Enjoy soft, fluffy dinner rolls without the hassle! Our easy no-knead recipe promises irresistibly delicious rolls perfect for any meal.

Let’s delve into the wonderful world of no-knead rolls – a delightful creation that brings the joy of homemade baking to everyone, regardless of their skill level or busy schedule. Picture this: soft, fluffy rolls emerging from your oven with minimal effort and maximum flavor. That’s the beauty of the no-knead method – it simplifies the bread-making process without compromising on taste or texture. With just a few basic ingredients and a little patience, you can achieve bakery-worthy results right in your own kitchen.

What sets no-knead rolls apart is their simplicity and versatility. Unlike traditional bread recipes that require extensive kneading to develop gluten, these rolls rely on a longer fermentation period to develop flavor and structure. This means less hands-on time for you and more time to savor the anticipation of freshly baked bread. Whether you prefer classic dinner rolls, savory herb-infused varieties, or sweet cinnamon rolls, the no-knead method can accommodate your cravings with ease.

But perhaps the best part of making no-knead rolls is the sense of accomplishment that comes with each batch. There’s something deeply satisfying about watching dough transform into golden-brown rolls, filling your home with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread. Whether you’re baking for your family, friends, or simply yourself, these rolls are sure to be a


Reasons to Love No Knead Dinner Rolls

  • Effortless Preparation: No-knead dinner rolls offer a hassle-free baking experience, perfect for busy individuals or those new to baking. With minimal hands-on time, you can enjoy the satisfaction of homemade bread without the laborious kneading process.
  • Versatility: Whether you crave classic dinner rolls, savory garlic knots, or sweet cinnamon rolls, the no-knead method accommodates a variety of flavors and fillings. Experiment with different herbs, cheeses, or spices to customize your rolls to suit any meal or occasion.
  • Flavor Development: By allowing the dough to ferment slowly over time, the no-knead method enhances the flavor and texture of the rolls. This extended fermentation process develops complex flavors and creates a tender, airy crumb that’s simply irresistible.
  • Beginner-Friendly: Even novice bakers can achieve professional-quality results with no-knead dinner rolls. The simplicity of the recipe and the forgiving nature of the method make it accessible to anyone eager to try their hand at baking bread.
  • Perfect for Meal Planning: Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, preparing for a holiday feast, or simply stocking up on homemade goodies for the week ahead, no-knead dinner rolls are a convenient addition to any meal plan. Bake a batch ahead of time and freeze them for later use, or enjoy them fresh from the oven for a comforting treat anytime.

Ingredients needed to make Dinner Rolls

  • All-purpose Flour: is the main ingredient in your dough, providing structure and texture to your rolls.
  • Active Dry Yeast: A leavening agent that helps the dough rise, giving your rolls their airy texture.
  • Salt: enhances the flavor of the dough and regulates yeast activity for optimal rising.
  • Sugar: adds a touch of sweetness to balance the flavor of the rolls and also aids in activating the yeast.
  • Water: Hydrates the dough and helps activate the yeast, which is essential for the rising process.
  • Butter or Oil: adds richness and moisture to the dough, resulting in softer, more flavorful rolls.
  • Optional: herbs, cheese, garlic, or honey. Additional ingredients are needed to customize the flavor of your rolls, whether you prefer savory or sweet variations.
  • Cornmeal or Flour for Dusting: Prevents the dough from sticking to surfaces during shaping and rising.
  • Egg Wash (Optional): Gives the rolls a shiny, golden crust when brushed on before baking.
  • Additional Toppings (Optional): Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt, or grated cheese can be sprinkled on top of the rolls before baking for added flavor and visual appeal.

What type of yeast to use

For no-knead dinner rolls, you can use either active dry yeast or instant yeast. Both types of yeast will work well in this recipe, but there are some differences in how they are used.

  • Active Dry Yeast: This type of yeast needs to be dissolved in warm water (around 110°F/43°C) before being added to the flour mixture. It typically requires proofing, which means allowing it to sit in warm water for a few minutes until it becomes foamy. Once proofed, it can be mixed into the dough.
  • Instant Yeast: Instant yeast can be added directly to the flour mixture without proofing. It activates more quickly than active dry yeast and can help expedite the rising process. Simply mix it in with the dry ingredients before adding the water.

Both types of yeast will yield delicious results, so use whichever you have on hand or prefer. Just remember to adjust the rising time accordingly if you’re using instant yeast, as it tends to work faster than active dry yeast.

