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Grandma's Dinner Rolls

Grandma's Dinner Rolls

These buttery, homemade dinner rolls are really something special. Perfect for holidays or when you're feeling ambitious in the kitchen. 

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60 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 30 min
Total Time


3 tablespoons warm water (105°F to 115°F)

1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into chunks

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided


Land O Lakes® Butter, melted, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place warm water into bowl; stir in yeast and 1/4 teaspoon sugar until dissolved. Let stand 5-10 minutes or until mixture starts to foam around edges.

  2. STEP 2

    Place milk and butter into 1-quart saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is almost melted.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 1/4 cup sugar and salt in bowl. Add warm milk mixture; mix well. Add egg; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Check temperature in bowl. It should be less then 115°F. If it is warmer, let mixture cool slightly. Add yeast mixture; continue beating until well mixed. Add 2 cups flour; beat until mixture is smooth.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir in enough remaining flour with wooden spoon, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is easy to handle. Let dough rest 5 minutes.

  5. STEP 5

    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Place into greased bowl; turn greased-side up.

  6. STEP 6

    Cover; let rise in warm place 45-60 minutes or until double in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

  7. STEP 7

    Punch down dough. Divide dough in half. Cut each half into 9 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place balls onto large greased baking sheets. Cover with plastic food wrap; let rise 30-45 minutes or until almost double in size.

  8. STEP 8

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  9. STEP 9

    Bake 10-13 minutes or until light golden brown. Brush warm rolls with melted butter, if desired.

Tip #1

Visit the All Things Butter page to learn all things Thanksgiving! You'll find countdown timelines, buttery recipes and helpful tips for a delicious meal.

Tip #2

Placing the dough in a warm, draft-free place is essential for the rising process.  Ideal rising temperatures are 80°F to 90°F.  You can create heat by, filling a bowl with very hot water and placing a plate over it. Place bowl of dough on plate, draping a towel over dough and bowl to keep heat in. Or, set bowl of dough on top of a heating pad set to low or medium temperature.

Nutrition (1 roll)

130 Calories
3 Fat (g)
20 Cholesterol (mg)
160 Sodium (mg)
22 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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