Easy Homemade Garlic & Butter Dinner Rolls

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Warm, sturdy, buttery dinner rolls to serve alongside almost anything! Generously seasoned with a salty garlic butter, it’s about to be your next go-to dinner roll. Perfectly equipped to soak up that left over gravy on your plate. Absoulutly amazing served warm!

Dinner Rolls displayed under a clear dome


Gathering your ingredients


Whole Milk – Were looking for warmed milk, not cold and not hot. We don’t want to kill our yeast. Microwave slowly while checking the temperature, between 100-110 F is where you need to be.

Yeast – For this recipe, 1 packet of Active Dry Yeast is perfect, which comes out to be 2.25 tsp of yeast if you’re measuring from a container.

Sugar – Yeast food!

Sea Salt – Salt = flavor. Spice it up and use garlic salt.

Unsalted Butter – Brings a soft fluffy texture and added flavor. If you are in a position where you only have salted butter, Just omit some or all of the salt.

Eggs – Brings the dough together, and provides lift and flavor. Also a beaten egg for an egg wash before baking.

Flour – For this recipe, we will be using an All-Purpose Flour. You can sub out half of the all-purpose flour with wheat flour. I wouldn’t replace all of the all-purpose flour with wheat flour. This will result in a much denser and not as tasty dinner roll. Whole wheat rolls will be a future recipe I bet! I do look forward to trying this flour swap, however. If you’ve tried it let me know how it worked for you in the comments!

Garlic Powder – Essential in adding that burst of garlicky flavor

Chopped parsley (optional) – I say optional, but really you should add it. Make a garlic herb butter topping.

Minced garlic (optional) – This is also optional, but if you’re a true garlic fan you know we measure garlic with our hearts and this is a must.


Dinner rolls baking in the oven

How do I know if my yeast is good?

To check to see if your yeast is still alive follow these steps:

-In a small bowl dissolve 1 tsp of white sugar into 1/4 cup of warm water. Not just any temperature warm, between 110F-115F. The water should be warm, but not hot.

-Stir in 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast

-You should notice some action in your yeast mixture within several minutes.

-After 10 minutes, the yeast bloom should be foamy and slightly risen.

Congrats! Your yeast is alive.

However, if you have no action, then it’s best to ditch your yeast and buy some fresh yeast.

Kitchen supplies you’ll need

  • Stand mixer
  • Dough hook
  • Baking pan or sheet
  • Towel or plastic wrap
  • Airtight container for storage
  • Small bowl
  • Pasty brush or silicone brush

Mix it, Bake it, Eat it!

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment add the warmed milk, melted butter, and sugar. Mix on low to combine.

Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, and stir gently to mix. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.

Add in the eggs, and mix on low to combine.

To the mixture sift in 5 1/2 cups of flour and salt.

Finally start to mix all of the ingredients on low until they start to come together. Increase the speed to medium and slowly start to add the remaining 1/2 cup flour.

Mix for 5 minutes in the stand mixer until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should still be slightly sticky.

Shape the dough into a ball shape and place it into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

After an hour, punch the dough down and pour it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Separate the dough into 24 equal balls. Using a kitchen scale will help ensure even weights thus helping them all bake evenly.

To make the dough balls, fold the dough ball under itself a couple of times. Use your hand to gently cup around the dough ball on the countertop. Making a rolling motion to create a sphere.

Prepare a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place your prepared dough balls onto the sheet in 4 rows of 6. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise once again in a warm place for an hour.

**If you have a large enough baking dish and want to use that for your homemade dinner rolls. Don’t worry about them touching, now they’re pull-apart bread rolls.

After this last rise. Finally! Preheat oven to 375F

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg, and with a pastry brush or silicone brush, brush the egg wash over the rolls.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Preparing the Garlic Butter

In a small saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add garlic powder and salt and stir to combine.

My husband likes to measure anything garlic with his heart, so in addition to the garlic powder, he likes to add minced garlic as well.

I will often times add chopped parsley to this mixture, making it a garlic herb butter. The color contrast the green parsley makes will make your dinner rolls extra special.

Immediately brush the baked rolls with the melted butter mixture

Serve warm! You wont regret it.


Can I make Dinner Rolls ahead of time?


