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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

November 4, 2017 (Last Updated: November 16, 2020)

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Oatmeal dinner rolls are light and fluffy and full of flavor. These rolls have a bit of texture from the oatmeal and are perfect for a holiday dinner or a weeknight meal.

A dinner roll split in half on a small plate.

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. 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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Bread dough formed into round balls on a floured board.

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A round shaped dinner roll on a white plate.

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

Dinner rolls made with whole grain oats.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Rolls
Calories 191 kcal


  • 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)


  • Add milk, sugar, yeast and oats to a large mixing bowl. Stir and let rest for 10 minutes until bubbly.
  • Add 2 cups flour, butter, salt, eggs. Mix.
  • Continue adding flour, 1 cup at a time. You might not need to add all the flour.
  • Knead dough for 5 minutes by stand mixer, or 10 minutes by hand.
  • Place in a lightly sprayed bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Lightly punch down and divide dough into quarters. Take each quarter and divide into6equal sized pieces for a total of 24 rolls. Shape each piece by cupping your hand over the dough and rotating in a circular motion.ย  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.
  • Cover and let rise, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Just before baking, brush tops lightly with melted butter.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter when they come out of the oven.
  • Transfer rolls to a cooling rack.



Serving: 1RollCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 33mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword dinner rolls with oatmeal, homemade rolls, oatmeal dinner rolls
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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. 



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  • Reply
    November 25, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I’m not sure what math class you took!?
    So you divide the dough into 4 parts, then roll 24 balls from the one if each quarter makes 24 rolls X 4 = 96 rolls!!!! At the beginning of your recipe you state it makes 24 rolls…so this is not true!

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      November 26, 2020 at 4:11 am

      Hi Linda,
      Sorry for the confusion. This recipe makes a total of 24 rolls.
      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      November 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thank! I hope you took care of that belly and fed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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