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

The Best Buttery Dinner Rolls by www.dineanddish.net - 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 Food.com 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!

{Red Star Yeast Platinum Giveaway}

My friends at Red Star Yeast have offered to share a Platinum Superior Baking Yeast giveaway basket for Dine & Dish readers. This giveaway includes VIP package with samples and coupons of Platinum yeast, a beautiful cutting board, and black half apron. In addition, the winner of this giveaway will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a ‘Platinum’ KitchenAid Mixer courtesy of Red Star Yeast. To enter the giveaway follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below!

Make sure to scroll on down past the giveaway for this amazing dinner roll recipe. If you’ve got dinner roll plans for your holiday table, may I suggest you get your fix with these ones?
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The Freshman Fifteen {Recipe: The Best Buttery Dinner Rolls}

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 Food.com


  • 1 cup water, plus
  • 1 tablespoon water (70-80 F)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 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. Well after talking them up so much how could I not make these rolls with the yeast?

  2. These rolls are perfect for the Platinum yeast, I loved the stuff! And dining hall rolls – only the BEST ever! I miss the dining hall for things like their rolls and never-ending supply of ice cream.

  3. Whoa what a difference!

  4. I would make some cranberry loaf bread. Been craving for those.

  5. I’d make these dinner rolls. They’re making my mouth water.

  6. I just started making homemade breads. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  7. I have started baking with yeast a lot lately! I have mostly been making sandwich bread but have been looking for a great roll recipe– it looks like I found it! So if I won, these rolls would be the first thing I would make (if I don’t make them before then!).

  8. (oops did I post in the wrong spot?) I would remake some gluten free cinnamon rolls, when I made them last yr for Christmas they flopped. lol

  9. Nadine Osborne says:

    The first thing I would bake is bread, or cream cheese braids.

  10. Kathy Chips says:

    I would make dinner rolls, I have been looking for a recipe to try and this would be my first time making them!!

  11. cathy rice says:

    Wow these yeast rolls sound yummy.

  12. Those rolls look mouth watering!

  13. After reading your post…..absolutely make the buttery dinner rolls, yum!

  14. I have a huge weakness for breads, especially fresh bread! That would be the first thing I’d make if I won.

  15. April was in CT now CA says:

    I would definitely be trying out these dinner rolls!!

  16. Cinnamon rolls and your roll recipe!

  17. Charlsey G says:

    I would make cinnamon rolls!

  18. I’ve been dying to make oatmeal bread, so I’d probably try my hand at that first.

  19. Rachelle Shockey says:

    I would remake some gluten free cinnamon rolls, when I made them last yr for Christmas they flopped. lol

  20. Rachelle Shockey says:

    I would remake some gluten free cinnamon rolls, when I made them last yr for Christmas they flopped. lol


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