Don’t let the idea of homemade yeast rolls intimidate you. I finally developed a recipe that turns out perfect every time and it’s ready in 3 hours.

I have spent years trying to find the perfect yeast roll recipe. While my favorite recipe tastes fantastic, the dough has to ferment overnight, and I never remember to make the rolls a day in advance.

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I found a recipe that called for both milk and buttermilk. Instead of using buttermilk, I added some vinegar to the proofing liquid. My yeast was beyond happy. It started bubbling more than any recipe I’ve ever made.

For my first batch, I added a bunch of savory herbs. As soon as they came out of the oven, they were so light and fluffy. I wished that I had skipped the herbs. I wanted to taste the simple sweet yeast dough.

Since these only take 3 hours (2 ½ of which is rising time), I made another batch. I added a tablespoon of brown sugar and did a little dance when they came out of the oven. My husband ate three in a row without hesitating.

Finally, a light, soft yeast roll that can be made the same day.

5 from 4 votes

Soft, Easy Yeast Rolls


  • 1 cup 230 grams milk
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 packet yeast or 20 grams compressed yeast
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ 375 grams cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter


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  • Warm the milk in a microwave for 45 seconds. Pour into a stand mixer bowl with white sugar, yeast and vinegar. Let proof for 5 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar, salt, flour and 2 tablespoons butter to the proofed yeast. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook, knead the dough at speed 2 for 30 seconds. Increase speed to 4 and knead for 5 minutes.
  • NOTE: If you knead the dough by hand, avoid the temptation to add more flour. The dough will be sticky. It will soften the longer you knead it.
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  • Dump the dough onto the counter and cover with the mixing bowl. Let rise for 1 hour. Punch down, knead a few times and re-cover. Let rise another hour.
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  • Punch down and cut and shape into 12 equal-sized rolls (about 60 grams each). Place on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.
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  • Bake in a 400-degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Christie Vanover

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. I have been searching for a good yeast roll recipe and came across this one. Not only was it what I was hoping for IT WAS AMAZING! My search is now over for a good yeast roll recipe. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! I wish I could give you more than 5 stars!!!!

      1. Christie,

        We just used this beautiful recipe of yours to make homemade kolaches (Texas kolaches) and they were absolutely phenomenal! Roast beef, Honey ham. Swiss & cheddar cheese with jalapeños! Thank you again for this “forever recipe” ❤️