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Honey Buttered Dinner Rolls Recipe – How to Make it in 11 Simple Steps

Whether you have a bread machine or not, our recipe can instruct you on how to create these fluffy, delicious, lightly sweetened dinner rolls. Honey Buttered Dinner Rolls will be the perfect accompaniment for a hearty soup or for your next dinner party.

A batch of freshly-baked honey buttered dinner rolls on a wooden table.

Everyone enjoys homemade bread and rolls, but not everyone has the time, energy, or know-how to make them at home on their own. Bread machines step into this gap and allow people to enjoy home-baked bread with a minimum of hassle and mess. By owning this simple kitchen appliance, you can create homemade bread and rolls and be in control of what ingredients are included in the recipe. Most of the time, all you have to do is add the ingredients to the machine, press a button, and walk away.


A batch of freshly-baked honey buttered dinner rolls on a wooden table.

Honey Buttered Dinner Rolls Recipe

April Freeman
Our recipe for Honey Dinner Rolls is a lightly sweetened homemade dinner roll recipe that you will love. Even if you don’t have a bread machine, you can make this recipe the traditional way. We included instructions for both methods of bread baking.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 22 Rolls


  • Bread Machine
  • Small bowl
  • Fork
  • 9-Inch Baking Pan
  • Pie Pan
  • Dish Towel
  • Small Dish
  • Pastry Brush
  • Electric Mixer


Bread Machine Instructions

  • Microwave the milk in a 2 cup measuring cup or a small bowl for about 45 to 50 seconds. Be careful as you remove it from the microwave so that you do not burn yourself.
  • Place it on a heatproof surface and add the 2 tablespoons of honey to the milk. Add the eggs and use a fork to beat these ingredients together. Pour this liquid into the bottom of your bread machine pan. Add the oil.
    Honey, Milk and Eggs are mixed in the bread machine pan.
  • On top of the milk mixture, measure the flour into the pan. Add the salt. Make a small well in the center of the flour and pour the yeast into this indentation. Do not stir the mixture.
  • Turn on your bread machine’s dough cycle. This cycle will mix the dough and allow time for the dough to rise.
  • When the dough cycle is over, remove the bread dough from the pan onto a lightly floured surface, being sure to remove the mixing paddle from the dough. Knead the dough lightly for a minute and shape the dough ball into a long log shape.
    The dough is kneaded into log shapes.
  • Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan with cooking spray or use a paper towel to spread a tablespoon of oil in the pan. Also, you may want to have a small cake or pie pan available just in case there isn’t enough space in the baking pan for all the rolls.
  • Cut the log shape into golf ball-sized balls of dough. You should be able to get about 18 to 20 dough balls from your log of dough. Gently roll the cut edges of the dough balls underneath the roll so that they are smooth and round. Place them in the baking pan about an inch from one another.
  • Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and let the rolls rise for about half an hour or until they are about doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • While the rolls are baking, you can create a honey topping. In a small dish, microwave the butter for about 30 seconds or until melted. Add the honey to the warm butter and stir until they are completely mixed.
  • When the rolls come out of the oven, use a pastry brush to brush the tops of them with the honey butter. Let the rolls cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
    A batch of honey buttered dinner rolls freshly baked.

Instructions using Traditional Method

  • Warm the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It should be just lukewarm; do not overheat it.
  • Put the milk in the bowl of a mixer with a dough hook. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes to develop.
  • Add the honey. Beat the eggs lightly with a fork in a small bowl and add them to the mixing bowl. Stir in the oil with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the salt and about half of the flour. Mix well. Add the remaining flour. Put the mixing bowl under the mixer with a dough hook and begin mixing it. Mix on low speed for about five minutes. If the dough is still very sticky, add an additional half cup of flour.
  • Knead the bread for about five more minutes. (You can also knead by hand on a lightly floured surface if you don’t have a stand mixer.) Remove the bowl from the mixer. Push the dough ball to one side and pour a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil into the bottom of the mixing bowl. Roll the dough ball around in the oil until it is fully coated.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours or until the dough is doubled in size. Punch down the dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and continue with the cutting and shaping part of the recipe as noted above. Let the dough balls rise in the pan as directed above, and bake, completing the recipe, as indicated in the above instructions.


Bread machines often have different settings for different kinds of bread. Many people simply use the basic function of the machine, but most of the time, bread machines feature several modes. Our recipe for Bread Machine Honey Dinner Rolls uses the dough setting on the bread machine. This setting mixes the ingredients, kneads the dough, and allows the dough to rise. Then, you will remove the dough from the machine, shape the dough, and let them rise before you bake them.
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