Mom’s Jumbo Dinner Rolls

5 from 8 reviews

My mom has been making this homemade dinner rolls recipe for years and they’re absolutely divine. They make your house small amazing and the recipe makes perfectly soft and fluffy jumbo dinner rolls. The dough is extra soft and tender thanks to the addition of butter, milk, and eggs! So tasty and perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

New to baking with yeast? Don’t worry, these are the easiest rolls ever! Seriously, they’re fool-proof (even if baking rolls has given you trouble in the past).

golden shiny dinner rolls hot out of the oven still in the pan with butter on top

Homemade Jumbo Dinner Rolls

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This dinner roll recipe makes big, fluffy dinner rolls that your whole family will love to eat. They simply turn out great every time. My mom has a handful of recipes that she’s “known for,” and this, my friends, is her nearly famous dinner roll recipe. She makes it for all the major holidays and family functions, and when she flies out west to visit all the grandbabies, we always request a batch of her famous dinner rolls. They are the stuff childhood memories are made of.

This is a classic dinner roll recipe, but the trick to make the rolls extra soft and buttery is melted butter, eggs, and milk in the dough. All three of those things lend to really tender dough. This is actually a great dough recipe for cinnamon rolls, but we’ll save that for another post. I can’t wait for these simple dinner rolls to become a family favorite in your house, too.

light and fluffy dinner rolls fresh out of the oven and having butter rubbed on the tops

Common Questions When Making Yeasted Dinner Rolls

How do you know if yeast is still good?

Fill up a small measuring cup with a little warm water. Add 1/4 teaspoon of your yeast, and then add a pinch of sugar and lightly stir it together. Wait for 5 minutes. If the yeast is still active, you will see little bubbles along the top of the water, and it will start to “foam.” I think the date on the yeast package is a good guide, and I like to store my yeast in the fridge to help keep it fresh. When in doubt, get new yeast. Nothing is worse than an loaf of bread that won’t rise!

How do you keep dinner rolls warm?

I love to serve dinner rolls shortly after taking them out of the oven, when they’re still warm and buttery and soft. If you’re waiting to serve them, you can place them in a cloth napkin-lined basket and loosely cover them with another cloth napkin to keep the warmth inside.

yeast dinner roll dough in a bowl before rising

How do you make bread soft and fluffy?

The key to these being super tender and soft is the milk, melted butter, and eggs. Be sure you scald the milk and melt the butter together to get really incredible results! Also, don’t be afraid to over-knead the dough. The longer and more you knead it, the more elastic and tender it becomes.

How do you eat dinner rolls?

I could eat these plain and have about 7 of them as a whole meal. But we also love serving them for holiday meals or other special occasions. Serve them with butter and jam if you like, or split them open and make a little turkey or ham sandwich using them.

dinner rolls rising in a pan before they go into the oven

How to Make Fluffy Dinner Rolls at Home:

  1. Make sure your yeast is fresh! Check the date before starting. This is the yeast that I use and have great success with.
  2. Don’t be afraid of over-working your dough. Kneading the dough will lead to tender and soft dough.
  3. This might look like a big batch of rolls, but I promise you won’t have a problem eating them all. If it’s a few too many, feel free to wrap up cooled rolls well and and stick them in the freezer. They freeze great!
  4. Feel free to use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose in this recipe; it works great and makes a super soft homemade wheat roll.

open dinner roll on plate with fresh butter in the middle melting


Mom’s Jumbo Dinner Rolls

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 min
  • Yield: 32 large dinner rolls 1x


These are the best jumbo dinner rolls that my mom has been making for years. The dough is extra soft and tender thanks to the addition of butter, milk, and eggs! So tasty!



