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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. Definitely some rolls for thanksgiving!

  2. Julie Halling says:

    I would make rolls.

  3. Pinned! They look amazing! I just made some white dinner rolls that I’m going to be blogging about soon and if I could eat white dinner rolls for every meal, I think I would :)

    Love the Platinum yeast, too!

  4. I would make these yummy rolls!!

  5. These look amazing!

  6. I would make some dinner rolls

  7. The first thing I would make is pizza dough. Thanks!

  8. Jamie Higgins says:

    I would make these rolls, they look to die for!

  9. I would make a recipe I have for no knead bread. Then I would try your rolls. They look wonderful.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I would bake some cinnamon rolls!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I would bake some cinnamon rolls!

  12. I would make the Freshmen Fifteen rolls above, they look amazing!

  13. kristin carlson says:

    i’m thinking rolls for thanksgiving!

  14. My mom’s cinnamon rolls!

  15. Heather Riedy Poquette says:

    I can’t wait to try the Buttery Dinner Rolls!

  16. Allison Powell says:

    I’d most likely try out these rolls! I’m a sucker for rolls! hehehe

  17. Allison Powell says:

    I’d most likely try out these rolls! I’m a sucker for rolls! hehehe

  18. Christie Thompson Lopanec says:

    Rolls for thanksgiving dinner.

  19. Delicious buttery dinner rolls!! Love the clicks :)

  20. Cinnamon rolls — thanks!


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