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These Big Batch Dinner Rolls are soft and fluffy, and are perfect for a big family feast.

Big Batch Dinner Rolls

I first made these big batch dinner rolls for a big family dinner. As the family "bread geek," I felt some pressure to come up with fresh dinner rolls.

Preparing a big dinner for a large group and making soft and fluffy dinner rolls that emerge fresh from the oven and into the bread basket at the same time is a big challenge.

Make ahead Big Batch Dinner Rolls

Sometimes it's just easier to make a big loaf of bread that can be made a day in advance to slice and serve.

Still, there is something about soft dinner rolls warm from the oven, split open, and buttered or dipped in gravy.

Make ahead dinner rolls

These dinner rolls are great straight from the oven, but they also make wonderful leftovers.

There is so much bake-ahead or bake-at-the-last-minute flexibility in this recipe. For example, you can freeze the shaped rolls to bake later. You can also place the shaped rolls in the refrigerator for a few hours and bake them when you are ready.

Make ahead Big Batch Dinner Rolls in cake pansIn fact, you can do all three with these rolls... bake one batch right away, bake some the next day from the refrigerator, and bake the last batch from the freezer a few weeks later.

How do you make these dinner rolls in advance?

To make these dinner rolls in advance, shape the dough into rolls, place them into pans, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze the rolls.

If you want to make these rolls a few hours in advance, place the shaped and wrapped rolls in the refrigerator for about two to four hours. Once you've baked your main course, pop the rolls in the oven to bake while your turkey, casserole, roast, or whatever your main dish is sets up.

There's a lot of yeast in this dough, which makes them fast rising. Your bowl of dough will actually feel warm. P.S. Leftovers will be good saved in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Big Batch Dinner Rolls in cake pans

This month, we are catching up on old ‘Bread Bakers’ themes we missed out on. Our host of the month is Pavani at Cook's Hideout. I decided to revisit the theme "Family Feast." Check out what the Bread Bakers have baked up.

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Yield: 24 rolls

Big Batch Dinner Rolls


  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) lukewarm water

  • 2 cups (16 ounces/ 454 grams) warm milk

  • 2 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces/43 grams) room temperature butter

  • 2 tablespoons (3/4 ounces/21 grams) sugar

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2  1/2 tablespoons (one ounce/28 grams) instant yeast

  • 6 to 7 cups (25 1/2 to 29 1/2 ounces/723 to 843 grams) unbleached all purpose flour


  1. Stir together the water, milk, butter, sugar, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and let the ingredients rest for about 10 minute. 

  2. Add 3 cups of the flour to the bowl and mix with the dough hook for about 3 minutes. 

  3. Add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing each time until well incorporated, until you get a cohesive dough that is tacky but not sticky. Knead for another 5 minutes. 

  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 20 minutes. 

  5. Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten it, and cut it into 24 equal pieces. 

  6. Shape each piece into a ball. 

  7. Place the balls into greased pans - Either 1 half sheet pan, 2 quarter sheet pans, or 4 round cake pans. 

  8. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise for 20 to 25 minutes. 

  9. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes until the rolls reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F. 

  10. To make ahead, let the shaped rolls rise for 10 minutes, cover, and then freeze up to 4 weeks. 

  11. Thaw the frozen rolls in the refrigerator overnight, unwrap, and bake as instructed.

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