Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

by Jennifer Wieland

I am not a huge fan of cold weather. I mean I would be perfectly okay never experiencing snow or freezing temperatures again in my life. There are a few things though that I do like about the cold weather. I love that comfort food is perfect for it and that it’s now soup, stew and chili season. This week in Chicago it has been down right cold with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. This has put me in a major stew and soup kick this week which has made my husband very happy because like me he could eat those things all the time. While soups and stews are great all by themselves having some good bread to munch on with it or to use to dip makes it darn near perfect in my opinion.

My pull apart dinner roll recipe easily makes enough for two or three pans and can be frozen prior to cooking so that you just need to pull them out, let them defrost, do the last rise and bake them. These are light fluffy rolls with a nice buttery crust that will make your house smell amazing and will send a low carb diet out the window. Seriously, fresh, and warm from the pan with some butter and these are just plain old hard to resist. You will wonder why you ever used heat and serve rolls or tube bread dough ever. 

Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

Pull Apart Dinner Rolls
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4360 calories
703 g
616 g
117 g
118 g
64 g
1630 g
2556 g
103 g
4 g
40 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4360
Calories from Fat 1021
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 117g
Saturated Fat 64g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 616mg
Sodium 2556mg
Total Carbohydrates 703g
Dietary Fiber 24g
Sugars 103g
Protein 118g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 c. warm water (105°-115° )
  2. 2 1/4 oz. pkgs. active dry yeast
  3. 1/2 c. sugar
  4. 2 lg. eggs, beaten
  5. 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 6 c. bread flour
  8. olive oil for brushing
  9. 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted for brushing pans and tops of rolls
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment pour in your warm water. Sprinkle the yeast on the top of the water and let sit for 5-10 minutes for it to soften. Add the sugar, eggs, first batch of melted butter and salt and mix on low to dissolve the yeast. Stir in the flour slowly on low speed until you have a soft dough. You may need more or less than the 6 cups. The dough should be shaggy and stick to your hands a bit when you pick it up. Replace the paddle with the dough hook and mix on low for 1-2 minutes and then form into a ball in the bowl.
  2. Lightly brush the top of the dough with oil and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let it sit in a warm place until doubled in volume, about an hour.
  3. Punch down the dough. Place the bowl with the dough back on your stand mixer with the dough hook and knead at low for 1-2 minutes. Form the dough into 24 balls. Divide into groups of 8 or 12 and brush 2 -3 cake pans with some of the remaining melted butter. Place the dough balls smooth side up in the pans. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm place until doubled in volume.
  4. To freeze: If you do not plan on making them all at this point only butter one pan and place the dough for that one in. Place the rest of the dough balls onto a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer and once frozen move to baggie or airtight container to store them in the freezer. Take out and defrost, butter pan, place, cover and let rise. Follow the remaining steps.
  5. Heat oven to 400° while the rolls are doing the final rise. Reheat the butter if necessary and brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter. Bake the rolls until they have a lovely, golden brown crust, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

22 Responses to “Pull Apart Dinner Rolls”

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    Dinner rolls are my weakness. These look fantastic!
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    mrssearss says:

    I’m always on the lookout for the perfect dinner roll recipe! Will be giving this one a go 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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    Kira says:

    Not sure why but this made me think of monkey bread, so random right. The bread looks good, they are my weakness all I need is butter and I’m all set.
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    Anne says:

    Looks delicious. I haven’t made bread in months, but I need to
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    Those look DELICIOUS! The only thing I miss from my diet is rolls like this!
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      Jen W. says:

      I have seen some of the things you have been able to make into a Paleo diet. If anyone could find a way to make a good roll it would be you.

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    Katie says:

    I’m going to have to put these on the short list for our Thanksgiving meal!
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    Rachel says:

    I have been adding bread to a lot of our meals now. It is a great way to make it more filling. I am going to try these soon!
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    I’m saving this for Thanksgiving – this looks like a great addition to our meal!
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    I know what I’m making tomorrow night for dinner! My family would love that recipe. I’ll make soup to go along with the rolls.
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    Mmm, these look really good and I’ll definitely be making these by the end of the week.
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    I LOVE a good dinner roll. We are making our Thanksgiving menu right now. I am going to have to try these out for sure.
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    Tammy says:

    These would be great to eat alongside pasta and dipped in a Parmesan garlic olive oil!
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    LyndaS says:

    They look good. Nothing like hot, fresh, homemade bread!
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    Dinner rolls are my weakness! If I made (and froze) these, I would eat ALL of them and NOT SHARE! 😉

    I’ll have to make them for Thanksgiving, though! Thanks for the recipe!

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    These look really good for sure. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It will come in handy over Thanksgiving. Of course, then it may lead to me eating them more often. 🙂
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    Kimberly says:

    I’ve never tried cooking bread, but that looks really good and worth the effort. YUM!
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    Wow, those look beyond delicious! Pinning!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    JulieD says:

    these rolls look fantastic!!
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    Kat B. says:

    Oh man. My mouth is watering. My favorite part of the meal is always the bread. These look so good.
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