How to make No Knead Dinner Rolls

  • Mix Dough: Combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Add water and melted butter, and mix until a dough forms.
  • Rest: Cover and let the dough rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
  • Shape: Divide the dough into balls, and shape into smooth rounds.
  • Optional Rise: Let buns rise again for 20–30 minutes.
  • Bake: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake buns for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool and Serve: Let buns cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy warm with your favorite toppings or fillings!
dinner rolls being formed


Here are some variations you can try with your no-knead dinner rolls:

  • Garlic Herb Rolls: Add minced garlic and chopped herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley to the dough for savory, aromatic rolls.
  • Cheese Rolls: Mix shredded cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, or Parmesan into the dough for cheesy, indulgent rolls.
  • Honey Wheat Rolls: Replace some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and add honey for a slightly sweet and nutty flavor.
  • Cinnamon Raisin Rolls: Incorporate cinnamon and raisins into the dough for a sweet, comforting treat. Drizzle with icing for extra sweetness.
  • Everything Bagel Rolls: Brush the tops of the rolls with egg wash and sprinkle with “everything bagel” seasoning mix before baking for a flavorful twist.
  • Spicy Jalapeño Rolls: Mix diced jalapeños and shredded cheese into the dough for a spicy kick. Perfect for serving with chili or hearty soups.
  • Olive and Herb Rolls: Add chopped olives and a blend of dried Italian herbs to the dough for savory, Mediterranean-inspired rolls.
  • Pumpkin Spice Rolls: Incorporate pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the dough for seasonal, autumn-inspired rolls. Top with a cream cheese glaze for extra indulgence.
  • Honey Butter Rolls: Brush the baked rolls with a mixture of melted butter and honey for a sweet and glossy finish. Perfect for serving with brunch or as a dessert.
dinner buns with everything bagel topping

Tips and Suggestions

Here are some tips and suggestions to help you make perfect, no-knead dinner rolls:

  • Use the Right Flour: While all-purpose flour works well for no-knead rolls, you can experiment with bread flour or whole wheat flour for different textures and flavors.
  • Temperature Matters: Use lukewarm water to activate the yeast, as water that is too hot can kill the yeast and prevent the dough from rising properly.
  • Don’t Skip the Resting Time: Allowing the dough to rest and rise adequately is crucial for developing flavor and texture. Be patient, and let the dough double in size before shaping the rolls.
  • Handle the Dough Gently: Since you’re not kneading the dough, it’s important to handle it gently to avoid deflating it. Use lightly floured hands to shape the rolls without overworking the dough.
  • Watch the Baking Time: Keep an eye on the rolls as they bake to prevent them from over-browning. If they start to get too dark on top, cover them loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Serve Fresh: No-knead dinner rolls are best enjoyed fresh from the oven while still warm and soft. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container and reheat them briefly in the oven before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the dough need to rise?

The rising time can vary depending on factors like room temperature and yeast activity. Generally, the dough should double in size in about 1-2 hours.

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before shaping and baking the rolls. This allows for a longer fermentation period, which can enhance the flavor of the rolls.

Can I freeze the dough?

Yes, you can freeze the dough after it has risen and been shaped into rolls. Place the shaped rolls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. When ready to bake, allow the rolls to thaw and rise at room temperature before baking as usual.

What can I serve with no-knead dinner rolls?

These rolls are versatile and can be served alongside soups, stews, salads, pasta dishes, or as part of a bread basket for holiday meals. They also make delicious sandwiches or sliders when filled with your favorite ingredients.
no knead buns 2

Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls

Enjoy soft,fluffy dinner rolls without the hassle! Our easy no-knead recipe promisesirresistibly delicious rolls perfect for any meal
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, European, fusion
Servings 13 Buns


  • 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 4 cups Bread flour extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3-1/2 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs


  • Place the yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a medium bowl, then pour in water. Leave for 5 minutes until it froths.
  • Place the flour, remaining sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre. Add milk, butter, eggs and pour in the yeast liquid, including all froth.
  • Mix until combined with wooden spoon – it will be like a thick muffin batter. Not pourable, but thick and sticky.

Rise #1

  • Leave dough in the bowl, cover with a wet (clean) tea towel and place in a warm place (25C/77F+) to rise for around 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until almost tripled in volume. I find if your home is cooler to set stove to the coolest setting once it comes to temperature shiut it off and place your dough in an oven safe bowl for rising time.

Forming Balls

  • Line a 9 x 13″ tray with baking paper with overhang.
  • Remove tea towel and punch dough to deflate, then mix briefly in the bowl to get rid of the bubbles in the dough.
  • Dust work surface with flour, scrape dough on work surface. Dust top of dough then shape intdough,og. Cut log into 4 pieces, then cut each piece into 3 pieces (12 in total). 
  • Take one piece and press down with palm, then use your fingers to gather into a ball, flip (so smooth side is up) then roll the dough briefly to form a ball. This stretches the dough on one side and that’s how I get a nice smooth surface on my roll. (For this step, use as much flour as needed to handle dough and avoid piercing inside into the wet dough)dough.
  • Place the ball with the smooth side up on the tray. Repeat with remaining dough.

Rise # 2

  • Spray surface of rolls (or cling wrap) with oil (any), then place cling wrap over the tray
  • Return tray to warm place and leave for 30 – 45 min, until the dough has risen by about 75% (less than double in size).
  • Partway through Rise #2, preheat oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the surface is a golden brown and the roll in the centre sounds hollow when tapped. The surface colour is the best test for this recipe.
  • Remove rolls from oven. Brush with melted butter.
  • Use overhang to lift rolls onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool to warm before serving.
Keyword buns, Comfort Food, dinner rolls, homemade, No-knead
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