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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

November 4, 2017 (Last Updated: May 19, 2019)

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Light and fluffy dinner rolls with added oatmeal.

Dinner roll torn in half on a small white plate.

This post was originally published in April 2015.  The pictures have been updated and a few changes have been made to the instructions in the recipe. 

These oatmeal dinner rolls are the perfect dinner roll.  They are light and fluffy and have a rich, buttery flavor.  I decided to mix up my traditional dinner roll recipe by adding old fashioned oats.  Why not?  The oats add a bit of texture and just a hint of flavor to the rolls.

These rolls get a triple dose of butter:  in the dough, brushed on just before baking, and then again as they come out of the oven!

Balls of dough on board with flour.

I like soft sides on my dinner rolls, so after I shape the rolls I place them next to each other on a tray.  The rolls rise up slightly higher since they can’t go out.

Once they are cooked and cooled, you can pull the rolls apart.  The sides are so soft, and the tops are nicely browned.

Brushing butter on uncooked rolls.

What type of bread yeast to use?

There are two types of dry yeast for bread making. There’s active dry yeast and instant yeast (also called rapid rise yeast.) There is also cake yeast which is a fresh yeast.

I use active dry yeast when I make bread and rolls. 

How can I tell if my yeast is still good?

I always start my recipes with liquid, active dry yeast and either sugar or flour. I let the mixture set for 5 minutes. If the mixture turns bubbly, the yeast is active and alive. It nothing changes, the yeast has gone bad and should not be used. 

Can I use instant yeast?

Yes, you can use instant yeast in this recipe. The rise time will be shorter and you will want to decrease the amount of instant yeast to 1 teaspoon or 1 package of instant yeast. 


A pan full of cooked rolls.

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Plate full of dinner rolls.

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5 from 5 votes
Delicious homemade oatmeal dinner rolls
Oatmeal Dinner Rolls
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Dinner rolls made with whole grain oats.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls with oatmeal, homemade rolls, oatmeal dinner rolls
Servings: 24 Rolls
Calories: 191 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 Cups milk , warmed
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast (2 packages)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats not quick cooking or 1 minute oats
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 1/2 - 6 Cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoon butter melted
  1. Add milk, sugar, yeast and oats to a large mixing bowl. Stir and let rest for 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Add 2 cups flour, butter, salt, eggs. Mix.
  3. Continue adding flour, 1 cup at a time. You might not need to add all the flour.
  4. Knead dough for 5 minutes by stand mixer, or 10 minutes by hand.
  5. Place in a lightly sprayed bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.

  6. Lightly punch down and divide dough into quarters. Take each quarter and divide into 24 equal sized pieces. Shape each piece by cupping your hand over the dough and rotating in a circular motion.  Place rolls on a lightly sprayed baking sheet. If you want soft sides, place rolls next together. If you want a round roll browned all over, space your rolls apart.

  7. Cover and let rise, about 30-45 minutes.
  8. Just before baking, brush tops lightly with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

  10. Brush with melted butter when they come out of the oven.
  11. Transfer rolls to a cooling rack.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    January 14, 2018 at 2:03 am

    I tried them they really came out nice and soft. Very delicious

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      January 14, 2018 at 5:20 am

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you let me know! These are one of my favorite dinner rolls.

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    November 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Perfect dinner rolls are an essential part of any holiday meal!! These look sooooo good! I wish I had one right now to shove in my mouth haha

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      November 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      We always have dinner rolls at every holiday meal! There’s nothing better!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    November 8, 2017 at 6:10 am

    These dinner rolls look perfect! My stomach literally grumbled looking at the pictures šŸ™‚

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      November 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thank! I hope you took care of that belly and fed it! šŸ™‚

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    November 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I love making this kind of rolls and my kids even more so, I don’t think I have ever made them on my own during the past 3 or 4 years, they always want to help. šŸ™‚ It sounds like a great recipe, my children would love them!

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      November 12, 2017 at 11:03 am

      You’ve got some perfect helpers! There’s nothing better than cooking with your kids. šŸ™‚

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    Thrifty Campers
    November 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

    5 stars
    Nothing beats fresh homemade bread rolls, and these look mighty good!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 6, 2017 at 5:22 am

    5 stars
    There is nothing like homemade rolls, especially with butter! And the smell? So good! Your photos are beautiful, Kathy!

    • Reply
      November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I do love the smell of bread baking in the oven!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 6, 2017 at 4:56 am

    I love using oats in bread, too, Kathy! The extra flavor and chew just makes that bread so, so good. But I don’t think I’ve ever used oats in dinner rolls…and now I need to try these out! I have an obsession with dinner rolls come holiday season, and I’ll definitely be making several batches between now and the end of the year. I definitely need to work this recipe into the rotation! šŸ™‚

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      November 9, 2017 at 4:08 am

      This does seem to be the season for baking! Hope you enjoy these rolls.

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    November 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    5 stars
    I have such a blog-crush on you!! Lol – I love the idea of this recipe, adding oatmeal to rolls makes them that much more substantial. I recently made an maple/oat bread in a skillet. Was thinking of making a good loaf for sandwiches….. and am drooling over yours!!

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      November 5, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      You make me laugh! I need to check out your maple oat bread. It sounds delicious!

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    October 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    5 stars
    These are yummy! Been a big hit here!

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      October 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you love them as much as we do!

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    Laura Clark
    June 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Will it change the rolls if I use quick cook oats? We don’t have old fashioned oats in my house.

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      June 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      I haven’t tried the quick cook oats. I think it would be okay to use in these rolls. Let me know if you give it a try!

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    Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
    April 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    These looks wonderful, I will definitely be trying these, I love the smell of freshly baked bread.
    Although I may end up eating far too many. I can never resist them hot from the oven with cold butter. YUMMMO!

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      April 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

      Let me know how you like them! Thanks!

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    April 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I have been looking for a dinner roll recipe. These look so good!

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      April 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      They were a big hit at our recent family holiday dinner! I hope you give them a try!

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    Danielle @So Munch Love
    April 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Oatmeal? Triple butter? Oh my goodness. These look so amazingly delicious. I could imagine making some sliders with them, too. I have to try these!

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      April 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Using these for sliders is a great idea!

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    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    April 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    5 stars
    These look so comforting and yummy. The soft spots are my favorite :). Love the idea of adding oatmeal!

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      April 10, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      I love the parts that flake off when you separate the rolls. They are so light and delicious.

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    Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm
    April 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hi Kathy.

    Coincidentally, we ran out of bread. I’ve been making your bread sticks for quite a while now. This time I decided to come back and see what you are making. Another coincidence is that my hubby and I have been talking about oatmeal cookies. Hm. I think I’ll be making those delicious-looking oatmeal dinner rolls instead.

    How do you make them so perfect? All perfect, uniform sizes and you bake them just right. I’ve got a lot to learn from you.

    Thank you very much for this recipe. I gotta go and get busy.


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      April 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      You can use a scale to make a consistent size. I just eyeball the size and adjust by the size that fits into my hand. They would be more consistent if I used a scale. Happy baking!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    April 9, 2015 at 4:46 am

    These look so fluffy and delicious. I would love to try my hand at making these for dinner this weekend. Fresh bread is something that I can’t say no to!

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      April 9, 2015 at 4:55 am

      I have a weakness for fresh bread too!

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