Soft and fluffy One Hour Rolls are a fail-proof, easy yeast recipe that anyone can make. Perfect for a Holiday dinner like Thanksgiving and easy enough for family dinner too!
ONE HOUR ROLLS
If you're nervous with yeast recipes then you must try my recipe for one hour rolls! It's a fail-proof dinner roll recipe that produces the softest, fluffiest, most buttery rolls ever.
I love making these for Thanksgiving dinner but they're simple enough for weeknight family dinner with this family favorite cream cheese chicken soup or with my slow cooker honey glazed ham for Sunday dinner.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ONE HOUR ROLLS
The easiest way to make these rolls is with a KitchenAid 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.
Active Dry Yeast - You do not want the quick rise yeast. Just the traditional active dry yeast.
Granulated Sugar - The sugar helps activate the yeast.
- Mix these two together and dump it into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Hot Water - I always turn my kitchen tap to the hottest it can go and use that. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast, but if it's not warm/hot enough then it won't activate the yeast. I don't use a thermometer, I just use the hottest water from my kitchen tap.
- Pour the hot water into the bowl and stir it together with the yeast/sugar mixture. Set the timer for 5 minutes and let it get really nice and frothy. If it is not frothy or bubbly on top then that means the yeast did not activate and you need to start over again.
- Add these into the bowl and stir it together with the dough hook until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and it forms itself into a ball. Knead for 5 minutes and then let it rest in the bowl covered with a towel.
- Form the dough into balls. Let rise in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
Melted Butter + Sea Salt - Brush the melted butter on the warm cooked rolls and then sprinkle gently with sea salt.
WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH ONE HOUR ROLLS?
Tomato Hamburger Vegetable Soup - I always have to make these rolls when I make this soup. This hamburger soup has hundreds of 5 star reviews and it's even better with these buttery soft rolls.
The Best Green Bean Casserole (with no mushrooms & no creamed soup) - This green bean bean casserole + the rolls are always on my Thanksgiving table every single year without fail.
Crockpot Cranberry Turkey Breast - This is another Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey recipe that must be on our table. It's even easy enough (and small enough!) for a weeknight dinner. It's perfect with these homemade one hour rolls.
TRY 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.
One Hour Rolls
- 1½ cups hot water see notes below
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- sea salt
- Prepare a 9 x13 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl stir together the sugar and yeast. Pour into the bottom of the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour the water over it and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be really frothy and bubbly at the end. * I turn my kitchen tap all the way to hot and use that water. I don't use a thermometer.
- Add softened butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix on medium low speed, using the dough hook, until combined. Add additional flour, 1/4 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 will 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 sea salt. 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!