Dinner Rolls Recipe

Homemade Dinner Rolls that are so soft and delicious you won't be able to have just one!! Get the recipe on { lilluna.com }

Yesterday I shared my mom’s recipe for Heavenly Rolls – our favorite! Today, I’m sharing another great recipe from my mom… Homemade Dinner Rolls! She’s only made these a few times compared to the Heavenly Rolls, but we loved them too and wanted to make sure we shared so you had more than one option for Thanksgiving coming up.

I know it’s sometimes easier to go to the store and just pick up a big bag of rolls from Sams or Costco, but they do not taste the same. Yeah, they’re good, but this dinner rolls recipe is amazing… so soft and so delicious!

Homemade Dinner Rolls that are so soft and delicious you won't be able to have just one!! Get the recipe on { lilluna.com }

Homemade Dinner Rolls that are so soft and delicious you won't be able to have just one!! Get the recipe on { lilluna.com }

If you have the time and are wanting to go homemade, I definitely recommend giving these a try. :)These are perfect with butter or jam, and would be perfect for your Thanksgiving Meal!

Dinner Rolls Recipe:

Dinner Rolls Recipe

5 from 2 votes

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They're soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 30 Rolls
Calories 208 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 cups Warm Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • .75 oz Active Dry Yeast (3 envelopes)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 10 cups Flour
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 1/4 cup Butter Melted


  1. In a large bowl, mix water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the top and let set for 10 minutes until yeast is foamy.

  2. Mix milk, eggs and salt into yeast mixture using a whisk.

  3. In a separate bowl mix flour and sugar. Crumble shortening in and mix until it is barely noticeable.
  4. Mix flour mixture into yeast mixture with a wooden spoon. Using your spoon, mix until dough pulls away from the spoon and ball forms around the spoon.
  5. Cover bowl with a tea towel and let rise in a warm spot (we put ours under the oven lights on the stove). Cover until dough is doubled in size (about an hour).
  6. When dough has risen pour butter over it and knead with hands for 2 minutes. Let dough rest for a few minutes.
  7. Roll dough out onto a floured surface to a 1" thickness. Using a pizza cutter, cute into 2" squares.
  8. Roll squares into balls and place into a greased round pan about 1" apart from each other. Cover with a tea towel and let rise again until dough as doubled in size (45 minutes to an hour).
  9. Bake at 400 for about 12 minutes. Butter the tops when they come out.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can refrigerate if not making them right away. Let rise over nigh for the next day.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Another awesome recipe!! I totally agree that store bought rolls don’t compare to homemade ones. Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Both these bread recipes look good and I plan to try them both. I will make them ahead of time and freeze after shaping so all I need to do is the final rise and bake when I’m ready for them. I was wondering, could you show a picture of the “insides” of the rolls?

    1. Yes, I agree. I always feel like homemade rolls are a must for Thanksgiving. 😉 Let me know if you ever give these a try – would love to know what you think. 🙂

  3. Just to make sure… at what point can I refrigerate them overnight? After step 8 (shaping and placing into round pans)? Thanks so much for sharing this recipe – I look forward to trying it!

  4. I should have asked how many rolls this recipe made beforehand…I made 20 GIANT roles that took much too long to bake. They were delicious when they finally cooked through. Thank you

  5. Looking thru your instructions for dinner rolls, they state to ‘roll them into balls and place in a round pan’. Yet your photos show rectangular pan. Would you explain the difference, if any, in timing?. I think I would prefer the square roll you’d get from using the pan in the photos vs the shape from a round pan. Thank you

  6. 5 stars
    I NORMALLY MAKE MY MOM’S NEVER FAIL BUN RECIPE, BUT we just moved, so all of my cookbooks are still packed! Thanks to Pinterest I was lead to your recipe…and it is a great recipe! My rolls turned out perfectly this morning (my contribution to the family turkey day dinner). Thanks for the sharing your recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I made these rolls for Thanksgiving, they went so fast!!! Best roll recipe I’ve ever used. And from now on, it’s the only one Ill ever use. They turned out SO soft and fluffy.