Sweet Dinner Rolls

This Easy Sweet Dinner Rolls recipe is topped with honey butter

This Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe are soft, fluffy and quick to make from scratch! Baking with yeast can be easy, and this dinner roll recipe will be one that you will make time and time again. Top these with creamy honey butter and they’re perfect for weeknight dinners, or holiday meals!

Baking bread from scratch is easier than you’d think, especially when you use a quick-rising yeast. Baking fresh bread started as a holiday tradition in my house, but has quickly become something we enjoy to do even on weeknights. There is really nothing better than a warm sweet dinner roll, right out of the oven and topped with honey butter!

AND I’ve used honey right in the dough, as well as on top to really amp up the sweetness factor which makes these fluffy, soft and a little chewy just like a great bread recipe should be!

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Baking with Yeast is Easier Than You Think!

If you have a mixer with attachments this roll recipe is EXTRA easy! You start the process with the paddle attachment to combine the ingredients, and then finish it up with the dough hook!

If you don’t have a dough hook attachment on your mixer, it’s no problem at all! You can knead the dough by hand and achieve the same results!

Quick or Rapid Rise Yeast is a HUGE time saver! The dough only takes about 30 minutes in a warm place to rise. You want your rolls to double in size before baking them. You could even form the rolls into balls and let the dough slow rise overnight in the refrigerator if you are trying to prep ahead!

Easy Sweet Dinner Rolls recipe

Once the rolls have doubled in size just bake them in the oven at 375°F. Your house will smell glorious, I kid you not!

And like I said I used honey in the dinner rolls to give them a subtle sweetness, but the magic really happens when you spread melted honey butter on top of your sweet dinner rolls.

Quick and easy sweet dinner rolls recipe

These sweet dinner rolls are best served warm. They are fluffy and chewy, exactly how you want a dinner roll recipe to be.

Fluffy, easy sweet dinner rolls are a quick yeast dinner rolls recipe

This Sweet Dinner Roll Recipe shouldn’t be saved for special occasions. Once you make them, you’ll see how easy baking with yeast can be!

Rapid Rise Yeast makes these easy sweet dinner rolls great even for beginners


Sweet Dinner Rolls

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dinner


This Sweet Dinner Rolls recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving! These fluffy dinner rolls are quick, easy, and topped with glorious melted honey butter.


  • 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) packet Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1% or skim)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons salted butter 
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey


  1. Combine 1 cup flour, dry yeast and salt in bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and stir until blended. Combine milk, water, butter, and honey in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120°F – 130°F). Add to flour mixture.
  2. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in 1/2 cup more flour mix for 2 more minutes on high speed. Stir in just enough of the remaining flour (3/4 to 1 cup) so that the dough will form into a ball.
  3. Replace the paddle attachment for the dough hook attachment and mix on medium speed for 6-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. Alternately you can do this step by hand, kneading the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into balls using your hands. Place in greased 8-inch round or square pan. Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise in a warm place, until they’re doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  5. Bake rolls in preheated 375ºF oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. For the topping combine the butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds until butter is melted. Mix together and brush the melted honey butter on warm rolls.
  7. Serve warm.


Store airtight for up to 2 days. Best served warm.

Keywords:: dinner rolls, recipe, easy, yeast, yeast rolls, rapid rise yeast, honey butter, sweet rolls

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?
32 Responses
  1. Saw this post this morning and made them for dinner tonight. So quick and easy and so very delicious. They have such a unique texture, soft and chewy, yet dense and filling at the same time. The honey in the dough makes them just the slightest bit sweet, which is a nice change of pace. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks!

  2. Izzy

    I made these today and my family loved them!!! If I want to make these for Thanksgiving, can I make them ahead of time and freeze them? If so, should I make them as directed or wait to put the honey butter on once they have defrosted? Also, what would be the best way to warm them once they have defrosted?

    1. Shelly

      You could make the dough and freeze it after you divide them into portions, and then allow the dough to come to room temperature and then bake according to the directions. Or you can freeze them after they are baked and freeze them airtight. To reheat, thaw and then pop them in a 350 oven for 7-10 minutes on a baking sheet, and then brush them with honey butter!

        1. Shelly

          Nope! Put them in the freezer prior to rising. When you remove them from the freezer, allow them to thaw and rise and continue the baking process!

  3. Michelle

    I did a test run of this recipe last night for Thanksgiving. As promised they were easy and delicious. Do you think it is okay to simply double this recipe or do I need to make 2 batches? Thank you!

  4. Alisha

    This sounds and looks like a yummy dough recipe! Do you think that the dough could be rolled out and used for cinnamon rolls? The added honey sounds great for a sweet cinnamon roll!

  5. Deb

    I’m almost 60 years old and I’m just learning pastry. These are so easy they made me feel like a pro. Not to mention, taste so very yummy! Thank you for posting. I’m a new subscriber ?

    1. Shelly

      Yes you can 🙂 I just prefer the paddle attachment because it’s a gentler mix. You will want to mix it a little less time, instead of 2 mintues, reduce it to 1 1/2 minutes!

  6. Michelle

    Hello! I have a quick question. If I making the rolls today for Thanksgiving tomorrow, should I still put the butter on them after I bake them today? Or should I leave that step until tomorrow and serve them warm?
    Thank you! Happy Thanskgiving!!

    1. Shelly

      I always recommend baking the rolls the same day you plan on serving them. You can absolutely make the dough a day ahead and roll them into balls and place in the pan to rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator, instead of at room temperature They will just rise slowly, instead of quickly. You can pop them out of the fridge and bake the next day, that way they will be fresh!

  7. Hillary

    Hi! So, my husband and I have attempted to make this recipe twice. He even measured the temperature of the hot liquid before adding it and it seems like we do all of the steps, for exactly the amount of minutes, and our dough doesn’t really double. They are coming out dense, not fluffy and light… any help?? What are we doing wrong?? Thanks

    1. Shelly

      Oh no!! I would recommend letting the dough rise until it doubles. Depending on the temperature in the room, or where you are allowing the dough to rise will affect the rise time. You can turn your oven on to warm, then turn it off and place the dough in the warm oven. That’s a trick I use. But if the dough isn’t doubling in size while rising, that’s definitely the issue. Please let me know if you try them again!

  8. Zenobia Cawthon

    I don’t have a mixing bowl with an attachment I just have a spatula that I normally use when I make my rolls…I was doing it like I do my rolls other times and ended up adding thenmilk mixture to all the flour at once 🙁 I just paddled it all together and then when it got good enough finished off with my hands. The dough is in a bowl covered with a towel now so I am hoping it rises

  9. Janequa

    So I’d like to make these to go with my dinner tonight, I only have the original active dry yeast. Will that completely change the outcome, even if I let the rolls rise longer?

  10. Anna

    Made these tonight, and wow! Brought me back to my grandma’s! They are so light and fluffy and perfectly sweet. Thank you for an excellent recipe!

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