soft no knead dinner rolls in a dark gray pan on a wooden table

Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls

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It is hard to beat homemade rolls. These soft no knead dinner rolls are amazing! This is my go-to recipe whenever I am in the mood for some yummy rolls.

What makes a good dinner roll? Well, for me, they have to be soft, light, and fluffy, almost like a pillow. This recipe has all of those characteristics in spades. Seriously, if you like homemade rolls you are going to love these.

They are perfect for a holiday dinner, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or anytime really. Also, there is absolutely no kneading required! And they are super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

In order to make these incredibly soft no knead dinner rolls you will need the following ingredients and tools:

tools and ingredients on a wooden table used for making soft no need dinner rolls.
  • Yeast – I normally use active dry yeast but rapid-rise/instant yeast can be used as well.
  • Water – if your tap water tastes bad, use filtered water. I always used filtered water in my baked goods.
  • Milk – While the milk isn’t necessary I usually like to add it to my rolls to help with the softness of the texture of the rolls. With that said, I have made them with only water, and they still turn out fantastic! I typically use whole milk as well, but other milk can be used.
  • Flour – Bread four is amazing with these homemade dinner rolls. But, I have made them plenty of time with all-purpose flour and they turn out great as well.
  • Sugar – The white granulated sugar will add food for the yeast and aid in the rising process. The sugar will help make the dough soft and tender as well as provide caramelization which produces that nice golden brown texture in the dough when baked. Try it this way first, then adjust the sugar later if you like.
  • Salt – The salt will enhance the flavor of the dinner rolls. It will also help to develop the structure of the dough.
  • Butter – I generally used unsalted butter, but if you are using butter with salt, reduce the amount of table salt that is added. The butter will add flavor to the dough.
  • Eggs – Not all bread dough or rolls have eggs. This recipe does. The eggs help in the rising of the dough as well as help to make the crumb of the rolls more tender.
  • Softened Butter – We need to brush the tops of the rolls with butter. Why? Because we can.


Step 2: How to make soft no knead dinner rolls

A large glass bowl of yeast mixture on a wooden table.

First, get the yeast started. It is always a good idea to proof the yeast. The last thing you want to do is go through the effort and use the ingredients and have the dough not rise.

Combine the milk and water and heat it in a bowl in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Heat the liquid to 100 to 110 degrees F (40 to 43 C). Next, add in about a tsp. of the sugar as well as the yeast.

Use a fork or whisk and mix in the yeast. Then set the mixture aside for 5 to 10 minutes. The yeast will get nice and foamy/frothy. If after 10 minutes the yeast hasn’t done anything, start again with a different yeast. Either the liquid was too hot or not hot enough, or the yeast is old/bad.

Step 3: No knead dinner rolls dry ingredients

Hand whisking a bunch of dry ingredients for dinner rolls

In a medium bowl combine the sugar and the salt with the flour using a whisk.

Step 4: Eggsellent Butter

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, then pour them into the bowl with the yeast. Next, melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave, or in a pot on the stovetop. Just until melted, it is important the butter isn’t too hot, otherwise, it will kill the yeast and start cooking the eggs.

Add the barely melted butter to the yeast mixture. Combine everything with a whisk.

Hand pouring melted butter into a bowl of yeast.

Step 5: Adding the flour to complete the no-knead dinner rolls

Add in half of the flour mixture with the yeast mixture. Use a wooden spoon and still until well combined. Then add in the rest of the flour mixture and stir. Keep stirring until all the flour is combined and you are left with a nice tacky dough.

Cover the bowl with a damp towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 2 to 2.5 hours. Since the dough is no being kneaded it needs more time to rise. Wait until the dough about triples in size.

no knead dinner roll dough in a large glass bowl on a wooden table.

Step 6: Cutting up the soft dough and forming the rolls

Now after the dinner rolls dough has risen it is time to shape the rolls. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface like a table or counter. Shape the dough into a long loaf of sorts and then using a knife or dough scraper/cutter cut it into about 20 pieces.

If you would like to make hamburger buns with this dough then form it into about 12 round balls. Take the dough pieces in your hand and shape them into balls.

You can do this by flattening the dough in your palm then folding it in on itself creating a nice smooth ball.

Hand rolling a ball of dinner roll dough.

Place the balls of dough in a parchment paper-lined 13×9 baking pan or larger. You may also use a sheet pan too if you like.

Once you are done placing all of the rolls, lightly spray the tops with kitchen spray, then cover the pan and dough with plastic wrap. Allow the no knead dinner roll dough to rise another time for 45 minutes to an hour.

Pan of unbaked homemade dinner rolls on top of a wooden table

Step 7: Bake and Baste those yummy no-knead dinner rolls

After the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes until the tops get nice and golden brown.

After they come out of the oven baste the tops of those amazing dinner rolls with butter. Allow them to cool then serve! Enjoy!

