Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

This darn good recipe of Homemade Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine saves significant time and money and gives great results. We’ve found all the shortcuts for you to have the best bread machine yeast rolls. The process goes from bread maker to rolled out, divided by piece, one rise time, and baked in the oven. Also, see how to partially bake them for freezing for future meals, just like in your grocer’s freezer section. This is part of our darn good Bakery Category.

This recipe of Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine is the ultimate dinner addition.  See how to partially bake them for freezing for future meals, just like in your grocer’s freezer section.
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Best Darn Good Homemade Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

These really are the best darn good bread machine yeast rolls. What makes them that way? Well, for starters, they’re homemade. And, the procedure to create them is simplified and more efficient with the use of a bread maker. The flavor is incredible. I’ve seen too many eyes light up when they’re uncovered from the bread basket on the dinner table.

This recipe is listed on our Christmas Dinner Meals Ideas article. Also, it’s where you’ll see other traditional and non-traditional fun recipes for main courses, sides, appetizers, salads, and breads.

Yeast Rolls on Baking Sheets
Yeast Rolls on Baking Sheets

Easy To Make Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

This is a very easy recipe of making the best bread machine yeast rolls. We’ve reviewed all the steps several times and have it narrowed down to the least steps possible. Check over the instructional steps in this recipe and you’ll see how simple they are to make.

Dinner Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine From Scratch

In the old days, making dinner baked goods from scratch was an incredible chore. Yes, in the days before the Internet, I had to make a number of dinner rolls from scratch and the only bread machine we had in the restaurant was this big, bulky mixing machine with a gigantic dough hook. Also, it wasn’t anything on auto-pilot by any means. Finally, just like all dough type recipes, you had to go through many procedures of kneading the dough, letting it rest, punching it down, a little more kneading, and letting it rise again while covered.

Fortunately, all those steps are automated for making yeast rolls for bread machine usage. Let’s make the best bread machine yeast rolls now.

Recipe for Yeast Dinner Buns

This homemade scratch recipe for Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine is easy enough to follow. So, there are 2 phases. Initially, you put the ingredients for the yeast dough in the bread machine. After that, the second phase is to cut and shape the finished dough into the individual servings and baking them. From here, we’ll cover both of those phases.

Dough of Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

So, with the first phase of the best bread machine yeast rolls, we start by pulling the ingredients together. And, those ingredients are designed to go in the bread maker in order. Basically, the wet ingredients go in first. Then, the dry ingredients go in. And the yeast goes in last.

Adding Yeast in a Crater for Best Bread Machine Yeast Rolls

And the yeast goes in last.

Bread Machine WET Yeast Roll Ingredients

  • milk
  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs

Bread Machine DRY Yeast Roll Ingredients

  • salt
  • bread flour
  • yeast

As you can see, the ingredients are all simple, regular items you normally have at home for baking things from scratch. However, the only 2 specialized items are the bread flour and the yeast. So, if you’re baking at home, you’ll ensure you have those items routinely.

How to Make Dinner Rolls Out of The Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

So, the 2nd phase is about how to make bread rolls individually out of the dough. This is where you shape the best bread machine yeast rolls per piece. It’s here you’ll handle the dough, divide it up, let them rest, and bake to finish.

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Place Dough on a Floured Surface
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Divide and Shape Dough into 4 Long Pieces
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Cut Each into 6 Pieces
Roll Each Piece into a Ball Onto Baking Sheet
Roll Each Piece into a Ball Onto Baking Sheet
  1. After dough is done, you put it on the floured countertop.
  2. With it being a simple dough pile, you cut it into 4 somewhat even dough chunks. Then, in order to begin to be a type of roll, you shape it into 4 loaves, and cut each one into 6 pieces.
  3. Then, roll up each dough piece into a ball and put them all onto a couple of baking sheets.
  4. Finally, cover the dough balls for them to rise after 45 minutes and you bake them.

So, the details are covered in the actual recipe. And there are also some notes on how to par-bake (partially bake) some of them for storing in the freezer. That saves you having to make this recipe a lot of times when you might only want a handful in the future.

What Goes With Dinner Rolls?

You can serve butter and sometimes honey to be available for dinner rolls. However, what main dish goes with these best bread machine yeast rolls for dinner? They don’t necessarily go with all dinners, although they can go with a tremendous amount of main courses. For example, I wouldn’t serve them with Fajitas, Subs, or Hamburgers. So, just for a change, here are a few dinner ideas that do serve well for having dinner yeast rolls.

