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Light, fluffy, piping hot, no knead easy yeast rolls. Easily started in your bread machine, then finished in the oven, for perfect, hot, soft buttery yeast rolls.

Thought it took someone with a PhD in baking to make these beauties? Guess again, I told you when I first started this blog that I am surrounded by people who are excellent cooks, bakers and candlestick makers, okay maybe not the last one, but it sounded good.

Browsing for more fabulous and easy bread recipes? Try these Sweet Brown Bread Rolls, Russian Black Bread or Easy Beer Bread Popovers.

Basket of baked, fresh, soft, yeast dinner rolls topped with sea salt in a bread basket with a red napkin.

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!

tray of risen yeast rolls with oven in background.

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?

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

Gather 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)

HOW TO MAKE EASY YEAST ROLLS IN YOUR BREAD MACHINE

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 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 a part

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 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!

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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.

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Yield: 16-24 rolls

Easy Yeast Rolls

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A super easy light, buttery and delicious yeast roll; started in your bread machine for fresh, hot rolls in no time!

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 46 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ¼ cups bread flour (may substitute all-purpose flour) end result slightly different, but still delicious!)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Melted butter for brushing
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place first 7 ingredients in bread machine (*see notes for how to make without bread machine) pan in order listed.
  2. Try and make sure that the yeast is by the sugar, not the salt.
  3. Place in bread machine, start white, dough, large cycle (not the full bread).
  4. Once cycle is finished, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray.
  5. Remove dough from bread pan and punch down, separate pieces into 16-24 equal dough balls.
  6. Pinch together bottoms of dough to form little dumpling sized dough balls.
  7. Place upside down on cookie sheet.
  8. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
  9. Cover with clean, damp tea towel and let rise in warm location* for 30-40 minutes until doubled.
  10. Once doubled, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  11. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Brush tops again with melted butter, if desired and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt.

Notes

*Note: Turn your oven on and heat to 100 degrees, then turn off and place dough in oven to rise.

ROLLS WITHOUT USING BREAD MACHINE

  • Simply add all ingredients to mixer, preferably with a dough hook. Mix on low until dough combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place in warm spot (oven with lights on works) for about 30 minutes until doubled.
  • Once doubled in size, remove and pinch into balls, then continue with balance of recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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Elizabeth

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

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!!!

Kathleen

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

LOL, you are very welcome Elizabeth! Thank you so much for your kind words!! Happy hiding of the rolls! :-)

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These rolls turned out great!!! Thank you!!! But can you freeze the dough?

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