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45 Minute Dinner Rolls

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Yeasted rolls in a flash? You bet! These Dinner Rolls will be on your table in under 45 minutes, I promise. Fresh baked bread – the best part of any meal.


Bread and me, we’re BFFs. I can remember back when I was a kid, my favorite snack was a slice of Home Pride white bread. I’d eat the crust, then mash the center up into a little ball and savor it slowly.

As a teen and then, later, a college student, I discovered the wonder of sourdough bread. I loved it so much I wanted to marry it. And how, despite how hard they try, grocery stores outside of San Francisco just don’t do sourdough properly. (It was a loooong 5 years in Arizona without my Boudin, believe me.)

I used to be afraid of cooking with yeast. Terrified. It’s alive. What if I killed it? Then one day I made pizza dough from scratch and was hooked. Unless I’m back home eating Village Host, I want my own, homemade pizza crust. After pizza I moved onto cinnamon rolls. And well, we all know how good those are!

It was only the next natural progression to venture into dinner rolls. I love having bread with dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast. Or dessert. Or anytime of the day. I love bread, remember?

About a year ago, I came across this recipe for 30 minute dinner rolls by Your Homebased Mom. I was incredulous. 30 minutes? REALLY? Because that would be life changing.

And it was!


These rolls are a little crusty on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. Honestly, they’re the perfect dinner roll for me. I love a super doughy roll (remember, I lived on the center of Home Pride when I was a kid!) and that’s exactly what these are. Dense, chewy, yeasty, and perfect.

Now…30 minutes seemed like a stretch but I went for it anyway. But I’m no Rachael Ray – the time to cook and rise is 25 minutes, leaving 5 minutes in between for everything else. Needless to say, it was longer than 30 minutes start to finish. Which is why I’m calling my version of these rolls 45 Minute Dinner Rolls. Or, maybe Less than 45 Minute Dinner Rolls.

Since making things with yeast was scary to me for a long time and probably still is for some of you, I thought I’d do some process photos, so you can see what the dough looks like at each step in the (less than) 45 minute process.



Now, in order to have yeasted rolls in less than 45 minutes, you need to start with a lot of yeast. This recipe has a whopping 2 tablespoons of yeast. You need to get the yeast to wake up and rise quickly – so you need warm water and sugar. I heat my 1 cup of water in the microwave for about 30 seconds before adding it to the yeast, sugar, and olive oil. Place it all in the bowl of a stand mixer and let it sit for 15 minutes. Set a timer, walk away, start the rest of your dinner.

When you come back after the 15 minutes, it will look like that photo up there. Nice and foamy and very fragrant. Then you have to add your flour and salt. (The original recipe calls for an egg, but I’ve found leaving it out doesn’t change the flavor, so I don’t use it anymore.)

Start your mixer on “Stir” until the flour mixes in enough that you won’t be wearing it when you speed it up. Turn it to “2” for about 30 seconds, then kick it up to “3”. At that point, the dough should be coming together nicely. Don’t worry if it’s stuck to the sides of the bowl – the mixing should clean it off just fine. After a few minutes of mixing this is what you’ll have:


A pliable and not-too-sticky dough and an almost clean bowl.

If you’re having trouble getting to this point, add a few more tablespoons of flour. I don’t have to do that very often, but occasionally I do. I think it has something to do with the weather. Or maybe I just made that up.


Divide your dough into 12 rolls. I have a Pampered Chef dough cutter thing I love to use, but you can use a knife. Roll them into little balls and place in your pan (that has been sprayed with cooking spray). Let them rest for 10 more minutes. Then bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. They’ll puff and brown and be fabulous.

Dinner rolls are practically a requirement at my house. The best part is that this recipe makes 12. There are only 3 of us, which means we get leftovers. Or, rather. I get leftovers. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!


See all that fluffiness and yum? I’m swooning over a photo, and I still have some in my kitchen.

Bread addiction. I think it’s a serious issue, people. 😉

45 Minute Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Total Time: 45 minutes

Dinner rolls on the table in under 45 minutes - it can be done!


