30 Minute Dinner Rolls

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls are the perfect bread recipe to serve with any meal. They are great for the holiday’s, weeknights, and basically anytime you want homemade dinner rolls on the table fast. They are soft, fluffy, and some of the easiest dinner rolls you’ll ever make.

close up shot of 30 minute dinner rolls

I get asked all the time if you can really make theses 30 minute dinner rolls in 30 minutes. The answer is YES, and they come out so soft and fluffy. I have always love making homemade bread, but I don’t like how time consuming it is to make homemade dinner rolls. This 30 minute roll recipe is so easy to make even on the busiest weeknights. They are a great side to enjoy with a hot bowl of soup or even the base of some of our favorite slider recipes.

Ingredients for 30 minute rolls

  • Warm Water: You want your water to between 115-125 degrees. Any cooler and it will take longer for your yeast to proof, any hotter you risk killing the yeast all together.
  • Sugar: I used white granulated sugar.
  • Yeast: I used active dry yeast. Make sure to check the expiration date on your yeast. If it is expired, throw it out and buy fresh yeast. Expired yeast can cause your rolls not to rise.
  • Vegetable Oil: Olive oil can be used in place of vegetable oil.
  • Salt: Salt helps slow the rise of yeast in baked goods, leading to an even, stable texture.
  • Egg: Eggs help bind the ingredients together and help to increase the volume.
  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour for these rolls.

How to make 30 minute dinner rolls

  • Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper, or lightly grease.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow to proof for approximately 2-5 minutes.
  • Add in oil, salt, egg, and flour (1 cup at a time). Mix with a stand mixer until combined. Let your stand mixer do the work and let it knead the dough for about 4 minutes. The dough will be fairly soft. (Adding too much flour will make the rolls dense. I know you might want to add more flour until the dough isn’t sticky, but you want to mix in just enough flour so that you can form it into balls with oily hands).
  • Spray your hands with baking spray and shape dough into 15 individual balls.
  • Place dough in a prepared 9×13 baking dish and cover with a dish towel.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F and place pan on top of oven and let the dough rise while your oven is preheating.
steps to make 30 minute dinner rolls
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the top of the rolls are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the top with melted butter before serving. Enjoy!
30 minute dinner rolls in a baking pan

Why is my bread so dense?

These dinner rolls should turn out light and fluffy like the pictures you see on this post. If you find that your rolls are not rising or come out dense, below are a few suggestions to follow.

  • Kneading: While this recipe does not call for kneading as a separate step, bread needs to be kneaded to form the gluten, which makes bread light and fluffy. This can be as simple as letting your stand mixer knead the dough for you for a couple extra minutes. You can always knead the dough by hand before forming into individual balls.
  • Check your yeast: If your yeast doesn’t proof it could be that your yeast is expired or the water wasn’t the right temperature and the yeast died. If the water is too cold, it can take longer for the yeast to proof, and if the water is to hot or it is expired, it won’t grow at all.
  • Too much flour: Adding too much flour will make the rolls dense. I know you might want to add more flour until the dough isn’t sticky, but you want to mix in just enough flour so that you can form it into balls with oily hands.

How to store leftover dinner rolls.

I have found that these dinner rolls keep best by placing them in an airtight container in the fridge because they don’t contain preservatives. Simply pull them out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving and allow them to come to room temperature, or place them in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm them up.

30 minute dinner rolls in a baking pan

30 minute dinner rolls

April
30 Minute Dinner Rolls are the perfect bread recipe to serve with any meal. They are great for the holiday's, weeknights, and basically anytime you want homemade dinner rolls on the table fast. They are soft, fluffy, and wonderfully delicious.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 169 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper, or lightly grease.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow to proof for approximately 2-5 minutes.
  • Add in oil, salt, egg, and flour (1 cup at a time). Mix with a stand mixer until combined. Let your stand mixer do the work and let it knead the dough for about 4 minutes. The dough will be fairly soft. (Adding too much flour will make the rolls dense. I know you might want to add more flour until the dough isn't sticky, but you want to mix in just enough flour so that you can form it into balls with oily hands).
  • Spray your hands with baking spray and shape dough into 15 individual balls.
  • Place dough in a prepared 9×13 baking dish and cover with a dish towel.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F and place pan on top of oven and let the dough rise while your oven is preheating.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the top of the rolls are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the top with melted butter before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1rollCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 25.4gProtein: 3.3gFat: 5.7gCholesterol: 10.5mgSodium: 158.5mgPotassium: 3.4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3.3gCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.3mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We made similar rolls in culinary school but the took HOURS…this recipe is just as good but so much quicker! Love it!

  2. 5 stars
    The perfect texture! Light and fluffy and perfect for enjoying along with a bowl of soup!

  3. 5 stars
    These dinner rolls look just the right texture. So fluffy and delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    These rolls look tender, fluffy, and simply perfect! I’d be eating a lot if these are on the table!

  5. 5 stars
    I never realised how easy it was to make dinner rolls! These look perfect, I’ll definitely be trying the recipe 🙂

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