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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.”

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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. Samantha Valera says:

    Cinnamon rolls

  2. Joanne Owens says:

    the *continue reading* link doesn’t work for me [frowny face].

  3. I love rolls … must make

  4. pizza

  5. Cathy Rice says:

    I would definately try out these hot rolls. Practice makes perfect…Gotta get ready for Thanksgiving!

  6. I’d make some pizza dough. I make it about once a week and would like to see how this yeast performs compared to what I normally use.

  7. Barbara Coller Rokke says:

    I love making a Swedish Tea Ring – my family loves it too.

  8. Barbara Coller Rokke says:

    I love making a Swedish Tea Ring – my family loves it too.

  9. Laura M Barnhart-Hull says:

    Rolls, are way up there on my list!

  10. I would love to see what this yeast does to my cinnamon rolls.

  11. This looks very good and fluffy !

  12. Mmm…these look delish! Makes me think I need to make my mom’s crescent rolls.

  13. Kristen M. says:

    I’d make cinnamon rolls.

  14. Those look dangerous!!!! :D

  15. Thank you for the recipe. It looks great. :)

  16. First thing I would make is cinnamon rolls! Nothing better than fluffy, sweet, cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. YUM!

  17. I would make my honey wheat bread.

  18. I will be making those dinner rolls you speak so highly of. ;-)

  19. I would love to make some pumpkin cinnamon rolls!

  20. Natalie G. says:

    I would try it with my french baguette recipe, I’m sure it would make it even more awesome!


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