Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

Homemade and easy yeast rolls in about an hour that your family will love for dinner or for the holidays.

Quick Roll Recipe

My family loves homemade bread and dinner rolls and I have a few go-to recipes that I like. However, planning ahead is required because of the time needed for the dough to rise. But, if you’re like me, sometimes you decide a short time before starting a meal that homemade dinner rolls would be great. I’m going to share a recipe with you for homemade yeast dinner rolls that take about an hour.

My mother passed this recipe to me that comes in handy for times like that. These sixty minute rolls are very good and very quick.

This recipe would go well with the beefy noodle dish I shared with you the other day.

Ingredients and supplies you will need for the sixty minute dinner roll recipe.

The first step is to pour the two packages of yeast into the warm water to allow the yeast to soften. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, pour in the milk (I prefer to use whole milk). Add the oil, sugar and salt; stir to mix. Heat in microwave until warm (105-110 degrees). Remove from microwave; stir and mix well until sugar is dissolved.

Your yeast should look frothy like this now.

Pour yeast mixture into the milk mixture and stir.

Add 3 cups of the flour to the milk and yeast mixture. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, grease a 9″ X 13″ baking pan.

After the dough has set for 15 minutes, add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to the dough and mix well. Turn out on floured surface and sprinkle flour over dough while kneading until it is soft and not sticky.

I have one of these silicone mats for rolling dough to make pie crust which I use for this too.

Start pulling off pieces of dough and forming into the shape of rolls approximately 3″ in diameter. Place into your greased baking pan until all dough is used. Set aside for 15 minutes

Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. After letting the rolls set for 15 minutes, place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check them midway through baking process. If the rolls are getting too brown, place aluminum foil over the pan and continue baking until done.

Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter.

Homemade yeast dinner rolls in about an hour. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

How to Store

If you have leftover rolls (which we rarely do) it’s best to store them in an airtight bag, so they don’t get stale. But even if they do, make this bread pudding with the leftovers because you won’t regret it!

Yield: 12 Rolls

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

Quick and easy homemade sixty minute rolls that are great for beginners or even experienced cooks who need a quick recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 pkgs active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp salt


  1. Pour both packages of yeast into 1/4 cup of warm water (105-115 degrees). Set aside and allow yeast to soften.
  2. In a large glass or crock bowl, stir together milk, sugar, oil and salt. Place bowl in microwave and heat until warm (105-115 degrees). Remove from microwave and stir again until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the softened yeast to milk mixture and stir.
  4. Add 3 cups of the flour to the milk and yeast mixture and stir until flour is incorporated. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare a baking pan by coating with shortening or oil.
  6. Gradually add remaining flour to the dough while stirring. More or less flour may be needed at this point. Just add the amount needed to stir the dough into a ball that pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  7. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead and sprinkle with flour until dough is soft but NOT sticky.
  8. Pull off pieces of dough and form into rolls approximately 3" in diameter and place in greased pan.
  9. Continue until all dough is used. This recipe usually makes about 12 rolls. Let sit for 15 minutes. (They can sit longer if needed.)
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes. Check midway through. If they start to get too brown, loosely cover pan with aluminum foil and continue baking until done.
  12. Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter.

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