Light and Fluffy Dinner Rolls


This delicious dinner roll recipe was created one day when I was in the mood to bake without a recipe.  They turned out great, and we’ve made them over an over as our go-to dinner rolls.

Light and Fluffy Dinner Rolls

1 cup warm water

2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp sugar

4 cups all-purpose flour

8 tbsp margarine or butter (softened)

Optional: honey butter to brush on tops after baking – to taste combo of softened butter/margarine and honey


  1. Wake up the yeast: Combine water, yeast, and 1 tsp sugar in mixer bowl. Leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt, 3 tbsp sugar, and flour. Combine with dough hook on low.
  3. Add the margarine/softened butter a few pieces at a time while the dough is kneading. It will look like a mess for a few minutes.  Be patient.  Knead for 10 minutes until it is a smooth, elastic ball. 
  4. On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball. Place it into a greased bowl.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 1 hour.  I like to let mine rise in a warm oven – heat oven on 350°F for 1 minuteTurn it off before putting in the bowl.
  5. Grease a 9’ x 13’ pan. Form either 12 large or 24 small rolls (we prefer small).  Do this by dividing the dough by halves until the last bits by thirds (like a pie).  It helps keep the rolls of uniform-size.  Pull the “raw” edges of the dough to the bottom until the top is smooth and spherical.  Place seam side down in the pan.
  6. Let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour on the warm stove top or on the counter with the kitchen towel over the rolls. Pre-heat oven to 350°F toward end of rising time.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350°F or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Brush tops with honey butter if desired. Let cool slightly before handling.

These rolls can be kept after baking in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, in our experience.  Just pop into the microwave for about 10 seconds to reheat.