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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

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. YIELD:18 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oat mixture, sugars, salt and 4 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire racks. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 180 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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choc52 User ID: 434649 264098
Reviewed 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!"

turtlemama1 User ID: 2078270 260176
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"We make this recipe at least once a week! I won grand champion at our local fair and have never given it to anyone who doesn't absolutely love it!! I adapted the recipe to make three loaves of bread and we eat one as soon as it is out of the oven. It doesn't make very good sandwiches as it tends to fall apart when spread with mayo or mustard, but it does make fantastic toast. Overall a wonderful recipe that I am teaching to my grandsons/!!"

Carol User ID: 8967975 256778
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Made these last night for adult kids for dinner. They are not big bread eaters but thought these were great. I didn't need near all of flour called for. Were very moist and light. This morning I sliced one in thirds horizontally, buttered and grilled the sides, used the top and bottom for scrambled egg sandwich and put a little jelly on the center slice. Very yummy."

stephrae User ID: 6656051 255859
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"I made these rolls again last night .These are the new family favorites. I live on the East Coast and I use the full amount of flour and maybe even 1/4 cup more, but I also use wheat pastry flour. (Uncle Bob's)"

jandar7 User ID: 6339512 253716
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I barely got 3 cups flour when I reached the soft dough stage. Its raising now. Has this happened to anyone else? If I continue adding flour, the dough will be way too stiff."

Briadona User ID: 5500759 247504
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"These were easy to make with a Kitchen Aid mixer though time consuming. They were great warm and good the day made but didn't keep well. The next day not so good. If all will be eaten same day made a good recipe to use. Nice taste and size."

tou jour moi User ID: 5426288 245577
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"I copied this recipe a while back and decided to try it yesterday. YUM! won't be long before I make it again. I used the doagh to make hamburger buns. Extra fussy hubby loved them too!"

peekabu User ID: 6215630 243148
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I made these rolls last week, following the instructions exactly. Well, these are the BEST rolls I have ever made or tasted!!! It was easy to mix in my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook first, so that kneading it right out of the bowl was simple. The rising times were exact and in a few hours i had 18 of the tastiest rolls I have ever had. They are even better than those hawaiian rolls you hear about. Give these a try, you will not be disappointed!"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 243146
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"These are fantastic!"

creolerick User ID: 2861190 242670
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"these are great, i made several "healthy" substitutions and they were still great, i'll chunk out all the rest of my roll recipes and keep this more Sister Schubert rolls from the frozen foods section of our Walmart either."

dragotnink User ID: 1043335 237442
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"So Good! The texture is great! A definite favorite for my whole family!"

nodesign23 User ID: 4610097 236183
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"absolutely wonderful.... tasty,soft and light....I made 2 loafs of bread instead of dinner rolls"

richards1982 User ID: 7346218 233692
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"These are absolutely the best, have made them several times. I am going to try to make a loaf in my bread machine."

Mosclan User ID: 8438728 229062
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Oh my gosh, my family is in love with these rolls! I don't think I'll be buying buns any more for dinner..."

Jmwhiteman User ID: 8342866 225133
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Incredible! I love that these include a little whole grain. They turned out better than I'm used to given my limited experience. No wasted effort. So rewarding!"

sharonmikefla User ID: 4836383 224258
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Excellent recipe! They were over 2 inches and so light & tender. We will enjoy these many more times. Thank you!"

TheO_Chemist User ID: 8302107 223244
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I absolutely love this recipe. Instead of making rolls I made two loafs and they turned out AMAZING. They are soft and fluffy and very feeling. They went great with parsley salad and roasted marrow bones. And I even incorporated the basic dough for these rolls into a healthier and heartier version of my stable pizza recipe. And the best part is stays later there are still moist and delicious. Can't wait to make them again for Easter dinner."

yuehching User ID: 224401 221553
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Excellent recipe. The rolls were moist and very tasty. I made this into bread loaves too. It turned our beautifully. This is a 5 star recipe and my husband agrees. Definitely a keeper."

cpbsilver User ID: 2550138 221499
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"These are the very best rolls ever. I have been making lots of yeast rolls lately trying to find the perfect one. This is the best roll of any kind I have ever eaten - made by me or anyone else. I don't know what it is about this recipe. It's just magic! My husband who loves fresh bread, and has been happily sampling all the roll batches lately took one bite, turned around and said,"this is it"! I heartily agree. One problem - I crave these and want them every day with everything- breakfast, lunch, and dinner!"

Jolena User ID: 87898 221415
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"Beat until smooth? With the mixer?"

bmarana User ID: 2129710 220299
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Wonderful, nice texture, taste. Will make again!"

Nimra01 User ID: 4187920 215922
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014


eshmoyer User ID: 5723936 215636
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"My family absolutely LOVED these rolls and they are so easy to make. May try substituting honey next time like another person advised. But, they are delicious exactly the way the recipe is printed."

ladyyorkie User ID: 3451877 214554
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I have made this several times. I make the dough into bread and get 4-5 mini loaves or one large loaf and 2 mini loaves. I also used a scant 1/3 of a cup of honey instead of the brown sugar. My family loves the bread."

nancyinwi User ID: 6426853 6526
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"I have such a hard time with yeast rolls normally, but these turned out SO good. Very tasty and they rose SO high. Everyone was impressed at Thanksgiving dinner!"

pamj56 User ID: 8125876 3437
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Don't know what I did wrong. Mine are hard, did not brown nicely and are pretty bland. Barely raised at all. The yeast was new and I'm a pretty seasoned baker. However, considering all the rave reviews, I'm guessing it was my error."

deckerroad User ID: 7054249 15193
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I've been making these for years since I first saw the recipe in Taste Of Home. My daughter won't let me make any other recipe. A favorite addition to Thanksgiving dinner."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 18103
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"Soft and delicious!"

chocolateformyfour User ID: 7643589 15182
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"Fantastic. Have made them for years."

