30 Minute Dinner Rolls? Yes, It’s Possible and Delicious!

30 Minute Dinner Rolls? Yes, It's Possible and Delicious! | 31Daily.com

It doesn’t seem possible, does it? 30 Minute Dinner Rolls? Truthfully, I didn’t think it would work. Or at least… I thought it might have an odd texture. Neither was true. And yes, it did work. Beautifully and deliciously.

The trick to 30 minutes is using Red Star’s Platinum Yeast, available at most markets.

A side note. I’ve also made these delicious rolls with instant rise yeast when my market was out of Platinum. And they worked just as well. Increase the rising time by a few minutes, and they’re just as tasty… and easy.

No more last minute store runs before a special dinner.

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson


Dinner rolls in 30 minutes? Yes, it’s possible. No need to buy them anymore. Soft and delicious — and oh-so-good!


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast (2 packages)
  • melted butter for brushing over rolls after they’ve cooked


In the bowl of a stand mixer, add flour.

In a glass measure, add milk, butter, sugar, and salt. Microwave until the butter is melted, about 1 minute or less. The temperature should be between 110 and 115°F. Pour half of the milk mixture into the flour. Scatter yeast over the top. Gently stir and let sit a few minutes.

Fit the bowl into the mixer and with the dough hook, start mixing on low speed while adding the remaining milk mixture. Continue mixing until the dough comes together and cleans itself from the side of the bowl, about 4 – 5 minutes. Add flour if necessary.

Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place in a greased 11-inch round baking pan, a 13×9-inch baking pan or even an oven proof skillet.

Cover and let rest about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bake for 17-19 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and while still hot, brush with melted butter.


The yeast used in this recipe is RED STAR Platinum Yeast. I have also used instant rise yeast. This works just as well but increase the “resting” time before putting them into the oven. Instead of 10 minutes, allow to rise about 20 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “30 Minute Dinner Rolls? Yes, It’s Possible and Delicious!

  1. Anonymous

    I have made these several times and they always come out dense. Does the yeast get sprinkled in the remaining milk mixture or with the milk that was added to the flour?

    1. I’m so sorry! That can be frustrating when something doesn’t work the way we want it to! I actually made these this evening so I could go over my steps carefully again. The rolls turned out light and as expected.

      As far as the yeast is concerned, here’s how I made them. I added half of the milk mixture to the bowl with flour, sprinkled in the yeast (I only had Instant Rise yeast tonight), and then stirred the flour and half milk mixture together until a shaggy dough resulted.

      I then attached the dough hook to the stand mixer. On low, I began drizzling in the remaining milk mixture. Once the flour had moistened, I turned the mixture to medium-high and let it knead for 5 to 6 minutes. The dough is soft. I turned it out onto a floured surface and kneaded again a couple more times before cutting it into 12 sections. After forming the rolls, I let them “rest” or rise for 20 minutes as I had only Instant Rise yeast. I then baked for 15 minutes and they were just right.

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