30 Minute Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe


You’ll love these light and fluffy homemade 30 Minute Dinner Rolls – ready in just 30 minutes from start to finish. These are some of the easiest dinner rolls you’ll ever make. Perfect for first-time bread makers!

30 Minute Homemade Rolls Recipe

If you love homemade rolls, but don’t have much time, these 30 Minute Homemade Rolls are for you!

They really only take 30 minutes from start to finish.

So throw some soup in the Instant Pot and whip these up – they will be ready to enjoy by the time your soup is done!

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Ingredients needed for 30 Minute Homemade Rolls:

These delicious rolls are made from ingredients you may already have on hand. They are easy.

  1. Warm Water
  2. Vegetable Oil
  3. Active Dry Yeast
  4. Sugar
  5. Salt
  6. Egg
  7. Flour
homemade rolls in a white pan with butter on top

How to make homemade rolls in 30 minutes:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly. Our favorite mixer to use is the Bosch Mixer or a Kitchen Aid mixer, but any mixer with a dough hook will work.
yeast, water and sugar in the bottom of a mixing bowl

You can also make this recipe without a stand mixer – just use a big bowl, a large wooden spoon, and all your arm strength! (You’ll also need to knead the dough really well for about 5-10 minutes).

  • With a dough hook, mix in salt, egg, and 2 cups of flour until combined.
bread dough mixing in a mixer with a dough hook
  • Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time (dough will be sticky). Spray your hands with cooking spray and shape the dough into 12 balls.
bread dough shaped into balls in bottom of 9x13 baking pan
  • After shaped, place on lightly greased cookie sheet or 9 x 13 inch pan and let rest for 10 minutes.
bread rolls dough rising in pan ready to cook
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden. These are so delicious served warm with butter.
cooked homemade rolls cut open with a pat of butter on them

Variations and add-ins for these 30 minute rolls:

  • Parmesan Cheese – We love adding Parmesan cheese to these rolls. Sprinkle over top of rolls when removed from the oven, similar to our parmesan rolls.
  • Garlic Rolls – Simply drizzle melted butter over the baked rolls and add a sprinkle of garlic salt on top of the melted butter.
  • Honey Butter – We love to serve warm rolls with honey butter. You could even drizzle some over the warm cooked rolls.

Why are my rolls so dense?

Our 30-minute dinner rolls are pretty light and fluffy. If your rolls are dense, we would suggest three things.

Next time, knead them more. Unlike cookies (where you want to mix them as little as possible), bread needs to be mixed well in order for the gluten to develop for nice, fluffy rolls. 

Make sure your yeast isn’t expired. If your yeast doesn’t start to froth (like in the picture above), it may be expired and your bread won’t rise.

Don’t use too much flour. Your dough should still be sticky during step 4 (that’s why we suggest adding in the flour 1/2 cup at a time). If you live in a lower elevation, or somewhere with more humidity, you probably won’t need as much flour. Don’t feel like you need to add in all the flour the recipe suggests. Use your judgement.

Watch how to make our 30 Minute Homemade Rolls:

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How do I use this dough for cinnamon rolls?

Follow the recipe through step 3, and then add in the flour as mentioned in step 4. Instead of shaping them into balls, roll out the dough and brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Roll up the dough into a jelly-roll shape, then slice and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Let them rise for 10 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned on top).

Top the cinnamon rolls with frosting. We like to use buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

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Serves: 12

30 Minute Homemade Rolls Recipe

Perfect homemade rolls in just 30 minutes!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz34vuDXHUU

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Rise Time 10 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅛ cups warm water (see note below)
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast (yes, it really is 2 Tbls)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ cups flour (more or less; see instructions below)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly (you can also make this recipe without a stand mixer – just use a big bowl, a large wooden spoon, and all your arm strength).

  • With a dough hook, mix in salt, egg and 2 cups of flour until combined. Then add remaining flour – 1/2 cup at a time (dough will be sticky). Sometimes I need the full 3 ½ cups, sometimes I need less, and sometimes I need even more.

  • Spray your hands with cooking spray and shape the dough into 12 balls.

  • After shaped, place on lightly greased cookie sheet and let rest and rise for 10 minutes.

  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden.

Video

Notes

  • When it comes to how hot of water to use for this recipe and most homemade breads, you want to use the hottest water that you would use to wash your face. If it’s too hot for you to wash your face in, it’s too hot to use for homemade bread. You want it to be warm, but not too hot so that your yeast activates perfectly and this is a good little trick to know how warm of water to use.
  • You can use this dough to make cinnamon rolls, but it is a little sticky. However, if you want to try, here are the instructions:
    Follow the recipe through step 3, and then add in the flour as mentioned in step 4. Instead of shaping them into balls, roll out the dough to be about 1/4″ thick and brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
    Roll up the dough into a jelly-roll shape, then slice about 1″ thick and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Let them rise for 10 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned on top).
    Top the cinnamon rolls with frosting. We like to use buttercream or cream cheese frosting.
    If you’re feeling more confident, you need to make our favorite homemade cinnamon roll recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 203 kcal · Carbohydrates: 32 g · Protein: 4 g · Fat: 6 g · Saturated Fat: 5 g · Sodium: 98 mg · Potassium: 45 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 4 g · Calcium: 5 mg · Iron: 2 mg

Recipe Details

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

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