  • 1 cup warm water (30 seconds in the microwave)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the water, olive oil, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let the mixture rest for 15 minutes. It will be very frothy when your timer rings! Mix in the salt and flour using the dough hook. Start on “Stir” for a few seconds, until the flour starts to incorporate. Switch to “2” for about 30 seconds and then kick it up to “3” until the dough completely comes together. You know it’s done when all of the dough will join to form a ball and the sides of the bowl are almost clean (no dough left). If your dough is too wet, add an additional tablespoon or two of flour.
  3. Place dough on a cutting board and section into 12 balls. Place the rolls in a 9x13” baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Let rest for 10 more minutes.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the tops start to get golden. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted slightly from Your Homebased Mom via Real Mom Kitchen.

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103 Responses to “45 Minute Dinner Rolls”

  1. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:24 am (#)

    Freshly baked bread in less than 45 mins? I’m there!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Yes!! It’s true! Thanks Nicky!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:25 am (#)

    You just told me yesterday you had never baked bread…well I guess that changed! Congrats! They look amazing! And love that they’re ready so FAST! 2 tbsp of yeast will do that!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Well, I’ve never baked real bread. Rolls, yes. But not bread! For some reason bread seems more…daunting!


  3. tanya posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:54 am (#)

    I love eating bread with dinner too, but I usually don’t like store bought rolls. It’ll be nice to have a go to recipe! Thanks for sharing Dorothy.


  4. kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:51 am (#)

    I love a bread recipe that comes together fast! If my pants would let me, I would probably make these and eat the entire pan at once, they look so tasty! Thanks for a great looking recipe


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I’ve done it – so I know it’s easy to do! :) Thanks Kelly!


  5. Liz posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:56 am (#)

    Oh, yeah…bread was always a favorite for me as a child. Especially warm and with butter! Your rolls look perfect!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Oh, yes butter! Back when I let myself eat it… 😉


  6. Tieghan posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:58 am (#)

    These just look doughy and delicious! I might just make them tonight for dinner!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I hope you love them Tieghan!


  7. Lisa posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:24 am (#)

    I’m sold! Can’t wait to try this! I have tried other similar recipes but they didn’t come together very well. This one sounds perfect!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Enjoy Lisa! I hope you love them!


  8. The Better Baker posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:36 am (#)

    Oh my! What a fabulous recipe! I made homebaked rolls – from frozen dough – for dinner last night, dressed up a bit and I could have eaten half the batch all by myself. Your photos make my mouth water…MMMMM! Pinning!


  9. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:37 am (#)

    Fresh bread in 45 minutes? I’m there! I love love love dinner rolls. They’re the best part of any dinner, in my opinion.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Totally Faith! The very best part. :)


  10. Yvonne @ bitter baker posted on April 11, 2013 at 8:28 am (#)

    Thanks for the link love Dorothy!! And these dinner rolls look amazing! I know what you mean about San Francisco and sourdough, they just seem to belong together! Have you ever seen the big bread crocodile Boudin has in their window? I wanna be able to make that kind of sourdough :) How awesome would that be for an Indiana Jones party?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Yes!! I love visiting the one at the wharf. Best place ever!


  11. Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie posted on April 11, 2013 at 8:30 am (#)

    I love me some fast dinner rolls :)


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  13. Melissa posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:30 am (#)

    These look amazing! I bet I could even make them after I get home from work and have them on the table in time for dinner. Thanks :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Totally! That’s what I do! :)


    • Bill replied on February 8th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      My wife has MS and I have learned to cook instead of having a mid-life crisis. Thank goodness for the computer and my apple IPad which substitutes for an old fashioned cookbook. I have tried several yeast roll recipes in the past and was never satisfied with any of them. The ones I did in the past were either a little tough or the crust was purely hard. Now with this recipe, my wife was happy and when the children visit they say they are the best rolls ever.

      BTW, I started using yeast making pizza dough also. We prefer my home-made pizza to any delivery and so does a neighbor that works in a different town and gets home late. Every week or so when I make pizza for us, it is easier to make two pizzas at once so I usually deliver a pizza and salad across the street. They are great neighbors, they are just for the wrong football team. Roll Tide, Roll


  14. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:32 am (#)

    Ooooh…these look so good! I love bread and when it’s fresh and hot out of the oven, even better! Yum!!!


