Homemade Dinner Rolls

There’s just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!

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There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!Do y’all remember Flintstones vitamins?  I took Flintstones vitamins all through my childhood, and we’ve been giving them to Robbie ever since he turned 2.  He doesn’t even know what The Flintstones show is, but he knows the vitamins!  There’s Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, Barney, Betty, Bam-Bam, Dino and The Great Gazoo.  (Side note: Did you know that Betty wasn’t added until 1995?  She replaced the Flintstones car in the lineup.  I say she should’ve replaced The Great Gazoo – who is that anyways!?)

There are 4 flavors of Flintstones vitamins – cherry, orange, peach and grape – but the grape was always my favorite.  I’ve always had a thing for grape candy, though.  And now Robbie has followed in his Dad’s footsteps.  Every night, he asks me to dump the Flintstones vitamins into my hand so he can pick out a grape one.  Once the grapes are all gone, it’s cherry.  Then it’s orange and peach.  (Truthfully, I thought orange and peach were the same until I looked it up.)

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!We recently finished off a bottle of vitamins, and Robbie was super excited to open the next bottle because it meant more grape.  So I pulled off the foil top, poured out the vitamins…and found 3 grapes.  3.  In the whole package of 60.  What are the odds of that!?  I’d say I should enter the lottery, but I’m on the losing side here.  I tried to figure out what the odds are that we only ended up with 3 grape out of 60, but it made my brain hurt.  I’m too far removed from my stats courses to remember how to calculate that one.  All I know is Robbie ate those 3 grape vitamins first…and now he’s got 57 to go before we open the new container.  Poor guy!

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!Homemade Dinner Rolls

Switching over to today’s recipe, these Homemade Dinner Rolls are a staple for the family dinner table!  I chose to top half with poppy seeds and half with sesame seeds…those are pretty good odds of picking the roll you want.  None of this 3 in 60 thing.  You’ve got a 5 in 10 chance.  I like those odds.  Heck, I’d enter the lottery now!

In all seriousness, though, these Homemade Dinner Rolls are delicious.  They are a homemade roll, but they’re really not too difficult to make.  I certainly don’t make homemade rolls for every meal around our house, but I do make them for special occasions.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter.  Those usually involve a batch of homemade rolls.  This year I opted for these simple rolls topped with poppy and sesame seeds.  (Hint: This recipe is the exact same as the ones for Cloverleaf Rolls as well as Butterflake Dinner Rolls.  The only difference is how you shape ’em.)

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!I know yeast can be a scary thing, but these Homemade Dinner Rolls are as easy as can be.  The hardest part is dividing the dough into 10 equal pieces (I use a kitchen scale for that step), and then making sure to roll each piece nice and tight.  To do that, I place the ball of dough on a lightly floured cutting board.  Then I cup my hand over the dough so that it fits into the palm of my hand.  From there, I push down quite a bit while rotating my hand in a circle.  About 15 seconds of that should yield a fairly tight ball of dough.  Repeat that one a few times, and you’re all done!

There’s just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!Did you make these Homemade Dinner Rolls?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  Happy baking!

Looking for more homemade bread recipes?  Check out these other favorites, too:

Parmesan Cheese Rolls
Cloverleaf Rolls
Butterflake Dinner Rolls
Stuffed Italian Bread
Sunflower Seed Bread

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!

Homemade Dinner Rolls

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!
5 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 rolls
Calories: 206kcal


For the Dough

For the Rolls


  • Using an electric mixer, add all of the Dough ingredients; mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3-4 more minutes, or until dough is smooth.
  • Transfer dough into a large oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm (85°F) location for 55-65 minutes, or until dough has almost doubled in size.
  • Transfer dough onto a lightly-floured countertop; gently fold the dough to press out the air. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces (~2 oz. each). Shape each piece into a tight ball and place onto a parchment-lined baking pan or small cast iron skillet. (Tip: Leave ~½"-1" in between rolls to allow room to grow.)
  • Spray tops of dough with nonstick baking spray and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Place pan in a warm location for 35-40 minutes, or until dough has almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Whisk together the large egg with 1 Tbsp of water. Brush the tops of the rolls with this egg wash.
  • Sprinkle tops of rolls with poppy seeds, sesame seeds or a combination of both.
  • Bake rolls for 14-16 minutes, or until tops are golden brown in color.

There's just something magical (not to mention downright delicious) about Homemade Dinner Rolls.  Bake up a batch for dinner tonight!

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved watching the Flintstones when I was growing up, but never took the vitamins. Robbie sound like he really likes the grape vitamins. Funny how there were only 3 of the grape ones in the whole bottle. Your dinner rolls look amazing. Bread is one of my favorite things to make.

    1. I hear ya on making bread, Dawn. If push came to shove, I’d say that baking bread is probably one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. These rolls are mighty delicious, too…perfect for holiday meals! 🙂

    1. Haha! I guess I always thought Robbie would follow in my footsteps in other ways. 🙂 Either way, I echo your thoughts that nothing beats freshly baked bread. It’s the best!!

  2. 5 stars
    There is nothing better than homemade rolls. Years ago I used to make them with sweet potatoes but I lost the recipe and have not been able to duplicate them. Your recipe looks great, maybe I should add some sweet potatoes and make it. Pinned !

  3. 5 stars
    Oh stats! Those courses were not so much fun, lol. I do remember those vitamins and the show. Classics for sure! I don’t know if you know, but I’m kinda obsessed with homemade bread, whether making or getting from an awesome local bakery. I honestly can’t help myself..when I walk into that bakery, I want everything!! And I always buy more than what hubby and I can enjoy before it’s gone bad. These rolls look awesome, David! Love the sesame and poppy seeds on there too for texture and general prettiness 😉 Pinned! Hope your week is going great!

    1. Oh my God. Stats. In theory, I feel like I should love stats courses, but in actuality I hated them. They got way too complex way too fast!

      I totally know what you mean about going into a bakery and wanting everything, Dawn! That’s me, too. I’ve gotta say these rolls are mighty tasty. As I noted in the post, they’re the exact same roll recipe I’ve been using for years…just presented in a different way. Give ’em a shot if you feel like baking bread! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love the way you switched up between the toppings — sesame seeds and poppy. I love both and would love this with just about any meal.
    As for the vitamins — so cute! Here’s hoping for the majority being grape in the next bottle. 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. I’m with ya, Valentina. These rolls are tasty, and they really do go with any meal. This is my go-to roll recipe. I just keep changing up the shape each year to mix things up. 🙂

      Also, I hear ya on hoping for more grape vitamins…what the heck!? 3 out of 60!?

  5. 5 stars
    Everything on your page always looks so good and these are no exception. As for vitamins. I miss taking those little guys. However Manservant puts out Vitamin C tablets that I get to chew and I must say…it sure takes you back!

    1. Why thank you so much, Abbe…you are too kind! 🙂 I love baking bread, and these rolls are my go-to for holiday dinners.

      Also, who says adults can’t take Flintstones vitamins? I say let’s do it! Nothing like a throw-back to the good old times, right? Haha!

  6. 5 stars
    I love a good trip down memory lane, I think everyone must have had Flinstone vitamins at some point! Seriously though, only 3 grape? Anyway, I think homemade rolls are a real treat at any point, but especially at Thanksgiving or Christmas. They look great, I’d probably eat the whole lot!

    1. Flintstone vitamins totally cornered the vitamin market for kids. I was shocked that they’re still around. The show itself has been relegated to leftovers on random channels that no-one watches…but the vitamins are still going! Except they won’t be going for long if they don’t up the number of grape in there. 3 in 60. Psh.

      Also, I totally know what you mean about eating the whole lot of these rolls. I might have done that. Haha!

  7. 5 stars
    I just googled The Great Gazoo and now I’m irritated that he was even included in Flinstones vitamins. Poor Betty had to wait until 1995 and they include a character that no one even remembers? Lame. Dinner rolls, however, are the best and I’d love to be eating a couple of them right now–yours look perfect!

    1. Exactly!! We have to google The Great Gazoo to even figure out who he is. That’s precisely the reason he should never have been included as a Flintstones vitamin! Don’t even get me started (again)…haha.

      Thanks so much for the kind words on the dinner rolls, Kelsie. I love baking breads! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Flintstones vitamins! I haven’t thought about them in years, but that’s what I always had too. 3 out of 60 is pretty skimpy on the grape flavor, I think you should write the company. 😉

    You make some mean dinner rolls, my friend! They look perfectly fluffy and delicious. PERFECT for the holiday table!

    1. Yup, I think I’m about to turn into that old, grumpy guy who spends all day writing letters to companies – aka, Abe Simpson. 🙂

      Or maybe I’ll just go bake bread all day. I love baking bread! Thanks so much, Marissa!

  9. 5 stars
    There is nothing better than homemade bread! These dinner rolls look perfectly light and fluffy. I need to try your recipe – I’m always wanting to sample new bread recipes. I love the mixture of sesame seeds and poppy seed topping. BTW….I’d save the grape till the very end – grape is my least favorite flavor of just about anything.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more about homemade bread, Kathy! I know you love to bake bread, too, as you’ve posted some pretty awesome bread recipes over the years. 🙂

      Ok, so as far as grape Flintstones vitamins – how about you just send ’em down to Robbie? That’d be just as good as anything Santa could bring him! Haha!

