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These easy, foolproof homemade dinner rolls served with whipped honey butter are perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday dinners!  With a make-ahead option, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make bakery-quality rolls in your own kitchen! #dinnerrolls #rolls #thanksgiving #bread #homemaderecipe #yeast #honeybutter
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The Ultimate Dinner Rolls with Whipped Honey Butter

The ultimate light and fluffy dinner rolls, made with yeast for a classic holiday side dish.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner roll recipe, dinner rolls, yeast roll
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 232kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 105-110 F degrees
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened completely to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • Grease bottom and sides of a very large mixing bowl, set aside for later.
  • Add warmed milk to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.  Add yeast and sugar, then stir and let sit for 5 minutes.  Mixture should be frothy/foamy.
  • Add honey, egg, egg yolk, melted butter, salt and 3 cups of flour.  Mix on LOW speed for a minute or two, then add remaining 1/2 cup flour.  Mix on LOW for another minute, until it all combines.
  • Dough should be soft and thick, and slightly sticky.  You're looking for the dough to pull away from the sides of the bowl as it mixes.
  • Increase mixer speed to MED to "knead" the dough for a minute or two.  The dough will slap against the sides of the bowl when finished.
  • Turn dough out into prepared mixing bowl, turning dough to coat all sides.  Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, then place in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours, until dough has doubled in size.
  • When dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down (this removes air bubbles), then turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I use my countertop).
  • Cut dough into fourths, then cut each fourth into 4 equal sized pieces, for a total of 16 pieces of dough.
  • Form into balls and place into a buttered 9x13 baking dish.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled and puffy in appearance, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Bake dinner rolls for 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown and the tops of rolls have a hollow sound when tapped.


  • Add butter and honey to a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer until whipped, smooth and completely combined.
  • Spread honey butter on top of freshly baked rolls, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



  1. Recipe makes 16 rolls.
  2. Prep time does not include rising times, as these will vary slightly from individual to individual.
  3. Flour amount is an approximation, as things like humidity in your house can effect how much flour needs to be added.  Start with the 3 1/2 cups, and add more, 1 Tbsp at a time, if needed to get a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  4. Leftover rolls can be kept for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, or frozen for 2-3 months.  Warm in 300-325 F degree oven for 10 minutes or so to reheat.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg