Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Who doesn’t love a bowl of warm, light-as-a-feather, buttery rolls on any holiday table? And you might be surprised to know that these are not only incredibly easy to make, but take little hands on time. The result is well worth forgoing any pre-packaged dinner rolls that you can find at the supermarket.

If that’s not enough to sway you, here’s another great reason to have this recipe in your list of go-tos: this is a great, versatile dough. While pull-apart rolls are one of the simpler options (the rolls are proofed and baked in cake pans, and bake up together), you can also use this dough to make Parker House rolls or Cloverleaf rolls. You can even divide the dough into 10 pieces instead of 18 and shape them into hamburger buns or hot dog buns; just bake those on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

However you decide to shape the dough, you’ll be rewarded with lots of oohs and aahs come dinnertime.

Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls ingredients. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls ingredients

Recipe: Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Makes 18 rolls

    Ingredients:
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    Instructions:
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter with the honey. Add the milk and gently warm the mixture to 105-115°F (it will happen quickly). Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir in the yeast and let it stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

  • Add the flour, egg, and salt. Knead together on medium speed for 10 minutes. The dough will be soft and sticky. Scrape the dough into another greased bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray or grease with butter. Dump the dough onto a floured work surface. Divide the dough into 18 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 ounces (it’s best to use a scale if you have one). Roll each piece into a ball and place 9 balls into each prepared cake pan, spacing them evenly. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap and let stand until puffy, about 1 hour.
  • About 15 minutes before the rolls are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Melt the remaining butter and brush the rolls with it as soon as they come out of the oven. Serve warm.
  • Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
    Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

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