30 Minute Rolls

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Sometimes, the name of a recipe calls to me as a challenge. I found this recipe for 30 Minute Rolls on a TV show called Studio 5. It was originally part of a recipe for Pizza Roll-Ups. The rolls only take about 30 minutes to make. The recipe was from Suzie Roberts, the author of “Girlfriends on the Go”.

You were supposed to use this recipe for the dough for the pizza roll-ups. But when I saw the name of the dough recipe, I couldn’t help but take the challenge. Was it truly possible to have delicious homemade dinner rolls in 30 minutes? I decided to try this recipe yesterday for Sunday dinner.

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We don’t get home from church until at least 4 p.m. This schedule has made having fresh-made homemade rolls hot from the oven hard. I really have only had two choices in the past. Make and bake the rolls before church or put out frozen roll dough to thaw and raise while we are at church.

  • OIL
  • SALT
  • EGG

These 30-Minute Rolls really rose to the challenge. They turned out so tender and came together in the time expected. Also, since the recipe called for so much yeast, I feared they would have a strong yeast taste.

I was so surprised at how wonderfully these worked, and they didn’t taste yeasty at all. This is now one of my go-to dinner roll recipes.

Just beware to use a large bowl for the yeast to sit in. It bubbles up a lot. Also, the dough was quite sticky.

Now, I am not an expert at shaping rolls, and I didn’t want to spend much time on them. I just took a glob of dough about the size of a lime and rolled it in my hand.

Also, I sprayed my hands with non-stick cooking spray before shaping the dough and a few more times throughout the shaping process. I reduced the original recipe to a small batch of only 1 dozen rolls. This is perfect for my family. However, I have included both versions for you. The larger recipe makes 3 dozen rolls.

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. In your stand mixer’s mixing bowl, combine water, oil, yeast, and sugar, and let it rest for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.

Using the dough hook attachment, mix in salt and an egg. Gradually add 2 cups of flour until combined. Continue adding the remaining flour, half a cup at a time, until fully incorporated.

Form the dough into 12 balls and let them rest for 10 minutes. Place the rolls on a greased 9×13 pan or baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Optional is to brush the rolls with melted butter before serving. Enjoy your freshly baked dozen rolls!

Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?
Yes, you can use instant yeast without proofing, but you must mix it well with the dry ingredients before adding the liquids.

Why do my rolls come out dense?
Dense rolls might result from insufficient rising time or too much flour. Make sure your dough is soft and not overly stiff, and allow it to rest properly before baking.

Can I add other ingredients like herbs or cheese?
Absolutely! You can mix in herbs, grated cheese, or minced garlic into the dough for added flavor.

What if my dough is too sticky to handle?
If the dough is too sticky, lightly flour your hands and the surface when shaping the rolls. Add flour sparingly, though, as too much can make the rolls dense.

Can I use whole wheat flour for this recipe?
To add fiber, you can substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. However, using all whole wheat may affect the lightness and texture of the rolls.

30 Minute Rolls | realmomkitchen.com

30 Minute Rolls

Real Mom Kitchen

This roll recipe quickly produces soft, fluffy dinner rolls perfect for any meal. Starting with a simple yeast dough that includes sugar and oil, the rolls are formed and only need a short proofing time before baking. These rolls are ideal for those looking for a speedy homemade bread option that doesn’t compromise on taste or texture.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 211 kcal


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water
  • cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ cups flour


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
  • With a dough hook, mix in salt and egg and 2 of the cups flour until combined. Add remaining flour ½ cup at a time.
  • Shape dough into 12 balls and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Place rolls in a greased 9×13 pan or baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown. Optional is to brush the rolls with melted butter before serving. Makes 1 dozen.


For 3 dozen use the following measurements:
3 ½ cup warm water
1 cup oil
6 Tbsp yeast
¾ cup sugar or honey
1 ½ tsp Salt
3 eggs
10 ½ cups flour


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword dinner rolls, yeast rolls
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  1. This has been my go-to roll recipe for a year or two now. It has never failed me. Sometimes I use melted butter, sometimes I use oil…. sometimes I let the dough sit longer before baking, other times I don’t. Everyone who has ever ate these has loved them. For Christmas, I have even stretched this recipe out and got 2 pans of rolls by making the dough rounds a bit smaller and letting them rise in the baking pan for about 30… Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. I made these last night, and while they were indeed fast and turned out soft and fluffy, I felt that the dough needed more salt. Next time I will double the amount and see if that works.

  3. I tried this recipe in a pinch tonight and these rolls turned out absolutely amazing! I’ve made many different “30 minute quick rolls” and haven’t found a quick recipe that turned out good. But now I have found my go-to roll recipe!!

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  5. I always mess up somehow when I make rolls, however, with this recipe I have been happy with the results every time! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.