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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.


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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.

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The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe Ever - Light, airy, and kissed with honey! An easy yeast roll recipe you'll make again and again.
Servings: 32 rolls



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 120mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Biscuits, Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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62 comments on “The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe”

  1. How long to knead by hand?  Seeing your gluten comments about bread flour, I hope I haven’t kneaded too long (10 min).

  2. so delicious! would these work with almond milk? i made regular the first time and they were amazing. even did with rapid rise yeast and it seemed a little chewier than with the regular which i kinda of liked. want to make with unsweetened almond milk (which is what i bake with typically) think that will work? thanks! xx

  3. I followed your recipe and got wonderful results! Thank you! I made them to go with Julia Childs Beef stew. Perfect!

  4. I’m looking forward to baking these for Easter luncheon.  The prep time seems misleading, however, because it doesn’t include the time required for the dough to rise.

  5. Thanks!

  6. Hey there! Love the bunnies, these look great. I really want to make this dough for your sausage rolls. I’m not a great cook and I don’t do it often…can this dough be made and frozen in ball form?

  7. Is there a reason why you don’t use bread flour in this recipe?

    • Hi Leslie,

      Bread flour is best from recipes where you want a strong gluten stretch… Like pizza dough or sour dough bread. However, with “delicate” baked goods and breads it’s better to use a lighter flour. Hope this helps!

  8. Used this recipe for my first attempt ever at making yeast rolls.   They turned out perfect… and delicious!!!!  Will definitely make again!!

  9. Delicious rolls and easy to make.

  10. 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 :) 

  11. Can you make these ahead and freeze them?

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

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

  14. I made these for Easter and my husband had two.

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

    • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

      • 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.

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

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  24. 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?

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

  26. 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?

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

  28. 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!

  29. A honey butter glaze?? That sounds amazing!

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

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

  32. Oh my goodness! Your rolls look amazing!!

  33. These look buttery light fantastic!! Mmm!!

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

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

  36. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. Yum! Those bunny ones are perfect!

  45. 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!!

  46. Those rolls look great, especially the bunny ones!

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

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