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Soft Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Warm, buttery dinner rolls are absolutely irresistible. I save time and use a stand mixer to make my dough. —Jennifer Patterson, Shoshone, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm buttermilk (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon softened butter, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup butter, egg, sugar, salt and yeast mixture, then add 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth, 1 minute. Add remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into 20 balls. Place in a greased 13x9-in. pan. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Brush rolls lightly with remaining buttermilk and butter. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 165 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Kellie
    Oct 6, 2020

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were perfect. I made them this week but got my liquids too hot and it never rose/proofed. So instead of throwing it out, I still rolled them into balls of dough. For some of them, I rolled them out and hand stretched them as thin as I could. Then fried them up with some olive oil, garlic salt and italian seasoning. Made great flatbread! I was determined to make them into something! I am going to do the others but with cinnamon sugar!

  • Grace
    May 15, 2020

    I’m not sure what happened here. Followed the recipe (with a stand mixer) and my dough never proofed. Well, it grew a little bit after over 2 hours... not sure what the problem is here. The ingredients seem right.... really disappointed

  • Julie
    Nov 23, 2019

    These rolls are truly the absolute best ever. Super soft and really delicious. Smell so good when they’re baking and come out of the oven.

  • sweetangelma
    Jan 1, 2019

    Not really a review can u freeze this if so how would you recommend because they won't eat all 20 at Sunday supper so I would like to free 10

  • danielleylee
    Nov 23, 2018

    These turned out very nicely. I doubled the recipe and prepared them in a clover leaf pattern. Everyone loved them.

  • ojc0806
    Oct 17, 2018

    Good rolls.

  • justmbeth
    Dec 27, 2017

    One of our favorite dinner rolls! They rise beautifully.

  • aspiringcook
    Nov 26, 2017

    This is a great recipe! Any tips or suggestions to make these ahead of time and bake just before serving?

  • workinmomTX
    Dec 30, 2016

    These rolls are so delicious! They are soft and melt in your mouth. The recipe is a keeper. I made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

  • Vickieanne
    Nov 25, 2016

    I made these rolls for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved them. They were wonderful.