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rolls torn in half with butter smeared on them. On a brown plate and on a wooden table.

Light and Fluffy Rosemary Dinner Roll Recipe

  • Author: pate giltner
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 rolls 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


These lighter than air rosemary dinner rolls are the perfect recipe for homemade bread. Incredibly airy, soft, and full of wonderful rosemary flavor, these are the best-yeasted dinner rolls out there! 


  1. 1 1/4 ounce packet of active dry yeast 
  2. 1/4 cup honey 
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for glazing 
  4. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/4 lukewarm water (ideal temp 105 degrees)
  6. 3/4 cup water
  7. 2 tablespoons dried rosemary 
  8. 1 teaspoon salt 


  1. Combine the yeast and 1/4 cup of lukewarm water in the bowl of a stand mixer with the hook attachment. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast has dissolved and the mixture has become foamy. 
  2. Add the two tablespoons of olive oil, honey, flour, rosemary, salt, and mix until a dough forms. 
  3. Continue to mix and knead until it's smooth, elastic, and if you can, pull an edge so thin that you can see through it. 
  4. Lightly coat a large bowl with olive oil and place your dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until it's doubled in size—about 2 hours. 
  5. Tare the dough into two-inch sections and shape them into balls. 
  6. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking dish and bake let them rise until more than doubled in size—about 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary. Bake for 20-30 minutes.


  • Activate the yeast in 110-115 degree water, which should feel a bit warmer than body temperature.
  • To test to see if the dough has been kneaded enough, do "the windowpane test," pull a section, and if you can pull it thin enough to see through it, it's ready!
  • When rolling the dough into balls, pinch all the rough edges together and twist to form a smooth, rounded roll. 
  • Bake until the rolls are browned and sound hollow when tapped. 

Keywords: dinner roll