The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe

Today we’re serving Honey Yeast Rolls that are light, airy, and kissed with sweetness! This is honestly The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe I’ve ever made. A classic you’ll come back to again and again. 

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, airy, and kissed with honey!

People get funny when you call something the best.

Here, shove a honey yeast roll in your mouth… It will make you feel less sensitive. *wink*

So Darn Good - The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, airy, and kissed with honey!

To clarify, I want it to be known that this is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe I’ve ever made. You can choose to disagree, but you’ll need to make and test them first.

Then you’ll find it tricky to say much about anything, because your face will be packed with one yeast roll right after the other.

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Let me tell you why this is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe…

First, each little yeast roll is kissed with honey. There is honey in the dough and a honey butter glaze over the top.

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

Second, to balance the light sweetness, these yeast rolls have a generous dose of sea salt to bring out the best flavor.

Third and most important, the dough is sticky, meaning it will rise and bake into delicate pillows of wheaty goodness.


Gotta Make - The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe is such a versatile roll recipe. You can shape the dough any way you want and use them as a side dish, or as buns for sliders.

For sliders I like to roll the dough into balls for a perfectly round yeast roll you can cut in half.

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze! Step 1

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze! Step 2

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze! Step 3

For bread basket rolls, I like to tie them in knots as you see above. Just roll a piece of dough into a short rope, cross one end over the other, then push one end through the hole.

And for Easter, I like to make The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe into bunnies!

Easter Bunny Rolls - The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

Easter Bunny Rolls Step 2 - The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

Easter Bunny Rolls Step 3 - The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

Simply roll the dough into ovals.

Then poke “eyes” in one end with a chop stick, and use kitchen sheers to snip ears and tail. Fold the tail down to make it round.

Whether you make round rolls, knots, or bunnies, you will soon discover this roll recipe is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe after all.

It’s one to tuck in your kitchen journal and use for years to come!

The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe Ever - Light, and airy with honey butter glaze!

Looking for a gluten free variation? Try these Gluten Free Dinner Rolls.

We also love these  Potato Rolls.



The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe

Yield: 32

Prep Time:20 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
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The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe Ever – Light, airy, and kissed with honey! An easy yeast roll recipe you’ll make again and again.


  • 4 1/4 – 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup honey, divided
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Pour the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until it comes to a simmer to scald the milk, then immediately remove. Add 1/4 cup butter to the milk, stirring until the butter melts. (This starts cooling the milk.) Then stir in 1/3 cup honey. Pour the milk into the bowl of an electric mixer, test with your finger for temperature. The milk needs to be just luke-warm before proceeding, so it doesn’t kill the yeast. When the milk mixture is barely over room temperature, sprinkle the yeast over the top. Swirl the bowl a couple times, then let the yeast sit and foam for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Once the yeast looks foamy, add in eggs and salt. Then place a bread hook on your mixer and turn on low. Slowly add the flour until the dough comes away from the sides into a ball, but is still sticky. Only add 4 1/4 cups of flour, unless extra is needed to make the dough pull away from the sides. Once the dough pulls away from the bowl, stop the mixer – Do not over-mix. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours, until it is double in size.
  3. Punch the dough down and cut into 32 equal pieces with a floured knife. Then gently roll into balls, or roll into short ropes and tie into knots. (Or make bunnies! See photos above.) Place the yeast rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and cover with lightly dampened tea towels or paper towels. Allow the rolls to rise a second time for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter and whisk with 1/3 cup honey. Once the rolls have risen the second time, remove the towels and gently brush each roll with honey butter. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Wait five minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 32, Serving Size: 32

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 86 Calories
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Sodium: 130mg
  • Carbohydrates: 9.5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sugar: 6.6g
  • Protein: 1.3g
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51 comments on “The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe

  1. Sherry Johnsonposted November 24, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply

    Delicious rolls and easy to make.

    Rating: 5
  2. Annaposted November 14, 2018 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Hi. I’m very new to making bread (I made cinnamon rolls recently for the first time). I was wondering if I could use quick rise instant yeast for this recipe? And if so, do I make it differently or follow the instructions as is (except for rise time). Thank you :) 

    • Sommer Collierposted November 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Hi Anna,

      Yes you can and it should work the same. Happy baking! :)

  3. Kateposted November 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Can you make these ahead and freeze them?

  4. Allison Havrilekposted October 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Just wondering if there is anything I can use instead of honey? I am completely out!

    • Sommer Collierposted October 12, 2018 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Hi Allison,

      Maple syrup or brown rice syrup would be good substitutions. Happy Baking! :)

  5. Ja'Kiya Jacksonposted August 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Hi these look AMAZING!!!!! Though i was wondering is it better to use room temperature butter or butter straight from the fridge?

    • Sommer Collierposted August 15, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply

      Definitely room temperature butter. :)

  6. Meanh Khoonsrivongposted March 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm Reply

    I made these for Easter and my husband had two.

    Rating: 4.5
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  8. Jesseposted November 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I ended up using almost 7 cups of flour because it was still so sticky 

    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply

      Hi Jesse,

      What was the texture like with 7 cups of flour? Usually sticky dough equals light airy bread. It can be a little tricky to handle, but worth the effort!

