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The Best Yeast Rolls

These are the best Yeast Rolls and they turn out perfect every time. With just the right amount of sweetness, these homemade rolls taste heavenly slathered with butter. They are a great addition for a Sunday supper or holiday meal. And they are a must on the Thanksgiving table.

The Best Yeast Rolls


These rolls are so buttery and light and they bake up golden on top. They are light, but sturdy enough to make mini sandwiches with.

There is nothing better than homemade rolls. I can eat my weight in them. Store bought rolls don’t even come close to competing. These yeast rolls take a little time investment, but it is so worth it. They really are the beast yeast rolls.

The Best Yeast Rolls


This recipe is made from your basic dinner roll ingredients: yeast, flour, butter, eggs, and milk plus some sugar. The eggs and butter add a wonderful richness to the rolls.

The Best Yeast Rolls


Can I freeze these yeast rolls?

Yes. You can freeze them right after shaping them into balls. You will need to remove them from the freezer at least 2 hours before serving. They need to thaw and rise before baking.

Tips for making the Best Yeast Rolls

  • If you don’t have a warm place for them to rise, no problem. It will just take longer for them to rise, but they will still rise.
  • Good warm places include the top of the dryer when it is on or in front of a sunny window. You can also heat the oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off. Place the dough in the oven with the door cracked open.

This recipe makes a full 9×13-inch pan full of rolls. Perfect for a holiday meal. This is a classic yeast roll recipe you will turn to again and again.

The Best Yeast Rolls

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The Best Yeast Rolls

The Best Yeast Rolls

These Yeast Rolls are so pillowy soft with just the right amount of sweetness.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 20 mins
Rise time: 2 hrs
TOTAL: 35 mins
SERVINGS: 20 rolls


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, may need a little more


  • Place milk in a small saucepan and bring it just to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and stir in sugar, butter, and salt. Let cool to lukewarm. (You don't want it hotter than 115 degrees.)
  • Mix together warm water and yeast. I do this right in the glass measuring cup that I measure the water in. Let sit a few minutes.
  • Pour yeast mixture into the mixing bowl for your electric mixer. Add milk mixture, eggs, and 2 cups of flour. Beat with paddle attachment until mixed. 
  • Beat in remaining 2 1/2 cups flour gradually. There is a chance you will need a little less than 4 1/2 cups of flour.
  • Next knead the dough. You can use the dough hook and the electric mixer. Beat with speed set to 2 for about 7 minutes.
    Or you can knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 8 to 10 minutes. 
    I like to use the dough hook for about 5 minutes and then knead by hand for a few minutes.
  • Place dough in a buttered bowl. Turn the dough ball so it gets greased with butter on all sides. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Divide dough into balls of about 2 to 3 tablespoons each. Place in a greased 9x13-inch pan. I do 5 rows with 4 in each roll. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
  • About 10 minutes before rolls are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Brush tops of rolls with butter and serve.


Course: Breads
Cuisine: Southern

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95 thoughts on “The Best Yeast Rolls”

  1. Spartan Bear

    My question is: Can you make the dough and leave it in the refrigerator overnight and bring out the next day to rise? My fear would be that it would still rise in the refrigerator, but maybe if it did, just pound it down and let it rise again???

    1. Ariel R Carpenter

      I have done that. I put the already formed rolls in the fridge overnight and just allowed 2 hours for them to sit on the countertop before I baked them. Came out great.

  2. I’ve made rolls twice using this recipe and both times they turned out great. I’ll be making another two batches for Thanksgiving. The whole family likes them.

    One trick I’ve learned about finding a warm place for dough to rise is put it in the oven and just turn on the oven light. You may want to turn it on when you first start the recipe so that it will have time to warm up. Mine warms to about 100 degrees and stays there, but check yours because all ovens and lights may not be the same. Just check with a thermometer. You may have to leave the door open a bit if yours gets too warm.

  3. Lisa Nietupski

    They were so delicious and easy! I was worried that they didn’t rise enough the first time but they were perfect. I used an ice cream scoop to measure them out. I will definitely be making these often.

  4. Hilary LeBlanc

    Southerners have different types of yeast rolls for different things. These rolls are delicious – but they are the dense bready ones – that are good with things like fried chicken. They are not the airy light ones – that you remember from your school cafeteria. I suspect the light ones omit the eggs and use shortening. Thanks for the clear well written directions!

