The Freshman Fifteen {Recipe: The Best Buttery Dinner Rolls}

The Best Buttery Dinner Rolls by - this is our go to holiday dinner bread recipe!

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Like many young people, who leave the nest and head off to college, I gained the “Freshman Fifteen”. I can pinpoint my extra pounds to one thing… it certainly wasn’t from the not so great dorm food. It wasn’t even because I partied hard and consumed my calories in beer. Just about every single extra pound came from the most delicious, fluffy, buttery dinner rolls at the restaurant I was a waitress at.

Geesh – I think I have bad eating habits now…when I was in college my eating habits were pretty awful. The restaurant I worked at had a bakery with these huge dinner rolls that were served fresh from the oven, with loads of melted butter dripping off the tops. The aroma of them wafted through the restaurant and man… it was impossible to resist. On my short breaks, I would always grab a roll (or a couple) to quickly snarf down so I could get back to my tables.

Homemade bread has always been my weakness.

This Buttery Dinner Roll Recipe is from and is one I’ve been using for the past 10 years for our family Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. It is simply the best dinner roll recipe I’ve ever tried so I haven’t felt the need to stray too far looking for anything better. 

Red Star Yeast recently launched a revolutionary yeast they have called “Platinum Superior Baking Yeast“. They sent me some to try out and I am so amazed! Each loaf of bread I’ve made using this yeast has risen and yielded the most amazing loaves of bread. From the Red Star Yeast website: “This simple-to-use yeast strengthens and improves your dough, increasing oven spring and finished volume of any recipe.”

Yeast terrified friends can rejoice as this yeast seems to be the no fail answer to your bread baking prayers!

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The Freshman Fifteen {Recipe: The Best Buttery Dinner Rolls}
The best buttery dinner roll recipe around. Bread Machine version can be found on this post Original recipe can be found at
  • 1 cup water, plus
  • 1 tablespoon water (70-80 F)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4½ teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3¼ cups bread flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (optional)
  1. Combine all the ingredients, minus the shortening and butter, in the bowl of your stand mixer in the order listed in the ingredients. Knead with the dough hook until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about an hour.
  3. Once dough has risen, remove from bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into 15 uniformed sized balls (you may have to have shortening on your hand as you do this to keep from sticking)
  4. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking pan. Place rolls onto baking pan, cover and let rise until double in size (approximately 30 minutes).
  5. Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until a light, golden brown.
  6. After removing from the oven, brush with melted butter. Serve warm.

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  1. Valerie Ward says

    I’d make these rolls. :-) I clicked on the picture from pinterest and they sound delicious.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Jerri says

    I was wondering if the dinner rolls as described above use half of the flour as suggested by red star for the platinum yeast of is that an adjustment I need to include.

  3. says

    My freshman 15 started before I got out of high school. Every day at 10:00, we had a 30 minute morning break and that’s when the snack bar opened. This was in the 70s and they had three (3) snacks available for purchase at 10:00 am:

    1) A plate of 2 dinner rolls, like these, glistening with butter
    2) A bowl of white rice covered in thick brown gravy
    3) A plate with a big peanut butter square and chocolate glaze

    No fruit, vegetables, juice — just those three carb-o-licious options. I always went for the dinner rolls! Your recipe looks just like my high school life!

  4. Nadene says

    I am currently trying to make these rolls but dough is not rising. Other recipes for bread always say to put yeast in water and let it bubble up before adding to mix. I added each ingredient in order listed so yeast last. I don’t have a mixer so I mixed by hand then covered with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour. Checked on it, didn’t rise. Waited another hour and checked, still nothing. So I put the bowl on top of warm stove and let it sit for 45 minutes. Looked like it might have gotten bigger but when I put it on floured surface, it wasn’t any bigger. Am I doing something wrong?

    • says

      Hi Nadene – I am so sorry I’m just now seeing this. I had company in town yesterday and was away from my computer.
      I wish I knew what had happened… I’ve been making this recipe for years and the only time I’ve had a problem was when my yeast had gone bad once.
      I went over to to see if anyone had had problems with the recipe posted there, since that’s where it originated. There were a few people who proofed the yeast first… I’ve never done that but it would maybe help.. I am so sorry!! I hate it when recipes don’t work out for people.,wish I knew why on this specific one :(

  5. Dine & Dish says

    I noticed that … not sure what’s going on there. I’m sorry! I think I’ve fixed it. Not sure what happened there!

  6. Dine & Dish says

    I noticed that … not sure what’s going on there. I’m sorry! I think I’ve fixed it. Not sure what happened there!


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