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Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls are extremely light, pillowy soft, and fluffy. These melt-in-your-mouth rolls have a hint of butter

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls are extremely light, pillowy soft, and fluffy. These melt-in-your-mouth rolls have a hint of butter. 


Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Big Soft Fluffy Buttery Yeast Rolls are a necessity for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. If you don’t have a good, easy recipe for Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls this is it. This recipe is very versatile and forgiving for beginner bakers.

As well, if you’re intimidated of making recipes with yeast, I’m going to make this very simple for you. There is no shame in not knowing or being intimidated. In fact, for years I was. And, I just couldn’t get it right. But, because I love Cinnamon Rolls more than anyone should. I was determined to learn to make them.

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

You can get all the ins and outs of cooking with yeast in my post, Tips for Baking with Yeast. It’s a quick read with very useful information.

Next, probably the most important item to have is a good thermometer to measure your water or liquid temperature. Lukewarm water, that’s water between 120 and 130 degrees F feels cool to the touch. This is why I recommend being accurate with a thermometer. If your water is too hot it will kill the yeast. If it’s too cold the yeast won’t activate. Without active, live yeast the bread won’t rise.

As well, get a good feel for the dough. What does that mean? Any dough whether it will be made into a loaf, cinnamon rolls, pizza or rolls has a certain ‘feel’. It’s soft and pliable. It’s sticky yet not too sticky; it will stick a little to your hands, but not to the bowl or counter. And, the dough will stretch some without breaking. It takes working with dough just a little to know the feel, be patient.

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

And, speaking of patience, that is the second most important tip for working with yeast bread. Be patient! I probably threw away batches of dough when I first started baking because I didn’t give it time to proof or rise.

I have found the best place to set the dough to rise is either in the microwave or the oven. Obviously, don’t turn on either while the dough is in it. I do turn the light on in my oven, but leave the door closed and give the yeast time to expand.

Most bread doughs need to double in size the first rise. Most, read your specific recipe, will then be punched down and made into rolls etc and then require 20 to 45 minutes to rise again.

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Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Soft Fluffy Yeast Rolls are extremely light, pillowy soft and fluffy. These melt-in-your-mouth rolls have a hint of butter
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
proofing time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 18 rolls


  • 1 cup warm water between 120 - 130 degrees F
  • 2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3 & 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour


  • Combine water and yeast in a large glass or plastic mixing bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Add sugar, salt, butter, and egg and beat with the dough hook until well blended and smooth.
  • Add 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups flour and mix until soft dough forms. The dough should not be sticky.
  • Place the dough out onto a floured board and knead a few times until smooth.
  • Place the dough in a greased glass or plastic bowl. I wipe out and grease the mixing bowl I used. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place approximately 45 minutes. (Your oven or microwave is a good location for this.)
  • Punch the dough down and turn out onto a floured board. Divide dough into 12 large or 18-20 small pieces. Using your hands shape dough into round balls. 
  • Place in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Let rise again about 30 minutes. 
    Bake 350 for 20 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with butter. The recipe is easily doubled.


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Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    HELP, lol. Is the water really supposed to be that hot? Seems like that’ll kill the yeast. I have tried one batch already and I think it killed my yeast. Will the normal 100 to 110 degrees work better?

    1. Yes, I always use between 120 and 130 degrees and I always test it with a thermometer to make sure. I can’t determine the temp without testing.

  2. Im gonna do a test batch today. Then make some of these for Christmas eve.
    If they dont do well. Then, I can practice before Thursdays batch.
    Wish me luck and thank you for.all the advise..
    Merry Christmas,

    1. That’s a smart idea!! I got a late start on my rolls at Thanksgiving and they weren’t big and fluffy! (Very very bad for a food blogger!) 😳

  3. Can I make them the day before, store them in the fridge and then bake off before serving?

  4. 5 stars
    These rolls look so fluffy and delicious! The perfect side dish for that big Thanksgiving feast

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