  5. Made these for the first time after trying several different and these by far are the best and are really dummy proof.
    The only thing I did different was turn my oven on to 350 while I prepared everything let it get really hot then turned it off and put the doe in and it only took 40 mins to proof cooked for 30 mins instead.
    They were amazing!

  6. My husband and daughter are making these for tonight’s dinner – we’re very excited to try them!

  7. This is the recipe is exactly like my Mother’s. The rolls are Wonderful. Thank you so much.

  8. Made these at thanksgiving and they were a hit!! Making them for Christmas as well. I followed recipe exactly only adding rosemary and thyme per requested by the family they wished the seasoned butter topping was throughout. I went slowly and made sure everything was between 105-115 degrees. I really have no idea how these could turn out bad or wrong if u have the equipment and follow exactly as she says! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. I made these for our family Thanksgiving and they all loved the rolls! It was my first time making yeast rolls and I was able to follow the recipe with no issues. I had a nice rise on the rolls and covered them in garlic rosemary butter.

    They were fantastic!

    1. This recipe is exactly from my Mother’s recipe & is perfect! Yeast must bubble, dough must rise twice & bake at 375. I beat tgeveggs before adding to the mixture. Hope you’ll give this another try because these yeast rolls are Yummy! Good Luck.

  10. Easy. Straightforward. Light sweetness. That said, my extensive experience with a yeast dough containing eggs consistently means the recipe yields an incredibly dry bread. I selected the recipe, despite the eggs because it seemed to be of a reasonable difficulty for my 11-year-old granddaughter to tackle “on her own”. We made pizza and pretzel dough together before with fantastic results. She followed the instructions. She used just 4 cups of flour and 20 minutes of baking time, both an attempt to avoid dryness. Right out of the oven, the mouthfeel, aroma, and granularity proved the recipe choice to be a poor one. I am not convinced the use of the ingredients and time on this recipe are well-spent. More importantly, the hit to my granddaughter’s confidence remains the opposite of the intent to include her in the Thanksgiving preparation. Thankfully the 3 other recipes she made that afternoon redeemed our efforts.

    1. I never get this…”I selected a recipe that I didnt think would work, changed things because of it, and Then it was awful.”

      Why not select a recipe that you do like and follow the directions?

  11. I made these several times! They turn out great every time and I’m just following g the recipe! 🙂 My family is super excited that I’m making them for Thanksgiving. Great recipe!!

  12. Good thing I was making a practice run…My bread rose beautifully, then I punched down..they rose beautifully again, in the pan, but…I guess I let them then rise too long, as when I was ready to bake them…they had collapsed. Is there too long of a period to have them rise? It doesn’t seem like that should be true..but..it definitely was true in my case. So they came out more bready..vs light and roll-like.

  13. SquidProQuo

    It came out fine, just not what I was looking for. It didn’t have the flavor or texture I look for in a yeast roll. This just seemed like a standard dinner roll. It has a crumbly cake-like texture, almost like a cornbread. It didn’t have a “yeast” flavor to it either.
    The recipe was well written and fun to make with my daughter.

    1. Leo Washington,Sr

      I got the real yeast roll recipe they used not enough yeast it takes 3 whole strips the yeastmans 3 packs all in one pack with her recipe and her eggs and sugar amounts are very off measure the sugar should be more and eggs are much more to fluff the roll and dough just responded and I’ll give you my mom’s recipe we used for years also I’m am the roll King I been making this roll/Bread for 40 year’s and it’s time to part with this Recipe my name is Leo Giftedhandsleowashington can be seen on Facebook @Giftedhandsleowash Facebook

      1. Johnelle Haynes

        I love a a rich flavor of yeast. Is that why this recipe calls for two packs of dry yeast? Wish I could find the the recipe the lunchroom ladies made at school

      2. Vickie Melton

        Leo Washington, Sr I’m trying to find you on Facebook for your recipe but I haven’t had any luck. I’m looking for a great yeast roll recipe. Thank you.

  14. This is an awesome recipe as well as easy, I made both dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls….. Both turned out great!! Thank U!..

  15. Janet Zirkle

    After 40 years with the same bread recipe, I decided to try something new. This bread is heavenly! Perfect texture and the taste…..WOW!

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