Simple Pull-Apart Rolls

When you want fresh, homemade rolls to serve with dinner, it really doesn’t get much easier than these. This recipe makes a lot – about 3 batches worth – but the cooked rolls freeze nicely and are great to have on hand all the time.

Plus, they’re really versatile. You can take one batch of dough and end up with 3 different tastes. I’ll show you two of those variations tonight. Tomorrow I’ll share our favorite breakfast variation. (You can find that here.)


Simple Pull-Apart Rolls

  • 3/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 T. + 1 t. yeast (or 2 packets)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 7 – 8 c. flour

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter or margarine with the sugar until creamy. Add the boiling water and mix to combine. Cool to room temperature.

2. While that cools, dissolve yeast in 1 c. warm water. Add to mixing bowl along with the eggs. Mix well.  Stir in the salt, baking powder, baking soda and 5 1/2 c. flour until combined.

3. Working with 1/2 c. at a time, add remaining flour until dough comes together. It’s okay if the dough is still a little sticky. Knead on a floured surface for about 8 minutes.

4. Roll the dough into evenly shaped balls, about the size of a golf ball and place into 3 round cake pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.


Here’s my personal favorite variation – Garlicky Pull-Apart Rolls

While rolls cooks, melt 1/4 c. butter in a small skillet. Add 5-6 minced cloves of garlic. Season to taste with salt, Italian seasoning and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat, until garlic is tender but not browned. Spoon over the rolls just before serving.

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36 thoughts on “Simple Pull-Apart Rolls

  1. ok those look amazing and yummy and my 16 yr old is a carb-o-holic…she would have these gone in no time 🙂 hey, i left a comment about your food budget, just curious how you can stretch it out. would love ideas…..thanks

  2. oooh this really makes me want fall to hurry up and get here. I am craving the comfort food that goes with hot rolls out of the oven!

  3. Your garlic rolls look wonderful and are luring me to the table for a bite. Your recipe sounds like a keeper. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  4. Thanks for sharing. We’re sharing peanut butter ideas and Elvis stories at I hope you will come join us. Or, join us for Crock Pot Wednesdays. Mister Linky will be ready for that on Tuesday.

  5. These sound delicious! I have a question for you, though. When you freeze them, do you freeze the baked rolls? Or would freezing the dough and then baking them later work just as well?

    Thanks for all the yummy recipes! I love your site. Just this week we had the chicken enchiladas and the taco pinwheel … SO good!

  6. Oh, this recipe is something I’ve been looking for….they look so yummy and relatively easy…and you can freeze them! Can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  7. I was finally able to try these rolls tonight. I’ve had them on my mind since you posted the recipe. My little three-adult family polished off almost a whole pan! They were so SO delicious. My mother-in-law decided that they are just sweet enough that they would be amazing with some sweetened heated mixed berries poured over the top. I’m salivating just imagining the possibilities for these slightly sweet, buttery, soft, simple rolls.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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