You’ve just landed upon the recipe for the the most Perfect Bread Machine Dinner Rolls! You’ll never be the same. Don’t have a bread machine? I included the directions to make these without one, also!
It might seem dramatic to call these dinner rolls perfect or life-changing, but I’d never throw those terms around if I didn’t think it was true. Once you make these Perfect Bread Machine Dinner Rolls, you’ll only want these at your holiday dinners. No popping open a can, no store-bought funny business, nothing but these.
I’ve been making these Bread Machine Dinner Rolls for years now, but I’ve never considered sharing the recipe here. It doesn’t exactly fit in with the Happy Healthy Mama theme of healthier recipes.
This year, however, I’ve had a slight shift in perspective. These rolls are made with white flour, sugar, whole milk, and plenty of butter. I don’t consider them something you should eat regularly. But here’s the thing. I only make these lovely rolls once or twice a year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A big part of living a happy, healthy life is living with balance, practicing moderation, and enjoying food. It’s almost like I was putting forth a false pretense by not sharing the less-than-healthy holiday recipes I do enjoy on those special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The last thing I want to do is make anyone think I live up to this unachievable standard of health and never let foods such as these Perfect Bread Machine Dinner Rolls pass my lips.
So let’s talk about these rolls!
I make them in the bread machine (aff link) using the dough cycle, but in the recipe I’ll also include directions to make them without a bread machine if you don’t have one. Either way, while these take a long time, most of the time is hands off. It’s definitely a quicker and easier with the bread machine, so you might want to get one!! 😉
These are super easy to make. You just need to start early because you aren’t going to have these perfect dinner rolls in an hour. Perfection takes time, kids.
You start by putting the ingredients in the order listed into the bread machine and set it to the dough cycle. One hour and thirty minutes later, the bread machine magically makes perfect dough. Every time.
Cut the dough in half and roll it into two nine inch rounds. This dough is SO easy to work with and it’s forgiving also.
Now you cut the circles into eight or sixteen equal parts. I did eight here, and that will make large rolls. For smaller rolls, cut it into sixteenths.
Take each triangle and roll it up, crescent style.
Place the rolls on a greased baking sheet.
Now you’re going to cover the rolls and let them rise for two hours. (Remember, perfection takes time….)
If your house is freezing, put them in a warm place.
After two hours, they will have risen nicely. Now they’re ready to bake.
You can brush them with melted butter before baking or not. Your choice. For these pictures, I did not. I brushed them with melted butter after they came out of the oven. In the video you’ll see below, I brushed them before.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Hello, Perfect Bread Machine Dinner Rolls. Nice to meetcha!
I can’t even tell you how much these rolls are adored by all who try them. They are light, fluffy…perfect.
Now, for extra overkill, I’ll let you watch these being made via video!
I have to note that when I made these for the video, I had a last-minute schedule change and wasn’t able to bake them when I should have, so they had too much rise time. (Heeeelllllooo puffy rolls!) You can see that in the video they aren’t as perfect-looking as these pictures (two different days). But when I say this dough is forgiving I mean it! These still tasted absolutely perfect.
Please make these. You will love them.
I didn’t create this recipe myself. This is one of those recipes that lives on the Internet in varying, but close, forms in different places, including All Recipes and Genius Kitchen. I tried to find the original creator, but it seems this is one that comes from someone’s grandma’s neighbor’s great aunt. The best kind of recipes, no? I’d like to give a hug to the person who perfected the recipe for these dinner rolls. I know my family is grateful, too. Enjoy them, friends.Print
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