How To Make No-Fail Dinner Rolls
Today it’s all about how to make no-fail dinner rolls for any occasion. If you want to learn how to make the perfect dinner roll I have the recipe for you! This is the same recipe I use for my white bread, cinnamon rolls, and breadsticks. This is truly the perfect dinner roll recipe. You could make a whole bunch of these for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or another special dinner event with family and friends. They not only “fly” off the cookie sheets, but help fill people up so the other food items spread even further.
I made a separate post for each recipe so you can print each one. This is my family’s recipe we have used for years. It truly is a no-fail, easy to make recipe. One secret, the ingredients must be fresh, old ingredients will not let your bread products rise soft and fluffy! Have fun making these! Thank you to all my readers that send me emails letting me know they love this recipe!!!
Thankfully, all my daughters have a Bosch bread mixer so I can make these when I go visit them. I must say, some of my daughter’s make better bread than me now. Proud mama, here! I love to see our family tradition of making bread, no-fail dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and breadsticks carry on in the family. I do use a Bosch bread mixer now, but I learned to make bread by hand and it turned out great! It’s more work by hand, but the reward is the same, FRESH BREAD! Here are some tools I use that I recommend:
I never “pull” or “stretch” the dough, I cut the dough with this tool to make bread loaves or rolls: OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper
My favorite cookie sheets for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls or breadsticks: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
No-Fail Dinner Rolls:
I use a Bosch bread mixer to make the dough, but I must say I grew up making bread, rolls and cinnamon sticks in a very large silver bowl. I mix up the dough according to the printable recipe below. Here’s the deal, anyone can make these rolls. I just make balls and tuck the edges underneath and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
I like to bake my dinner rolls a little golden brown, not overly brown because I like the light fluffy texture of these. My mouth is watering just talking about these rolls. It’s hard for me to go out to dinner where dinner rolls are served since most just don’t measure up. I am a big fan of homemade rolls. If they taste like yeast it means the restaurant let them rise too long. Nope, I can’t eat yeasty tasting rolls.
P.S. I use this recipe and flatten them for hamburger buns or make rectangles for hot dog buns! Once you make your own hamburger or hot dog buns the commercial ones just don’t cut it for taste or texture. I still buy them when we are having a crowd for parties, but just so you know, you need to try making your own.
My Favorite Dough Enhancer:
This is the only dough enhancer I use: NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag You can buy here from Amazon or at your local Bosch bread store, typically. Most upper scale kitchen stores sell it on site. It is optional, but you will see why I use it. Fluffy rolls rock!
Shelf-life of White/Bread Flour:
The shelf life of white enriched bread flour is 8-12 months. I think I can hear some of you say, but I have had white flour for years and it’s still okay to use. This is what I have learned and I feel I need to pass it onto you about the shelf life of white/bread flour.
I am quoting Honeyville Grain:
“Shelf-Life: Cal Best Bread Flour will store for 1 year in a sealed 50-pound bag under ideal storage conditions (cool, dry place).”
“Shelf-Life: All-Purpose Bleached Flour will store for 1 year in a sealed 50-pound bag under ideal storage conditions (cool, dry place).”
Shelf-life of #10 Cans of Flour:
The shelf life of #10 cans of flour commercially processed has longer shelf-life than the bags you buy at Honeyville Grain, Costco or your local grocery store.
I am quoting Thrive Life:
“Shelf life of #10 cans: Closed: 5 years, Open: 1 year (Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.)”
Cinnamon Rolls and Bread Sticks:
Cinnamon Rolls by Food Storage Moms or Breadsticks by Food Storage Moms
Please let me know if you make some dinner rolls, I would love to hear. If you have fresh flour and yeast you can make fabulous dinner rolls!
No-Fail Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms
- 4 Teaspoons SAF Instant Yeast
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Warm Milk
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
- 4 Teaspoons Dough Enhancer NutriMill (optional)
- 2 Eggs
- 6-7 Cups White bread flour (Add 1/2 of the flour and then add more until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl)
Place all of the ingredients in order into your mixing bowl. Be careful with the eggs not to add the warm milk too slowly or you will have scrambled eggs. Add half of the flour and keep adding the rest of the flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise the first time, about an hour. Punch the dough down and mold it into small balls about 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches in diameter. Cover with greased plastic and let rise one more time, about an hour, or until double the size. Remove the plastic wrap and bake at (350°F) = (176°C) degrees for about 15-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Do not overbake. They should be golden brown. I spread a little butter on the tops after baking so the rolls are soft on top. If you like a crispier top you can skip this step.
No-Fail White Bread or Dinner Roll Recipe
This recipe is double the recipe above. I use the same dough for breadsticks, bread, dinner rolls, or cinnamon rolls. You will love this bread dough!
- 4 cups warm milk
- 8 tsp. SAF Instant Yeast
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Oil (I use Olive oil)
- 8 teaspoons dough enhancer (optional)
- 3 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 13-14 cups white bread flour
I start with a Bosch Mixer although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (I make seven-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking while cooling on wire racks.
Have fun this year making my no-fail dinner rolls, they are yummy! May God bless you and your family.
25 thoughts on “How To Make No-Fail Dinner Rolls”
Sounds delicious. I make my own bread, but have never tried buns or rolls. I better get to work soon.
