Heavenly Dinner Rolls

Basket of fresh made buttery yeast rolls

One of my first memories as a young child growing up in South Carolina is how my grandmother’s dinner rolls melted into my mouth. Those rolls were buttery, moist, light, and soft. I never could eat one roll; those dozens or so rolls ended up in my tummy. Rolls were more important than the main courses of my dinner, which included dessert.

I was delighted when my grandmother one day decided that I was old enough to learn how to make the family’s dinner rolls. I learned that her grandmother taught her as well, and the way to make the rolls had been in the family for countless generations. I now have a daughter, who has also learned to make these “to die for” dinner rolls.

Here’s the “modified” family recipe for my grandmother’s dinner rolls. Of course, I have to keep some key details secret, but the rolls from this recipe will put smiles on your dinner guests’ faces.

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Heavenly Yeast Rolls

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Buttery homemade yeast rolls are perfect anytime and anywhere.  This recipe will bring you back to grandma’s house.

  • Author: Jeannie Jacobs
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 1 1/2 cup 110F warm whole milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, minus 3 tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  1. Using a mixer, whisk together warm milk and 1 Tbsp of sugar in the mixer bowl.  Sprinkle the top of the mixture with 1 Tbsp yeast an let sit 1 minute. Whisk together and let it sit for about 5 minutes until yeast looks foamy.  Add 4 Tbsp melted butter as well as the remaining sugar and salt.
  2. Add flour to the mixture a half cup at a time.  Once the dough becomes thick, switch to a dough hook attachment and mix on speed 2.  4 cups of flour will be added except for the last 1 to 3 Tbsp, unless needed. The dough should feel sticky and tacky but should not stick to clean/dry finger tips.
  3. Knead the dough with the dough hook in a stand mixer for 2 minutes or knead by hand for about 6 minutes. Then place dough in an oiled bowl.  Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 2 hours in a warm place or until doubled in size.
  4. Once dough rises, place it onto a floured surface and cut it into 15-24 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on a buttered 9×13 casserole dish or baking sheet.
  5. Cover the dinner rolls with plastic wrap and let hem rise another 30-60 minutes in a warm place or until puffed.  Bake at 375F for about 20 minute or until the tops are golden brown.
  6. Immediately brush butter on the tops of the warm rolls and sprinkle salt if desired.

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