Sweet Dinner Rolls are delicious, soft, and light rolls. They are the perfect addition to any meal.
These simple dinner rolls are perfect all year but especially for a holiday dinner when you want to add a special homemade touch. They’re soft, sweet, easy to make and so addicting, you may want to make a double batch.
We have our favorite holiday recipes and these sweet dinner rolls are at the top of everyone’s list. I make them every Thanksgiving and Christmas and, if for some reason I didn’t, there’d be a lot of sad faces around our table.
There’s nothing difficult about these rolls except that they’re hard to resist. Yes, I’m a bread lover (if it wasn’t obvious) and these soft rolls are too die for.
Why We Love Them
I am a huge Rhode’s Rolls fan but after I made these homemade rolls for the first time years ago, no other roll has graced our table. I used to make 16 large rolls, but in the last few years, I’ve made smaller ones. Somehow, the smaller ones are more buttery and soft.
And the kids – they love, love, love them. If I put a whole basket on the table, they gobble them up without even touching the rest of their meal. So, be aware, if you have kids be sure to place the basket out of reach unless you want them to disappear minutes after serving them.
As far as my husband, he’ll hover around the oven to sneak a first bite of a hot buttery roll. If he had his own way, he’d eat the entire pan before they make it to the holiday table. I have to agree, hot out of the oven, they are heavenly bliss.
Beyond the texture and flavor, they are the best dinner rolls for big holiday meals, potlucks, or open houses when things might be sitting out for a while. They don’t easily dry out and they’re just as delicious served cold as when they first come out of the oven.
- Warm water
- Warm milk
- Softened butter
- White sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Active dry yeast
How to Make Them
When the cycle finishes, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half.
Roll each half into a 12-inch circle, spread 1/4 cup softened butter over the entire round.
Be sure to check the expiration date on your yeast before you make it. Otherwise, the rolls won’t rise.
If you have leftover rolls (highly unlikely) they will keep for a few days in a container stored at room temperature.
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SHEET PAN: I love using a larger sheet pan while cooking because I am feeding my family of seven. I love these pans so much that I have 9!
Soft buttery homemade rolls – this sweet dinner roll recipe is a holiday must-have! Try them and they might be your new favorite Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner tradition. Enjoy! XOXO San
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Dinner Sweet Rolls
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- .25 ounces active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- Place water, milk, egg, 1/3 cup butter, sugar, salt, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough/Knead and First Rise Cycle; press Start.
- When the cycle finishes, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12-inch circle, spread 1/4 cup softened butter over each round.
- Cut each circle into 8 wedges*. Roll wedges starting at wide end; roll gently but tightly. Place point side down on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Cover with a clean kitchen towel and put in a warm place, let rise 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden.