My friend Marlis’ Dinner Rolls

My friend Marlis will pop over to someone’s house occasionally, with a batch of these wonderful rolls.  Her mother once told her that it was important that she knew how to make good rolls.  I’m glad that on this one occasion, Marlis listened to her mother!  Whenever I make them, I tend to double the recipe so I can share them with friends.

One recipe makes 32 rolls.  I know, it’s embarrassing, but 32 rolls isn’t enough to share.  My family of five needs 32 rolls all to themselves!

dinner rolls

They are WONDERFUL, and not very hard, so even if you’re not familiar with baking with yeast dough, this would be a great recipe to start with!  (Unlike Cami’s croissants, but we’ll go there another time!)

Into the bowl of a mixer, dissolve 1 package yeast (1 ½ tablespoons) in ½ cup warm water. (not too hot, finger must be able to rest in water comfortably or it is too hot and will kill the yeast)

add 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon of sugar, whisk, let stand 20 minutes.

Place one cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar and  1/3 cup butter (5 1/3 Tablespoons) to a simmer in a small saucepan, just until butter melts.  Cool until comfortable to touch. Set aside.

Add to yeast mixture in mixer:

2 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon salt

Stir in warm milk mixture.

Add 4 ½ cups flour and turn mixer on to medium and mix well.

Dough will be wet (and photos of wet dough will have large shadows on them!)


Cover and let stand 1 ½-2 hours until doubled in size. Punch down. Divide dough into halves. Take half of dough and form into ball-shape. Place on floured surface and roll out into large circle 1/3-1/2” thick. Cut into 16 pieces (like a pizza – using a pizza cutter works great!)

sliced rolls

sliced rolls

Roll into crescent roll starting at the wide end. Place onto either buttered cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat.  Let rise for at least 30 minutes. Bake until light golden brown at 375º for 12-13 minutes.

Serve HHOOOTTTT with butter and jam.

10 Responses to “My friend Marlis’ Dinner Rolls”

  1. Ooooh. Yum! How did you know I need a good dinner roll recipe? The ones I made for Thanksgiving were like rocks.

    So, if I don’t want to make the spiffy crescents, would these work as just a traditional round dinner roll?

  2. I’ve never had this good-roll-making skill, but perhaps it is time I acquire it. They look delicious!

  3. A little thimble told me today was your birthday – and she said if I wished you a Happy, Happy Birthday you would post a wonderful Spanish Rice recipe.

    Okay, even if you don’t post the recipe, I hope that you have a WONDERFUL birthday.

  4. Happy Birthday :D I know two other wonderful people having a birthday today. I hope you new year is full of good things.

  5. Happy Birthday Brigette!!!! Hope you get to spend the day exactly as you want to!!!! xoxo Joni

  6. Happy Birthday! Yum these I’m bookmarking.

  7. Oh how yummy!! I love homemade bread :)

  8. I like the spiffy cresent shape. Methinks Thimbleanna grows lazy! I bet the eggs make these rolls very yummy and soft….And by the way Brigitta—happy belated birthday to you!

  9. I love “sidetrackedness!” I definitely think we should lobby for it to be officially added to the dictionary. I spend a large part of my life in sidetrackedness….as, by the sound of it, do you!

  10. Oh, they look so delicious. I just adore the taste of fresh baked goods…

    Please drop by my blog, I would love have you join in my give away!