  9. Karenposted April 24, 2017 at 1:08 am Reply

    I used this recipe to make calzone and it was the best!!! Thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  10. Tracyposted April 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Made these for Easter, and I’m pretty sure I ate five! Will be my go to recipe.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted April 18, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

      Hi Tracy,

      YAY!! I’m so glad you liked them. :)

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  13. Justinaposted March 23, 2016 at 10:21 am Reply

    Can these be made a day or two in advance? What about freezing them?

    • Sommerposted March 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm Reply

      Hi Justina! You can definitely make the dough early and refrigerate or freeze, but I would definitely bake right before serving. :)

      • Breeposted November 22, 2018 at 12:47 am

        If you ere to make them the night before, wold you recommend shaping them the day of or the night before and refrigerating them?

      • Sommer Collierposted November 22, 2018 at 8:45 am

        Hi Bree,

        Either! I would probably shape, brush with butter to protect the exterior, and then chill them overnight. However, you could wrap the whole dough ball with plastic and shape in the morning.

  14. Anaposted March 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Thank you! The rolls came out great it boost my confidence in baking!!! 

    Rating: 5
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  16. Cherieposted December 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Well, the recipe worked right up until 375 on parchment lined baking sheet with honey butter glaze.  My honey got too hot and then the butter and then the parchment and burned up my entire first batch.  So sad.  Turned the oven down, and didn’t glaze until finished….to save the last.  Perhaps a high altitude issue, as I’m over 5900ft?

  17. Amyposted November 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm Reply

    These are awesome!  LOVE them.  Thank you so much for the recipe.  FYI, I only had skim milk and they turned out great.

    Rating: 5
  18. Diane D.posted November 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I’d like to try these rolls for Thanksgiving. I don’t have a mixer with a bread hook, so would there be a lot of kneading?

    • Sommerposted November 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Hi Diane! You would need to knead the dough for 5-10 minutes, but it’s a good stress reliever! ;)

  19. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted April 2, 2015 at 11:57 am Reply

    I bet they are the best! They would be perfect for easter dinner! 

  20. LoveCompassionateLeeposted April 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm Reply

    This recipe seems so sinful…o’ bread I can’t escape you :) I’ll be indulging in these rolls for brunch on Sunday.

    Thanks for sharing & Happy Wednesday!

  21. Mateaposted April 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm Reply

    A honey butter glaze?? That sounds amazing!

  22. Annalise @ Completely Deliciousposted March 31, 2015 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Oh I’m totally convinced. These do look pretty perfect!

  23. Corinneposted March 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply

    These look great.  I don’t see a button to pin it.  Can you please update?

  24. Mariaposted March 31, 2015 at 10:48 am Reply

    Oh my goodness! Your rolls look amazing!!

  25. Jenny Flakeposted March 31, 2015 at 8:54 am Reply

    These look buttery light fantastic!! Mmm!!

  26. Gabyposted March 30, 2015 at 11:18 pm Reply

    These rolls look super light and fluffy! Delicious!!!

  27. ItalianGirlCooksposted March 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm Reply

    These look divine…so cute, and the ingredients look like they balance nicely. Can’t wait to try them!

  28. Deborahposted March 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm Reply

    We are having Easter on our own this year, and I’m totally adding these to the menu. Especially shaped as the bunnies – my kids will go crazy for them!!

  29. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted March 30, 2015 at 11:37 am Reply

    These look so impossibly fluffy and buttery! Love these :)

  30. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 30, 2015 at 10:29 am Reply

    Ahh the bunny ones are so cute!! These look like the prettiest yeast rolls I’ve ever seen!

  31. Heather Christoposted March 30, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply

    um, they literally LOOK like the BEST yeast rolls- i could polish off a whole basket no problem!

  32. Rebecca {foodie with family}posted March 30, 2015 at 9:45 am Reply

    Those rolls are GORGEOUS! I’d happily eat an entire meal of those!

  33. Lizposted March 30, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply

    Whoa, those knots are irresistible! I need these on my Easter table!

  34. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 30, 2015 at 9:32 am Reply

    I am always looking for a good roll recipe!! These look delicious and perfect for EASTER!

  35. marlaposted March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am Reply

    Sommer, these look amazing!!! I’m LOVING your new selfie BTW :) xx

  36. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted March 30, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply

    Yum! Those bunny ones are perfect!

  37. Beaposted March 30, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

    These look so good. I love bread and everything is better with honey! Nothing beats homemade bread. I haven’t bought bread in so long. Great job!!

    • Jason Westposted March 24, 2018 at 9:59 pm Reply

      I love bread too. OMG!

  38. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 30, 2015 at 8:17 am Reply

    Those rolls look great, especially the bunny ones!

  39. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted March 30, 2015 at 7:43 am Reply

    Those bunnies are adorable. I’ll have to make some for my grandsons.

  40. [email protected]posted March 30, 2015 at 5:39 am Reply

    YUMMY! I bat these would make a wonderful side for Easter Sunday!