Tried & True Honey Butter Rolls

You solely want 7 elements to make these yeasted honey butter rolls. Fluffy, flaky, gentle, and buttery, with a dose of honeyed sweetness, these contemporary rolls are in one other league than something store-bought. Should you’re a bread newbie, reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.

This recipe is dropped at you in partnership with Pink Star Yeast.

dinner rolls with honey butter topping in pink ceramic pie dish.

These gentle, flaky, golden honey butter rolls would possibly simply be my very favourite rolls to make. I imply, I like my traditional dinner rolls, however with the addition of honey, each within the rolls and on high? These rolls are the bee’s knees!

One reader, Mia, commented: “What a tremendous recipe! I haven’t even made bread a lot earlier than. But this turned out so efficiently. Will certainly be making it on the common…★★★★★

I first revealed this recipe in 2015, and have just lately made a pair small adjustments to it. The recipe used to incorporate granulated sugar, for proofing the yeast, however you’ll be able to really simply use a teaspoon of honey for this! (Handy, because you’re already utilizing honey within the dough.) I’ve additionally prolonged the kneading time to eight–10 minutes, in order that they’re further gentle. Should you’ve made these garlicky do-it-yourself breadsticks earlier than, the kneading directions are precisely the identical.

honey butter rolls in glass baking dish with one turned on its side to show flakiness.

That is an old style, made-with-love dinner roll recipe, with honey butter stepping into and on the rolls.

Substances You Want for This Wealthy Dough

Sadly, this dough doesn’t include a successful lottery ticket (although we might name the honey liquid gold!). Moderately, “wealthy” correlates with the quantity of fats within the dough. Right here’s the distinction:

  • Wealthy dough: The softer the bread, the extra fats within the dough. For instance, this dough contains complete milk, butter, and egg. Recipes like my simple cinnamon rolls, pizza pull-apart rolls, and brown butter sage dinner rolls all begin with a wealthy dough.
  • Lean dough: The crustier and chewier the bread, the much less fats within the dough. Recipes like chewy do-it-yourself bagels and gentle pretzels, pizza dough, focaccia, and artisan bread all use a lean dough.

You want 7 elements complete:

ingredients on counter including a packet of yeast, bowl of bread flour, milk, salt, honey, butter, 1 egg, and egg yolk.
  1. Milk: Liquid prompts the yeast. For the perfect rolls, use complete milk. Nondairy or low-fat milks work too, however complete milk produces phenomenal taste and texture.
  2. Yeast: You should use lively dry yeast or on the spot yeast. If utilizing lively dry yeast, the rise occasions might be somewhat longer. I like to recommend Platinum Yeast from Pink Star, which is an on the spot yeast blended with pure dough improvers.
  3. Honey: The honey feeds the yeast, will increase its exercise, and tenderizes the dough. Plus it supplies that particular sweetness these rolls are made for!
  4. Egg: 1 egg supplies construction and taste, and that further egg yolk provides richness and makes the rolls supremely gentle. Don’t skip it.
  5. Butter: Butter within the dough guarantees a flavorful, gentle honey butter roll. And is there something higher than slathering honey butter on high of the nice and cozy rolls?
  6. Salt: You may’t make flavorful bread with out salt!
  7. Flour: You should use all-purpose flour or bread flour on this recipe. All-purpose flour is handy for many, however bread flour produces chewier rolls. There aren’t any different adjustments to the recipe in the event you use bread flour. I exploit bread flour in my honey butter rolls as a result of it comprises extra gluten than all-purpose. Additional gluten helps make completed rolls further chewy and, um, extra bread-like. Technical phrases right here.

Making rolls from scratch might sound intimidating and time-consuming, however most of that point is hands-off. Should you’re new to baking bread, reference my Baking with Yeast Information.

One reader, Erin, commented: “That is my go-to recipe for dinner rolls. They’re scrumptious! I make them on a regular basis for household gatherings and they’re all the time successful. Earlier than I got here throughout Sally’s weblog, I by no means had the boldness to attempt to make bread of any form. Due to her detailed directions and pictures, I’m now totally assured in my capability to make not solely rolls, however tons of different recipes as effectively. ★★★★★

The first step is to proof your yeast, a step I take even when I’m utilizing on the spot yeast. All you do is combine the yeast with the nice and cozy liquid (milk), and somewhat sugar (honey). Cowl and let it sit for five–10 minutes till foamy and frothy on high. This proves your yeast is lively and able to get to work:

proofed yeast mixture in glass bowl.

Now you’ll add the remainder of the dough elements. The method is very easy, and kneading is a vital step.

Honey Butter Rolls: Kneading the Dough Is Key

Kneading dough is a typical step in bread baking, and this explicit dough positively advantages from an extended kneading step (about 8–10 minutes) to assist make sure the honey butter rolls keep gentle. You may knead dough together with your palms or in a stand mixer. A stand mixer clearly makes the job hands-off, however in the event you don’t have one, kneading is a good stress reliever. 😉

The dough ought to really feel barely cheesy, however not overly sticky. On a evenly floured work floor, utilizing the heels of your palms, stretch and fold the dough with light movement. Should you’d like a visible of knead the dough by hand, you’ll be able to see me do it within the video tutorial in my gentle dinner rolls submit.

