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My Favorite Rolls

I've spent years looking for the best dinner rolls with no luck until this recipe. These are truly the best dinner rolls ever!

Course Appetizer, Food Extra
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes
Servings 16 rolls
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or one of those little yeast envelopes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour I sometimes do 3/4 cup white wheat flour and the rest all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup butter softened


  1. Combine water, milk and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Add salt, egg, 1/3 cup butter, and all the flour and mix until combined. Let the machine knead for 10 minutes. The dough will be a little bit sticky, but not overly so.
  3. Let rise for 1 hour, covered.
  4. Remove dough from bowl and cut in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the halves into a 12 inch circle. Spread 2 tablespoons of the softened butter over the entire surface. Cut into eight equal wedges (last time I made these, Ella, who was watching, exclaimed, "pizza!") and roll from wide end to point into a crescent. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet with the point tucked underneath the roll. Slightly angle the two ends toward each other so you have a half-moon shape.
  5. Repeat with other half of dough. (I do eight rolls per cookie sheet).
  6. Cover lightly and let rise for 45-60 minutes, until they're a size you feel happy about.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Brush with butter while warm if desired.

Recipe Notes

(I bake two pans at a time, so I do 6 minutes and then switch the pan on the bottom to the top and vica versa and bake for another 6 minutes, then take out the pan on the top rack, move the bottom pan to the top and cook that one pan for another 2 minutes or so until they're golden brown on top too).

(slightly adapted from Allrecipes)