Katyjane User ID: 7432392 15176
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Wow, my new favorite easy roll recipe!"

Kasha User ID: 179140 9855
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"easy to make turned out very well, didnt have any quick cooking oats so used regular and cooked the oats a little longer. Will make again"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 15064
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"Made these for the first time and my family loved them. I don't have very good luck with breads, but these rolls came out lovely and they are very delicious. Look forward to making these again!"

FLZephyr User ID: 728094 9152
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"Our family loves these rolls! I have made them often for family dinners and special holiday dinners all with great reviews. My teenage nephew ate SIX of these in one setting before his mother finally cut him off! LOL We also find the roll size rather large, so we make 24 rolls instead of the 18."

ddekryger User ID: 4773462 10140
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"easy to make. Will definately make these again!"

ptambio User ID: 2501783 14946
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"Made this recipe into bread loaves. I could not believe how moist it was, with so little butter."

mslouannez User ID: 1199914 9150
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I made these for my grandson's 24th birthday. I doubled the recipe and everyone just loved over them. I can hardly wait to make them again... I will serve them with my honey butter, although it is not necessary for sure. There GGGGReatttt"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 8100
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them."

ShariWestercamp User ID: 1377159 5319
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times! We absolutely love them! I make the oatmeal in the microwave to simplify."

Marnelle User ID: 1257580 3435
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"These are wonderful. I have a roll recipe I've made and loved for years but this one tops it! Both hubby and I consider this our new favorite."

ekachuck User ID: 1570846 9782
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I have been making this a few times a year - Huge favorite with stews, roasts, and the big chicken dinner."

GretaMills User ID: 2269169 5318
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Followed the directions exactly as written. This was an easy recipe to make and the results were fantastic. Yum!"

Crochet Mama User ID: 5449370 8099
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I have been making these for many years since seeing the recipe in one of the hardcover books. They are ALWAYS a huge hit and worth the effort! I made them last December for an event our church hosts - feeding dinner to over 100 volunteers. People kept coming back asking if they could have another roll!

I like to divide the dough into two - and then into 12 pieces for each dough ball. I put the formed rolls into two round pans making the finished product a nice presentation! This makes 24 nice sized dinner rolls. When I used to make them according to the recipe, as 18 rolls, they were really too large for a dinner roll, in my opinion.
It's my favorite roll recipe! A treasured keepsake!"

zoezoe83 User ID: 5046919 14810
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"This recipe easy to make and my family said it's even better than bakery! I had failed attempts in making bread, Im so surprised this time."

slcforchrist User ID: 1683568 10087
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"These are absolutely wonderful. My new go-to roll recipe. Very easy and delicious. Thanks so much for this recipe."

joanhardesty User ID: 4400482 10084
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"I have never rated anything before, but these rolls are so fantastic they deserve a comment. First let me say, I've never had too much success with making bread although I do try! I LOVE yeast rolls and have never found a recipe that works for me, UNTIL NOW. Mine turned out just as they appear in the picture and were simply scrumptious, even better than resturant quality. To add to my surprise, and further complement this recipe, my yeast was expired and I had to use half white and half wheat flour yet they turned out beautifully! My family has not stopped commenting on them! I don't want to mess up a great thing, but I think I may try making them "bite size" next time as h'orderves. I served them with homemade honey butter--what a delight! I will be making these for Christmas as well to go along with a honey ham. You will LOVE this recipe if you are a yeast roll lover. It's easy and you just can't go wrong!"

skyeyes User ID: 3152760 6525
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"These are absolutely the very best dinner rolls ever! And yes, friends and family who were at our wedding reception in 2007 STILL rave about these delicious rolls."

Imnanjl User ID: 4324472 6523
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"These rolls are AWESOME! This was my first time making bread that required kneading and rising, and it was so simple and turned out GREAT! These will be my new staple for family dinners."

skyeyes User ID: 3152760 10205
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008 Edited Nov. 13, 2009

"These are absolutely delicious! My husband's cousin made these for the family reunion and I raved about how good they were, not knowing she baked them. She made them for our wedding reception and even two years later, people remember them! :-)"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 8098
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"In my opinion, the best roll recipe ever printed in the magazine's history."

sheila ropp User ID: 2993954 14563
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2008

"Anytime I find a recipe with brown sugar in it I substitute the liquid with pureed fruit. On this recipe I pureed a can of peaches, juice and all, and measured 2 cups of it instead of 2 cups of water. Dough is a little stiffer but it works out ok."

Elaine Stocks User ID: 124254 5310
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2008

"My family just loves these rolls. In no time they are gone."

susan_j User ID: 2688845 200568
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2008

"Thank you, Patricia, for this recipe. I have made these countless times, and everyone loves them."

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