Homemade Dinner Rolls for THANKSGIVING

During my time in the States, I used to eat these simple, but amazing dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. Now I came across this recipe of homemade rolls at Living Sweet Moments and just had to try it. The dough turned out fantastic and the rolls tasted amazing to our Thanksgiving Dinner :)

Ingredients (for 18-20 rolls):

  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk (Note: yeast does not activate with cold milk and will die with hot milk)
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened (preferably unsalted)
For Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • coarse salt



  1. First Proof: Combine the milk, yeast, sugar, eggs, salt, 1 cup of the flour and butter and mix manually. Add the rest of the flour step by step and knead the dough with a mixer with a dough hook for about 7 minutes till the dough is elastic and completely not sticky anymore. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towl. Now place in a dark warm area and let stand for 40 minutes till dough doubles in size.
  2. Second Proof: Cut the dough into 18-20 equal parts. First split the dough into 2 equal parts, then split the halves into another 2 equal parts so that you have 4 parts now and continue like that. When you have 18-20 equal parts, roll each of them into little balls. Place the rolls into a greased baking pan (the one that you will use for baking), but be careful that they don't touch as they will grow in size again. Cover with a clean kitchen towl and let proof in a dark, warm area for another 40 minutes. After proofing, do not remove rolls from pan as they would shrink again.
  3. Bake the Rolls: Preheat oven at 375 degree Fahrenheit. Now, brush the rolls with the melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 20 minutes till the tops turn slightly golden.

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