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Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls


Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls


Perfect soft and Buttery Rolls have the perfect texture and are so soft and fluffy.  They taste amazing and you won’t be able to get enough! 

If you want a really big, soft and buttery roll, then you have got to make this recipe. If you love rolls as much as we do try this 30 minute Asiago Cheese Rolls, Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter or Easy Parmesan Knots at your next dinner.

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

Ever since I was a little girl, homemade rolls have been one of my favorite things ever.

I could have lived on bread and rolls while growing up.

After I moved out on my own, I decided to learn how to make homemade rolls by myself.

I made recipe after recipe and discovered rolls are not hard to make.

With homemade bread, practice really makes perfect.

Just keep trying and you will be a professional bread maker before you know it.

What you need to make soft and buttery rolls

  • Whole milk
  • Sugar
  • Butter: unsalted
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Active dry yeast
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted butter

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

How to make soft and buttery rolls

  • Making the dough: In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 5 Tablespoons butter and salt. Heat until mixture is warm and butter is melted (it will start to slightly bubble around the edges of the pan), remove from heat and cool to lukewarm (this is important, because if it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast). Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the warm water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes or until bubbly and frothy. If the yeast mixture does not get bubbly and frothy, start yeast mixture over.
  • Raising the dough: Add three cups of flour to the bowl of your stand mixer. Pour warm milk mixture into the bowl and mix, using the dough hook, until combined, scraping sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the yeast mixture and beaten eggs and mix until combined. Gradually add remaining two cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time, or until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl as you mix. Dough should still be slightly sticky to the touch. Don’t add too much flour or your rolls will be dry. You may or may not need the entire 5 cups of flour.
  • Shape dough balls: Cover bowl with a towel and allow dough to rise until doubled in size. When dough has risen, punch down. Form dough into balls (if it’s a little too sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray). I use about 3 oz. of dough per dough ball. Place on a large greased sheet pan, spacing 2-3 inches apart. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  • Bake your dough: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 12-13 minutes. Tent rolls with foil the last few minutes of baking. The rolls brown pretty quickly, so tenting them with foil is a must. When done baking, brush with remaining 2 Tablespoons of melted butter. Makes around 16 large rolls.

Tips for making soft and buttery rolls

No matter what roll recipe you are making, here are a few tips that will come in handy:

1.  Make sure the yeast gets activated.  If the yeast does not activate, your rolls will not rise.  I always combine the warm water, yeast and sugar in a separate bowl and make sure it bubbles up before adding it to the other ingredients.  I add a little sugar to that mixture, because yeast loves sugar and it helps it to activate.  If the yeast does not get bubbly and frothy, start over. Hold your hand under the running water.  You want it to be almost too hot to put your hand in.

2.  Do NOT add too much flour.  Adding too much flour will turn an amazing soft roll into a heavy dry roll.  Try to add as little flour as possible without the dough being too sticky to handle.  Knowing how much flour to add can be tricky, but the more rolls you make, the easier it will be for you to tell when there is enough.  You can always spray your hands with cooking spray to help shape the rolls and keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

3.  Do NOT over bake.  If you over bake your rolls, they will be dry.  No one wants a dry roll.

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

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Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 13 minutes

Total Time 43 minutes

Author Jenn H

Servings 16 rolls

Big, soft and buttery homemade rolls that have the perfect texture and taste amazing.

  • 1 1/4 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 c. + 1 tsp. sugar
  • 5 Tbl. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 5 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbl. unsalted butter melted, for brushing on baked rolls

Updated on November 12, 2019

Original Post on November 4, 2016

Nutrition Facts

Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls

Amount Per Serving

Calories 293 Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Cholesterol 22mg7%

Sodium 197mg8%

Potassium 124mg4%

Carbohydrates 58g19%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 60IU1%

Calcium 35mg4%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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