  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6.5 to 7.5 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Heat the milk and butter together in the microwave to scald the milk and melt the butter, 2 to 3 minutes. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk/butter mixture, water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let yeast rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add half the flour, and mix for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. The dough should be soft and elastic, but not sticky. Knead with your mixer or by hand for 5 minutes.
  6. Let the dough rise in a greased bowl for 30 minutes.
  7. After rising time has passed, divide the dough into 32 pieces. Roll each piece into a round roll, and place it on a greased, rimmed baking sheet.
  8. Once all the dough is shaped, cover the rolls, and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Once the rolls have at least doubled in size, bake at 400 degrees F. for 14 to 18 minutes, or until the tops are nice and golden.
  10. Remove from the oven, and butter the tops of the rolls while still hot. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • I make this recipe using butter, but my mom often makes it using margarine. It works just great with either one.
  • If I’m not serving the rolls right away, I like to remove them from the pan to cool about 15 minutes after they come out of the oven so that the bottoms don’t get steamy and soggy.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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Proof is in the pudding friends – look at those happy little faces enjoying a perfect warm roll!

family enjoying dinner rolls

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This post was originally published in 2009, and has been updated and rephotographed in November 2019.

Serve with your favorite soup or stew or serve with a ham or turkey dinner during the holidays. We make these often for big family dinners on Sunday nights and everyone always comes back for seconds.

The best big and soft dinner rolls that my mom has been making for years. The dough is extra soft and tender thanks to the addition of butter, milk, and eggs!

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31 Responses
    1. Melissa

      Yes!! Here’s what I do. When they come out of the oven, butter the top and let them cool about 15 minutes until you can handle them. Then I gently slide the entire “sheet” (all the rolls in the pan stuck together) in one piece onto a cooling rack. I let them cool completely on a rack so that they don’t sweat and get soggy and then I either put them back in the pan and wrap them up well OR I just wrap them up in plastic wrap well and freeze them. I let them thaw at room temp over night and they can be reheated gently in the oven.

  1. I’m a little confused on how to add the yeast. Do I first let the yeast sit in warm water with sugar and then incorporate it with the milk and butter to rest for 5mins. Or am I adding the yeast packet to the cooled down butter and milk with sugar and warm water. I’m just worried that the yeast won’t foam in this scenario.

  2. Stacy Domingue

    This is my third time to make this recipe and my family loves them! Whenever I make these rolls there is none left over!!!

  3. Vicki

    Can you substitute regular yeast if you do not have instant and if so how do I adjust the recipe? Thanks Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. Nectar

    You are mostly welcome. Tanzania is beautiful, come and explore our recipes too. Without missing the Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti. So much to enjoy! Thank you my family really enjoys the dinner rolls
    Be blessed ?

  5. Nectar

    Thank you so much mellisa all the way from Tanzania-East Africa we are using your recipes and they have been a blessing.
    Asante sana (thank you very much)

  6. Rachel

    These rolls are amazing! We’re a small family of three so we’ve been eating off my first batch for a month now. The left over went into the freezer and we just pull them out and heat them up. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this recipe yeast rolls have plagued me for years!

    1. Melissa

      I love to hear that you had success! And it’s awesome that you keep them in the freezer to use as needed. Keep up the great cooking Rachel!

        1. Stacy Domingue

          This is my third time to make this recipe and my family loves them! Whenever I make these rolls there is no left over!!!

  7. There needs to be more than five stars, like 10. This is hands down the easiest,, most delicious tasting roll recipe I have ever made. I have made this recipe three times. Twice for rolls and once for cinnamon rolls. Never fails. LOVE IT! Thank you, I am currently deleting all other dinner roll recipes I have pinned. Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      Great question, I should weigh it sometime for a really accurate report for you. I spoon it into a measuring cup and then level the top if that helps. I don’t sift or anything before I use it.

    1. Melissa

      I LOVE that you made these rolls, they are so special to me and I think it’s awesome that you made them for your people too!

  8. Kelly

    Made these for Easter dinner today! My very first time making rolls from scratch, and my husband and kids LOVED them. Thank you for this recipe that will stay in our home for generations now. 🙂

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