These soft & buttery bread machine dinner rolls are so easy – and pretty, too!
Homemade dinner rolls are one of my favorite things – particularly when there is a special occasion like Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving.
I have a favorite overnight sweet dinner bun recipe that I used to make often when the kids were home. I would use that delicious yeast dough to make meat & cheese sandwich buns, cinnamon buns, or dinner buns. However, now that it’s just the two of us, I don’t want to have that much bread in the house. It’s not good for our waist lines!;)
I discovered, instead, this quick & easy breach machine dough recipe that simplifies the process immensely – and tastes so similar to what I used to make.
My old faithful bread machine (here’s a similar one – affiliate link) has been working for me for decades now, and the dough feature is a total game changer.
You just put the ingredients in it, set it to its dough setting, and forget about it.
Then, when the buzzer sounds, you pull out the dough, form buns, let them rise, and bake! Easy peasy.
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How to Make This Easy & Delicious Bread Machine Dinner Rolls Recipe
Ingredients you’ll need to have:
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F) – (Stick your finger under the tap water and wait until it’s almost too hot to touch.)
- 1/2 cup warm milk (I heated mine in the microwave for 45 seconds. Your microwave time might be different.)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package active dry yeast
- additional 1/4 cup butter softened (to spread on dough)
Step 1: Place all the dough ingredients above (except the last amount of butter) in your bread machine container (making sure the paddle is in the bottom), and set it to the dough setting. Press start.
Layer the ingredients in as listed. You don’t need to stir them or anything. Just layer, put the pan in the bread machine, turn it on to the dough setting, and let it do its thing.
Step 2: Once the dough is finished and the machine beeps, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 2 halves and roll each half into a 12 inch diameter circle.
Sidenote: My mother ALWAYS used a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover when rolling dough. I inherited her set and just couldn’t live without it! One of my dear Instagram friends found that you can still buy something similar on Amazon here.
Step 3: Spread softened butter over the entire circle of dough.
Step 4: Slice dough into 12 triangle pieces.
Step 5: Starting at the large end of the triangle, roll gently but tightly until you get to the end. This makes a lovely crescent shaped roll.
Step 6: Place the buns on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Step 7: Cover the buns with a clean dish towel and place in a warm area to rise until they double in size. (It will take about an hour to rise.)
Step 8: Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and place risen buns in to bake for 9 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 9: Immediately remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
For more special Christmas recipes (or Thanksgiving, too!), check out:
- 75+ Christmas Cookies Recipes with Pictures
- Bacon Wrapped Stuffing
- The Quickest & Easiest Turkey Dinner Ever!
- Old Fashioned Steam Pudding
- Rolled Sugar Cookies
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