Dinner Rolls for a Crowd


These are super easy to bake up and so much better than store-bought.  One recipe makes 3 dozen, so there are plenty.  However, these are not giant sandwich rolls, but are the perfect size for dinner or a salad course. 

If you are having 12 people or less this will feed everyone, they are little bites of heaven.  There are so many dinner roll recipes out there, however, these can easily sop up the leftover gravy or salad dressing on a plate without interfering with flavor.

They are soft and airy, just overall yummy.

Using a standing mixer, combine 1 cup flour, the sugar, yeast and salt.  With the machine on, gradually add the softened butter at low speed until the mixture is the consistency of sand, 2-3 minutes.

Mix in the warm water in a slow, steady stream for about 1 minute.  Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes; scrape down the bowl.  Beat in the room temperature egg at low speed for about 1 minute.

Using the mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix in 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup at a time, on low speed, scraping down the bowl once, until the dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes.  Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes until smooth, elastic and slightly sticky, adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed (I did not need it).  Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm spot for 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into thirds, then cut each third into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls.

Brush a heavy-duty baking sheet with 1 Tablespoon melted butter.  Arrange the dough balls about 1″ apart on the prepared pan.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the rolls until golden-brown, 12-15 minutes.  Brush with the remaining 3 Tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the coarse salt.

You can’t eat just one.

Dinner Rolls for a Crowd
Adapted from Everyday

3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup sugar
One 1/4 ounce envelope active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 Tablespoons butter, 6 softened and 4 melted
2/3 cup warm water (between 110-115 degrees)
1 large egg, at room temperature
Coarse salt, for sprinkling

Using a standing mixer, combine 1 cup flour, the sugar, yeast and salt.  With the machine on, gradually add the softened butter at low speed until the mixture is the consistency of sand, 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the warm water in a slow, steady stream for about 1 minute.  Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes; scrape down the bowl.  Beat in the room temperature egg at low speed for about 1 minute.

Using the mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix in 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup at a time, on low speed, scraping down the bowl once, until the dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes.  Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes until smooth, elastic and slightly sticky, adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed (I did not need it).  Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm spot for 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into thirds, then cut each third into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls.  Brush a heavy-duty baking sheet with 1 Tablespoon melted butter.  Arrange the dough balls about 1″ apart on the prepared pan.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the rolls until golden-brown, 12-15 minutes.  Brush with the remaining 3 Tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the coarse salt.

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49 Comments

  1. This is very much like my dinner roll recipe and you are so right, they are little bits of heaven! For years I was asked to bring the home made rolls to every family event….and these can really make a simple dinner fantastic!

  2. These looks so soft and delicious. Any bread home baked is superb. The whole house would smell so good. I would really love to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve never made dinner rolls from scratch before and these look SO good! Going to give them a try once we get into the new house and are settled…(we move TODAY!) I can’t think of anything better to christen the new house with than the smell of freshly baked rolls. Mmmmmm.

  4. Oh YUM!!! Bread, my favorite carb!!

  5. pam 5

    They look all golden and delicious!

  6. Debbie 6

    They look delicious Cathy and are the perfect size for a dinner roll. I am going to give these a try!

  7. Pam 7

    Amazing! You have a wonderful blog!

    Enjoy!

  8. Amanda 8

    Those are totally and deliciously gorgeous Cathy! I will have to try these :) I have been using a fabulous pull apart roll recipe I got from Jill at Simply Recipes and it also uses coarse salt like yours, sooooo yummy!

  9. I love rolls and bread and these look so good (especially the salt on top…nice touch).

  10. JIM-49 10

    Got Butter??? Whoa,these are pretty,they look so soft!! Very good post,and just at the right time,to try ahead,before the pressure comes on during the holidays!!

  11. Katrina 11

    Mmm, those DO look good! Nice, golden color!