Why Do I Knead Dough?

Kneading the dough serves a pair functions. First, it incorporates air into the dough, which helps maintain the rolls good and gentle. It additionally encourages the proteins within the flour and moisture within the dough to hyperlink collectively, forming a powerful gluten community, which is crucial for retaining the fuel produced by the yeast. Gluten is what makes bread deliciously chewy.

When Do I Cease Kneading Dough?

You already know your kneaded dough is able to rise when it stretches with out instantly tearing. After kneading, the dough might be gentle and supple, and a windowpane check is all the time useful. You may poke the dough together with your finger, too. If it slowly bounces again, it’s able to rise.

What Is a Windowpane Take a look at?

After kneading, tear off a small (roughly golfball-size) piece of dough and gently stretch it out till it’s skinny sufficient for gentle to move by means of it. Maintain it as much as a window or gentle. Does gentle move by means of the stretched dough with out the dough tearing first? In that case, your dough has been kneaded lengthy sufficient and is able to rise. If not, maintain kneading.

Pictured on the left beneath is the dough after kneading. It’s easy and stretchy, and able to rise. Place the dough in a big greased bowl, flip the dough to coat it within the oil, after which cowl it and set it apart. It is going to double in measurement in about 1–2 hours, pictured on the fitting.

dough after kneading and shown again after rising.

Shaping the Rolls

Punch down the risen dough to launch the air, after which divide the dough into 15 items, roughly equal in measurement (about 2 ounces/60g every, however they don’t need to be precise!). Take a chunk and stretch the highest of the dough whereas pinching and sealing the underside. Make sure that the rolls are easy on high and sealed on the underside. I form scorching cross buns the identical precise means.

Organize them in a greased baking pan, loosely cowl, and let the formed rolls rise for an additional hour earlier than baking.

dough divided into pieces and shown again shaped into balls in glass pan.

I didn’t snap an image of the rolls after rising, however they puff up fairly a bit. Then, bake till golden brown.

Honey Butter Topping

Spreading on a candy and creamy honey butter is the right crowning glory to the nice and cozy honey butter rolls. You want 2 elements for the honey butter topping. Are you able to guess what they’re? LOL.

Make sure that your butter is tremendous gentle, so you’ll be able to simply combine it with the honey. I simply use a fork to do that, however you could possibly use an electrical mixer in the event you’d favor. As quickly as they’re out of the oven, unfold the honey butter on high of the nice and cozy rolls. (Simply use a knife, or an icing spatula additionally works nice for this.)

You’ll have further honey butter to serve alongside the rolls.

How Are These Completely different?

My well-liked gentle dinner rolls are flaky, gentle, and buttery. And so are as we speak’s honeyed model. However as we speak’s recipe produces barely sweeter and richer-tasting rolls, type of like these “Hawaiian rolls” you should purchase on the retailer. They’re an actual deal with!

Entire wheat model: Attempt my honey complete wheat dinner rolls.

close-up photo of the top of honey butter rolls.
close-up photo of honey butter rolls with flaky sides.

The make-ahead/in a single day possibility detailed within the Notes beneath is particularly useful if you would like fresh-baked honey butter rolls for an enormous vacation meal, resembling Easter brunch or Thanksgiving dinner. Or, you realize, Tuesday. 😉


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dinner rolls with honey butter topping in pink ceramic pie dish.

Honey Butter Rolls

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  • Prep Time:
    3 hours, 25 minutes

  • Cook dinner Time:
    22 minutes

  • Whole Time:
    3 hours, 45 minutes

  • Yield:
    15 rolls

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You want simply 7 elements to make these further gentle and flaky honey butter rolls. See recipe Notes for freezing and in a single day directions. You can even reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.