  15. Cindy Harris posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:26 am (#)

    Your life changes when you learn to bake with yeast! A whole new world (disney song) is opened!! I always told my married daughters that if they wanted to be the hit of the show learn to make good rolls. Take a pan of hot rolls to the inlaws for dinner and you are the favorite! Rolls are also so inexpensive to make–rolls are pennies, where a fruit plate is $10-$20. When you are on a tight budget (most of us are) rolls are the way to go!
    This looks like a great recipe–next time the kids visit I will try it.
    Great post.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Totally Cindy! I can’t stop now that I’ve started!


  16. ashley - baker by nature posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am (#)

    My love for dinner rolls borders on ridiculous! I am totally trying this out over the weekend.


  17. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:52 am (#)

    These rolls look awesome! And I’ve been scared of yeast too. I inherited (aka stole) a thermometer from my childhood home that has a little range marked on it where the temperature is perfect for yeast. Hot enough to wake it up, but not too hot that it kills it. I think that I would be lost without it. Trying these soon!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Perfect! I need that thermometer!


  18. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm (#)

    Bread addiction is a very real thing because I suffer from it. And this recipe is not making it any easier to kick!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Sorry for feeding your addiction! :) I can’t get enough either…


  19. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm (#)

    We love homemade bread!! These are so quick!!! Will give them a shot and get back to you


  20. Joan@Chocolate and More posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm (#)

    Don’t you just love playing with yeast? Nothing better than being able to make up a batch of rolls fresh for dinner. And of course they always taste so much better than frozen. Will be trying out your recipe very soon!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Joan, too funny we both posted rolls!


  21. Jenn posted on April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh – these are perfect!!! I want five of them right now!


  22. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm (#)

    Your rolls look absolutely perfect, I really want to try this recipe!


  23. Megan @ megbakes posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    I always need quick bread for dinner. One time I made the mistake of trying to mix it by hand – one big sticky mess. I will have to pull out my mixer next time. I’m looking forward to trying these!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I always use my mixer. I hate doing things by hand!


  24. Kristin posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm (#)

    “Bread’ is the one yeasty thing I keep failing at. I’ve done cinnamon rolls, pizza dough, breadsticks…I keep failing at bread! I think dinner rolls will be a nice fresh start. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Totally! These are almost fool-proof.


  25. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#)

    these are gorgeous dorothy! apparantly my caps lock just broke, haha.


  26. Kathy posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Oh my these look great! I enjoy making rolls for dinner but often don’t have the time. I will be trying these soon!


  27. Back For Seconds posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm (#)

    These look so nice and fluffy on the inside. I just want to take a bite! I think it’s time for me to make rolls again :)


  28. Wendy posted on April 12, 2013 at 8:46 am (#)

    Oh, yum! These look so fluffy, crusty, chewy good. The 45 minute plan is perfect for last minute me! Yeast does scare me. We definitely have a love/hate relationship going. I have killed more than my fair share of little yeasties. I am getting better at bread baking but my hips aren’t sure that is a good thing! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the process photos. They really help. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment Wendy!


  29. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm (#)

    I loooove homemade bread, and I cannot BELIEVE how quick these are!!!


  30. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on April 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm (#)

    This is brilliant. I’d love to have fresh bread with dinner on any given night. What difference does the egg make? Does it change the structure? Just curious. I usually have a lot of eggs that need eating, so I just wondered what would happen if I threw it in.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2013 at 8:08 am

      You can add the egg, you’ll just need more flour. The original recipe was 1 egg and I think 3 1/2 cups flour, but I usually needed to add a little more than that. I didn’t notice a taste difference between the two!


  31. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on April 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm (#)

    Your dinner rolls came out gorgeous!


  32. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:29 am (#)

    When I was a kid I did the same thing with bread, roll the middle bit into ball! Those bread balls are so damn good! These rolls look pretty excellent too! :)


  33. Brenda @ sweetsimplestuff posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:12 am (#)

    Simple and delicious … Perfect! Have you ever left them in the pan for an hour or so before baking? I’m thinking about taking them to a potluck and baking them there.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I haven’t, but I’m sure they’d be fine! If anything, they’ll be fluffier! :) Let me know how it works out!


  34. Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers posted on April 15, 2013 at 5:37 am (#)

    Woo! These look easy and delish! Thanks Dorothy!


  35. Kathy posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm (#)

    I made these tonight and they were fabulous! I could not believe how fast they were! Thanks for a great recipe. This will definitely be a keeper!


  36. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on April 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm (#)

    Give me warm bread and you can make me do whatever you want. It’s like hypnosis


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      YES! You and me are on the same wavelength Roxana!


