Quick Dinner Rolls Recipe

I love fresh-baked dinner rolls. There’s just something about them that I love. But if I don’t remember to start them in the morning, I rarely get them done in time for dinner. I decided to try to devise a recipe that wouldn’t take so long to make.

Quick Yeast Dinner Rolls, an easy recipe for dinner rolls in about an hour.

These rolls can be ready in about an hour. So much faster than even using a bread machine, although more hands on time. I found I could shorten the time of a few steps with just a few changes.

This is a quick and easy dinner roll recipe. Have rolls ready in about an hour.

Temperature of the Water

To make these having the water warm enough is a must. You want the temperature of the water at about 120-130 degrees. I use a thermometer to make sure it’s not too hot. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and you don’t want that.

I also let the dough rise in a warm spot or in the oven that’s just warm. It helps the dough to rise it a little quicker. If you want to use your oven here’s how I do it.

An easy recipe for quick dinner rolls that can be ready in about an hour.

Rising Dough in the Oven

While mixing and kneading the dough, turn the oven to warm and let it heat up. Once the dough is ready to rise turn off the oven and place the covered dough in the oven. The oven will be nice and warm and will maintain the temperature while turned off.

Yummy quick dinner roll recipe. Ready in about an hour from start to finish.

Baking from a Cold Oven

To skip the second rising of the dough I used these steps. I placed the shaped rolls in a cold oven with a pan of warm water below it. As the oven warms up, the humidity of the oven rises and the dough doesn’t form a crust. The dough can rise while the oven is heating up. Then once up to temperature the rolls can bake.

Quick dinner roll recipe ready from start to finish in about an hour.

These three steps help to reduce the time needed to make the rolls by at least an hour. So I can make fresh-baked rolls more often for my family. Which we all love.

Yummy dinner roll recipe. These rolls can be ready in about an hour.

Quick Dinner Rolls

5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Servings 12 -18 Rolls


  • 1 tablespoon Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter Dairy Free Margarine or Oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 cups Unbleached Flour


  • Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  • Heat the oil and water to 120-130 degrees in a pan on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Combine the water mixture with flour mixture and beat with a mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in another 1 to 1 1/2 cups of flour or until dough is no longer sticky.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-8 minutes.
  • Once dough is kneaded and smooth. Place in a large greased bowl and cover.
  • Place in a warm spot or in a warm oven to rise 15 minutes.
  • Punch dough down and shape into rolls.
  • Place rolls in a greased pan or on a lined cookie sheet.
  • Place rolls into a cold oven. On the rack below the rolls add a cake pan and fill with 1-2 cups warm water. Close the oven door and set to 400 degrees. Don’t preheat the oven you want it cold to start.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 12-18 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and done.
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These are a great addition to any meal. They nice and crisp on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside. Just the way we like them and all in about an hour.

What’s your spread to put on rolls? Honey, jam, butter?

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15 thoughts on “Quick Dinner Rolls Recipe”

    1. Jennifer, I just open the door to the oven and let it cool down while I’m shaping the rolls. It’s usually cool enough by the time I’m ready to add the pan of water to the lower shelf. If it’s still a little warm that’s ok.

    1. I haven’t tried it before, Tracie. But I would *think* it would work, if you had a gluten free flour blend that could replace the wheat flour. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful. 🙁

    2. Tracie, My daughter is GF and I bake bread for her called Champion Bread. Just type that into google and it should come up. First time I tried this recipe my daughter smile and said oh, it taste like bread. Good Luck.

  1. Lillian Blanche Badalkar

    Thanks Shelly, i’ve been reading yr mails regularly but haven’t got down to doing anything yet, had a small accident and was advised complete bed rest for 3 months. I’m currently up and running now and looking forward to baking my own bread and dinner rolls in a day or two.

    Will also be doing some crochet (a beginner at it but would love to master this craft!) Any suggestions or easy stitches with videos on how to? will be a big asset. Love and look forward to your weekly mails. Keep them coming dear. Love and God Bless.


    1. Lillian, I’m so happy that you enjoy reading the emails I send out. Thanks for letting me know, you made my day. 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about your accident, but it’s good to hear you are doing better. I hope you enjoy the rolls and bread. We love homemade bread.

      As far as learning to crochet you might check out this video from Red Heart Yarn, it shows the basic 5 crochet stitches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RypQhTPNB2Q If you are looking for an easy project with video you might want to try my dishcloth pattern. You can find it here, https://frugalfamilyhome.com/crafts/diy-ridged-dishcloth-video

      I hope those two videos will be helpful for you. ~Shelly

  2. It worked so well for me! I’m enjoying hot rolls right now with out spending all day baking. This is definatly going into my permanent rotation!

  3. Why is my bread so hard lik a rock? I let my kitchen aid do all the kneading? What am I doing wrong? We could play hockey with these pucks I make! J.G. Cal.

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