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Dinner Rolls For Thanksgiving Recipe

These are the BEST homemade dinner rolls for Thanksgiving that you'll find! They are fluffy, slightly sweet and delicious and they go great with any meal, whether it is a large turkey dinner or a simple weeknight meal.
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 3 hours
Servings: 15
Calories: 228.17kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 2 cups warm water (between 105-115°F)
  • .5 oz active dry yeast 2 packages
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil plus extra for coating bowl
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for kneading
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let sit for 5 minutes, or until mixture becomes cloudy. Whisk briefly. Add the salt, sugar and vegetable oil. Whisk until the salt and sugar have dissolved, about 1 minute.
  • Using a wooden spoon, add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for approximately 3 minutes, or until soft and pliable. Coat a clean, large bowl with vegetable oil and add the dough, coating it completely with the oil from the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Coat a 9×13 baking dish generously with cooking spray and set aside. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 3-5 minutes, or until dough is soft and pliable. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball with your hands. Place the balls of dough into the prepared baking dish, making five rows of three. Cover the baking dish and let it sit in a warm place for 2 hours, or until the dough balls have doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Gently brush the tops of the dough with the beaten egg. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until rolls are golden-brown. Cut at the seams and serve immediately.


The warm water that you’ll add the yeast to should be warm, but not too warm. The temp should be somewhere in the range of 105-115°F.
Add a pinch of sugar on top of the yeast and warm water to help encourage the yeast to grow before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
When you let the dough rise, be sure it is covered and sitting in a warm spot (on top of a warm oven or running dishwasher or sitting near a sunny window).
The dough should be soft and pliable after rising. It should feel like a soft, fluffy cloud in your hands. Handle it with what I call gentle-firm love. Respect the dough, people.
If you want these to be made with wheat flour, just exchange out the all purpose flour.
Serve with maple syrup, honey butter or homemade apple butter for an amazing experience!


Calories: 228.17kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.24g | Protein: 6.44g | Fat: 4.68g | Saturated Fat: 0.48g | Cholesterol: 12.4mg | Sodium: 432.04mg | Fiber: 2.27g | Sugar: 6.78g
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