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Dinner Milk Rolls


Dinner Milk Rolls

Dinner Milk Rolls

Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

While growing up, dinner rolls were an important part of most meals. These rolls are soft, sweet, traditional dinner rolls that are commonly served in the United States. They are a favorite roll to serve alongside of chicken or roast beef dinners.

Yield: 15 rolls

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes


  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup warm water, 95 to 110 degrees F
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsp or 1 pkg (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, about


  1. In large bowl, add milk, warm water, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir until dissolved. Add butter and 2 cups of flour. Mix well. Slowly add the remaining amount of flour until dough is formed. You may or may not use the full amount of flour.

  2. Turn dough out onto floured board. Knead dough for about 8 minutes, adding more flour by the tablespoon, if necessary. Grease a large bowl. Put dough into the bowl and then turn dough over so that the top of the dough is also lightly greased. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size or about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough. Turn it out onto a floured board and knead out all the bubbles for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 15 equal parts. Form each piece into a round roll. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets. Set rolls on baking sheets, cover with clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise until double in size or for about a half hour. If desired, beat the white of one medium egg and a tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Brush egg white on top of rolls after they have risen.

  4. Bake rolls for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on rack. Rolls can be frozen after they have completely cooled.
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