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Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls are a delicious touch to any meal.

Traditional Dinner Rolls with three shape variations

Homemade Dinner Rolls made into a fan shape.

Holiday baking is in full swing in my house! I have been baking some of my favorites – Bow Tie Cookies, Peppermint Cookies, and Cranberry Bars. But not everything has been sweet. I’ve also been making Homemade Dinner Rolls. 

I made three batches for Thanksgiving dinner and then I decided to make these dinner rolls again on the day after Thanksgiving.

Ingredients for Homemade Dinner Rolls.

Usually when I make rolls, I shape the rolls into a nice rounded shape. I decided to make a few different variations. I still made the round classic dinner rolls, but I also made a cloverleaf dinner roll and a fan shaped dinner roll.

I used the same bread dough for all so the taste doesn’t change, just the shape.

Cloverleaf Shaped Dinner Rolls.

To Make Classic Dinner Rolls

  • Divide dough in half
  • Work with one half at a time. Cut dough in half again. Keep halving dough until 8 portions are formed.
  • Cup your hand around one portion. With dough on a counter top, make a circular motion until a round dough is formed.
  • Set on a greased baking sheet 1/4 – 1/2 inch apart.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.

To Make Cloverleaf Rolls

  • Divide dough in half
  • Work with one half at a time. Cut dough in half again. Keep halving dough until 8 portions are formed.
  • Take one portion and divide it into thirds.
  • Roll each third into a small ball.
  • Place the three balls into one greased cup of a cupcake pan. The three balls form one roll.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.

To Make Fan Shaped Rolls

  • Divide dough in half.
  • Work with one half at a time.
  • Roll dough out into a rectangular shape approximately 6″ x 10″
  • Use a pizza cutter to trim off uneven sides.
  • Cut dough with pizza cutter into 2 inch squares.
  • Stack 6 squares together and place in a greased cupcake pan. Place stacked squares one their sides.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.

Fan Shaped Dinner Rolls in a cupcake pan.



5 from 6 votes
Homemade Dinner Rolls are a delicious touch to any meal.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Rise Time
2 hrs
Total Time
55 mins

A traditional dinner roll that's perfect for holiday and family dinners.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic dinner rolls, Dinner Rolls, Homemade dinner rolls, how to shape dinner rolls, traditional dinner rolls
Servings: 16 rolls
Calories: 181 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup whole milk warmed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 packet
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour may need an additional 1/4 cup flour
Before Baking
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  1. In a large bowl, combine milk, sugar and yeast. Stir lightly and let sit for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly.

  2. Mix in butter, salt egg and 2 cups of flour. Add additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough forms a ball. Add up to 1/4 more flour if needed.

  3. Knead with stand mixer for 10 minutes or knead by hand. 

  4. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.

  5. Gently punch dough down.  Divide dough in half and then each half into eighths. Shape dough into rolls.

  6. Place rolls on a greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise for 30-45 minutes.

  7. Just before baking brush the tops lightly with melted butter.

  8. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. 

  9. Optional - brush with melted butter when the rolls are finished baking.

  10. Remove from baking sheet and let rolls cool on a baking rack. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    November 29, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Hi Kathy – these dinner rolls look great. I’ve never seen the fan rolls- very clever. I’ve made the traditional shape and the cloverleaf, so pretty and delicious. Great photos and video – extra mouth watering! I just found a jar of homemade cherry preserves in the back of the pantry — thinking that would be INCREDIBLE with these rolls. Hope all is well at your house – snow here and the wind is whistling to beat the band.

    • Reply
      November 29, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Cherry preserves would be delicious with homemade rolls! Stay warm in that storm!

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    November 29, 2018 at 4:53 am

    So homey and delicious! Great video – I might actually get it right with your instruction! Thank you!!

    • Reply
      November 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      You can do it!!!

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    November 28, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Those look yummy. The video makes it look easy.

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 27, 2018 at 6:22 am

    I LOVE baking and especially love bread, but have never made my own dinner rolls! Such a great guide, Kathy and love the different styles. I bet these are amazing fresh outta the oven smeared with lots of butter 🙂

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      November 28, 2018 at 5:17 am

      They are delicious right out of the oven!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    You are the queen of breads Kathy! I’m so envious. Everything you make always looks amazing. I’ll need to test my skills with this one!

    • Reply
      November 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Ahhhh….Thanks, Mary Ann!

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    Fred G
    November 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Three for one. What a good idea for rolls.

    • Reply
      November 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    November 26, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Hello Cloverleaf rolls! I have never made them before, but will put them on my list! I clicked on your video, which played nicely on my ‘side bar’. Thanks!

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      November 26, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks, Fran! The cloverleaf are fun to make and super fun to eat. I tend to pull of one section at a time and I have all those wonderful soft sides!

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    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    November 26, 2018 at 5:49 am

    These rolls look amazing, love the variation in shapes, the fan is my favorite! Take care.

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    David @ Spiced
    November 26, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Kathy, I’ve got a confession to admit. I didn’t make homemade rolls for Thanksgiving this year. We just ran out of time, so I skipped it. And I regretted it all day long…and the next day, too, since Thanksgiving leftovers on a sliced homemade roll are just amazing. This post just confirms that I need to go make some rolls. Better late than never, right?? 🙂

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      November 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Sometimes it’s tough to make everything. We went to my in-laws so all I was in charge of was the rolls!

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