Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

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I told you last night I was working on a recipe for Pull Apart Rolls that could be frozen and raised overnight in the refrigerator. They worked and are fabulous! Look at the beautiful texture of those rolls… I am so pleased with them. You can make these now and have them waiting in your freezer for fresh hot rolls with Thanksgiving Dinner. How about that? Just time it so that when you take your turkey out to rest that the rolls are ready to go in the oven. Fresh, hot dinner rolls! Just that easy. If dinner is at 2 I would take them out of the refrigerator at about 9. If they raise too quickly throw them back in the fridge covered to slow them down or you will have to bake them right away. The one thing I can’t factor in is how warm your kitchen will be. My kitchen was kind of on the cooler side today, no oven on so it took about 4 hours for them to raise.

I gave you directions below that tell you how to make these either now or later. You can even make half for now and freeze the other for later. However you decide to make this I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I used all purpose flour in them, not bread flour just for your information. If I’m not clear enough about something leave me a comment or shoot me an email, I’ll be happy to help…..

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Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

Yield: about 30 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 - 20 minutes

Total Time: less than 3 hours

Easy Pull Apart Dinner Rolls that can be made ahead and frozen. Bake them the day you need them.


2 c. warm milk (105°-115° )
2 1/4 oz. pkgs. active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups all purpose flour


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment pour in your milk. Add the yeast and let set for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, eggs, butter and salt and mix on low.

Stir in the flour slowly on low speed until you have a soft dough. You may need more or less than the 6 cups. Replace the paddle with the dough hook and mix on low for 3 - 4 minutes until the dough is supple and satiny.

Let it sit covered in a warm place until dough has doubled, about an hour.

Punch the dough down and make balls of dough about the size of a golf ball or 2 oz. I keep a scale by me and weigh the dough before I roll the balls. Place in a greased pan. If you are going to freeze the balls then just put them on a greased cookie sheet not touching, cover without letting them raise and freeze. Once they are completely frozen I would put them in a freezer bag. If you are going to bake them I got 9 rolls to a 9 inch cake pan.

Let the rolls raise until doubled in size. If desired you can brush with egg whites and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes.

If you are freezing these to use later. Freeze the balls of dough. Take out of the freezer the night before and put them in the pan you are going to bake them in. Cover with saran wrap and put in refrigerator. In the morning take out of the refrigerator to finish raising. It took mine almost 4 hours before I could bake them so plan accordingly. Let the rolls raise until doubled in size. If desired you can brush with egg whites and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes.




  1. says

    Oh, wow, it is almost dinner time now, and you made me really hungry!:) I would love to have at least one of these in front of me! Pinned, so I can make them one day!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  2. says

    Thanks for joining us at the Foodies and Crafties soiree! If my father-in-law didn’t bring his famous rolls every Thanksgiving I would certainly serve these. Pinned for later- I love making bread and rolls from scratch!

  3. Kallee T says

    These are gorgeous and mouthwatering! PInning for sure. Thanks for linking up to the Foodies and Crafties Soiree

    • Mary Ellen says

      nope didn’t buy them made them. LOL… your’s will look the same way. you just make them into balls and let them raise.

  4. says

    The recipe for these rolls remind me of my Grandma’s! Except these are rolled into balls instead of cut out with a glass. I will have to try this technique… I love that you could make a bunch and freeze… super smart! I am featuring this recipe :)

  5. Ali says

    I was wondering how many table/ teaspoons would the yeast convert to? I ususally have mine in a jar to measure out. THANKS! CAN’T WAIT TO BAKE!

  6. says

    These rolls look so delicious! Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday! I will be sharing them on my Walking on Sunshine FB page!

  7. says

    G’day! What a great menu, true!
    I have never brined turkey, is on my list and your rolls look like a dinner winner too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as Party of Foodie Friends Friday Breakfast + Lunch Brunch Party

  8. says

    These look amazing! They look better than the ones my grandma used to buy at the store for the holiday dinners! I’ve never made bread before. Kudos to you, girl! Thank you for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back Friday to see if you are featured! xo

    • Mary Ellen says

      Keep trying, one day you will get it. Send me an email and tell me what it does when you make it and I’ll see if we can help you figure it out.

  9. says

    Pinned for future reference, Mary Ellen! I am going to start baking breads soon and would love to try these with some different flavors too! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


  10. Gudie says

    These look amazing, I am making today , and will be freezing them. They will be for Christmas dinner. Love that I can make ahead. Thanks

  11. collins makanga says

    This is great! i would like to join you guyz,am an upcoming chef who needs to learn a lot of things.

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