(Easy) Yeast Rolls

Last November, we had a sibling retreat and my older sister, Quyen, made these wonderful yeast rolls. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make! And I have to say, hers looked way better than mine.

See her yeast rolls on the right? They are perfect!

I usually sigh when I talk about my family. I love them, love them. My sisters and my brother – we would do anything for each other. They are the best. When we had our sibling retreat, I realized more and more, that I need to let things go, not be such a perfectionist and not be so hard on my siblings. I’m sighing again. We had a nice week because there was laughing but there was also crying. Our family has gone through a lot…A LOT during my childhood and I’m fiercely protective and so proud of all of them.

And what can I say about my Mom? She’s one of the strongest ladies I know. She endured so much and as a first generation Vietnamese-American, I’m so proud and thankful she made it to the U.S. during the Vietnam War. She has done so much for our family and continues to do so. Growing up, all I wanted was for her to be proud of me and she is. She gave me the most amazing birthday card this year…I had to choke back the tears.

There's my Mom! And the Thanksgiving feast my siblings and I made.

We cooked a ton and even made pho in this gorgeous kitchen (I still need to share my Mom’s recipe). Food is definitely a central character at family gatherings. I know I inherited from my Mom her love of cooking and desire to feed people.

Here's a before shot of that beautiful kitchen! Before we made tons of food and baked a bunch of goodies.

Isn’t this a gorgeous kitchen? For the retreat, we had this wonderful opportunity to stay at a Global Resort Home at Windsor Hills in beautiful Kissimmee, Florida. The kitchen was well-stocked with gadgets and appliances and we definitely enjoyed the rest of the house because of the 6 huge bedrooms and the pool.

It was the perfect setting for all of us to come together from around the country and even Germany to spend some time quality time together.

When making bread, I always weigh my ingredients. I used King Arthur all purpose flour and their website says that 4.25 oz of flour equals 1 cup.

Gather your ingredients, I basically split the measurement of flour into three bowls. It really is as simple as one, two, three in this recipe. It’s so easy.

After the dough comes together, add to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough into a ball. Then, place the dough into a greased bowl and cover, allow to dough to rise.

And there you see on the right, my uneven rectangular pieces…but it doesn’t matter, they still tasted good!

After they come out of the oven, spread butter over them…this is essential!

Delicious and easy, you’ll thank me after making these yeast rolls. My Mom absolutely loved them. She is a bread addict and I totally have the same addiction. She used to bring home those big fat yeast rolls from Quincy’s way back when and she told my sister that these taste just like them!

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(Easy) Yeast Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Easy and tasty yeast rolls. My sister likes to serve them with a honey butter (Whip ¼ cup of softened unsalted butter with 2 tablespoons of honey until smooth).


3 cups unbleached, all purpose flour (divided)

1 ½ Tbsp active dry yeast (rapid rise)

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 ¼ cups VERY warm water (between 120-130 degrees)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp melted unsalted butter


Preheat the oven at 400° F.

Place 1 cup of the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix well until combined. Then, carefully add warm water and stir. Add the olive oil and melted butter and continue stirring until combined (it will be quite soupy).

Begin adding the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time and stirring, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl (you may or may not have to use all the remaining flour).

Place the dough on a floured cutting board or counter and knead the dough until it forms a ball, meanwhile adding a bit of flour to prevent sticking (avoid over-kneading the dough). Place the dough ball in a lightly greased bowl (or just reuse the bowl you had used to mix the dough) with a loose cover in a warm place for about 15 to 30 minutes or until the dough has nearly doubled in size. This is the first rise.

Using a lightly floured surface, pat or lightly roll the dough into a rectangle shape that is approximately one inch thick. Cut up the dough into 12 equal rectangular pieces. Grease a baking pan with butter and then place the dough pieces onto the pan with their sides nearly touching. Using plastic wrap, loosely cover and again set in a warm place for 15 to 30 minutes. This is the second rise.

Place the baking pan in the oven on the middle rack for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully slide a stick of butter over the rolls while their hot for a shiny finish.

Reduced and slightly modified from The Recipe Link.

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Disclosure: The wonderful folks at Global Resort Homes graciously hosted us for our sibling retreat and I received compensation from Visit Kissimmee for blogging about our Kissimmee adventures.

