Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

By Rena |

Soft, light and fluffy homemade dinner rolls are the perfect addition to your dinner table for any occasion. Easy to make, full of flavor, and are so much better than store-bought dinner rolls.

top view dinner rolls lined up on a pan

Perfectly baked and fluffy homemade dinner rolls that are so much better than the store-bought version. You will have a hard time stopping at only one dinner roll. These healthy homemade dinner rolls are made with whole wheat flour, a hint of honey, olive oil, milk, and some fresh herbs. Enjoy these easy-to-make rolls over breakfast or serve as a side on your dinner table.

Why you will love these dinner rolls

  • Better than store-bought: these dinner rolls are out of this world. They taste so much better than the store-bought version. Especially when they come right out of the oven.
  • Easy to make: It’s really easy to make these savory-sweet dinner rolls. If you don’t like the taste of the herbs, you may skip them and make simple wholewheat honey dinner rolls.
  • Healthy and delicious: These easy dinner rolls are healthy, fluffy, and full of deliciousness. They are the perfect addition to your dinner table.
top view of dinner rolls in a plate

Ingredients you will need

low-fat milk, warm
instant yeast
honey
whole wheat flour
fresh parsley or rosemary- or dried
garlic powder
Salt and white pepper to taste
egg
olive oil

ingredients to make dinner rolls

How to make homemade dinner rolls from scratch

Place the milk into a microwave-safe bowl and heat just until lukewarm. Add in the yeast, honey, rosemary, parsley, and garlic, and mix until well combined.

Place the egg in a mixing bowl and slightly beat, then add it to the milk mixture and whisk well. Mix the flour with 1/2 tsp fine kosher salt.

Add the flour little by little, to the egg mixture and mix to incorporate. It will form into a crumbly dough; At this point, you can transfer it into a clean floured working surface.

cutting the dinner roll dough

Lightly grease your hands and knead the dough. Place dough into a bowl, cover, and allow it to sit until it doubled its size, about 1 hour. Once the dough has raised, divide it into 14-15 pieces and shape them into balls.

unbaked raw dinner rolls

Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange the balls onto it, making sure you leave about 1-inch space in between. Cover the pan and allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Place the sheet pan into the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow the rolls to cool before serving. 

what to eat with dinner rolls

close up view of baked dinner rolls

Recipe notes and tips

  • Makes 12-15 rolls 
  • Knead with your hand or use your dough mixer
  • We used wheat flour, feel free to use bread flour or gluten-free flour.
  • Honey or use regular sugar
  • Herbs: we used fresh parsley and rosemary. You may use dried.
  • Low-fat or full-fat milk.
  • Do not rush, allow the recommended time to fully rise.
  • You may brush on some olive oil or melted butter over the dough before you bake.
  • Store any leftover dinner rolls in the fridge for up to 5 days. You may freeze baked dinner rolls for up to 3 months. Defrost and warm them in the microwave.
  • If you want to make the dough ahead and freeze, you can do so before they rise. When ready, remove from the freezer, let them defrost in the fridge or counter. Then cover and let them rise before baking.
close up top view dinner rolls

Frequently asked questions

How to store dinner rolls?

Place leftover dinner rolls in a container or ziplock bag and store in the fridge for 5-7 days. You make freeze your homemade dinner rolls for up to 3 months.

How to reheat your dinner rolls without drying them out?

If your dinner rolls are frozen, you may allow them to defrost in the fridge the night before or on your kitchen counter for a few hours. Then reheat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. If you have a whole batch of dinner rolls you want to reheat, preheat the oven at 350F, cover dinner rolls with foil and place them in the oven for about 7-10 minutes until warmed through.

Why are my dinner rolls hard?

If you dinner rolls come out a bit hard and aren’t as fluffy as you expected its because you probably used too much flour or you over mixed it.

Can you put frozen dinner rolls in the oven?

Yes! You can actually put your frozen dinner rolls right into a preheated oven. Preheat your oven at 325-350F and place the frozen dinner rolls right on your oven rack. Allow it to reheat for 10-12 minutes.

top view dinner rolls on a baking sheet pan

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Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls

Easy homemade dinner rolls are soft, fluffy, and made with whole wheat flour with a hint of honey.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup low-fat milk warm
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 3 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the milk into n microwave-safe bowl and heat just until lukewarm
  • Add in the yeast, honey, rosemary, parsley, and garlic, and mix until well combined.
  • Place the egg in a mixing bowl and slightly beat, then add it to the milk mixture and whisk well. Mix the flour with 1/2 tsp fine kosher salt.
  • Add the flour little by little, to the egg mixture and mix to incorporate. It will form into a crumbly dough; At this point, you can transfer it into a clean floured working surface.
  • Lightly grease your hands and knead the dough. Place dough into a bowl, cover, and allow it to sit until it doubled its size, about 1 hour.
  • Once the dough has raised, divide it into 14-15 pieces and shape them into balls.
  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange the balls onto it, making sure you leave about 1-inch space in between. Cover the pan and allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Place the sheet pan into the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Allow the rolls to cool before serving.

Notes

  • Makes 12-15 rolls 
  • Knead with your hand or use your dough mixer
  • We used wheat flour, feel free to use bread flour or gluten-free flour.
  • Honey or use regular sugar
  • Herbs: we used fresh parsley and rosemary. You may use dried.
  • Low-fat or full-fat milk.
  • Do not rush, allow the recommended time to fully rise.
  • You may brush on some olive oil or melted butter over the dough before you bake.
  • Store any leftover dinner rolls in the fridge for up to 5 days. You may freeze baked dinner rolls for up to 3 months. Defrost and warm them in the microwave.
  • If you want to make the dough ahead and freeze, you can do so before they rise. When ready, remove from the freezer, let them defrost in the fridge or counter. Then cover and let them rise before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Ayroud says

    5 stars
    The recipe is pretty interesting and i am willing to do those but i am not sure if i should keep the milk mixture settle before mixing it with the egg or not.
    And when i mix those with the flour should i keep the dough rest for a bit or should i start working on the dough on a flat surface? And when i shape the dough, should it rest for a bit or can i put right into the oven?
    Also, i would like to thank you for sharing this, love it!

    • Rena says

      Hi there. The milk mixture doesn’t have to settle, you can mix it right away into the beaten eggs. The dough needs to be worked on a floured surface, then when it all comes into a fluffy ball, transfer to an oiled bowl and allow it to rise for 1 hour. The shaped rolls also need to rise in the pan for about 30 min

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