Recipe Idea: Easy Butter Dinner Rolls

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Buns are a bit more forgiving than loaves of bread and you can customize them in so many different ways. This bun recipe is a simple, basic dinner roll recipe. It goes great with weekday meals on a starchy side.

dinner rolls

Easy butter dinner rolls

  • 2 packs of yeast ($1)
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of warm milk ($0.50)
  • 1/4 cup butter ($0.45)
  • 1/4 cup sugar ($0.25)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt (<$0.05)
  • 2 eggs ($0.40)
  • 4-5 cups of flour ($0.60)

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Combine the milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and yeast mixture and stir. Then, add the flour one cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5-10 minutes, adding a spoonful of flour if the dough feels sticky.

Form the dough into a ball and cover. Let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm location or until it had doubled in size.

After one hour, work the dough down and knead it briefly. Then, cover it again and let it rise for another hour.

Next, punch down the dough and form 2.5-3 inch balls.  Place the buns on a baking tray and cover. Allow the buns to rise for another hour.

Finally, bake the buns for 12-15 minutes at 350F or until golden. Enjoy!

Servings: 12 buns and one small loaf (15 servings total)

Cost per serving: $0.22

buns on a plate

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  1. Mmmm, those look good. I had some amazing fresh butter buns this weekend at Easter dinner. There’s something about fresh bread that is so amazing.

  2. Oh, my gosh, these look so great! I’m a fellow sans-machine bread maker. Pinning!

    • CF says:

      I’ve thought about buying a bread maker, but making bread once in a while isn’t a huge chore for me. Maybe if I was making it multiple times a week.

  3. Omg I’m such a sucker for buns and bread and those look amazing!

  4. Mackenzie says:

    Those look so good 🙂

  5. There is NOTHING in the world better than the smell of fresh baked bread. I’m drooling on my computer!

    • CF says:

      Oh I know! There’s one random store on our street that ALWAYS has the smell of fresh baked bread coming from it and it’s so hard to resist.

  6. WOW. This looks amazing. I always say my motto is “butter makes it better.”

    • CF says:

      I don’t hesitate to use butter while cooking! lol… Sure it’s bad for you, but at least it doesn’t have a bunch of preservatives and chemicals holding it together.

  7. Wow, those look great!! I didn’t post my rolls recipe but I like the look of yours. I’m going to give them a try next. Thanks for the recipe mate.

    • CF says:

      No problem! I’ve tried a few different recipes, and this is my favourite for being simple and tasty. Would love to see yours at some point as well!

  8. Liquid says:

    Why haven’t you guys opened up your own bakery yet 😀 Om nom nom, food porn haha. I like how they’re so cheap to make but filling at the same time. Nice lighting in the second pic btw 😀

    • CF says:

      Haha… I don’t actual *enjoy* baking. I enjoy the results – being able to provide yummy home made goodies for people I care about.

  9. Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce says:

    Those look phenomenal! Great food photography, as well.

  10. Yum…love me some buns/bread!

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