These delightful bread machine dinner rolls are soft, light, and fluffy, making them the ideal addition to any meal. Whether dunked in soup or spread with butter, they are simply irresistible.

Soft, fluffy bread machine dinner rolls in a linen lined basket

If you love the idea of warm, fluffy dinner rolls to go with your meals but don’t have the time or energy for all the kneading and rising a bread machine could be your new best friend.

It does all the heavy lifting for you, so you can enjoy the yummy smell of freshly baked bread without spending hours in the kitchen.

With just a few basic ingredients and a reliable bread machine, you can make a batch of delicious dinner rolls that will impress your family and friends.

Close up of soft, fluffy bread machine dinner rolls

These rolls are so good they could easily compete with the ones from your favourite bakery 😛

Whether you’re hosting a special dinner or upgrading your everyday meals, these homemade rolls will hit the spot. Pair them with this flavour-packed Thai pumpkin soup for an easy weeknight meal.

If you don’t have a bread machine, you can still make this recipe by hand kneading the dough or try these old-fashioned dinner rolls.

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Why You Will Love These Simple Dinner Rolls

  • Super easy to make using a bread machine to do all the hard work
  • Much cheaper than store-bought dinner rolls
  • They are soft, fluffy and amazing!
  • Have extra? These dinner rolls freeze well
Stack of soft, fluffy bread machine dinner rolls

Bread Machine Dinner Roll Ingredients

This is an overview of the ingredients. Below is a printable recipe card with all the measurements.

Bread Yeast – Activates the dough, which is essential for achieving that perfect rise and the soft, fluffy texture of the rolls.
Sugar – A sprinkle of sugar sweetens the dough and helps feed the yeast, ensuring your rolls rise beautifully.
Warm Water – Its warmth wakes the yeast, setting the stage for a well-risen dough. It should be warm, not hot. The water should be 43°C (110°F).
Plain Unsweetened Yogurt – Makes the rolls extra soft.
Butter or Oil – I use olive oil or melted butter.
Salt – Adds flavour to the bread.
Bread Flour – Bread flour is high in protein, forming the strong gluten network necessary for these rolls.
Milk – Adds colour to the rolls and contributes to their golden crust.

Hand drawn illustration of a baking scale and rolling pin

Makyla’s Baking Tips

1. When using a bread machine, it’s important to pay attention to the moisture level of your bread dough. You want the dough to be slightly sticky just after combining the wet and dry ingredients. This will result in a soft, smooth dough after kneading. After the first knead cycle, check the dough and adjust the moisture if needed. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water. If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour. This will help you achieve the perfect texture for your dinner rolls.
2. Let the dough rise in your bread machine.
3. Use a kitchen scale to evenly divide your dinner rolls before rolling them into ball shapes to bake.
4. Place the dough close together in a baking dish for the second rise so that the edges of the dough stick to each other, creating the traditional pull-apart dinner rolls.

Easy Bread Machine Dinner Rolls Recipe

1. Activate the yeast. Combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast into the bread machine. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy. This means the yeast is activated.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the yogurt, oil (or butter), flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Start the bread machine on the dough setting (or the equivalent setting for kneading and letting the dough rise) and let it run.

About 5 minutes after the machine starts, check that the dough is not too dry or wet. It should be smooth and elastic. Add more water if it’s too dry or more flour if it’s too wet.

3. Shape the dinner rolls. When the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 even portions (it’s best to divide it into quarters, then thirds) and shape them into round rolls.

To shape round rolls, gently smooth the top by pulling down the dough and pinching the ends to remove visible lines.

4. Second rise. Place the shaped rolls in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover them with a damp kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

5. Bake. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Brush the top of the dinner rolls with milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack, then enjoy.

How to Store Dinner Rolls

I like to freeze extra rolls in freezer-safe bags so they can be enjoyed throughout the week if we decide to have soups or easy meals that require a bit more carbs. They can be stored in a ziplock bag or airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

By Makyla Ata
These delightful bread machine dinner rolls are soft, light, and fluffy, making them ideal for any meal. Whether dunked in soup or spread with butter, they are simply irresistible.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
12 Rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tsp bread yeast
  • 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oil or melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups high grade flour
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Activate the yeast. Combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast into the bread machine. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy. This means the yeast is activated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Add the yogurt, oil (or butter), flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Start the bread machine on the dough setting (or the equivalent setting for kneading and letting the dough rise) and let it run. About 5 minutes after the machine starts, check that the dough is not too dry or wet. It should be smooth and elastic. Add more water if it's too dry or more flour if it's too wet.
  • Shape the dinner rolls. When the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 even portions (it's best to divide it into quarters, then thirds) and shape them into round rolls. To shape round rolls, gently smooth the top by pulling down the dough and pinching the ends to remove visible lines.
  • Second rise. Place the shaped rolls in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover them with a damp kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Bake. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Brush the top of the dinner rolls with milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack, then enjoy.

Notes

  • When using a bread machine, it's important to pay attention to the moisture level of your bread dough. You want the dough to be slightly sticky just after combining the wet and dry ingredients. This will result in a soft, smooth dough after kneading. After the first knead cycle, check the dough and adjust the moisture if needed. If it's too dry, add a bit more water. If it's too wet, add a bit more flour. This will help you achieve the perfect texture for your dinner rolls.
  • Let the dough rise in your bread machine.
  • Use a kitchen scale to evenly divide your dinner rolls before rolling them into ball shapes to bake.
  • Place the dough close together in a baking dish for the second rise so that the edges of the dough stick to each other, creating the traditional pull-apart dinner rolls.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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