Sweet Dinner Rolls

This Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe makes soft & fluffy rolls that are so easy 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!

Sweet Homemade Dinner Rolls

Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

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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How to Make Dinner Rolls: 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.

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


This Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe makes soft & fluffy rolls that are so easy 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.


  • 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.

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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?

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August 10, 2021 12:33 am

Great recipe went from bottom up made in my bread machine every one wanted more so soft and delicious thanks for the recipe

May 19, 2021 4:42 pm

It turns out amazing ✨. It was fluffy and so tasty!

May 17, 2021 7:46 pm

These were AMAZING!! They would also be perfect for soft pretzels!!!

April 17, 2021 8:40 pm

I tried making these rolls step by step, but my dough seemed to be too dry and the dough would not hold together. What did I do wrong? Thanks!

April 24, 2021 3:54 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I will do that. Thank you!!!

April 5, 2021 8:55 pm

Super easy and delicious! Will be making them again!

Reese F
February 11, 2021 9:36 pm

They came out beautifully!

January 24, 2021 6:49 pm

I’m sad this recipe didn’t work for me for some reason. I placed them in a 9 inch glass pie baking dish, but I guess they needed a bigger dish or I wasn’t supposed to use a glass dish to bake in because they were so close they didn’t fully cook inside. It smelled and tasted like unbaked breakfast biscuit dough. 🙁 the tops were cooked and delicious though lol

Lee Ann
June 8, 2021 2:43 pm
Reply to  Alexis

Use a bread/ meat thermometer. Bake till it’s 202 degrees Fahrenheit

January 10, 2021 9:38 pm

Hi! Don’t we have to add eggs to the recipe?

December 29, 2020 6:07 pm

This is seriously the best roll recipe I’ve ever used!! Literally a carbon copy of any restaurant’s “big fat yeast roll”. I can’t get enough of these soft little pillows of honey love! I thought they’d make good baked donuts-inject some jelly in the middle and cover with confectioners sugar glaze! I’m definitely gonna use this dough to make my next batch of “Cinnabon” rolls

December 17, 2020 12:49 am

I have a lot of regular yeast that I’d like to use. How much should i use for this recipe? And how long do i let the dough rest to rise?

November 30, 2020 5:00 pm

I absolutely love these rolls and so does my family! They have the perfect amount of sweetness and they are easy to make. I made dinner rolls on Thanksgiving and I was not pleased with them. I searched high and low for another dinner roll recipe that I could not screw up and was lucky enough to find this recipe. I am so amazed at how easy and how much quicker it is to make these dinner rolls, I could make them any day of the week. If you are new to making dinner rolls, this is your recipe.

November 29, 2020 5:03 pm

Can these be made in a food processor? They look absolutely delicious!!

November 18, 2020 12:20 pm

I have been on the hunt for the perfect yeast roll recipe for years. Mine always turn out dry or caked. This recipe is really different from any I’ve tried and your pictures look like what I’m looking for (like a Golden Corral type yeast roll). I just made 2 versions of your recipe: one with bread flour and the other with all purpose. I used bread flour first and noticed the dough was really tough after the 6-8 minute kneading with dough hook. I followed the amounts exactly. I made again with AP flour and carefully watched the dough… Read more »

November 12, 2020 8:00 pm

Hi Shelly
I want to make this recipe a week inadvanced, how do I go about making,forming and freezing this recipe. And, also do I thaw them in the refrigerator the night before baking.

Lee Ann
June 8, 2021 2:46 pm
Reply to  Jackie

I’ve often frozen yeast dough such as pizza crusts or crescent rolls. Just form them (I’d suggest lining the pan with foil) then stick it in the freezer. Pull them out the night before and let them rise in the fridge. I also just let them rise the same day on the counter. They will come out fine.

October 30, 2020 5:51 pm

I don’t know what I missed here. I have been baking bread for over 40 years, so I have a little experience in getting good as well as bad results. Every recipe for yeast bread I have made calls for letting the dough rise double in size once after kneading and before shaping and a second time after shaping. Your recipe called for letting it rest 10 min after kneading. I was a little skeptical, but decided to try the recipe as written. (I have been pleasantly surprised with other recipes I was unfamiliar with.) I followed the recipe exactly,… Read more »

November 28, 2020 6:39 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Instant did the trick for me. Great rolls! I used the bread machine like another commenter did, perfect.

Shelly 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?

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