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Big Batch Quick Dinner Rolls

Are you intimidated by the idea of baking with yeast? Here's a great recipe from King Arthur Baking. It makes a big batch in no time flat - great to take along to a pot luck to show off your talents. The only adjustment I made was to mince up some fresh herbs in the dough, which added a bit of color and a hint of garden freshness.

Here's the recipe:


  • 1/2 cup (113g) lukewarm water
  • 2 cups (454g) warm milk (100°F to 110°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (43g) butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (21g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (28g) yeast, instant yeast preferred
  • 6 to 7 cups (723g to 843g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Combine the water, milk, butter, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir well and let sit for 6 to 8 minutes, or until you see the yeast begin to foam.
  2. Add 5 cups of flour and mix by hand or with the paddle attachment until the dough forms a rough, shaggy mass. The dough will not form a ball at this point, but will be just shy of coming together.
  3. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time and blend with the dough hook until a smooth ball begins to form. Knead by hand for about 10 minutes, or by machine for 4 to 5 minutes until a soft, smooth ball of dough is formed. The dough should feel elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.
  4. Lightly spray your work bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Spritz the top of the dough with spray as well and cover lightly with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Let rise for 20 minutes at room temperature or until the dough is full and puffy.
  5. Gently deflate the dough and pat out to a rough rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches. Cut the dough into 4 long strips, then cut each strip into 6 portions for a total of 24 dough balls. Shape into round balls as you would shape meatballs, using your cupped hands to roll the dough. Spritz your hands with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  6. You can place the rolls into any of the following pans, well greased or lined with parchment paper: One half-sheet baking pan or 2 quarter-sheet pans. Two 13" x 9" x 2" pans. Four 8" or 9" round baking pans OR a combination of any of these pans.
  7. After the rolls are in the pans, cover again with your plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until well rounded and full looking. If you are baking now, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and an internal thermometer reads 190°F. You can brush the baked rolls with melted butter if desired. Serve warm, store leftovers in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.
  9. If you want to freeze the unbaked buns, place in the pans as described in step 6 and allow to rise for 10 minutes. Wrap airtight and freeze for up to 4 weeks. To bake, thaw overnight in the fridge, then unwrap and bake as directed.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Yes, you read that yeast amount correctly. This is a quick rise recipe, hence the higher amount of yeast.
  • This recipe as written makes 2 dozen large, fist-sized rolls. Feel free to make a larger number of (smaller) rolls simply by dividing the dough into a greater number of pieces initially.
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  1. Your bakery looks delicious. I prefer fresh yeast. And love this very much. Do you failed it? Something like Apples or someone else?

    Thank you for sharing.
    Heidrun xxx

    1. These were not filled, but you've given me a great idea - it would be grand to have a bit of apple butter or peach jam in the middle!
      Thanks for being a regular visitor! I always enjoy your visits and I enjoy seeing your photos each week.

    2. If you like... here is my recipe. We name this Buchteln.

      Greetings by Heidrun

  2. Those look delicious! My mom always said she could make a meal out of rolls and so could I! Will be trying these! Thanks for the recipe. Teresa

  3. I can almost smell them coming out of the oven! Wish they didn't have so many carbs.

  4. I do get intimidated using yeast. Thanks for an easy recipe. Looks delicious

  5. If only I had the confidence to try that. I love the smell of baking bread. Who doesn't? Thanks for the link today Sue 🤠

  6. Your rolls look just like the ones my grandma made when I was a kid, YUM!
    Pinned to save. Thank you for hosting, have a great week!

  7. I saw your link on the Oh My Heartsies Girls link up. These rolls look amazing!

  8. Yumm! Those rolls looks so soft and delish, Sue!

  9. Reminds me of the rolls my mom used to bake. Looks yummy.

  10. I love soft fluffy buns. I have bookmarked your recipe. Hoping to try this out. Thank you and have a great day.

  11. Mmm, yummy!
    I'll try too. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Look tasty!
    Thanks for hosting!

  13. OOOO MMMM GGGG! These look so tempting! 😋

  14. My friend just made me these rolls. So good and perfect with jam or wth soup.

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  16. Oh, love fresh baked. Those look so great. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Tasty rolls! Have a great day!

  18. Your rolls look great. I haven't baked much this summer, but am looking forward to it this fall along with some homemade soup and chili!

  19. Those look amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I saved it and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely day!

  20. Yeast and flour were in very short supply during the pandemic. I couldn’t find any at all. Now that they have them in the store it’s too hot for baking.

  21. I'll bet this smells good! Thanks for hosting.

  22. Oh wow, those rolls look delicious! Thank you for the recipe, and for hosting Wordless Wednesday!

  23. I can smell the fragrance wafting across the seven seas. :)
    Happy #WW

    Shared the recipe with my DH who is a bakes great breads. Thank you.

  24. Oh these are the very best rolls ever. I think I'll make them for hubby.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  25. Very appetizing looks! Thank you for leaving us the detailed recipe, Happy WW !!!

  26. Those look so yummy. Thanks for leaving the recipe. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  27. To me, such a roll is the queen ... of bread. I don't know how to cook, but I can try. :)


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