Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these buttery bread machine rolls in your bread machine. This is our favorite holiday roll, served up with melted butter and garnished with dried herbs. Add this super easy bread machine roll to your menu today.

Today I am sharing a foolproof bread machine roll that is perfect to make and freeze for the holiday season.

If you are looking for the perfect dinner roll, I have the perfect recipe for you.

These buttery bread machine rolls are my go-to bread recipe for all of our holiday meals.

I also love that you can switch out the toppings on the rolls to make them savory or sweet.

Just take a peek in your cupboard or fridge to dream up your own flavor combo.

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

The bread machine became my most relied upon tool when whipping up pizzas, cinnamon rolls, and fancy bread for my family.

Be sure to read read this Bread Machine 101 article for some background information on the purpose of this appliance.

If you don’t have a bread machine, check at yard sales or at your local thrift shop. My last three bread machines have all been found in places like these. They are often priced at around $15-20 used!

Be sure to check there when doing your shopping!

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

There is just so much to love about this roll recipe.

First of all, it isn’t sticky or hard to work with at all.

Secondly, it is quick to shape.

Third, it rises like a dream.

And fourth, you can customize the rolls to your heart’s delight.

One year I added cinnamon butter on the side or have brushed the rolls with butter and a generous shake of cinnamon & sugar.

The rolls I baked tonight, for example, accompanied our weeknight chicken noodle soup. For this flavor combination, I brushed them with a little butter, salt, and dried rosemary for a yummy finish.

If you have never made rolls before, try making a practice batch for your Thanksgiving feast, like I have shown here.

One batch of rolls will yield about 15 rolls.

Freeze the rolls after shaping. The dinner rolls can be frozen for a month, and then pulled from the freezer the night before your big day.

Allow them to rise overnight then bake as directed.

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine from MomAdvice.com

Here are a couple of commonly asked questions on this Buttery Dinner Rolls Bread Machine recipe!

What is a Bread Machine?

A bread making machine or bread maker is a home appliance for baking bread.

The bread machine is simple in its construction and consists of a bread pan (or “tin”), at the bottom. At the bottom of the tin are built-in paddles, mounted in the center of a small of the tin.

This little oven is controlled by a simple built-in computer, the settings for which are inputted on the control panel.

Most bread machines have different cycles for different kinds of dough. Typically, cycles include the following cycles: white bread, whole grain, French, and dough-only.

Many also have a timer to allow the bread machine to activate without you even being present.

How awesome is that?

Some of the older bread machines have just a handful of simple settings while newer models offer more advanced cycles like making jam or cake baking settings.

To be honest, I don’t use the fancy bread machine cycles and mostly use the Basic and Dough setting, which can be found on every machine.

The basic cycle is just the basic setting for making a loaf of bread.

The Dough cycle (that we are using here) just completes the kneading and rising of the dough. Once the dough cycle is complete, you can take the dough out and shape it into these simple dinner rolls.

What is the Difference Between Bread Flour and All- Purpose Flour?

The biggest difference is just protein content. Bread flour has more protein content than all-purpose, which helps with gluten development. Recipes, like this dinner roll, call for it when an especially chewy and elastic crumb is desired.

Since we want these to be more elastic in nature, we are using bread flour in this recipe.

If you don’t have bread flour on hand, you can substitute with all-purpose flour in a pinch. Honestly, I do think it makes a difference in the texture of the roll when you substitute with all-purpose flour. Bread flour yields less crumbs and has a more elastic texture, both qualities I love in a good roll.

Make Ahead Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
Recipe Type: Side
Author: Amy Clark
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 15
A foolproof bread machine roll recipe that can be customized with whatever compliments your meal- sweet toppings, savory toppings, or flavored butters. Freeze these for the holidays and bask in the compliments when hosting your holiday feasts!
  • 1 cup milk (110 degrees F.)
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (you can substitute with all-purpose flour if needed)
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  1. Place all ingredients in (in order given) in bread pan of your bread machine.
  2. Select DOUGH setting and press start
  3. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly-floured surface.
  4. Shape into balls of dough and place in a greased baking pan to make the rolls.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
  6. If freezing, freeze now (for up to one month).
  7. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake in a regular oven approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Brush with butter and favorite blend of seasonings or herbs (optional)

These are so beautiful and so delicious. Don’t be surprised if they are the only thing everyone talks about at dinner!



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Published November 06, 2019 by:

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