  1. Put together the dough: Whisk the nice and cozy milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon honey collectively within the bowl of your stand mixer. Loosely cowl and permit to take a seat for five–10 minutes till foamy and frothy on high. *If you don’t personal a stand mixer, you are able to do this in a big mixing bowl and within the subsequent step, combine the dough along with a big wood spoon/rubber spatula. It is going to take a little bit of arm muscle. A hand mixer works, however the sticky dough repeatedly will get caught within the beaters. Mixing by hand with a wood spoon or rubber spatula is a more sensible choice.*
  2. With the stand mixer operating on low velocity, add the remaining honey, egg, egg yolk, melted butter, salt, and three cups of flour. Beat on low velocity for 1 minute, then add remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Beat on low velocity for 1 minute because it all combines. The dough must be thick, but gentle, and simply barely sticky. It ought to draw back from the perimeters of the bowl because it mixes. When it does, it is able to knead. If, nonetheless, the dough is just too sticky to deal with, add extra flour, 1 Tablespoon at a time. Ensure you don’t add an excessive amount of further flour; you desire a gentle, barely sticky dough.
  3. Knead the dough: Preserve the dough within the mixer and beat with the dough hook on low velocity for an extra 8–10 minutes, or knead by hand on a evenly floured floor for 8–10 minutes. After kneading, the dough ought to nonetheless really feel somewhat gentle. Poke it together with your finger—if it slowly bounces again, your dough is able to rise. You can even do a “windowpane check” to see in case your dough has been kneaded lengthy sufficient: tear off a small (roughly golfball-size) piece of dough and gently stretch it out till it’s skinny sufficient for gentle to move by means of it. Maintain it as much as a window or gentle. Does gentle move by means of the stretched dough with out the dough tearing first? In that case, your dough has been kneaded lengthy sufficient and is able to rise. If not, maintain kneading.
  4. 1st rise: Evenly grease a big bowl with oil or nonstick spray. Place the dough within the bowl, turning it to coat all sides within the oil. Cowl the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clear kitchen towel. Enable the dough to rise in a comparatively heat atmosphere for 1–2 hours or till double in measurement. (For a tiny discount in rise time, see my reply to The place Ought to Dough Rise? in my Baking With Yeast Information.)
  5. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch sq. or spherical baking pans. You can even bake the rolls in a forged iron skillet or on a lined baking sheet.*
  6. Form the rolls: When the dough is prepared, punch it all the way down to launch the air. Divide the dough into 15 items, roughly 2 ounces or 60g every. (Simply eyeball it—doesn’t need to be good!) A bench scraper is all the time useful for slicing dough. Form every bit right into a easy ball. Organize in ready baking pan.
  7. 2nd rise: Loosely cowl with plastic wrap and permit to rise till doubled in measurement and puffy, about 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Bake the rolls for 20–25 minutes or till golden brown on high, rotating the pan midway by means of. Should you discover the tops browning too shortly, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil.
  9. Make the honey butter topping: Whereas the rolls bake, combine the topping elements collectively to make a creamy honey butter. Take away the rolls from the oven when they’re performed and unfold a beneficiant quantity of honey butter onto every heat roll. Serve with any remaining honey butter. 
  10. Cowl leftovers and maintain within the fridge for as much as 1 week or freeze for as much as 3 months, then thaw in a single day within the fridge. Heat up in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10 minutes.


  1. Freezing Dough Directions: Put together recipe by means of step 6. Place formed rolls in a greased baking pan, cowl tightly, and freeze for as much as 3 months. As soon as frozen, the dough balls received’t stick collectively anymore and you’ll place them in a freezer bag if wanted. On the day you serve them, prepare the dough balls in a greased baking pan, cowl tightly, then allow them to thaw and rise for about 4–5 hours. Bake as directed. You can even freeze the baked dinner rolls. Enable them to chill utterly, then freeze for as much as 3 months. Thaw within the fridge or at room temperature, then reheat as desired. If reheating the entire pan, evenly cowl and reheat in a 300°F (149°C) oven for about 10 minutes or till heat.
  2. In a single day Dough Directions: Put together the recipe by means of step 6. Cowl the formed rolls tightly and refrigerate for as much as about 15 hours. Not less than 3 hours earlier than you want them the subsequent day, take away the rolls from the fridge, maintain lined, and permit to rise on the counter for about 1–2 hours earlier than baking. Alternatively, you’ll be able to let the dough have its 1st rise within the fridge in a single day. Cowl the dough tightly and place within the fridge for as much as about 15 hours. Take away from the fridge and permit the dough to completely rise for two extra hours. Proceed with step 5.
  3. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Stand Mixer9×13-inch Glass Baking Pan | Bench Scraper
  4. Baking Pan: I favor baking the rolls in a glass 9×13-inch baking pan as a result of I discover they brown somewhat too shortly in a metallic pan. However so long as you bake the rolls on a decrease oven rack and maintain your eye on them, any pan is nice. You can even bake these rolls in a big forged iron skillet, or two 9-inch spherical or sq. baking pans. Bake time stays the identical.
  5. Milk: Entire milk and even buttermilk are perfect for the perfect, richest taste and texture. Conserving that in thoughts, be happy to substitute with a lower-fat or nondairy milk.
  6. Yeast: Platinum Yeast from Pink Star is an on the spot yeast. You should use Pink Star Yeast lively dry yeast as an alternative. Rise occasions might be barely longer utilizing lively dry yeast. Reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.
  7. Flour: For further chewy rolls, I like to make use of bread flour. You should use all-purpose flour or bread flour. All-purpose flour is handy for many, however bread flour produces a chewier texture. The rolls are nonetheless gentle and fluffy irrespective of which you employ. Both flour is okay and there aren’t any different adjustments to the recipe in the event you use one or the opposite.
  8. Can I Use Entire Wheat Flour? I don’t advocate it for this recipe, however you’ll be able to change as much as 1 cup (about 120–130g) of flour with complete wheat flour. Count on a denser roll. Or attempt my honey complete wheat dinner rolls recipe as an alternative.

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