These One Hour Rolls are soft & buttery, and a fail-proof easy yeast recipe for dinner rolls that anyone can make! Perfect for a Holiday dinner like Thanksgiving and easy enough for family dinner too!
One Hour Dinner Rolls Recipe
This one hour roll recipe is the best one to try if you're nervous with yeast recipes! It's a fail-proof dinner roll recipe that produces the softest, fluffiest, most buttery rolls ever.
I'll be honest and admit that even I struggle with yeast bread recipes but not this one. This is an easy beginner recipe that anyone can make.
You can either make this roll recipe in a stand mixer or use a mixing and your hand. I would highly recommend a stand mixer so that way your arm doesn't have to do all the work ?
What You'll Need
You just need a few basic ingredients to make homemade rolls in one hour.
- Active Dry Yeast - Don't confuse this with quick yeast. You will activate the yeast with sugar and hot water so get regular active dry yeast for this recipe.
- Granulated Sugar - This is needed to activate the yeast.
- Hot Water - No need to boil water. Simply turn your kitchen faucet all the way to hot and then measure out the water needed. If your yeast does not bubble and become frothy after 5 minutes, that more than likely means the water was too cold or too hot.
- Butter - You will need butter for the bread dough and also for the top of the rolls.
- Table Salt - This is regular iodized salt.
- All-Purpose Flour
How To Make Easy Dinner Rolls
The easiest way to make these rolls is with a stand mixer. You can use a mixing bowl, a spoon, and your hands to mix and knead the dough but it's much easier with some sort of stand mixer.
Yeast + Sugar : Mix together the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or a mixing bowl.
Add Water : Add the hot water and stir to combine.
Activate Yeast : Let the water and yeast mixture sit for 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes it should be frothy and bubbly. If it is not, you need to start over because that means the yeast did not activate properly. Either the water was too hot or too cold.
Remaining Ingredients : Add the softened butter, table salt, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat on medium speed to combine. Add more flour, in ¼ cup increments as needed, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the stand mixer bowl.
Rise Time : Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes. Punch down dough at the end of the rise time.
Rolls : Roll the dough into 20 rolls. Place inside the baking dish and slather some butter over top the rolls. Let rise in the pan, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Oven : Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
Tips For Success
I have a few tips I'll share with you that will help you make this roll recipe in your own home.
- Yeast - Do not use quick rise yeast. Quick yeast has a different preparation method and this recipe won't turn out the same with it.
- Activate Yeast - If your water and sugar/yeast mixture is not frothy and bubble at the end of the 5 minutes then you need to start over. That means the water was either too hot or too cold.
- Hot Water - Tip for the hot water, as this can be the most difficult part of yeast recipes, is to turn your kitchen faucet all the way to hot. Measure out 1.5 cups of hot water and then pour it immediately into the bowl with the yeast + sugar.
- Roll Shape - To get smooth looking rolls be sure and roll the dough into smooth and round balls. How the dough balls look in the pan before baking is how they'll look once they're baked. So if you want those smooth topped rolls then be sure and take your time and roll the dough balls into smooth balls.
How To Store Leftover Rolls
Leftover rolls will store at room temperature for 4-5 days. You can also keep leftovers in the fridge to help them keep longer.
We love to warm up a roll in the microwave for a few seconds. It makes it tastes freshly baked.
I store leftover rolls inside a Ziplock bag or you can use an air-tight container like Tupperware to store them at room temperature or in the fridge.
Can I Freeze Dinner Rolls?
Yes! These one hour dinner rolls freeze perfectly. I like to wrap the rolls up in tin foil and then store them in a freeze safe Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.
Simply let thaw at room temperature or you can thaw them in the microwave.
Serving Suggestions For One Hour Dinner Rolls
I love to serve these rolls with any Holiday dinner like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. I usually serve it alongside this slow cooker honey glazed ham along with this no mushroom green bean casserole.
You can also make them and serve it with this slow cooker shredded root beer chicken. Make shredded chicken sandwiches with them.
I love to make these rolls as a side for soup night. These buttery soft rolls are the perfect way to sop up leftover soup in the bowl. One of my family's favorite soup recipes is this cream cheese chicken soup. So creamy and warm and the perfect dipping soup for bread.
You'll Love These Other Easy Bread Recipes
Parmesan Garlic Bread Knots - So quick and easy to make thanks to the refrigerated biscuit dough!
Easy Breadsticks - These require yeast but they are basically fail-proof just like these one hour rolls are. They are buttery, twisty, soft, and just perfect.
Cornbread Drop Biscuits - Just like cornbread but in an easy drop biscuit.
One Hour Rolls
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1½ cups hot water see notes below
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- sea salt or kosher salt optional
- Prepare a 9 x13 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer add the yeast and sugar. Stir together to combine.
- Pour the hot water over it and stir. Let this sit for 5 minutes. At the end of the time the mixture should be frothy and bubbly looking.
- Add softened butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix on medium-low speed, using the dough hook, until combined. Add additional flour, ¼ cup at a time, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should still be slightly sticky and soft. Be sure to not add too much flour!
- Knead for 5 minutes with the dough hook on low-medium speed. It should look smooth. Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
- Gently punch down the dough and divide into 20 pieces (each piece will be a bit larger than a golf ball). Roll each piece into a ball and place into the prepared baking dish.
- Brush rolls with the melted butter (I save some of this to brush on the rolls after they cook) and sprinkle with some sea salt if wanted. Let rise, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
- While rolls are rising heat oven to 400°.
- Cook rolls for 15-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve warm!
Old picture from before the post was updated in October 2021 with new pictures. Recipe is the same.