  10. 5 stars
    The Flintstones show, oh I did like it! But I’ve never seen Flintstones vitamins though. If I did get to try it, I would opt for the grape flavour first, too (Somehow grape flavour in hard candy/ throat drops doesn’t taste as artificial as other ones), and my second choice would be…the cherry one, too! And this brand totally needs a special Canadian edition – lavender honey flavour ))

    Also, these dinner rolls look fantastic. They would be a perfect addition to pumpkin soup I’m making tomorrow…meaning: you still have some time to urgently make and ship me a bunch! Thanks in advance, David! 🙂

    1. You haven’t seen Flintstones vitamins? I say you take a trip over the border and stop at a grocery store or pharmacy. Visit the kids vitamin aisle. You’ll see Flintstones vitamins. Can’t miss ’em. Pick up a bottle and start taking them daily. It’ll make you a better man. 🙂

      Also, I think these rolls would make an excellent addition to pumpkin soup. That sounds delicious, by the way. Thanks, Ben!

  11. these look so attractive david. i am not much of a bread maker – yeast scares me:) but maybe i should look into it… cheers sherry Flintstones vitamins? funny.

    1. Oh no! Stop letting yeast scare you, Sherry. Yeast does all of the work for you! Seriously. 🙂 The only way to learn is get into the kitchen and start playing around – and I do know that you like playing around in the kitchen!

  12. Thanks for the dinner roll recipe David. I’ve followed a couple of your dinner roll recipes, and I always love them. The hardest part for me is the timing. Yo just never know how long yeast is going to take to do its job. I guess I need a proofing oven if I want it to work the same way every time. Anyway, because of the timing issue, I often don’t make homemade rolls for important dinners. And that’s sad. But not as sad as only three grape vitamins! Obviously, you need to perfect a candy coating and dip all of Robbie’s vitamins in it!

    1. I totally know what you mean about timing, Jeff. It does make it a trick to plan ahead on days like Thanksgiving. I like to use my oven with only the oven light on as a place to let bread rise. I’ve found that it’s much more predictable than say letting it rise on a countertop where the ambient temperature is so different. Or just get that proofing oven. (I played with one a few years back. They’re cool! And not all that expensive. Plus, I hear you can use them to make homemade yogurt. Maybe Santa is listening??)

      Also, a candy coating for vitamins? You might be onto something here. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!

  13. 5 stars
    The Flintstones was always on the TV here when I came home from School David. I loved it! I can’t remember ever seeing the vitamins here in the UK though. Although they might have been available. These dinner rolls look amazing and love how you’ve cooked them in your skillet. I’m going to give these a try sometime. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hmmm, perhaps the Flintstones vitamins were only here in the US. I dunno. But I do know they are still around, and they’re still one of the main brands of kids vitamins. The show is long gone, but the vitamins are still here!

      Definitely put these dinner rolls on the agenda sometime soon, Neil. They’re so pillowy and delicious…perfect vessel for leftover holiday turkey…or ham…or beef tenderloin! 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Aw, poor Robbie! Grape was always my favorite flavor, too! I agree, they should have replaced the Great Gazoo. The Flinstone’s car is so cool!

    Love these dinner rolls! A must have for a special dinner and a real treat any day of the year. Nothing beats homemade bread. And the smell of it baking – Yum!

    1. The Flintstones car beats the heck out of The Great Gazoo. There’s a reason ‘gazoo’ rhymes with ‘who?’ 🙂 Also, I always wanted to have a car that started like the Flintstones car…with your feet!

      Also, that smell of bread baking is one of the best things that can ever come out of a kitchen. I love it! Thanks so much, Kelly!

  15. 5 stars
    Who the heck is the Great Gazoo? I was a big Flintstones fan as a kid, and I’ve no idea who that is/was. Huh. Oh well. These dinner rolls look amazing, David, so fluffy! I need a super-simple roll recipe for thanksgiving, so I may put one of the kids on this recipe to get it made! Thanks!

    1. That’s what I’m saying, Laura! The Great Gazoo should never have been added to the Flintstones cartoon, and he absolutely shouldn’t be one of the vitamins. Bring back the car!

      In other news, these dinner rolls are awesome! If you need a classic roll recipe, this is it. Soft and pillowy…and perfect for holiday leftovers. 🙂

    1. Tell me about it, Nicole! I love a good homemade roll, and this recipe has been my go-to for years. (I’ve made ’em in different shapes and sizes, but it’s always the same recipe!) 🙂

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