Step aside, brown and serve rolls! These Super Easy No Yeast Dinner Rolls are ready in under 25 minutes but taste like you slaved over them all day!
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Whether you're looking for a quick night dinner side or a delicious, yet easy dinner roll for your holiday dinner spread, these Super Easy No-Yeast Dinner Rolls will have you covered!
Just whisk up the dough, roll it out, brush with egg (if you'd like), give the rolls a quick bake, and you're ready to go! See? I wasn't joking about how easy these are. 😉
This recipe is for all of us that don't always have time to deal with yeast!
(Or maybe also those of us who don't currently have yeast!)
Because, even though yeast is fun and a cool skill set to master, sometimes we need a quick side dish bread that isn't a biscuit.
Or we need want to impress our holiday dinner guests with homemade bread but have too many other dishes on our hands to fuss with proofing and kneading.
I mean, I can't be the only one who's been in this situation before, can I?!
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As much as I love homemade yeasted bread, when it comes to a holiday spread, homemade rolls are delicious but aren't always worth the fuss. I'd rather spend that time, say, throwing together an easy turkey brine, making a potato casserole, or whipping up a homemade cranberry sauce.
Or, just hanging out with my guests drinking a good glass of wine!
Whatever you'd rather do -- or even for those busy weeknights that you want nice warm rolls without having to use brown and serve buns -- these no easy yeast dinner rolls are for you!
Whisk all the ingredients up in one bowl, roll out the dough, brush with an egg wash (if you please) and pop these guys in the oven.
Before you know it, you'll have hot, fresh, and fluffy rolls on your table -- making that Wednesday night dinner OR that holiday spread that much more special.
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This easy dinner roll recipe is...
- Lightly buttery
- Great for busy weeknights
- Impressive enough for holiday dinners
- Easy to freeze
- Require no yeast, kneading, or proofing!!
Do yourself and your family a favor and make these tasty dinner rolls tonight!
- Flour - all we need is the traditional all-purpose white flour!
- Buttermilk - see my notes below on how to make your own
- Granulated sugar - just a touch of sugar takes these rolls to a whole new level
- Salt - one of the most important elements in giving bread flavor
- Baking soda & Baking powder - work together to make the dinner rolls fluffy and light
- Unsalted butter - we'll be using just enough to impart a light buttery flavor without overpowering or making these rolls biscuity
- Egg whites (optional) - for a shiny finish to the rolls, you can brush them with an egg white wash before baking.
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- Butter - if you don't have unsalted butter you can use salted butter. Reduce your sugar to a heaping ¼ teaspoon if using salted butter, however.
- Flour - if you'd like a whole wheat roll, you can substitute in ½ cup whole wheat flour for ½ cup of the all-purpose flour.
- Sweetener - keep the rolls processed sugar-free and use 1 tablespoon raw honey in place of the granulated sugar. It will add a lightly nuttier taste to the rolls, but will still be delicious!
How do you make your own buttermilk?
To make your own buttermilk, add 2 teaspoons distilled white or apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup. Fill the cup to the ⅔ cup line with milk, give the milk a gently stir, and let it sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to curdle.
How do you quickly bring buttermilk to room temperature?
You can quickly bring your buttermilk to room temperature by popping it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at 20-30% heat, or until it is room temperature.
How do you melt butter?
You can easily and quickly melt better in the microwave.
Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl or cup and cover it with a paper towel. Melt the butter on 30% heat in 30 second intervals, or until the butter is melted.
Can you make these rolls gluten-free?
I have not done so already, so I cannot make any promises but you can try this recipe with a gluten-free one to 1 flour. If you're adventuresome and would like to try this out, please let me know it goes in the comments below!
How do you make these no yeast dinner rolls?
Below are my illustrated instructions on how to make these dinner rolls. For specific measurements and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper sprayed with non-stick spray or greased with butter.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients until incorporated.
- Whisk together the sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and buttermilk in a large mixing bowl. It's ok if the liquid foams.
