make them all.—Christina Pittman, Parkville, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • FOR EVERYTHING DINNER ROLLS:
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • FOR PARMESAN-GARLIC DINNER ROLLS:
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • FOR ALMOND-HERB DINNER ROLLS:
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, salt and 2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 3 minutes. Add 2 eggs; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape dough into 24 balls. Place in 2 greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. rolls with lightly beaten egg. Sprinkle with toppings for rolls of your choice. Bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.
CLOVERLEAF ROLLS: Make dough as directed; divide into 24 portions. Divide and shape each portion into three balls. For each roll, place three balls in a greased muffin cup. Let rise, top and bake as directed. TWISTS: Make dough as directed; divide and shape into 24 balls. Roll each into a 10-in. rope; fold in half and twist two or three times while holding both ends. Pinch rope ends to seal. Let rise, top and bake as directed. ROSETTES: Make dough as directed; divide and shape into 24 balls. Roll each into a 10-in. rope; tie into a loose knot. Tuck ends under. Let rise, top and bake as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll (calculated without toppings): 118 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Apie26
    Jun 7, 2020

    These rolls are now going to be at all my dinner get together's from this point on. The family just loves them.

  • Jane
    Jun 2, 2020

    This recipe was a HUGE hit with my family. I made the everything topping. YUM!!! to the reviewers that said theirs didn’t rise, I’m thinking maybe you didn’t proof the yeast first. I used rapid rise instead of active dry yeast which doesn’t require proofing and you skip the first rise. After kneading you shape into rolls and let rise then put your topping on and bake. Mine were perfect.

  • Julie
    Jul 2, 2019

    I made these for the first time for dinner tonight. First can I say they make a ton of rolls if there is just two of ya! I put 9 of them in an 8X8 pan to rise in the refrig for another day. I think I'll put them in the freezer for another day. I still have 9 rolls left from those I did bake today. We plan to use them for burger sliders or steak sandwich sliders! I sprinkled the tops with the "Everything" topping that I added a bit of red pepper flakes. YUM!!! One more comment: I think that the recipe can be altered slightly for cinnamon rolls or pecan sticky rolls. You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be trying one or both of those recipes as well! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  • Tom
    Apr 23, 2019

    Bread rolls? Seriously? I mean, come on! So good, melt in your mouth goodness!

  • eversbeaver
    Aug 7, 2014

    I love these! The toppings are delicious given enough time and patience they came out great and look impressive.

  • Starlakay
    Jan 29, 2014

    I do not think this recipe in for me. I like the topping idea but the dough did not raise like normal bread dough. I have tried it twice and neither time did it work out. I will not be remaking this one.

  • dogcat_8
    Jul 19, 2013

    I made half of this recipe for dinner one night. There were 4 people eating, and I didn't want to make 2 dozen rolls. Like any bread recipe, it is time consuming. I had trouble getting the dough to come together. I had to keep adding flour before it was no longer sticky. As the other reviewers said, it didn't raise very much. I even put this out in the shade on my porch on a 92 degree day. After baking, the rolls had risen but were on the denser side; not light and fluffy like I would have hoped for, but they had a good taste. There were three rolls left over, and the next day they were VERY dense and hard. This is not a roll you could make the day before. They are best eaten when made (and still warm). I don't know if I will make this recipe again. The icebox butterhorns from Taste of Home is a better recipe. They are lighter and fluffier. Plus, they freeze well.

  • linnylou306
    Mar 30, 2013

    I should have known better than to put the yeast in with the flour without letting it rise first. They were ok but I have had better; do like the topping idea

  • Pinstripes
    Feb 15, 2013

    A lot of work, but it makes a lot and they freeze very well. Don't skimp on the topping, that really makes it special.

  • Dianaore
    Jan 6, 2013

    Like many of my other reviews...mine didn't look like the picture. Even with the pan sitting in front of the fireplace as my warm place int he house it seemed they had a hard time rising to the the desired height. They were okay in taste, kind of sweet. I might try them again before deciding to toss the recipe to see if they are any better the second time around in looks.