The Best Homemade Rolls Recipe + To Die For Honey Butter

May 24, 2021 | Food, Meal Prep Made Easy, Recipes

This homemade roll recipe is legit SO YUMMY. Every time we make it, it's a crowd-pleaser — even for the pickiest kids! Use our recipe to learn how to make your own homemade rolls plus a great honey butter to go with it that's uh-mazing!

Honey butter rolls in a basket, from Fun Cheap or Free

It’s the time of year for all the yummy scrumptious homemade food. If you have been asked to bring the rolls to your holiday feast this year, you’ve found the perfect recipe right here! This recipe is adapted from the Lion House, which is a yummy restaurant in Utah. Be sure to try it out if you are in town.

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If baking is not your strong suit, don’t be intimidated by this recipe. This one is super easy to make. You can whip them up and impress everyone at your next family meal. If you want to go the extra mile, mix up some homemade honey butter to really take your rolls to the next level.


We’ve done all the testing for you, so you'll have baking success the first (and every) time! Here are a few things to remember when baking your rolls:

  • Measure First – Measure out your ingredients first in cups like these, then you can just pour them all in.
  • Use Jarred Yeast – Buy a jar of yeast because it's easier to measure out than the packets.
  • Use a Pizza Cutter – To cut your dough super fast, use a pizza cutter. 
  • Portion Into Balls – If you don’t want to use a pizza cutter, you can portion out the rolls in balls and place in muffin tins or on a cookie sheet. 
  • Use Parchment – We recommend you use these pre-cut parchment paper sheets. They're perfect for sheet pans!

Once you make these delicious rolls and find out how super easy they are, you'll want to keep making them (just send us a few). Now for the recipe!!!


Whipped butter in a bowl, from Fun Cheap or Free

Yep, you read that right! If you make the extra effort to whip up some butter, these delicious homemade rolls are even better! The two of these together makes for a recipe that's so good, you might as well make a double batch. They're going to get snapped right up!


You can bake up and freeze these rolls (assuming you have any extras), too! Wrap the cooled rolls tightly in aluminum foil. Then place the foil-wrapped package in a freezer bag, and label the bag with the contents and the date. They'll keep this way for up to a month.

To thaw your rolls, remove them from the freezer bag the night before you need them. Lightly loosen the foil. Let thaw at room temperature overnight. Before serving, gently reheat them (still wrapped in the foil) for 10 minutes in a 300°F oven.

To store your honey butter, keep covered, and refrigerate for up to a week.


Frozen sandwiches in a baggie, from Fun Cheap or Free

If you have leftover rolls after your feast is over, there are several ways to use them up creatively! Here are just a few to get you started.

  • Mini Sandwiches – We're big fans of make-ahead freezer sandwiches. Use your leftover rolls to make a mini sandwich using turkey or ham and cheese. Freeze your sandwiches inside a freezer bag and pull them out when you're ready to use.
  • Mini Pizzas – Split the rolls in half and top with pizza sauce and cheese for a simple homemade pizza for lunch.
  • Homemade Croutons – Cut your rolls up into small cubes and toss with a splash of olive oil and Italian seasoning. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 400°F to make them extra toasty.
  • Bread Crumbs – Need some bread crumbs for another meal such as chicken parmesan? Blend up your stale rolls to get yummy homemade bread crumbs.
  • Bake a Strata – Want a yummy breakfast strata casserole? Use those leftover rolls to make one like this Grandma's Anything Goes Strata from Food Network.

You just may think that the rolls taste even better the second time around with these clever recipes!


Okay, here you go! You will absolutely LOVE this recipe for all your family feasts. They are truly the perfect roll and honey butter combo.

