These rolls have long been a family fav…a must with every bowl of chicken noodle soup, and my go-to for special occasion dinners. This recipe was one of my early posts, nearly four years ago. So I decided it was high time to snap some new pics, and bring them back into the limelight just for you! I’ve even added some updates and a few secret tips. 

Rewind, twenty years ago, and I will never forget the day that my co-worker brought her grandmother’s (aka Grams) homemade dinner rolls to work. She toted in this giant wicker basket of the most delectable, big, soft, buttery, tender rolls.  Yes, I was hooked on this carby goodness for life!  I had to get the recipe and learn every trick and tip that her grandmother had up her sleeve.  

Now fast-forward to today, this recipe has become second nature to me. I’ve learned the ins and outs; and the ups and downs to a truly foolproof recipe.  You know you’ve mastered “grams” rolls, when they come out delicious every single time.

Everyone should have a good dinner roll recipe in their kitchen arsenal. Sometimes a meal is just not complete without a fluffy, warm, flaky roll. Yes, I hear you, yeast and kneading sounds a little scary. I promise you, there is nothing to be afraid of with these homemade rolls. Over the years, I’ve simplified my technique. I’ve cut out the kneading by hand, and  I use a bread machine to make the dough.  You just throw the ingredients in the bread pan and it does all the work.  I’ve also included the directions  for an electric stand mixer or to mix by hand. Once the dough is mixed and kneaded, it’s time to shape them into the perfect roll, let them rise and then pop them in the oven. Bet you can’t eat just one! 

Tips, Tricks and Secrets 

  • When shaping the dough into balls, I pull off a piece of dough with one hand and then I give it a twist in the palm of my other hand. It makes the tops nice and smooth. “Grams” described it as a mushroom shape. Shaping like this makes them soft and tender.  But be careful not to overwork the dough or it will get tough.  
  • Check the rolls at 12 minutes. The tops should be a nice golden brown. Once it hits that color, you may remove them from the oven. 
  • Brush with melted butter! This is what gives the top of the dinner rolls that golden sheen and makes them ridiculously delicious. It’s super important 🙂

Butter Rolls

Servings 12 rolls


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


Instructions for Bread Maker

  1. Select the Dough setting on your Bread Maker.Press start.When unit signals done, press Stop and remove the dough.

  2. Shape as desired.Cover with tea towel and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour

  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes until golden on top and baked through.  After removing from the oven, spread the tops with butter.

Instructions for Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or in a large bowl if mixing by hand), combine the milk, salt, water, and butter  

  2. Mix all ingredients.Add the egg, yeast, sugar, and 2 cups of flour. Mix well.Continue adding the rest of the flour until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and is soft and smooth,   You do not want the dough to be too sticky.  Add more flour if needed, but do not over flour the dough

  3. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. Stop and remove the dough.

  4. Shape as desired.Cover with tea towel and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour

  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes until golden on top and baked through. Spread the tops with butter after removing from the oven.

  6. Brush with melted butter.




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