How many calories in dinner rolls?

They vary but this particular recipe has them at about 137 calories.

How to shape dinner rolls

The bulk dough is divided up initially into 4 large chunks. Then, each chunk is hand managed to roll and shape it into a small bread loaf appearance. That cylindrical shape is the cut into 6 even pieces. Then, you’ll pick up each dough piece and roll it between both hands to form a shape similar to a ball. You can optionally pinch any parts of the dough ball to better form that shape. Then, you’ll place it on the baking sheet seam side down. You’ve now completed all of the hardest steps to make the best bread machine yeast rolls.

How many dinner rolls per person?

Typically, it is 1 or 2 dinner rolls per person. However, it’s best to plan to have extras ready as the flavor and texture is strongly desired for repeated helpings. Another option is to announce how many are available for each person, such as is proper for advising children.

What to brush dinner rolls with before baking

This recipe calls for brushing them with melted butter. There are other recipes that might call for brushing with water or milk but we don’t follow that mantra. We brush them with butter before baking and then sometimes again after they’re out of the oven for a few minutes.

At times, following this method, many will find they don’t need to add any more butter to the rolls. In practice, the individual tends to consume less butter in this fashion because they’re not later adding a full, thick butter slice during the meal.

How to store dinner rolls

The most common methods available for storing dinner rolls is in a plastic food storage bag at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer. Knowing that if they’re store at room temperature, as these are homemade, there is a higher tendency to have mold in about 2-3 days. So, with that said, it’s often a good idea to store them in the fridge if you feel they might be consumed relatively soon but not within the next couple of days. If not planning to be eaten any time soon (longer than a week or two), the freezer is the next best option.

How to freeze dinner rolls

You can store these best bread machine yeast rolls in a food storage bag that seals tight and then put them in the freezer for later reheating.

Storing Yeast Rolls in Food Storage Bags

You can store Yeast Dinner Rolls in a Food Storage Bag that seals tight.

If you’re going to leave them frozen for quite some time then it’s a good idea to ensure they’re either in a food storage bag that’s marked as a freezer bag or you can put the rolls in a thinner plastic food bag (or wrapped in plastic wrap) and then put into a regular food storage plastic bag.

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.

How to Reheat Dinner Rolls

If you have fully baked rolls left over, you can reheat them in one many different ways. You can use the microwave, the oven, air fryer, frying pan or skillet, pot, or on the grill. All are more than just heating them up in the appliance. Here’s how to maintain good quality and softness of reheating dinner rolls, including these dinner yeast rolls. See our post on “6 Surprising Ways of Warming Up Dinner Rolls“.

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%.

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All Ingredients Added to Bread Machine for Yeast Rolls

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.

What makes dinner rolls light and fluffy?

If you want to ensure your dinner yeast rolls are light and fluffy, here are some cause of why rolls fail. 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. Sometimes, humidity in the air can have an impact, as well as the area where they were set to rise should be a little warm, like near the oven.

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All Ingredients Added to Bread Machine
Par-baked Yeast Rolls on Cooling Rack
Par-baked Yeast Rolls on Cooling Rack

Nutritional Values of Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine

The nutritional values of yeast rolls for bread machine are shown in the <Print Recipe> option. They are about 137 calories each.

Related Posts

Below are some other bakery related recipes. And, for food education, here’s an educational article about yeast.

Conclusion of How To Make Best Yeast Rolls For Bread Maker

Did you enjoy this recipe for homemade best bread machine yeast rolls? It’s an absolute hit for holiday meals alongside this Turkey Recipe in Oven. Finally, this is a classic as shown in our Thanksgiving Dinner Meals Ideas and our Holiday Dinner Suggestions articles. Leave a comment and share your experience.

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Bread Maker Yeast Rolls Recipe

This recipe of Yeast Rolls for Bread Machine is the ultimate dinner addition.  See how to partially bake them for freezing for future meals, just like in your grocer’s freezer section.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Bread Machine Time & Rolls (dough) Rest Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 24 rolls
Calories: 137kcal


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  • 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
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted for brushing on tops


  • Add ingredients in order to bread machine, concluding with yeast being added in a flour "crater".
  • Run the bread machine using the "dough" setting. On Zojirushi brand, consider the course number to be #11 for "dough".
  • After dough is done, lay it out on a large floured surface such as a countertop.
  • Divide it into 4 equal parts and shape them roughly into 4 loaves.
  • Cut each "loaf" into 6 parts (or 4 parts for larger rolls at a count of 16).
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 individual 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
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