35 Responses to “(Easy) Yeast Rolls”

  1. 1
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 1, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    These are gorgeous, Julie!


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    the wicked noodle — March 1, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    What a lovely post about your family! The rolls look delish, too!


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    Paula- bell'alimento — March 1, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I’m a sucker for yeasty rolls! Swoon!


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    Sweetsugarbelle — March 1, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I could eat nothing but these for the rest of forever and be happy. Actually, I could use a bread binge right about now!


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    Lauren — March 1, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I love anything in the carb family!! I could eat ALL of these!!


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — March 1, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Julie they look awesome…I would love to try one. They just look so warm, comforting, perfect!


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    Rachel @ Following In My Shoes — March 1, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    I adore rolls — my mom makes wonderful ones (using mashed potatoes in them!) … I can remember so many times watching her as she punched the dough down. Yours sound a lot easier!


    • JulieD replied: March 1st, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      Hey Rachel, I’ll bet you can modify these and reduce the flour and add mashed potatoes to them. I love potato rolls! Hope you’re doing well!!


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    Dean — March 1, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    These look delish! I can’t wait to make them!


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    Jessa — March 1, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Oh man, I remember Quincy’s!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 1, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    I just want to slather those beauties in all kinds of butter! YUM.


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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — March 2, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    Yum, I’m a bread lover, and these rolls look delicious!!


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    naomi — March 2, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    LOVE this post! So nice that you and your siblings are all still so close. Looks like you guys had a great time and the, food-wow, nice spread.

    I have a weakness for bread too, so I’m loving the your easy yeast roll recipe.


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 2, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    i can’t wait to try these!


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    Diane {Created by Diane} — March 3, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    Oh I could really eat all of them :) they look wonderful and I can just imagine the smell, yumminess at it’s best!


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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 4, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    I love family reunions — that’s a lot of good food and fun! Love how easy and yummy those rolls turned out :)


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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    These rolls look fantastic! And what wonderful words about your family. :)


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    michelle — March 7, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    I adored this post; it made me drool and get all sentimental for my family as well! Thank you! <3


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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — March 10, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    Julie, these rolls look amazing! Love yeast rolls! I’ve not tried baking with yeast much (other than in the bread machine).


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    qt — March 10, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Looks good!


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    Katie {EpicureanMom.com} — March 15, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I love anything easy, especially easy rolls! These look buttery and yummy!


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    Viola @ Project Sweet Stuff — March 19, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    Bread is my ultimate weakness… What I would do for just a bite of one of these rolls!


    • JulieD replied: March 19th, 2012 @ 8:37 am

      Oh my goodness, same here! I need to make these again soon!


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 26, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    These are perfect! I need to try them.


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    Tosha — April 8, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    I made these today for Easter dinner and they turned our fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!


    • JulieD replied: April 11th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      Tosha, so great to hear!


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    CHRISTIE — April 16, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    Hi Julie–was wondering what size pan you would use for these? 13x9x2?


    • JulieD replied: April 16th, 2012 @ 9:41 am

      Hi Christie, I used a regular sized cookie sheet.


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    MommyNamedApril — April 30, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    oh, please DO share the pho recipe!!!


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    rachel — June 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Did you use active dry yeast or rapid rise?


    • JulieD replied: June 11th, 2012 @ 1:03 am

      Hi Rachel, I used rapid rise but you should be able to use either one. Thanks!


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    Judy — October 28, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I have these rising right now…having them with some home made soup for dinner. Cant wait!!!


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    Angela — November 22, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I am bread impaired! I love it, but I can’t make it…after two failed tries at rolls for Thanksgiving I tried these as a “Hail Mary”. One batch done, one batch rising and they look perfect!! Thank you for sharing!!


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    Nancy — December 23, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    I just made these as a “test” batch before Christmas. They taste as good as they look! I had trouble shaping them because they’re so soft. I used 1/3 cup sugar because I like them sweet. I probably should have baked them at 375 because of the sugar; they got done a little early. The ones I shaped were not quite as light as the ones I just cut into the rectangle. All were wonderful. I’m making these for Christmas dinner! Thanks Julie!


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    Marisa — May 20, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    just made these for the first time and the family voted they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe.


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