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You can make delicious, homemade rolls at home! Follow our detailed instructions and pro tips for perfectly soft and fluffy Bread Machine Dinner Rolls. Ideal for holidays or to stock the freezer for a grab-and-go side dish.
We also have Bread Machine Wheat Rolls if you’re looking for a slightly healthier version!
“I have made this recipe twice now. Perfect dinner rolls both times! I use egg wash on top before I put them in the oven and they turn out golden and fluffy.” – Kerri
Why Use a Bread Machine to Make Rolls?
We all know delicious rolls can be made without a bread machine.
But, you’ll love the convenience of dumping ingredients into the machine, pushing a button, and having perfectly prepped dough ready for rolling and baking.
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“What Bread Machine Do You Use?”
I don’t need a bread machine with a lot of bells and whistles. I need a quality, reliable bread machine. I’ve found this Oster brand to work great for the recipes I use.
I tested this recipe many times to really nail down what made the best roll recipe.
Here is what you need:
- Water – I have had best results when using lukewarm water.
- Unsalted butter – If you have salted butter, it’s ok. But when adding in salt, only use 3/4 tsp instead of the 1 teaspoon called for.
- Dry active yeast – Quick rise will work too. Dough will rise more quickly if using this though.
*Note: Although the image above mistakenly shows milk as an ingredient, there is no milk in this recipe. Sorry about that!
How to Make Bread Machine Dinner Rolls
Here’s a step-by-step overview to scan before you get started. The full recipe is below.
Step 1: Make the Dough
There are 3 steps to making the dough.
- Add the ingredients to the bread pan, ending with flour.
- Run the dough cycle. Every machine is different but this should be around 90 minutes. Dough should be soft and puffy at the end.
- Remove the bread pan and punch the dough down. (Kids love helping with this!) This helps air escape.
Step 2: Roll the Dough into Balls & Let Them Rise
Working with one roll at a time, round the dough into smooth, taut balls. Aim for them to be about the size of golf balls.
Cover the dough balls loosely with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let them rise in a warm environment for about 1 hour until they are light and fluffy. They should double in size.
Timing will be a bit different depending on the temperature and humidity.
Tip: How to Make The Rolls Extra Smooth on Top
After rolling a portion of the dough into a ball, pull the outer edges up and towards the center of the dough, all around. Gently pinch the pulled edges together. Turn the ball over so that the seam side is facing down, unseen on your baking sheet.
Step 3: Bake the Dinner Rolls
Once the rolls have almost doubled in size, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the rolls for about 15-17 minutes or until starting to brown on top. Remove and let cool a bit before serving.
How to Make Rolls Ahead of Time
There are many times you may want to prep the dough ahead of time. Then you simply need to let them do their second rise on the counter and bake them.
To Prepare Dough for the Fridge:
After the dough is made and shaped into the rolls, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to one day.
A few hours before you need them, remove the rolls from the refrigerator and allow to rise on the counter for about 1-2 hours before baking.
To Prepare Dough for the Freezer:
Follow the make-ahead instructions and instead of refrigerating overnight, freeze the rolls in a baking pan. Once frozen you can place them in a freezer bag. To prepare from frozen, let them thaw and rise for about 4-5 hours, then bake.
To Freeze Baked Rolls:
You can also freeze the baked dinner rolls. This is a great option for the leftovers you don’t eat. Simply place baked rolls in a freezer bag, seal, and freeze.
To Prepare Frozen Rolls:
Let rolls thaw at room temperature. You can also place them in the oven on low to reheat prior to the meal.
Bread Machine FAQ
Many machines allow you to specify how big of a loaf you are wanting to make. (1 lb., 1.5 lb., 2 lb., etc.) Since you are only using the dough cycle, specifying this won’t change how it is made in the machine so any size should work.
There could be a few reasons for this.
1.) Your yeast is expired. Check the date!
2.) The environment isn’t warm enough. I sometimes turn on my oven for 2-3 minutes to make it warm. Turn it off, place the dough in the oven, and let it rise in there.
Yep! This recipe was tested with Dry Active Yeast but I do know quick rise will work as well. Just keep an eye on the dough as it will rise faster.
Check out some other yummy bread machine recipes we have in our recipe index!
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- 1 1/3 cup water, lukewarm (about 110°F)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast*
- 4 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
*Quick-rise yeast will work as well, but keep an eye on the dough as it will rise faster.
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Make It Now:
- Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed. Run on the dough cycle. It should be around 90 minutes for reference.
- Punch the dough down and then remove from bread maker.
- Roll dough into balls (a little bigger than the size of a golf ball) and place on a greased baking sheet. Loosely cover with plastic wrap (or a thin dish towel).
- Let dough balls rise in a warm atmosphere for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until starting to brown on top.
Freeze For Later: Bake rolls as stated in recipe. Let cool completely. Place rolls in air-tight, freezer bag or container. Freeze up to 1 month for best quality.
Prepare From Frozen: Let rolls thaw on the counter or in refrigerator overnight.
To Freeze Before Baking: Follow the steps all the way up to baking. Freeze the rolls of dough on a baking pan. Once frozen you can place them in a freezer bag. To prepare from frozen, let them thaw and rise for about 4-5 hours, then bake.
- There is no need to activate the yeast prior to adding it to the machine.
- If you have more questions, be sure to read the article above.
- To make the rolls extra smooth: When rolling the dough into balls, pull the outer edges up and towards the center of the dough, all around. Gently pinch the pulled edges together. Turn the ball over so that the seam side is facing down, unseen on your baking sheet.