Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe – Bread Machine

Delicious, buttery, slightly sweet dinner rolls recipe that taste like they came straight from a bakery. They're easier to make if you use a bread machine, but it's not required.

Sweet Dinner Rolls Bread Machine Recipe using real ingredients

These are a huge hit with my family!

My family gets SO excited when I make these sweet dinner rolls and they always go back for seconds and thirds. My oldest, Gabriel, is especially fond of them and gets sad when there are none left. I'd make two batches at a time if I could, but there's not enough space in my bread machine for two batches!

Bread Machine Makes it Easier

The bread machine does the work of kneading and rising the bread, which is really nice because for the first hour and a half after you've put all of the ingredients in the bread machine, you just let it go! This makes it perfect so you can get to work on other things, or sit down with a cup of tea or wine and have a break. I found that the work afterwards isn't difficult, either. Here is a bread machine that I recommend on Amazon.

No Bread Machine? No Problem – Do This Instead

You can make these sweet dinner rolls easier with a bread machine. However, if you don't have one, you can still make these, you'll just need to knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes with your hands. Then place the dough in a bowl and cover with a cloth. Put it in a warm spot and let it rise for 1-1 1/2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Why Are So Many People Eating Gluten Free?

Ever wonder why so many people are eating gluten free? I know it can seem like a fad or even that some are making itup, but I know for my family, wheat was making me and three of my four kids break out in eczema and cause constipation. 

Wheat is sprayed with massive amounts of pesticides so we are literally getting small amounts of those pesticides with every bite we eat. It has also been hybridized and the hull and bran, the most nutritious part of the wheat berry, are removed to create fluffier bread that has a longer shelf life. 

Wheat Contains Three Times More Gluten Today than the Wheat of Our Ancestors

Another reason is that wheat from 100 years ago only contained 14 chromosomes of gluten. Today, most commercially grown wheat contains 44 chromosomes of gluten to make fluffier bread – this is what causes so many people digestive problems and lead them to eat gluten free, and I was one of them!

For the past 6 years I’ve been eating strictly gluten free…until recently! I decided to try to make bread from scratch to see if Einkorn flour and freshly prepared bread would make my eczema return. I am happy to report that it hasn’t at all!

Dinner Roll Recipe for the most tasty, buttery soft rolls

Why You Might Want to Consider Using Einkorn Wheat

Einkorn wheat is considered the world’s oldest wheat, and the only wheat that’s never been hybridized. Einkorn is a delicious, healthy alternative to modern, mass market wheat and can be an excellent solution for those with gluten sensitivity. It contains 30% more protein and 15% less starch than commercial wheat, and it is abundant in B vitamins and trace minerals like iron.

Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe in a Bread Machine - buttery, soft and delicious

Benefits of Grinding Your Own Wheat

So why grind your own flour when it’s so much faster and easier to buy it already done for you? Simple. It’s WAY more nutritious!

“Grains are the seed-bearing fruits of grasses. The fact that grains are the seeds of the plant as well as the fruit and that life-giving nutrients are contained and perfectly stored within, make grains an incredibly nutritious food. In fact, of the 44 known essential nutrients needed by our bodies and naturally obtained from foods, only 4 are missing from wheat–vitamin A, B12, and C, and the mineral iodine.” – Sue Becker (Source)

When you grind your own wheat, you are eating the germ, endosperm, bran and the hull. All of the nutrition is in the bran and the hull, and companies remove them in order to preserve shelf life and make fluffier bread. Even breads that say they are whole wheat are usually imposters, check with the company website to see if they are using the entire wheat berry and grinding it to see if they’re telling the truth or not!

How to Make Grinding Wheat Much Easier

If you're like me, grinding your own flour can sound like a PITA 😉 or like we are back to our pioneer days! So to make it much easier, I like to grind my wheat in large batches and freeze what I don't use. It doesn't have to be thawed out – it stays in a flour consistency.


Sweet Dinner Rolls – Bread Machine Recipe

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Delicious, buttery, slightly sweet dinner rolls recipe that everyone in the family will love! These are made easier with a bread machine, but it is not necessary if you don't have one.

  • Author: Sara McFall
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 15 rolls 1x
  • Category: Bread


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons yeast (active dry yeast)
  • Optional – to make garlic rolls, add 2-3 tsp. garlic powder.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened (use at the end)
  • Optional bread machine


  • (If you're grinding your own wheat) grind your wheat berries in a Wondermill Grain Mill or a grain grinder attachment for a Vitamix.
  • Measure carefully, placing all ingredients except melted butter in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough/Manual cycle. Do not use delay cycle.
  • Remove dough from bread machine using lightly floured hands. Cover and let rest 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  • Grease large cookie sheet or use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Divide the dough into 15 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 30-45 minutes. (To see if the dough is ready, press with your finger into a ball. If the dough remains, it's ready!)
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush tops with melted butter and serve warm with butter on the inside if desired.


If you do not have a warm spot in your kitchen for the dough to rise, turn on your oven to the lowest setting for 10 minutes. Turn it off and place the rolls in there to rise (on a baking sheet, of course). If the oven is really warm, crack open the door or open it all the way. You'll just need to keep a close eye to make sure they don't dry out or start cooking. 


  1. Hi, Sara it’s me again,
    Yes I did the recipe for my cleaning my laundry and I like it a lot,
    I just read about the wheat comment you did in the BENEFIT OF “GRINDING YOUR OWN WHEAT”
    one of my project this year is trying to find and old machine from way back when in the old days they were grinding all the wheat. You don’t have any idea where I could find that machine. Last year we planted some oat and it came out great, we did a get together and in French we call it BATTRE AU MOULIN, we got about 26 bags of about 50 pounds of the oats, and the straws we made as many big bails, this year we are trying whole wheat this is why I am looking for that machine the grind the wheat like in the old days, we have a little farm and we like it, thanks for all your good informations, I really appreciate it, Sylvie Clement.

    1. Hi Sylvie! Wonderful to hear from you again. I don’t know about an old fashioned wheat grinding machine, but that sounds really neat! Let me know if you find one. Love how you planted and grew your own oats! And now you’re growing wheat? So cool! Do you have a big yard or a mini farm?

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