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homemade rolls in a wire basket with some butter on top

Best Homemade Rolls

Course Side Dish, bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24 rolls
Author Jenuine Home


  • 2 cups very warm water (almost hot)
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 5.5-6 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter (for spreading on top of hot rolls)


  1. Add water, yeast and sugar into bowl of a stand mixer. Let rest for 5-10 minutes, until it becomes bubbly.

  2. Add oil, 3 cups of flour and salt. With dough hook attachment, combine all ingredients (except butter) on low speed.

  3. Continue mixing on low speed until flour is incorporated. Slowly add remaining flour cup by cup until dough cleans itself from the sides of the mixing bowl. Continue mixing for 5 more minutes to allow time for the dough to become more elastic.

  4. Lightly grease/oil a large bowl. Remove dough from mixing bowl and gently shape into a ball and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a light towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. After dough has finished rising, punch down the dough to remove the gases/air pockets.

  6. Using oil or some butter, grease hands. Rip off fistful sized sections of dough and shape into rolls about the size of ping pong balls. Place dough balls onto a greased baking sheet, 9x13 glass pan or a silicone mat lined sheet. Allow room for dough balls to double in size in when considering placement on baking pan. Repeat with all dough.

  7. Allow to rise in a warm/non-drafty area until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.

  8. Heat oven to 350F. Bake rolls for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Tops should sound hollow when tapping on top.

  9. For the soft buttery tops, spread butter over tops of rolls while still warm, using a basting brush. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Freezer method:

You can make the dough ahead of time to freeze to bake later! Make dough and shape into balls.

Freeze dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat until frozen (about 1-2 hours). Place frozen dough balls into a ziploc freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, place frozen dough balls onto a greased baking sheet or a silicone baking mat lined pan. Cover with a light tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick spray. Allow to rise 3-5 hours, until doubled in size.

Remove cover and bake as directed on recipe.