Thanksgiving Sides – Homemade Dinner Rolls

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Thanksgiving is coming and for me, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without my homemade dinner rolls. It has always been one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving sides. Actually it is one of their favorite side dishes period since they’re so good! They’re soft, fluffy and taste amazing! Even better is that they’re not hard to make at all!  If you’re planning your Thanksgiving sides for this year, be sure that you add this one to your Thanksgiving menu planner so you don’t miss out! I’m positive they will become one of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes after you try them!

Adding to your Thanksgiving sides this year? This recipe for homemade dinner rolls is perfect! Warm, fluffy and soft, they're delicious! Your family will love them!

I know that bread recipes can be intimidating, but you’re just going to have to trust me when I say that these homemade dinner rolls are super easy. They have been a part of our Thanksgiving sides for around 10 years now and each time I make them, the result is the same! Amazing rolls that really help to make a meal! They go perfectly with turkey, chicken or whatever you happen to be having for dinner! They have pretty much become a staple at our house alongside of my cranberry relish recipe. We really do love to have them with a lot of our meals since they’re so easy to make and they’re freezer friendly! These homemade dinner rolls can be made up to three days ahead of time and frozen until you need them! Ya’ll know how I feel about anything that makes my life easier and freezer recipes do just that.

Thanksgiving Sides – Homemade Dinner Rolls

If you’re planning to make these homemade dinner rolls one of your Thanksgiving sides this year, I suggest you make them up a couple of days before. It isn’t that they’re hard to make – like I said, they’re easy – but more that they do take time to rise. Having the dough ready to go into the oven on Thanksgiving day just makes things much easier. I’ll give instructions for freezing them at the end of the recipe. For reference, this homemade dinner rolls recipe makes around 24 dinner rolls.

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Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Start by proofing your yeast. To do this, combine the water and yeast in a large mixing bowl and allow it to stand for around 5 minutes. Your yeast should get foamy in that time. When that happens, it is ready to use. Also, do not use quick rise yeast in this recipe. The end result isn’t pretty. Also, a lot of folks will proof their yeast by adding the sugar to it as well. For this recipe, don’t do that.

Once your yeast has been proofed, use a wooden spoon to stir in the melted butter, eggs, salt and sugar in a  large mixing bowl. Why a wooden spoon? I’m not actually sure! I’ve just always made it with a wooden spoon and the result is amazing so…use a wooden spoon.

Mix in the bread flour, 1 cup at a time until you can’t add anymore. You will have a very stiff dough, but you should be able to use most, if not all, of the flour. I can hear the questions now so I’m just going to answer them. Yes, you can use all-purpose flour. Yes, you can use whole wheat flour. Use bread flour though if you want a super soft and fluffy dinner roll. Bread flour has more gluten in it than all-purpose or whole wheat which gives you a final product that is incredible.

Cover the dough and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but as long as 3 days. If you are freezing your dough, this is where you would freeze it. Divide the dough into equal portions and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze in a Ziploc bag stored inside of an airtight food storage container until you’re ready to thaw and use. Thaw fully and continue the recipe before using frozen dough.

After your dough has chilled for at least 2 hours, spray a 9×13 baking dish with an olive oil cooking spray and divide the dough into 24 equal sized pieces. Place your dough balls into the baking dish, cover and sit in a warm spot where they will be warm but won’t bake. Preferably your rolls should be rolled smoothly, but we let Emma roll the ones for the pic. She’s a teenager. She doesn’t listen very well. It’s okay. We forgive her for lumpy dinner rolls. 

After your homemade dinner rolls have risen for at least 2 hours, bake them at 375° F for about 17 minutes or until golden brown. Use a pastry brush to brush them with more melted butter and serve warm!

Thanksgiving Sides - Homemade Dinner Rolls

Adding to your Thanksgiving sides this year? This recipe for homemade dinner rolls is perfect! Warm, fluffy and soft, they're delicious!
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Bread/Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Stacy Barr


  • 1 cup warm water – about 110° F
  • 2 packages active rise yeast or 4 1/2 tsp active rise yeast
  • 1 ⁄2 cup melted butter
  • 1 ⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1 ⁄4 cups bread flour


  • Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  • Proof yeast and water for 5 minutes.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir in proofed yeast, melted butter, eggs, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until stiff dough forms.
  • Cover and chill dough for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Divide dough into 24 equal pieces.
  • Place dough balls in greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • Cover and let rise 1-2 hours until dough balls reach a size you want.
  • Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter and serve warm.


Do not use quick rise yeast in this recipe.




  1. Two Pink Peonies says

    These look amazing! I may make these for Easter dinner and not wait until Thanksgiving lol!

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