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Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

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Light, fluffy, piping hot, no knead easy yeast rolls for beginners! Easily started in your bread machine, then finished in the oven, for perfect, hot, soft buttery yeast rolls. These are the ideal rolls for beginner bread bakers!

Thought it took someone with a PhD in baking to make these beauties? I have been making these easy yeast rolls for years, they come out perfect every time!

Square image of easy yeast rolls with several rolls in a red napkin lined basket.

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This recipe is from my dear friend and awesome cook, Julie! She is one of the kindest, gentlest, integrity filled women I know and on top of it all she makes the BEST Chinese food, actually, she makes the best of all types of foods!

What I love most about this recipe is that all of the hard work is done in your bread machine!

These go ideal with any meal, but are especially amazing with a holiday meal!

Last Christmas I started them in the afternoon and they were ready for a pat of butter by dinnertime! Who doesn’t want a piping hot, fresh buttery roll with a bowl of your favorite soup?

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

cookie sheet with golden, buttery easy yeast rolls with a sprinkle of sea salt on top!


Gather simple ingredients (plus an egg) which for some reason, isn’t shown.

Ingredients for easy yeast rolls, left to right. Sugar, bread flour, bread machine, yeast, salt and water (plus egg, not shown)


Place all ingredients in the bread machine pan in the following order:

  • water
  • butter, softened
  • egg
Water, butter and egg in bottom of bread machine pan.

TIP: Yeast is temperamental, if possible when placing it in the pan put it next to the sugar, not the salt. Yeast feeds on sugar, salt tends to kill it.

bread pan with yeast, sugar, salt and flour.

Place ingredients in your bread maker and choose the –>white, –>large, –>dough cycle; not the full bread cycle, just the dough cycle, you will finish them up after the first rise.

After the dough cycle is finished…

Risen dough to the top of the bread machine bread pan.

Punch down and plop onto a floured surface and divide into 16-24 equally shaped pieces. I love using my bench scraper to divide them, it’s quick and easy.

Yeast roll dough divided into 16 equal pieces on a bread board.

Next pinch into round little dumplings

Hands pinching the individual bread dough pieces into little round dumplings.

Like this…

Finished underside, pinched together of easy yeast rolls.

Place pinched side down on a parchment lined or greased sheet pan.

Yeast rolls on sprayed sheet pan, about 2 inches apart, ready to rise.

Brush tops with melted butter…

Brushing tops of rolls with melted butter

Sprinkle tops with a pinch kosher salt or fleur de sel and cover with a clean damp, tea towel and allow to rise in warm place until double.

PRO TIP | I like to set my oven to 100º, turn off, then place the rolls in to rise. Or if your oven has a “proof” setting use that. If your home is really chilly, place covered pan in oven with the lights on.

Close up of yeast rolls ready to go going into oven.

Once doubled in size, about 30-40 minutes, remove from oven and preheat oven to 375º F.

Bake until golden brown, if desired brush again with melted butter just before serving and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt. AMAZING!

Pin for soft easy yeast rolls with basketful of yeast rolls.

Can I make yeast rolls without a bread machine?

  1. Yes, simply add all ingredients to mixer, preferably with a dough hook. Mix on low until dough combined.
  2. Then scraping sides of bowl and bottom, continuing mixing on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough is slightly sticky, but is stretchy and holds together.
  3. Place dough in medium bowl coated with a little oil, turning to cover both sides of dough, cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap.
  4. Place in warm spot (oven with lights on works) for about 30 minutes until doubled.
  5. Once doubled in size, remove and pinch into balls, then continue with balance of recipe.


  • Bread Machine | I have had my bread machine for over 20 years and it’s still kicking, but if I were to buy one today, this Breville Bread Maker is the one I would purchase.
  • Half Sheet Pan | This recipe makes quite a few rolls, you want a large pan, my favorite USA made pans!
  • Pastry Brush | Certainly easier to brush melted butter on with a brush!
  • Flaky Sea Salt | This stuff is the best, I sprinkle it on most of my cookies!


“Don’t miss brushing the tops with melted butter and sprinkling with flaky or regular sea salt, it adds a fabulous softness and dimension to these easy yeast rolls.”

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  1. 5 stars
    Once I make these for someone they are requested over and over. They come out so delicious and are easy to make. Thank you so much for the recipe. Making again today to take to dinner with friends. ❤️

  2. Hi there! I didn’t leave any stars yet because I’m making this recipe as I’m typing the comment. I previously tried a different one before finding this one and it turned out terribly! I wanted to say beforehand, THANK YOU for putting the helpful suggestion about putting the yeast close to the sugar. I’ve never made yeast rolls and this is great recipe for people like me who are scared of yeast lol. Thankfully I do have a bread machine though! So far the dough is rising and so what it’s supposed to in the machine on the dough cycle. It’s almost done. 🤞 fingers crossed they turn out great! I’ll post another comment as well as my thoughts and stars as soon as I’m completely finished! Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to post this bc it’s helped me tremendously!!

      1. 5 stars
        Ty so so so so much!! They turned out BEAUTIFULLY!! I’m beyond ecstatic!! Thank you so much for such an easy recipe and sooooo good!! I’m making these for Thanksgiving AND Christmas this year! 🙂 probably never use another recipe for them! Again, THANK YOU so much, I appreciate it more than you will ever know!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!❤️

    1. It will actually continue to slowly rise in the refrigerator, so I haven’t tried that over days. I have tried freezing the dough balls, thawing like you would a Rhodes frozen roll, they turned out okay, but not great. Let me know if you try doing this!

  3. This is very similar to a recipe that I have been making for at least 40 years. I only use AP flour with no problems. It is the one thing that I have to make and bring to family dinners.

  4. These are RIDICULOUS!!! My husband, who does t really eat that much bread, ate 4 in one sitting and asked me to hide the rest. Said they were the best rolls he ever had. My kids wholeheartedly agreed! Thank you!!!

  5. 5 stars
    These are easily the best rolls over ever made. So quick and easy to make. So flavorful! Only adjustment I made was to double the salt. I also brush generously with butter before and after cooking. They come out perfect every time!