Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
30 Mins
Stand Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Cook Time
5 Mins
Rise Time
2 Hours
Bake Time
12 Mins
Makes 28 rolls

There are not many things tastier than a hot-from-the-oven buttered yeast roll. This is an updated recipe of an old-fashioned southern favorite that is sweetened with honey and will melt in your mouth.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, and let stand 5 minutes or until mixture bubbles.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until 100° to 110°.

Step 3

Stir together warm milk, eggs, and next 3 ingredients in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, blending well. Add yeast mixture, stirring to combine. Gradually add 5 cups flour, beating at medium speed, using paddle attachment. Beat 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 1 hour.

Step 4

Uncover dough, and add remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, beating at medium speed 5 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.) Transfer to a lightly greased large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Punch down dough. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface, and roll into 28 (2 1/2-inch) balls (about 1/4 cup dough per ball). Place balls in 4 lightly greased 9-inch pans (7 balls per pan). Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Step 6

Stir together 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/4 cup honey.

Step 7

Bake rolls at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with honey butter. Serve with remaining honey butter.

Step 8

Note: To freeze, place baked rolls in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and freeze up to two months. Let thaw at room temperature. Reheat, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

October 25, 2016
My dough is always sticky with this recipe. I form the balls by coating the dough and my hands in flour so it doesn't stick. Works just fine for me every time.

Amazing rolls!

April 17, 2017
I made these for a big crowd for Easter and there weren't any left. I made a brown sugar cinnamon butter to go with them. Definitely going to be stocking my freezer with a bunch of these to make on weeknights!  

April 02, 2015
Why give two stars if you failed? It's a very old recipe. It works for everyone else. You are rating the recipe, not your own cooking abilities.

April 02, 2015
Why give two stars because you failed?


April 21, 2016
These rolls didn't turn out that well for me, they were brown on the bottom and pale on top. I probably did something wrong, but I'm disappointed..

Love these rolls!

April 17, 2016
Very easy to follow and definitely a keeper! Light and fluffy, the perfect dinner roll

Couldn't roll into balls

March 17, 2016
This bread came out delicious, fluffy and soft. However, my dough was sticky the whole time. I was unable to roll it in balls so I used an ice cream scooper to place 1/4 of dough on my baking sheet. What did I do wrong? I know for a fact o added the salt last by mistake other than that I followed the recipe. Also, the recipe called for no kneading so I didn't do any... I just used my paddle attachment as instructed. Help!

Now a must-have for holidays

November 25, 2015
Everyone now requests these over any other holiday dish. Use quality honey and butter for best results!

hotwyn's Review

March 24, 2013
How come mine didn't turn out light and fluffy??

Sharie's Review

September 29, 2012
Ok... I just finished eating my first, of what will likely be many, of these. They are delicious. Took some time, but I felt like baking, which takes time. I am happy with ths recipe and cannot think of a change that I would or should make! Thanks!!!