Soft Dinner Rolls

Notes: If making ahead, cover cool rolls airtight and let stand at room temperature up to 1 day; freeze to store up to 6 weeks. Warm, uncovered, on baking sheets in a 325° oven for about 10 minutes.

Yield: Makes 24 rolls
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 102
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Fat: 3.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 84mg
  • Cholesterol: 17mg


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • About 3 cups unbleached or regular all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg


  1. 1. In a bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1 1/4 cups warm (about 110°) water; let stand until yeast is soft, about 5 minutes. Add salt, sugar, 3 cups flour, and butter. Stir, then beat with a spoon until well mixed.
  2. 2. To knead with a dough hook, beat on medium speed until dough is no longer sticky when touched and pulls cleanly from sides of bowl, 3 to 4 minutes; if sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. To knead by hand, scrape onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 6 minutes, adding more flour as required to prevent sticking. Return dough to bowl.
  4. 3. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Uncover and beat with dough hook, or scrape dough onto a floured board and knead, to expel air.
  5. 4. With oiled hands, pinch dough into 24 equal balls (about 2 in. wide) and shape each into a smooth round. Set balls, smooth side up and about 2 inches apart, on 2 buttered baking sheets (14 by 17 in.). Cover balls lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until slightly puffy, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. 5. In a small bowl, beat egg to blend. Brush egg over tops and sides of rolls as each pan is ready to bake.
  7. 6. Bake in a 400° oven until rolls are well browned, 10 to 15 minutes; if using 1 oven, switch pan positions after 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to racks; serve warm or cool.
  8. Nutritional analysis per roll.
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