Simple Dinner Rolls

Simple Dinner Rolls

     I’m not much of a baker, never really have been. Before starting this blog, I think my baking was limited to cornbread or maybe dropping some ingredients into a bread machine. Occasionally, I’ll make my Mom’s banana nut bread. But cookies? Not so much. Cakes? Never. Pies? Not on your life. But this blog has pushed me to try new things, expand my horizons, and let me tell you…’s kind of fun. These dinner rolls aren’t difficult to make. They are super simple. In fact, you don’t even need a stand mixer or electric mixer. You can do it all by hand. And they are super cheap. I bet you have everything in your house right now to make these….well, maybe not the yeast. Depends on how much you bake.

OK….so I’m not great at rolling perfectly round rolls, sue me. 😉


(makes 1 dozen rolls)

  • 1 package of yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp yeast)
  • 1 cup warm water, divided
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups flour
You know you want to try these.


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Allow mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes, giving the yeast time to do its thing. It should get all bubbly.
  2. Dissolve sugar in remaining 3/4 cup warm water.
  3. To the yeast mixture, add salt and oil.
  4. Slowly sift in flour and then add the sugar/water mixture.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add more flour to your surface if dough begins to stick.
  6. Cover and let rise until double in size, should take about 20 -30 minutes. (I like to turn the light on in my oven and place the dough as close to it as possible during the rise)
  7. Flour hands, pinch off pieces of dough and roll in flour.
  8. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. If desired, brush rolls with melted butter after 10 minutes.
Slather with butter and enjoy

     When rolls are done, slather with butter and serve with dinner…..if you can wait that long. I had to try one right away to see how it came out. Couldn’t wait one second longer.

Dinner is served!

    We served up the Simple Dinner Rolls with some Hanging Chicken Legs, a link of sausage, some home made pasta that Mrs. G whipped up (would you like the recipe for that?) and some green beans. Mrs. G isn’t a big fan of bread or rolls, but she took one bite and quickly put two on her plate, mumbling about how good they were. That in itself says something to me and made me smile. If you are hesitant to make your own rolls, I encourage you to try these. Super simple, super cheap, but the results are so worth it (and much better than store bought ones). Try them, your family will thank you for them.


***I was going to try to make these on the Big Green Egg, but I got a late start on dinner, so for ease they got tossed in the oven while the chicken was cooking on the Egg. I still think they would work on the Egg and I’m determined to try and make them on it next time. I’ll let ya know how that works out.***



10 thoughts on “Simple Dinner Rolls

  1. I made the rolls this evening. I discovered that one should not make rolls for the first time wearing black with black counter tops. I do not understand the kneading process. I had flour all over me, my counters and my dog. It looked like it snowed in my kitchen. They came out OK, but I think I need practice. What is the deal with 2 kinds of yeast (active and highly active)? I put one of each in water and used the one that produced the most bubbles. I really do not know what I am doing. Do you think I should use my kitchen aide mixer to do the kneading? Thought of you this evening when I saw on the news that Andy Williams had passed. Do you remember Ed and Gloria Hicks that lived down the street from you? Well, when Ed had his 50th, Gloria gave him a surprise party at the County Club and had Andy Williams as the entertainment. It was a great party. That brought me to remember Halloween. I remember I was horrified to learn that you guys hit the neighbors, including the Hicks the day after Halloween for left over trick or treats. Evidently, Gloria Hicks loaded you guys up. You made out like bandits as people wanted to get rid of temptation. I felt that I had to act shocked and stop the plunder, but I was totally impressed with the originality of the idea, and it worked. You guys stockpiled at least a years worth of sweets.

    1. Hey CC Mom. I’m not sure about the two kinds of yeast, not sure I’ve ever seen highly active. I believe I used active, but can go back and check to make sure. You could always use your mixer for the kneading, I didn’t feel like going to the laundry room to dig it out and then have to wash it up later.

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