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Best Dinner Rolls


  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape dough into 24 balls. Place in two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. 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.

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.


Average Rating:
  • eversbeaver
    Aug 7, 2014

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

  • Starlakay
    Dec 31, 1969

    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.

  • crystalcarreon
    Dec 25, 2012

    These were perfect! I refrigerated the dough overnight after rising and made them the next afternoon. Had the perfect amount of sweetness and the Parmesan with garlic was awesome! Thanks for this one!

  • sheiladiaz
    Nov 25, 2011

    I made these rolls last night for Thanksgiving dinner. They were pretty good. They were not the "best" rolls I have ever made but they were still good. I made the parmesan topping and the almond-herb topping. The almond-herb was the favorite.

  • juicyfruit007
    Nov 25, 2011

    I made these today for Thanksgiving dinner. Used a modified version of the "everything" toppings. I don't know if they were superior enough to be called the "best" but they were definitely as good as any I've made!

  • kismat62
    Nov 19, 2011

    Very Good! I can not wait to try the almond herb rolls for Thanksgiving dinner.

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