Hi Janet, these are so easy! They truly are no-fail with fresh ingredients and using bread flour. Hugs! Linda
I love to used to make my own hamburger buns. I don’t eat much bread now days!! What I loved to do is put an egg wash on the top of my buns and sprinkle finely chopped caramelized onions on the top. Or you can sprinkle sesame seeds or Trader Joes “Everything but the bagel” topping. I also put these seasonings (onion and TJ) in the bread mix and oh my – they were so good.
Yummy is so right!
Hi Leanne, oh yummy!! Linda
Linda, when you mentioned flour in #10 cans in your post, it reminded me of a question that I need to ask. Sometimes when I open a #10 can of product that I have canned at the church cannery, there is a distinct metallic taste which is unappealing and I don’t want to use it. How do I eliminate that? Thanks! Deb
Hi Deb, you may not want to hear this but I canned $1200.00 at a local church cannery in Salt Lake City, Utah, and my family had to throw it all out. The oxygen absorbers were not stored properly so we were “dry canning” with useless ones (opened and no longer useable). It was a very expensive mistake on my part. I think this was about 6 or 7 years ago and I am scared to death when we have a disaster that people will be very surprised as to the rancid food that they have “dry canned” themselves. I was not happy as you can imagine. When in doubt, throw it out. I gave several cases to all my daughters so they would be prepared. Yes, this was a financial disaster. Be careful, Linda
Can you use fresh ground flour for this recipe. I have followed your blog and got an electric wheat grinder for breadmaking, so much better bread!
Hi Melissa, let me give you my whole wheat flour recipe: https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2013/11/whole-wheat-dinner-rolls/ I think I will redo that post for tomorrow and make a printable recipe. These are no-fail as well. I love hearing you got an electric wheat grinder. My whole wheat bread is so easy to make and so soft. Have fun! Linda
Thank you, I’ve been trying to replicate my grandmas homemade dinner roll recipe. I know it was a Parker house roll recipe and I have her cookbook so you’d think I’d get it right. Lol
Going to try yours and see if I can replicate it.
Hi Natasha, this recipe was originally a Parker House roll. I would cut them into circles, and put a small piece of butter in the center of the circle and fold it over and pinch it closed in half. I’m usually asked to bring the rolls to parties so I had to resort to the balls of dough because I usually take four to eight dozen to parties. Oh my gosh, keep me posted when you make your rolls. P/.S. I added more sugar to the recipe, I have a sweet tooth! Happy Holidays, Linda
I made your recipe for dinner rolls for Easter family dinner this year and all I can say is that they were fantastic. Delicious flavor (I didn’t think they needed butter or jam even)! Definitely a keeper!
Hi JoEllen, I’m glad to hear you made my dinner rolls!! I’m so glad you thought they were fantastic! I had to use my Bosch outside at 6:00 a.m. Easter Sunday so my visiting family members wouldn’t wake up. LOL! I hope I didn’t wake up the neighbors, but we have to have my dinner rolls for this special day! My family eats every one of them! Thanks again for commenting, Linda
Can you fit this recipe tripled into a Bosch? I’m needing to make a lot for Thanksgiving. 🙂
Hi Tonya, I noticed today that my regular recipe which I use all the time is not on my website. It is double this recipe. I’m adding it tonight. When I taught bread making at Bosch stores we recommended no more than 20 cups of flour so it would be very close. I hope this helps, these are the best rolls, enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving! Linda
Linda ~ I am making rolls or bread (haven’t decided which) to Thanksgiving at my daughter’s Thursday. I don’t have a mixer or bread machine, unless you count the muscles in my arms!! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Hi Leanne, either one sounds awesome! There is nothing better than the smell of baking bread! Happy Thanksgiving! Linda
JUST LOVE your bread recipes…esp the hamburger buns!
We don’t eat a whole lot of bread as there are only 2 of us. Could I make this whole 8-loaf recipe and divvy it into all the goodies….bread-sticks, rolls, loaves and cinnamon buns and freeze ready to just thaw and bake?
Hi Elaine, you are so cute! I have never frozen the dough, but I freeze the baked ones all the time. There is nothing quite as good as homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, etc. Linda
I think there is a typo in the roll recipe. In the first one you have 1 cup sugar to 6-7 cups flour, in the other one, the one you say is double, you have 1 cup sugar and 12-13 cups of flour. Another question, in the first recipe you say to mix the dough until it leaves the sides of the bowl. Is the rolls dough not kneaded, just mixed? You do talk about kneading in the doubled recipe. I am new to this and wondered if rolls aren’t kneaded the way loaf bread is kneaded. Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Alice, thank you for letting me know about the typo. It is 1/2 cup of sugar for the smaller batch. One cup would work if you wanted sweeter bread. I changed it in the recipe. I’m going to redo those recipes with pictures. I have been making bread for over 50 years. Here is a recipe if you want to practice. Stay tuned for a picture-filled post on how to make bread. Until then, try this one, my readers asked for a recipe for ONE loaf. Thanks again for letting me know about the typo. Linda https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/easy-to-make-bread-for-one/
Alice, 1/2 cup of sugar. Linda
I would like to have all your bread and roll Recipes. I plan on teaching my daughter and daughter in Love to make them also.
Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Yay, for teaching your daughter and daughter in Love! Linda