If you’re needing to make the rolls ahead of time there are a couple of times during the process you can stop and pick up at a later time.

Firstly follow the recipe until the first rise. Once your dough is ready to rise, place the bowl in the fridge for up to 18 hours. When you’re ready, remove and let rise on the counter for 2 hours before continuing with the recipe.

Secondly, you can follow the recipe until you’ve rolled all the dough balls and they’ve been placed on the pan. Cover the pan tightly and place it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When you’re ready to bake, set it on the counter to come to room temp for 2 hours, then bake.

Storing and freezing rolls:


Whether you’re looking to freeze a whole batch of rolls in their pan ready to go, or individual rolls to take out a few at a time as you need. Or if you want to save those already baked Dinner Rolls for a later date. These Dinner Rolls lend to many storing and freezing options.

Freeze a whole batch – Before the final 1-hour rise, tightly cover your pan with at least two layers of plastic wrap and freeze. Freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to bake, remove the rolls from the freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Let the rolls thaw then rise, approx 4-6 hours. Continue the recipe to finish.

Freezing individual rolls – Before the final 1-hour rise, in either a pan or Ziploc bag you’ll want to separate each roll by placing a piece of parchment paper between the rolls. This way you can take out as many as you need without disturbing the rest. When you’re ready to bake, remove the rolls from the freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Let the rolls thaw then rise, approx 4-6 hours. Continue the recipe to finish.

Freezing baked Dinner Rolls – Of course, you can always toss your finished rolls in a Ziploc bag and freeze them. When you’re ready to use, wrap the rolls in foil and heat in the oven at 300 for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.

Tasty additions to your dinner roll recipe:


I love to have multiple options for one recipe. Use this as a base recipe to add your favorite flavors!

Here are a few my family really enjoys:

Cheese – This is our kid’s favorite option. Mix 1/2 cup of Cheddar, or your favorite cheese into your dough. Also adding grated parmesan to the garlic butter mixture to spread on top is always a win. A harder cheese is preferred.

Herbs & Spices – Add 2 tbsp in total of your favorite herb combination into your dough. Rosemary, Parsley, Basil & Oregano are some of our go-to’s. Add 1 tsp of Garlic Powder to your dough for even more Garlic flavor. Also, don’t forget that you can make garlic herb butter by adding your desired herbs to the garlic butter.

Pizza – Add 1 tbsp each of oregano and onion powder to your bread dough. To your butter topping mixture add an extra 2 tbsp of butter, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, and an optional 1/4 crushed red pepper flakes. Dip in a marinara sauce!

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Easy Homemade Garlic & Butter Dinner Rolls

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  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x

Ingredients

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2 cups warmed milk

2 tbsp instant dry yeast, 1 packet

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp salt

6 tbsp softened butter

2 large eggs

6 cups all-purpose flour

Butter Topping

4 tbsp melted butter

2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. In your stand mixer bowl add the warmed milk, melted butter, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, stir gently to mix. Let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Add egg to the wet mixture. 
  4. Add 5 ½ cups flour and salt.
  5. Using the dough hook for your stand mixer, mix on a low setting until the mixture starts to come together. Increase speed to medium. Slowly start adding the remaining ½ cup of flour.
  6. Mix in the stand mixer for 5 minutes until the dough starts to pull away from the sides. It should still be slightly sticky.
  7. Place smoothed dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with towel or plastic wrap for 1 hour.
  8. Punch the dough down, then once again pour out onto a lightly floured surface. 
  9. Separate the dough into 24 equal balls. Best to use a scale to measure the dough, then divide. This will ensure they all bake evenly. 
  10. Fold the dough ball under to create a smooth top, use your hand to gently cup around the dough ball on the countertop, and roll it into a smooth ball.
  11. Place on a greased large baking sheet. You’ll end up with 6 rows of 4. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  12. Preheat oven to 375
  13. Beat the remaining egg and brush over the rolls. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned.
  14. In a microwave-safe bowl add the butter for the topping, melt in the microwave for a few seconds until melted. Add garlic powder and salt. Stir. Brush butter on freshly baked rolls when they come out of the oven.
  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 2.5 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Roll
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 613.2 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.9 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.3 mg

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By on December 2nd, 2021

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