  37. Holly posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm (#)

    this recipe looks fantastic! I’m trying it right now!
    did you notcie that you left the sugar out of the recipe on the bottom? did I make a mistake by adding it? Or did you forget to put it into the directions? I added it in with the yeast. I can’t wait to see if mine come out as good as yours look!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Yes! I’m so sorry! With the yeast. I just fixed it! Thank you!


  38. carrian posted on April 20, 2013 at 8:52 am (#)

    Thanks for the link,, and I’m totally about squishy rolls so that last pic has my heart!!


  39. cathy posted on April 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm (#)

    wow The pictures have me! I have been making bread for the past month and loving it but these rolls are so much easier and look sooo good I am going make them for sure. Started making my own bread so i knew what I was eating and use only ingredients i can pronounce lol
    I will let you know how I make out


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:06 am

      I totally need to make my own bread more! SO good. Thanks Cathy!


  40. Kim Beaulieu posted on April 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm (#)

    I need to try these asap. Nothing like the smell and taste of fresh rolls.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:01 am

      Totally! The best thing ever. Thanks Kim!


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  43. careen rife posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:38 am (#)

    what would you recommend if you dont have a dough mixer? I just have a little beater type mixer, with the two beaters that pop out lol. no dough hook or kitchenaid mixer here :( are these as easy to mix by hand? or can I use my beater with just one beater in it maybe? feel free to email me recommendations at


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 19th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      I’ve never done yeasted dough by hand – but I know it can be done. Stir it until the dough gets stuck to the spoon, and then knead it with your hands until it comes together and isn’t very sticky anymore. Then you’re ready to go to the next step! Let me know how it works out!


  44. Ericka posted on September 23, 2013 at 10:10 am (#)

    Have you ever tried to freeze this recipe? I love homemade rolls but love the convenience of freezer rolls. On top of that, I don’t need a dozen rolls staring me in the face. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Yes! I have frozen the baked ones and just microwaved them when I need a bread fix. :)


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  46. Kim posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight. I don’t have a mixer, so I just used my hands and they came together very easily and cooked up perfectly. However, the olive oil gave them a taste that my children didn’t care for. So I think the next time I make them, I will use vegetable oil instead.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 8th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      That is totally an option Kim! I just always head for the olive oil since it’s by my stove. But any oil would work!


  47. Tehmina posted on January 3, 2014 at 8:42 am (#)

    I came across this recipe yesterday and ive already made them twice.. yes, twice! they’re that good! I cant tell you how scared i was of baking bread before i tried this recipe! its the perfect first time break bakers recipe 😉 they were so soft and doughy and just perfect eaten warm.. i cant tell you how they were not-warm because there were no leftovers.. at all! thanks so much Dorothy! you truly are an inspiration :*


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  50. Lucy posted on March 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm (#)

    I hate home made bread! Eww! -Lucy


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks for your comment Lucy! If you hate homemade bread, I suggest you skip making it and head to the store. :)


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  53. Doug posted on August 3, 2014 at 8:26 am (#)

    Has anyone given any thought as too just splitting it 6 times instead of 12 and trying to make your own Sandwich Buns? I wonder if that would work…


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      You could totally make it into 6 instead of 4. I think they’d be perfect as buns – I’ve used them on turkey sandwiches. Hamburgers would be good too – but they’re a little more dense than traditional hamburger buns. :)


  54. Joanna posted on August 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm (#)

    I’ve been searching everywhere for the perfect dinner roll recipe and these look perfect! The only problem is that I don’t have a stand mixer/dough hook so I was wondering if there’s any way to make this recipe without one?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 18th, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Yes! You can stir until you can’t anymore, then turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it until the dough comes together. I haven’t done that, but it’ll work! Enjoy!


  55. holly waterfall posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm (#)

    last night I was so bummed that I had forgotten to buy rolls to go with dinner. And then I remembered that you posted these quick and delicious looking rolls! I’m SO glad I remembered because they were perfect and we all loved them! Thanks Dorothy. You saved dinner! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 26th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Yay Holly! I’m so glad you liked them. :) xo


  56. Christina posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm (#)

    Can you use complaining oil? 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 6th, 2014 at 7:19 am

      I’m sorry, I’m not sure what that is?


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