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Getting ready for Thanksgiving? In need of a recipe for homemade dinner rolls? Well here you go!

Now I was a bit hesitant of these rolls because they took a little longer than expected to rise. I would say I left them rise for 3 1/2 hours instead of 3 hours but that extra rise was definitely worth it. Also checking to make sure what type of yeast you are using, I think is imperative. Many of the recipes I found called for instant yeast, where I had highly active yeast. I am assuming there is a difference in rise time with these two. Not only that but to be completely honest with you, I have only made rolls one other time and  the day after they are made, they are starting to get hard! I guess that’s what happens with fresh bread but is kinda a bummer because you need to eat them up right away! I’m sure that won’t be an issue for Thanksgiving, right?

What other Thanksgiving dishes are you making this year?

Are you going Black Friday shopping or working like me?

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Makes: 16 small dinner rolls

Lightly adapted from Annie’s eats


  • 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) highly active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water – heated to 110 degrees
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine yeast with warm water watching for it to bubble – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add honey, oil, salt and egg.
  3. Place liquid mixture in electric mixer with dough hook and add flour a little at a time. You might need all 3 1/2 cups you might only need 3 cups.
  4. Allow dough to mix for 5 minutes where it will start to slap around bowl.
  5. Add 2 Tbsp softened butter to dough and allow to mix again for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Once all incorporated take dough out and knead with hands for a minute or so.
  7. Form ball and place dough in an oiled large bowl and cover with a towel. Put in a warm spot in your kitchen and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  8. Remove dough and punch down, then knead a few times. Place back in bowl to rise for another hour to hour and a half.
  9. Finally, break dough into 16 equal pieces and roll in hands to create ball (they might not be perfect, but once baked will look great!)
  10. In a greased round or square 9 inch pan place dough balls right next to each other.
  11. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp butter and lightly brush on top of each dough ball.
  12. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes on 400F or until lightly browned on top.
  13. ENJOY!



About Lesley

I am a 29 year old Pennsylvanian who enjoys running, good eats, family and friends!

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