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Buttery Homemade Rolls are the perfect dinner roll recipe! These are soft and buttery and perfect made four different ways! Make these rolls into twists, knots, or even butter rolls easily with just a few simple steps.

This post is sponsored by Fleischmann’s® Yeast, and you can be assured that making homemade rolls are easy, no matter what shape you make them.

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In my house, it wouldn’t be dinner without the rolls. I look for an excuse to make homemade rolls all the time, and I can usually find a reason (we’re having soup, we’re having salad, it’s Tuesday…)

When I was a kid we ate at my Nana’s house for dinner at least once a week. She knew me and my bread obsession; every meal was served with rolls or biscuits (bissy-cats, as she called them). Now, as a mom, Jordan has come to expect the same, and I’m always happy to oblige her.

I used to just us a mix or a tube or use store-bought rolls, but once I started blogging I taught myself how to make homemade rolls using yeast. I’ve told you before how I used to be scared of working with yeast, but now that I know how easy it is, I do it all the time.

Table of Contents
  1. Which yeast to use
  2. Ingredients for Homemade Rolls
  3. How do you make easy yeast rolls?
  4. Forming Homemade Dinner Rolls
  5. Homemade Roll Shapes
  6. Other Dinner Roll Recipes
  7. Buttery Homemade Rolls Recipe
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Making homemade rolls is so easy, you’re going to want to make them all the time just like I do. I’m going to show you how, step by step, using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast, which takes out a lot of the steps. Once you’ve made these once you’re going to want to make them again and again because they turn out so fluffy and buttery and perfect.

Start with making them the traditional way, and once you discover how easy it is to make homemade rolls with yeast, you’ll want to try all the other shapes.

The knots were my favorite, and I can’t wait to try making them garlic knots!

Which yeast to use

There are two kinds of yeast: RapidRise and Active Dry. When you use RapidRise, you mix the yeast in with the dry ingredients. There’s no need to add it to warm water and let it proof, taking out some time. (Learn all about baking with yeast!)

To make these homemade rolls, you’re going to:

  1. Mix together your dry ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, and sugar.
  2. Heat milk with water and butter until it’s about 120°F-130°F, or very warm to the touch.
  3. Add the milk mixture to some flour and mix until smooth, then add enough flour to make a ball of dough.
  4. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it’s elastic, let it rest for 10 minutes, then it’s ready to be turned into homemade dinner rolls.

Ingredients for Homemade Rolls

  • Instant Yeast: makes the process so much easier
  • Flour: all-purpose is best but you can substitute bread flour
  • Sugar: to activate the yeast
  • Milk, butter, salt, water

How do you make easy yeast rolls?

Let’s get started – I’m going to show you every step!

How to make buttery homemade rolls with Feischmann's RapidRise Yeast

1. Mix dry ingredients: whisk together 3/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar, salt

2. Heat wet ingredients: measure out water, milk and add the butter. Heat to between 120-130°F (the butter won’t melt all the way)

3. Mix: add the wet to the dry and mix. Continue mixing with the dough hook adding more flour (up to 2 1/4 cups) until the dough forms a ball.

4. Knead: Knead the dough on a floured surface a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic and bounces back when touched with two fingers.

Making homemade rolls with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast cuts out a lot of time – there’s barely any rising time needed.

How to make buttery homemade rolls with Feischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Forming Homemade Dinner Rolls

Once you have your dough into a nice elastic ball, you have to decide what kind of soft dinner rolls you want to make:

  • Traditional
  • Twists
  • Knots
  • Buttery rolls (aka Lion House Rolls)

1. Dividing the dough: Divide the dough into 12 equal parts.

2. Making Traditional Homemade Rolls: To make these the traditional way, just roll them into balls and add them to a 9-inch round pan.

3. Rise and Bake: Let them proof for 30 minutes, then bake.

overhead shot of dinner rolls

Hot out of the oven, I like to brush these with more butter to give them a nice buttery taste.

Once you know how easy it is to make homemade bread rolls, you can get creative with the shapes!

How to make buttery homemade rolls with Feischmann's RapidRise Yeast

Homemade Roll Shapes

Making the shapes is as easy as deciding which shape you want.

  • For the buttery rolls: roll the dough into a flat sheet. Slice into squares, brush with butter and roll them up.
  • For the twists, roll the dough into a long rope, fold in half and twist.
  • For the knots, roll the dough into a long rope, then tie it in a knot.

Making your homemade rolls into fun shapes is an easy way to dress up any dinner table.

Bunch of Buttery Homemade Rolls with Yeast in the background

The twists are golden brown and soft.

dinner roll knots

The knots are thick and puffy (they’re my favorite shape!)

dinner roll butter rolls

And the buttery rolls are extra buttery from the brushing inside the roll. You could also cut the rectangles into triangles and make these into crescents!

Making homemade rolls is EASY and fast – these are done in under an hour. Skip the store and tube, make your own dinner rolls as your next side dish!

Other Dinner Roll Recipes

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Buttery Homemade Rolls

4 from 1 vote
Buttery Homemade Rolls are the perfect dinner roll recipe! These are soft and buttery and perfect made four different ways!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 40 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 rolls
Serving Size 1 roll


  • 2-2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter plus more for brushing


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare pan as directed below.
  • Whisk 3/4 cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Place milk, water, and butter in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Heat in 15 second increments until the mixture is between 120°F-130°F (very warm water).
  • Add milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. (I like using a dough hook with my stand mixer for this.)
  • Add 1/4 cup flour and mix for another two minutes, then add an additional 1 to 1 1/4 cups more flour, or until the mixture forms a ball in the mixer.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes or until the dough is elastic and springs back when touched. Cover with a towel and rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut and shape dough as desired (see below for instructions), then cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes depending on size and shape, or until golden and cooked through. Brush warm rolls with more melted butter.

For basic dinner rolls:

  • Cut ball of dough into 12 pieces. Roll into balls. Place in a greased round 9-inch cake pan.

For twists:

  • Cut ball of dough into 12 pieces. Roll each into a long thin rope. Fold in half. Twist the ends to form a twist. Place on a greased baking sheet.

For knots:

  • Cut ball of dough into 12 pieces. Roll each into a long thin rope. Tie each rope into a knot. Place on a greased baking sheet.

For buttery rolled rolls:

  • Roll ball of dough into large rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Slice into squares and roll each square up like a croissant. Place on a greased baking sheet.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword bread

This recipe is adapted from this Beginner Dinner Roll recipe.

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Last Updated on May 20, 2022

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  1. This is a great recipe for easy, time friendly dinner rolls of whatever shape you decide to make. I had made these dinner “rolls” before with mixed, but generally good reviews. I made them tonight with one “tweak” to the recipe. After mixing the dry ingredients with the wet for a minute or two, I added one beaten egg before adding more flour and it changed the entire result. The end result was a softer much higher rising dough and a more tender, flavorful roll. I will be making more using this tweaked recipe.