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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

    • Reply
      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™‚

    • Reply
      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!

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      November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

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

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