Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe – Bread Machine to Oven

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Easy Yeast Rolls in Bread Machine

Jeff Baygents
These yeast rolls are the ultimate dinner addition.  See how to partially bake them for freezing for future meals, just like in your grocer’s freezer section.
5 from 1 vote
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Bread Machine Time & Rolls (dough) Rest Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 137kcal



Bread Machine Ingredients (added in this order)

  • 1 cup milk warmed (30 seconds in microwave)
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp active, dry yeast or instant yeast or bread machine yeast

For Baking Purposes

  • 1 tbsp butter melted for brushing on tops


  • Add ingredients in order to bread machine, concluding with yeast being added in a flour "crater".
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  • Run the bread machine using the "dough" setting. On Zojirushi brand, consider the course number to be #11 for "dough".
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  • After dough is done, lay it out on a large floured surface such as a countertop.
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  • Divide it into 4 equal parts and shape them roughly into 4 loaves.
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  • Cut each "loaf" into 6 parts (or 4 parts for larger rolls at a count of 16).
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  • Roll up each part into a ball and place them seam side down, about 1½" apart on an ungreased (13×9) baking sheet. It will take 2 sheets.
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  • Cover the rolls with something like a cloth and let them rest to rise in a warm area for 45 minutes, until almost double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 13-15 minutes in middle shelf. See notes for par-baking.
  • Optionally, brush tops with melted butter and serve.
    Finished yeast rolls


If you want to set any aside for the freezer, you can opt to par-bake (partially bake) them for only 8 minutes, let them cool down for about 15 minutes, and put them in a food storage freezer bag.  Consider to mark the bags:  “Bake at 350ºF, middle shelf, for about 10 minutes”.
If you’ve increased the amount of this recipe quantity, ensure you remember to adjust the instructions accordingly, e.g., if you doubled it, you’ll need to make 8 ft-long “loaves” (instead of 4) but still cut each one into 6 pieces, to end up with 48 rolls.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg



Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe: For Now and Later

This homemade yeast rolls recipe for a bread machine and then to the oven is the ultimate dinner addition.  See how to partially bake them for freezing for future meals, just like in your grocer’s freezer section. Keep on reading below.

If I’ve partially baked these and stored them in the freezer, how do I use them later?

Preheat your oven to 350°F, place on ungreased baking sheet, optionally brush melted butter on tops, and bake uncovered for about 10 minutes.

Will regular yeast work in a bread machine?

If you use regular yeast instead of instant, you’ll need to activate it first in very warm water for about 10 minutes. Also, you’ll need to increase the regular yeast amount by an extra 25%.

Does it really matter what kind of yeast I use in a bread machine? Can I use instant yeast that doesn’t say it’s for bread machines?

You can use any instant yeast, rapid rise yeast, or if it says it’s for bread machines.

Why are my yeast rolls not rising much in the oven or not very fluffy?

Here are some possible reasons. The yeast could be too old. The dough might have been sitting out too long after having risen (before going into the oven). There are other possible causes but those are the most common.

Why didn’t my rolls rise double in size?

They might have. The doubling refers to volume doubling, not the length or height. If it appears they’re about 1/3 bigger overall, that’s good. However, usually the number one hindrance to increasing in size is if the yeast is no longer reasonably fresh since opened.
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All ingredients added to bread machine
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Par-baked from homemade yeast rolls recipe

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