Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls {with Maple Butter}

Small Batch 45 minute Dinner Rolls might seem like a fairytale, but I assure you: it can be done. This is the perfect recipe to make just the right amount of rolls…so you’ll only eat four one.

Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls | | 4 dinner rolls on your table in under 45 minutes! Serve it up with maple butter!

I love bread. I love it for breakfast. I love it for lunch. For lunch dessert. For dinner. For actual dessert.

It’s a scientific fact: if I have bread in the house I will eat it all. Well, that’s a lie. If I have good bread in the house I will eat it all. {Sliced wheat bread need not apply.}

There is nothing I like more with dinner than a hot and fluffy and fresh dinner roll, especially if we’re having soup or salad.

Plus, if we’re having soup (I always make it broth-based and low-calorie) or salad, that means there are calories left for bread. #Fact

Because I have a certifiable bread addiction, it’s really bad for me to make a full recipe of dinner rolls. Last year I shared these 45 Minute Dinner Rolls and they have been super popular ever since (except for that one time they were on Pinterest Fail because the maker used old yeast and didn’t follow any of my directions, but whatever).

There is only one problem with that recipe, and it’s not because it doesn’t work (#itmostcertainlydoes). The problem is that it makes 12 rolls.

I have 3 people in my family. My husband is weirdly healthy and doesn’t eat bread. #weirdo

My daughter is 9 and I *try* to make sure she gets the right kinds of foods and not 11 dinner rolls (even though she’d eat that many).

That leaves 11 for me. Guess what? I seriously would eat 11 rolls in two days. I wish I was kidding. So, it dawned on me…why not make a small batch? 4 large rolls. Perfect for a small family or one person.

Serve them up with some Maple Butter and not only are they the perfect dinner side, but they’re great for breakfast or dessert too!

Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls | | 4 dinner rolls on your table in under 45 minutes! Serve it up with maple butter!

Oh mer gerd. They’re fluffy. And light. And soft. And yeasty and bready.

Okay, so let’s talk specifics of this recipe. It’s a yeasted bread that’s made in only 45 minutes. How? By using lots of yeast. This recipe uses a full tablespoon of yeast. That means you need to use most of two packets (each packet is 2 1/4 teaspoons) or buy a jar. If you like baking with yeast, buy the jar. It’s cheaper and you can use a little or a lot. My favorite yeast is Red Star Active Dry Yeast. I’ve used both brands at my local grocery store and that one performs the best.

{For a step by step photo tutorial of what the steps look like, see the original dinner roll recipe. It’s the same concept, just different measurements.}

You mix the yeast with some sugar and very warm water. I heat my water in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get it to very warm bathwater temperature. (Remember – all microwaves perform differently.) You let that mixture sit in the bowl of your stand mixer with some olive oil for 15 minutes. It gets really frothy.

Note about your mixer: I use a stand mixer for this recipe. Yes, you can do it by hand. But I haven’t. That’s why I have a stand mixer…so I don’t have to. :)

Then you mix in your flour, slowly, using your dough hook. The dough comes together quite nicely with just a little stickiness. It should somewhat clean the sides of the bowl as it whips around and forms a dough ball. If it’s too sticky (as in, it gets all over your hands and stays there when you try and touch it) you can add more flour, but you shouldn’t need more than an extra 1/4 cup or so. But remember – humidity, the temp in your house, the brand of flour you use…it can all affect how much flour you end up using. You should be able to handle the dough well enough to separate it into 4 pieces and place it in your pan.

I baked my rolls in a 6″ round cake pan. Muffin tins would work. So would a loaf pan, or just bunch them together on a cookie sheet. You let them sit another 5 minutes (place them near the preheating oven), then you bake for 11-15. I made 4 large rolls, but you could also make 8 small ones.

These are seriously some of the best dinner rolls I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve tested out my fair share!)

Then there’s the maple butter. Remember going to Fresh Choice back in the 90s? They had fresh hot bread and whipped honey butter? This is my interpretation of that butter: maple syrup and extract is whipped into some softened butter. It’s good enough to eat with a spoon!

Warm or cold, this small batch of dinner rolls is the PERFECT accompaniment to your next family meal.

For me? They’re a perfect single serving. ;)

Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls | | 4 dinner rolls on your table in under 45 minutes! Serve it up with maple butter!

Is there a bread 12-step program? Because I probably should enroll. Or…not. :)

Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls {with Maple Butter}

Small Batch 45 Minute Dinner Rolls {with Maple Butter}


  • 1/2 cup warm water (30 seconds in the microwave; think hot bathwater)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Maple Butter
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, very soft
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon maple extract, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 6” round cake pan (or other similar sized pan) with cooking spray.
  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 4 balls. Place the rolls prepared pan. Let rest for 5 more minutes.
  4. Bake for about 11-15 minutes, until the tops start to get golden. Enjoy with dinner, or for breakfast with maple butter.
  5. Maple Butter
  6. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Store covered in refrigerator, best served at room temperature.
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  1. Oooh, I love these. Sadly I’d have to make the full batch, but seriously, YUM. I’m such a bread addict too….
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  2. Hooray for smaller bread recipes. Me and my husband do not need but will always eat the 12. So not good for the waist line.
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  3. Finally! I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since I saw your photo on Instagram. Bread is my fav!
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  4. This is my fave post of yours in….possibly EVER! I love the images, the idea, the MAPLE butter (swoon!), the fact that it’s smallbatch, ready so fast, and totally from scratch. You NAILED THIS!! Pinned and will be repinning tons :)
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    • OMG thank you Averie! I swear, I HATED the photos. Like, detested. Think they’re the worst ever. So…you saying they’re not makes me happy. You and me, we’re the small batch sisters. :)

  5. This look seriously delicious! And, your photos are amazing! I’m pinning to Pinterest!
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  6. Laurie F. says:

    We love bread, too! Thanks for including such detailed instructions, and making a small batch! When I was in grade school, one year my mom was PTA president, so I asked her to getter recipe for my very favorite Raisin Batter Bread from the cafeteria ladies ( who made everything from scratch). She got it, but it was for an industrial-size batch! Aargh!