Honey butter rolls in a basket, from Fun Cheap or Free

Homemade Rolls with Honey Butter Recipe

Make your own fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls anytime the mood strikes you with this simple recipe! Plus, make some honey butter to go along with these melt-in-your-mouth rolls. The whole family will love them!
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 48 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 18 rolls



  • 2 cups warm water
  • cup dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp dry yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • cup butter, softened – plus a little more for brushing
  • 1 whole egg
  • 5 cups flour


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup honey



  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, combine the dry milk and water. Mix until milk dissolves.
  • Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, and egg. Mix the yeast in first and then let it mix for a few seconds. As the mixer is still going, add the rest of the ingredients one by one.
  • Turn off the mixer and add 2 cups of flour. Mix the flour on low until incorporated, then mix on medium speed for two minutes.
  • Switch out the whisk attachment for a dough hook if using a stand mixer.
  • Add 2 more cups of flour.  Mix on low until incorporated, and then mix on medium for two minutes.
  • Add flour ½ cup at a time. Dough may become too hard to mix so knead by hand until you get a soft, smooth, not stiff dough. It shouldn't be too sticky.
  • Coat another bowl with about a Tbsp of vegetable oil and add the dough turning around in the oil so it is covered. Cover with plastic wrap or towel and let rise about 45 minutes until it doubles in size.
  • Flour your counter or board and coat your dough in the flour. Flatten dough and roll out in a rectangle, about 18 inches long and 9 inches wide. It should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Brush the dough with melted butter and cut the dough in half long ways. You will have two long strips. Cut the dough the opposite direction to have two inch strips.
  • Roll each strip up and place it seam side down on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Space them about 4 rolls across.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 to 1½ hours.
  • Bake at 375°F for 15-18 minutes until light brown.
  • Brush with melted butter. YUM!!


  • Add butter to a bowl and mix for about a minute using a whisk or paddle attachment until butter starts to get light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and mix for a couple seconds until incorporated.
  • Add in honey and mix for about 20 minutes on low until butter is soft and airy.
  • Spread on your homemade rolls and enjoy!


The rolls freeze really well! Wrap the baked, cooled rolls tightly in aluminum foil. Then place the foil-wrapped package in a freezer bag, and label the bag with the contents and the date. 
To thaw your rolls, remove them from the freezer bag the night before you need them. Lightly loosen the foil. Let thaw at room temperature overnight. Before serving, gently reheat them (still wrapped in the foil) for 10 minutes in a 300°F oven.
To store your honey butter, keep covered, and refrigerate for up to a week.
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Is your mouth watering right about now? Don't worry, ours is too. 😉

We're so excited to hear how you like them. Leave a comment below and tell us if you made some honey butter, too!

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  1. George Ashley

    I enjoy baking rolls on a regular basis. So I will definitely try this yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Brasserie Louis

    I enjoy baking rolls on a regular basis. So I will definitely try this yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rachel D

    These recipes look amazing!!! Gonna try them as soon as I can talk my grand into kneading the dough lol. I’m unable to do things like that anymore but maybe I can convince her to help me.

  4. Julee S

    What if we don’t have dry milk?? Can we use regular milk ?

    • Katrina

      Have you tried this with regular milk? Did it work?

  5. Traci rothey

    I need to make these this weekend.

  6. Hilarie

    Can’t wait to try these!

  7. Amy

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  8. Jennifer Hall

    These rolls sound amazing with the vanilla honey butter. Drooling. ?

  9. Shayna L Hartley

    I’ve made these twice. The family loves them. Thank you for all you do.

  10. Maura Sweeney

    Wow!! This does seem easy! I don’t usually bake breads but I will try this! Thanks KS for sharing!!

  11. JoD

    Rolls and honey butter remind me of Sunday dinners in Utah.

  12. Melissa

    Sounds so yummy! I have to try!

  13. Ciera

    Yummy! I am going to try these on Sunday!

  14. Heather B

    I have literally never successfully made homemade rolls! I will have to try this recipe asap.

  15. Alison

    Can’t wait to try these! My grandma made these for Thanksgiving every year, but they took 12 hours! This will definitely cut down on the time!