Freshly baked soft no knead dinner rolls topped with butter.

Can you freeze the homemade dinner rolls dough?

Yes, you can freeze the dough. After forming them into the dough balls place them in a few large ziplock freezer bags lying flat in your freezer. Make sure to give them a little bit of space between each other.

Then when you want to bake them, remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw and rise for the second time before baking them.

Can I make hot dog buns or hamburger buns with this soft no-knead dinner rolls dough?

Yes! You can form them into long little loaves and bake them, then slit them for hot dog buns. Or you can form them into larger balls and place on a sheet pan or cooking sheet spread apart and bake them for hamburger buns.

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Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls

These soft no knead dinner rolls are perfect for any meal. They go great with a nice Thanksgiving Feast or classic Christmas dinner. This recipe is super easy to make and the result is nice buttery, soft, pillowy, dinner rolls that are sure to impress your friends and family.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Rising Time3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, rolls, yeast
Servings: 20 Rolls
Calories: 153kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


  • Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • parchment paper
  • 9×13 pan
  • cloth
  • Plastic wrap
  • Dough cutter/scraper (optional)


  • 1 Tbsp of yeast 8.5g
  • 1/2 cup of water 120ml
  • 1 cup of milk whole, skim, 2%, 1% (240ml)
  • 4 1/2 cups of bread flour all-purpose will work (570g)
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar 50g
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of salt 8.5
  • 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter 58g
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. softened butter for brushing 14 to 28g


  • Begin by combining the milk and water (or use all water) in a bowl and heat it up to 100 to 110 F (40 to 43 C). Use the microwave or a pot on the stovetop. Add a pinch of the sugar to the liquid as well as the yeast. Mix in the yeast with a fork or whisk, then allow the mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets foamy/frothy.
  • Melt the butter until just barely melted, make sure it isn't very hot. Pour the butter in with the yeast mixture. Then whisk the eggs up in a separate bowl and then add those as well.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar.
  • Add half of the flour mixture in with the yeast mixture. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Then add in the rest of the dry ingredients, stir until just combined. The dough will be a bit sticky which is perfect.
  • Cover the bowl of dough with a damp towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 2 to 2.5 hours until the dough has nearly tripled in size.
  • After the dough has risen, place it on a floured surface roll it out into a long loaf and divide it into 20 equal pieces using a knife or dough cutter.
  • Form each piece of dough into a ball and place in a parchment paper-lined 13×9 baking pan. Spray the tops with kitchen spray or lightly baste them with melted butter. Then cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake, in a preheated oven at 375 F (190 C), for 15 to 20 minutes until nice and golden brown on top. After the dinner rolls come out of the oven baste the tops of them with butter. Allow the dinner rolls to cool before serving. So yummy!


Nutritional Facts for soft no knead dinner rolls
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Calories: 153kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Matt can I cut this in half I hate to make so much for only 2 people.

    • Hi Bob! Yes you sure can! You can also freeze the dough. Or bake only half of the rolls, and then with the other rolls you form spread them out a bit on a baking pan and place them in the freezer loosely covered with plastic wrap. After a few house you can take them and place them in a freezer bag and back in the freezer until you want to bake them. Or back all the rolls and freezer half of the baked rolls, etc. πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Best recipe ever for dinner rolls! I made them for Easter for the very first time and my family devoured them and raved about them! Making them again tonight πŸ’œ Thank you!

  3. Ruby Roccoforte

    5 stars
    these Rolls are my favorite and every time I make them everyone eat them up so fast,
    but I’m okay with that and thank fir your no mixer recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Hey Matt what will be the difference if a used all purpose flower

    • Hello! Not a huge difference, they won’t be quite as soft, but they will still be soft and tasty. I regularly use all-purpose flour for rolls as well. You don’t need to go out of your way to get bread flour. πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    These rolls were a such a hit at Thanksgiving that I’ve made them for Christmas dinner tomorrow. My brother in law’s sister couldn’t believe that they were home made. They’re light and airy and so tasty. These are the only rolls I will make from now on.

  6. Ossa Andrews

    5 stars
    The best dinner rolls ever. Thanks for your recipe. How do I store them and how long will they last?

    • Thank you!! Store them in a zip lock bag or an airtight container at room temp for up to 3 to 4 days or in the fridge up to a week, maybe 10 days. Or you can freeze them as well for a few months. πŸ™‚

  7. Can you tell me what would happen if I used a dough hook to mix this and kneed it?? Will it still turn out the same.

    • Hello! Yes you can still knead it if you like, it will turn out a bit differently, since these are meant to be no-knead dinner rolls. But the bread will still turn out. You won’t let it rise the same amount of time. Only let it rise for about an hour or just until doubled.

  8. Nancy Hammond

    5 stars
    This the best roll recipe. I will be using it from now on. Easy and yummy!

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