  7. We love bread over here too!! Breakfast, lunch, dinner! These rolls look to die for and that butter? That sounds so good!
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  8. I feel you on the whole bread thing… I am a huge fan and could eat bread all day every day. You are a genius for coming up with a small batch – I can’t even tell you how much I love this. Perfect for our family of two :)
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  9. Perfect for when it’s a date night meal or you don’t want to eat the whole normal batch. Cuz I would. Yum!

  10. I NEED to make these next time there is a family get-together, they look so easy and scrumptious!! I am the exact same with fresh bread – it is so difficult not to devour everything in sight – totally yummy! :D Can’t wait to try these ! Pinned!
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  11. Oh my goodness, I am such a sucker for homemade rolls and I love this smaller batch! That means I won’t feel guilty eating the whole batch and the maple butter sounds amazing! Pinning :)
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  12. I have never made my own dinner rolls…but this looks easy! And, I love that it’s small batch, as there is only two in my family!
    Pretty sure I am gonna spread that maple butter all over my face. Pinned! :)
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  13. You are seriously BRILLIANT!!! This is the perfect, perfect recipe for my small family! I always make wayyyy to many rolls and they go to waste. I can not wait to try these!
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  14. Oh gosh I love bread too. I will pass by plenty of other perfectly good things to get to the dinner rolls. haha so bad. I LOVE that you made a small batch! Which would help to control how many I would eat in one sitting : )
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  15. Patrice says:

    Can’t wait to make these.
    I’m thinking about doubling the batch and freezing them.
    How well do they freeze and reheat?

    • I’ve never frozen them, but I assume it would be okay. It might be good to layer them between paper towels to absorb moisture in the freezer and during defrosting. :)

  16. This is exactly the recipe that my husband and I need! We have no problem polishing off a pan of rolls by ourselves. Thank you!
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  17. These look amazing…and I love that they only take 45 minutes. Plus, anything with maple butter is just magic as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for sharing!
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  18. Michelle says:

    I just made these and they were really easy. They smell soooo good and I’m not sure how I’m going to wait for dinner!

  19. Oh my goodness, that is so me with any carb – pretzels, bagels, rolls. I can eat a whole batch and I’m pretty sure that isn’t healthy! :) Love how fast this is! I’m impressed you figured out how to get such a small serving size. And they look so perfect!

  20. I love that you included maple butter with these! I dont know why, but I’ve been craving soft rolls for a few days now. Looks like I’ll have to make this small batch all for myself. :)
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  21. YOU’RE SO GENIUS!! The perfect little batch of rolls, and they can be made so quicklY!!! Life changing!
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  22. ohmygawd they are sooo cute! All nestled in that mini cake pan. Or….maybe it’s just me.

    They look so soft, so fluffy, so delicious! I agree those do look super dangerous to a bread addict (I got that predisposition from my Mother…so, yeah, thanks mom) Pinned (for tomorrow’s dinner. but I might actually make 12)
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  23. This is such a great idea as so many times I need rolls for dinner but I’m all out and worry it will take too long! No more excuses, pinning this now!

  24. If you ever find that bread 12-step program… Don’t tell me about it. Because I’d be the first person who’d need to sign up and I DON’T want to! ;) That’s a brilliant idea to make a small batch, and awesome tip about the extra yeast to make it go faster! I loved eating at Fresh Choice & Sweet Tomatoes throughout my childhood. I’d skip through most of the salad bar and load up on pizza sticks, brownies & soft serve (with lots of sprinkles!). My stomach just turned over thinking about it…
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  25. These look amazing! :)
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  26. I do not have bread hooks so can I just mix???
    glenda kremer

    • Yes, mix until it is too sticky to do it with the paddle or beaters. Then work it by hand and then knead it, probably for a few minutes, until it comes together and is not too sticky! You may need some flour so it doesn’t stick to your board!

  27. Perfect Dorothy! I remember you talking about doing a small batch post and this is seriously brilliant. Definitely a good thing for those of us in Carbaholics Anonymous. Pinned!
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  28. “My husband is weirdly healthy and doesn’t eat bread. #weirdo” This made me laugh right out loud! Thanks for the laugh and the recipe! My weirdly healthy non-bread eating husband won’t even get a BITE when I make them! ;-)

  29. This is a great idea! We can never ever eat an entire batch of rolls. I love it!
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  30. Lisete Alves says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe!
    I’ve just made them for lunch and they’re super easy and fast to make (even kneading the dough by hand -hubby was still sleeping and I didn’t have the heart to wake him via mixer machine noises, eheh -, it was super easy!)
    LOVE them! I also suffer of bread-loving syndrome (and working in a bakery is terrible)! ;)
    The only thing I will try differently next time I make these (oh and I will!) is adding a bit more salt ;) (in Portugal our tastebuds are tuned to a bit more salty bread, eheh… just a bit ;))
    Great recipe!

    • Yay! I’m glad you liked them. :) Salt is kind of the bane of my existence, lol. I never know how much to add – because some people like more, some people like none!! Thanks for your comment!

      • Lisete Alves says:

        Good rule of thumb for salt, quantity in bread: 1.8% to 2% of salt in relation to flour total weight (example, if you’re using 1 kg of flour, should use, 18 to 20 g of salt ) ;)


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