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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

These fluffy rolls go perfectly with any meal. They have a delicious homemade flavor that's irresistible. I like them because they're not hard to make and they bake up nice and high. —Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; add oats and butter. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oat mixture, sugars, salt and 4 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; allow to rest for 10 minutes. Shape into 18 balls. Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°; bake rolls until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 173 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Jani
    Feb 6, 2021

    Just some general info - first, this is a great recipe and I make it several times a year. I live at high altitude, I bake a lot and over time I’ve learned to make adjustments. Some things to consider: Flour is never the same twice, even if you use exactly the same brand every time. There are differences in moisture in the flour, and the weather is also a factor. My rule of thumb: never dump in the full amount of flour in the recipe all at once. Add half the flour to the recommended liquid, then add the rest in increments, until you reach the right consistency. Maybe this will help some who have had trouble. Thanks for the recipe!

  • GG777
    Dec 7, 2020

    Kim: I know you said you followed the recipe closely, but the only thing I can think of is: did you use water TWO times as the recipe requires - once to cook the oatmeal and once with the yeast? Because your batter turned out so dry, it must be that you didn't use enough moisture. It's so disheartening when a recipe doesn't turn out! :(

  • Kim
    Oct 2, 2020

    I need help please. I made these rolls for the first time tonight. They were horrible. I read all the 5* reviews so I know I did something wrong. When I added the 4 cups of flour, the sugars, salt and the oatmeal mixture, to the dissolved yeast, it was extremely dry already. The recipe said, mix till "smooth." Mine was just crumbly. One review said they used 7 cups of flour. I knew they wouldn't turn out, but I finished the recipe and baked them. Nope! I checked and double checked the recipe and I followed the directions word for word. What did I do wrong?

  • Bethlehem-12
    Jul 25, 2020

    Been making these for over 20 years. They're fantastic!

  • Daphne
    Apr 9, 2020

    These are absolutely amazing. I had to use approx. 7 cups of flour to get a non sticky, doughy consistency. It madr two pans of 12. These guys fidnt makr it 6 hours. My usually picky girl loved them and requested i make more. That's a win for me. Super soft with a sweet

  • Teresa
    Feb 23, 2020

    A wonderful roll that is a touch of rustic yet still tender and light. My family favorite.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 29, 2019

    The oatmeal gives these rolls a different flavor and texture that I liked from the first bite. They are good toasted the next day.

  • preachermom
    Jun 2, 2018

    Delightfully wonderful!

  • vewebber58
    Nov 17, 2017

    Yummy rolls.....I made the dough in my bread machine, and it worked out perfectly! I agree that they're a little large in size - I made ten rolls per pan, but next time will make twelve. Anyway, these are so good....they have a slightly sweet and nutty taste when you bite into one fresh from the oven. I plan on slicing and toasting some for our breakfast.

  • choc52
    Mar 30, 2017

    Very easy for a bread recipe and very good! I used Old Fashioned Oats as that is all I ever buy. Needed vegan recipes for my son's birthday and never thought I'd find a bread recipe without eggs or dairy. For butter I used Smart Balance Original (no dairy) margarine. I didn't bake quite long enough so some were kind of doughy but even they were good. He took all the leftovers home so I'm making more very soon. This is a keeper!