- Whisk the flour into the liquids in 2 batches, just until the flour absorbs into the liquids.
- Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon-size balls, flouring your hands before and between rolling the balls.
- Brush the rolls with an egg white wash, if desired.
- Bake the rolls for 13-15 minutes, or until the rolls are golden on the top and bottom.
- Cool the rolls and serve when at your desired temperature!
Pro-tips for dinner roll success-- everytime!
- Use fresh flour & leavening agents -- fresh flour tastes better and bakes up fluffier; fresh leavening agents also make the rolls nice and fluffy.
- Weigh your flour -- the most accurate way to measure flour is by weighing it. One of my favorite kitchen scales is available on Amazon for less than $10. If you can't get a scale before making this recipe, you can spoon and level your flour.
- Roll out the dough with floured hands -- keep the dough from sticking to your hands by flouring your hands before rolling the dough and between rolling, if needed.
- Use room temp buttermilk -- cold milk will solidify the melted butter, making it harder to whisk the dough and for it to incorporate. It also makes the rolls taste more like biscuits.
Can kids help with this recipe?
Yes, kids can definitely help with this recipe! They can help measure the ingredients, whisk them together, and brush the rolls with the egg whites! Older kids can help roll out the dough.
How can you serve these rolls?
These rolls are good so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them:
- For breakfast: spread with butter, jam, or pumpkin butter
- For a snack: pop them in the toaster to be warm and fluffy
- For dinner: serve them with a quick weeknight dinner or with your holiday dinner spread!
Can you bake these rolls at high altitude?
Yes, you can definitely bake these rolls at high atltitude. In fact, I baked these at 5000 feet and had no issues at all! Just follow the recipe as directed and you should be all set.
Tools needed to make this recipe:
- Large mixing bowl
- Flour scale
- Measuring spoons & cups
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or silicone baking sheet
Check out my other quick bread recipes (with no yeast!):
- No Yeast Oatmeal Bread
- Whole Wheat Beer Bread
- Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Blueberry Lemon Bread
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Brush the egg white wash on top of the rolls if you would like a shiny finish on the rolls. Otherwise, you can just skip that step!
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅔ cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (or 255g) all-purpose flour
- 1 egg white, whisked (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a parchment paper-lined baking sheet with cooking spray or grease with butter.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, buttermilk, and butter together until incorporated. Note: it's totally ok if the mixture starts foaming!
3. Whisk the flour into the liquids in 2 batches until no streaks of flour remain in the batter and the dough has formed a craggly mass. If the flour gets hard to whisk, switch to a wooden spoon or even knead with your hands (my favorite), working the final bits of flour into the dough.
4. Cover your hands with flour and roll out 2 tablespoon-size pieces of dough into round balls. Re-flour your hands between rolling to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the balls 2 inches away from each other on the pan.
5. Optional: if you'd like to give your rolls an egg white wash, brush each roll with the gently whisked egg whites. You can even brush the rolls with additional melted butter.
6. Bake the rolls for 13-15 minutes, or until the rolls are golden on the tops and bottoms. Move the rolls to a wire cooling rack and serve when to the temperature of your liking!
1. Leftover rolls store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They also freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
2. Flour your hands well when rolling out the rolls to keep the dough from sticking to your hands! I like to reflour my hands between every roll.
3. You can substitute in 1 tablespoon raw honey in place of the granulated sugar to make these rolls processed sugar-free.
4. For most consistent and accurate results, use a kitchen scale to measure your flour. You can find good-quality scales on Amazon for less than $10. Otherwise, you can spoon and level your flour into measuring cups.
5. To make your own buttermilk, add 2 teaspoons distilled white or apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup. Fill the cup to the ⅔ cup line with milk, give it a gentle stir, and let the milk sit for 5 minutes, or until it starts to curdle.
6. Make whole wheat rolls by substituting in ½ cup whole wheat flour for ½ cup of the all-purpose flour.
Serving Size1 roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 112Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 284mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dietitians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.