  16. Johana Tapia

    These sound so yummy. I’m kinda afraid to try to make em. Tried the banana recipe n failed??????. Terrible baker.

  17. Brittany H

    Totally trying those this week!

  18. Heather

    Cannot wait to try these babies!!!

  19. Rachel

    Need to make some honey butter asap!

  20. Kellee

    Can’t wait to try this!

  21. Jan H

    I love to bake from scratch. These rolls look yummy and easy. I love to watch you cook sometimes because you cook like I do, you don’t measure you eye ball it!! It drives my friends crazy when I don’t have a recipe. I just wing it!!

  22. Sydney

    I have NEVER made rolls in my life! (Because yeast makes me nervous.??‍♀️) until your recipe! Thank you! 🙂

  23. Olivia Dornon

    I love rolls, I definitely need to try this! Do these rolls freeze well? Also, the honey butter sounds amazing, like addicting amazing!

  24. Celeste

    These look absolutely delicious. Wrote the recipe down to make in my google doc where I keep all my recipes! It’s accessible everywhere! A fun tip I’ve learned ?

  25. Carolyn McCullough

    Look delicious!!

  26. Andrea Anderson

    Looks so delicious!!! I’m going to try it, thanks ?? ???

  27. Christine Moreno

    So going to try!

  28. Rebekah Brown

    Mmm these look so yummy ??

  29. Kelsey Schmidt

    Honey butter is definitely a favorite around our house! Can that be frozen too?

  30. Logan

    They look amazing! Might have to try these for the next holiday.

  31. Tay

    This honey butter will make a perfect addition. I can’t wait to try these.

  32. Amy Geymann

    These look so yummy! I’ll be trying your recipe!

  33. Jalise Hansen

    Delicious! Can’t wait to give this a roll… haha! Yum!

  34. Deidre

    oh my gosh! my husband will be SO GLAD i found this. yummy!

  35. Sonia

    Love honey butter with warm rolls.

  36. Marcus Thiemann

    I have been on the hunt for an amazing honey butter recipe. Thank you!

  37. Lizzie

    Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Lisa

    This looks amazing! Going to have to try making these this weekend for sure. Thanks for the tips and recipes

  39. Katie

    Can’t wait to try these!

  40. Jami Maughan

    Can’t wait to try these recipes! Love homeade rolls and honey butter!

  41. Darlene

    Gotta try this!

  42. Tiffany

    I make these rolls every year for thanksgiving and Christmas

  43. Erika Riffle-Barb

    Made these! Love them! Love you! That’s all! ❤️❤️??

  44. Kate Bullock

    I never thought of rolling them up! What a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely going to keep the honey butter recipe close by!

  45. Shamie Campbell

    I love homemade rolls. I can not wait to try these. And I am very excited to make the honey butter also.

  46. Natalie

    These are sooooo good. I make them every Thanksgiving too!!

  47. Julia Moya

    Sounds delicious! Definitely trying this for Easter!!

  48. Cindy

    Yumm!! Can’t wait to try these! Honey butter is the best!!

  49. Jennifer Sokia

    I am so excited to try these! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  50. Michelle

    OMG!! These sound sooo amazing!

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  51. Lindsay S

    I need a good go to fill recipe, can’t wait to try this!

  52. Chyanne M

    I’ve been looking for a good roll recipe. Thanks.

  53. Janelle

    Oh, yum! I could eat all of these.

  54. Kamryn Carlson

    Amazing! Can’t wait to try!

  55. Shelley

    Yum! Making these tonight!

  56. Jana Pribyl

    Thanks! I always love a good recipe!

  57. Alex

    How have I never known that honey butter is that easy?!

  58. Deenna

    Going to have to make these tonight! Sound delicious!

  59. Krista Sidhu

    Definitely adding this to make list of things to try!

  60. Ivy Thurston

    Oh my gosh I made these and they are SOOO GOOD!!

  61. Kaitlyn

    Oh no I’m going to have try this recipe! I love honey butter?


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