How to make the BEST Homemade Rolls ever! Light and fluffy, soft and warm, and most definitely slathered with butter.
These are extra fluffy dinner rolls, perfect with melty butter and a drizzle of honey or jam, or amazing made into little sandwiches to feed a crowd!
This is a yeast rolls recipe, but never fear! Using yeast is easy, and this is a good dinner roll recipe to practice with. I’ll give you a few tips to make sure you succeed every time.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
This recipe for rolls from scratch has been around in our family for YEARS. It is tried and true, beloved by all, and coveted by many.
The secret to our delicious, fluffy rolls is the combination of honey and butter-flavored Crisco! Trust me, you won’t go back after having these rolls.
Here’s the basic list of ingredients you’ll need in order to make Homemade Dinner Rolls. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the printable recipe card below.
- Honey – a very mild, natural sweetener that is perfect in this roll recipe.
- Butter Flavor Crisco – essential for delicious flavor and fluffy texture!
- Yeast – active dry yeast, not instant yeast.
- All-Purpose Flour – bread flour will also work fine.
How To Make Homemade Rolls
This is a beautifully simple homemade roll recipe. With only a few ingredients and some time, you’ll have a pan of delicious homemade fluffy rolls to eat!
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook, start by adding warm water, honey, salt, and yeast. Stir it gently and let it sit for 5 minutes till the yeast activates and gets foamy.
Add Crisco and Flour
Combine the Crisco and one cup of flour at a time and mix until dough starts to form.
Add Flour and Knead
Keep adding flour until the dough starts to pick up off the sides of the bowl and is not sticky when touched with your finger. Let your machine knead the dough for 15 minutes in total.
Once it’s finished kneading, cover the bowl with a clean cloth towel and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
After an hour punch down the dough and divide the dough into large golf ball-sized balls. Arrange about an inch apart on a baking sheet or casserole dish.
Cover again with a towel and leave in a warm place to rise for another hour.
PRO TIP: This second rise is critical for that yeast to develop the gluten in the rolls. It will help create fluffy insides, so don’t skip it!
Preheat the oven to 350℉. Once the rolls have risen the second time, place them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove them from the oven and immediately brush butter on the tops of the rolls.
The tops of the rolls have a delightfully thin crust while the inside is still soft and fluffy thanks to the double rise we did.
Tips and Substitutions
- It’s important to let the rolls rise two times. It helps give them a fluffy, irresistible texture on the inside.
- Honey can be substituted for white granulated sugar or brown sugar.
- Water Temperature is important! Yeast starts to die above 120℉, so make sure the water is warm, but not too hot. You’re looking for a temperature of about 105°F – 115°F for the yeast to properly bloom.
Make Ahead and Storage
Freeze: You can freeze the raw dough balls before the second rise individually and then transfer to a freezer-safe container, or freeze the baked and cooled rolls for up to 3 months.
Make Ahead: You can make these rolls a day ahead and they will still taste fresh the next day. You can always pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them before serving.
You can brush butter on the tops, sprinkle with herbs, or use jam or honey on them. They also make great bread for sandwiches!
If the room they rise in is cooler than 70℉, they may need longer than 1 hour to double in size. Try 90 minutes when rising at cooler temperatures.
I typically bake these on the middle rack to avoid browning the tops of the rolls too much.
If you’re house is just a bit too cold for the dough to proof, try popping it in the oven! Place a glass baking dish on the bottom shelf of the oven and fill it with boiling water. Place the dough you’re trying to proof on the shelf above the water and close the oven door. No need to turn on the oven, just let it sit in there and do it’s thing.
More Bread Recipes
Bread recipes are so delicious! Here are a few of our family favorite bread recipes to try.
- Easy Homemade Bread Recipe
- Small Batch Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks
- Classic Banana Bread Recipe
- Amish Apple Fritter Bread
I hope you enjoy these large, lighter than light and fluffy homemade dinner rolls as much as we do! Make sure to share how it goes in the comments below!
How To Make Homemade Rolls
- In the bowl of your stand mixer (fitted with your dough hook) add warm water, honey, salt and yeast. Stir it gently and let it sit for 5 minutes till the yeast activates and gets foamy.
- Add the Crisco and one cup of flour at a time and mix until dough starts to form. Keep adding flour until the dough starts to pick up dough off the sides of the bowl and is not sticky when touched with your finger. Let your machine knead the dough for 15 minutes total.
- Once it’s done kneading cover the bowl with a clean cloth towel and place in a warm spot (by a window or on top of the oven works) and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
- After an hour punch down the dough and divide the dough into large golf ball size balls. Arrange about an inch apart on a baking sheet or casserole dish. Cover again with towel and leave in a warm place to rise for another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Once the rolls have risen for the second time, place them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden brown.
- Remove them from oven and immediately brush butter on the tops of the rolls.