  12. Man oh Man… That shot with the melting butter is the BEST picture of a roll I have ever seen

  13. grace 13

    easy, fluffy vehicles for butter. be still, my heart. :)

  14. These rolls look absolutely gorgeous!!! I must try them. These seem much easier than the Sour Dough Bread that I posted for Thanksgiving. Beautiful photo!

  15. June 15

    I was going to make Angel Biscuits but honestly Cathy, these look much more angelic!

  16. WOW! How many rolls did you get out of this? I bet my husband could ten!!

  17. dawn 17

    These look much easier than the ones I attempted and failed last year…I’m making them tomorrow!

  18. Julie 18

    This recipe speaks to my soul. I love homemade rolls more than what is necessary!

  19. I love the addition of the course salt. I could eat these right now, with the melted butter.

  20. Lynn 20

    Every single time without fail my mouth is open and slightly drooling by the time I get to the bottom of your food posts! :oP____ (Get it? I’m drooling.)
    Your brie recipe? I needed a bucket! :o)

    My best, Lynn

  21. These look amaaaazing! I have got to get braver about baking breads, I’m trying to learn. Your photos are great and very helpful. -LeslieMichele

  22. elra 22

    Oh my Cathy, that rolls look so wonderful and delicious.

  23. Tammy 23

    I’ll have to plan an occasion to serve these, they look amazing!

  24. Elise 24

    These look so soft, perfect for a diner roll. I’ve never made them from scratch before but I might as well try now!

  25. k, i’m having a dinner party this w/e and may have to do this – if i’m up to adding this to my list of “things to make from scratch”. looks easy but do i have the room in the oven? delish!

  26. These look golden, and tender, and delicious! They’re beauties.

  27. Bread. Oh. Bread. I love you. Who needs protein, veggies or sweets when you have bread. Yum.

  28. Mary 29

    Just in time for the holidays! They look wonderful, Cathy. If they taste half as good as they look, you have a real winner here.

  29. Janine 30

    These are a definite do!!

  30. Lea Ann 31

    I’m getting a Kitchenaid for Christmas. Can’t wait to make stuff like this.

  31. Barbara 32

    Your photo with the butter melting all over that delicous roll?? Oh my. It made my mouth water. One of the finest things in the world is the smell of fresh bread baking. The second finest is biting into one while it’s still warm!

  32. Lena in VT 33

    Oh my sweet lord in heaven, must have now.

  33. Delicious. Now I’m wondering if I have time to bake a batch of these for Christmas Eve at Mom’s. I have some leftover yeast. Well, if not for Christmas, then definitely for my next dinner party. My husband and I both have a weakness for Small Units of Bread.

  34. I’m so glad you posted these! I’ve been looking for a white dinner roll for Ben!

  35. These little morsels of wonderfulness would be worthy of sneaking after dinner when nobody was looking. Just 3-4 for a late night snack. Mmm…

  36. Lydia 37

    These would be my downfall at any meal. They look absolutely perfect.

  37. Memoria 38

    The butter/honey shot is to die for. Wow.

    I think I will make these this weekend and freeze the leftover, shaped balls of dough to consume later. YUM! Thanks for a great recipe.

  38. Lisa 39

    Beautiful rolls and luscious photos! I may have to try them.

  39. LilSis 40

    Can’t eat just one? I’d have a hard time stopping at two or five! The melted butter on that hot roll is too die for!

  40. It looks like a lovely recipie and the last picture is so jummy!

  41. Gayle 42

    Just took my rolls out of the oven and ate the first one. MMMmmmm. So tender and light. It will be a challenge to save and freeze most of them for Christmas supper. Going for my second, right now. Think I’ll have a bit of honey on it. Thanks for another winner.

  42. Linda 43

    These look gorgeous! Can these be par cooked and frozen?

  43. Noble Pig 44

    I’ve never done it so I have no idea.

  44. Alana 45

    Is that a stoneware pan you used? That’s what I was going to try these with today :)

  45. Noble Pig 46

    I used just a regular baking sheet, no stoneware.

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  47. Sue 48

    Can I freeze half the dough

  48. Noble Pig 49

    I’ve never tried.