One Hour Yeast Rolls

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Would you like an easy yeast bread recipe you can get on the table in a hurry? These one hour yeast rolls are the solution. Made from start to finish in under an hour, they will make any meal extra special. You can make them plain, but I also share a garlic butter version that is especially yummy.

Easy yeast rolls in an hour
These easy yeast rolls can be made start to finish in one hour. The garlic butter version is a must-try!

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These soft and fluffy rolls are very forgiving

Before you start fretting about having to work with yeast, I want you to know that these easy dinner rolls are very forgiving. They are perfect for a beginning baker. Because of the high yeast content in the recipe, they will almost certainly turn out an acceptable roll, as long as your yeast is still good. In the directions, you allow the yeast mixture to rest for 5 minutes. After the resting period, the mixture should be foamy. If not, you should probably purchase new yeast.

These one hour yeast rolls go well with almost any meal, especially soup. One evening, we had plans to go out for dinner, but at the last minute, our plans changed. I was able to start these quick rise yeast rolls and let the dough rest while I made a pot of Hamburger Vegetable Soup. By the time the soup was simmering, the rolls were ready to go into the oven. It was an easy supper that everyone loved.

I have been baking bread for years and have made many complicated bread recipes, but I believe these easy yeast rolls with garlic are my family’s favorite.

One Hour Yeast Rolls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Resting Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These quick and easy one hour yeast rolls will delight your whole family. They are super soft and fluffy and there is even a garlic butter variation.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: one hour yeast rolls
Servings: 10
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast, instant or active dry
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened or melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
For garlic rolls
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the warmed milk, yeast, and sugar. Mix on low speed until combined. Let rest 5 minutes. At the end of the 5 minutes, the mixture should be foamy.

  2. Add the 2 Tablespoons softened or melted butter, salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (if making garlic butter rolls), and 3 cups flour. Mix on low speed until well combined. Continue mixing, adding 1/4 cup flour at a time (up to 1 additional cup) until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Err on the side of not adding enough flour vs. adding too much. Knead with the mixer for 3-5 minutes.

  3. Cover dough (I use a flour sack towel) and let rise 15 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan or line with parchment paper. Scrape dough from bowl onto a well-floured surface. (I love my Pampered Chef shaker for this, but this one is less expensive.) The dough will be soft. Divide the dough into 20 pieces (I use a dough scraper.) and gently roll each piece into a ball. (They don’t have to be perfect!)

  5. Transfer each ball of dough to the prepared pan. They will usually touch, but its ok if they don’t. Brush with melted butter. If making garlic rolls, mix melted butter with remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and parsley. Brush mixture on rolls. Sprinkle with additional salt. 

  6. Let rolls rise another 15 minutes. They will rise even more in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned to your liking. Try not to eat the whole pan in one sitting!

This recipe was adapted from The Baker Upstairs. Her pictures of these rolls are gorgeous!

Notes on making One Hour Yeast Rolls

  • These easy dinner rolls are very forgiving as long as you don’t add too much flour! They would be perfect alongside a steaming bowl of taco soup on a cold winter day. As a bonus, your house will smell amazing while they are baking.
  • If your kids don’t like green stuff, you can leave the parsley out of the garlic mixture.
  • You can look at the pictures above and tell that I don’t measure each roll, but those of you who would like to be precise can weigh the dough and divide by 20. That will be the weight each roll should be.
  • They actually bake better in a metal 9″ x 13″ pan, instead of a stoneware or glass baking dish. If you decide to use something like I show in the pictures, bake them on the bottom rack of the oven because the bottom of the rolls tend to not get very brown otherwise.
  • These one hour yeast rolls will not look like they have risen a lot before placing them in the oven, but they will rise more once they start to bake. See the pictures above.

These yeast rolls would make a great Christmas gift along with a stenciled flour sack dish towel.

Have you tried baking your own bread? If you try these rolls, I would love to know how they turn out. Leave a comment below or share your picture of these one hour yeast rolls on Instagram by tagging me in the photo @dogwoodsanddandelions.

homemade dinner rolls in under an hour
Simple, homemade yeast rolls can be on your table in under an hour!

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