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Oct 27, 2019

Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy. 

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.

What is wonderful about these buttermilk dinner rolls, besides the fact that they are delicious, is that you can make the dough in advance, assemble the rolls, and then let them sit in the refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance of baking them.

I've been having fun making make-ahead buns and rolls lately, including these white rye sandwich buns, and these potato dinner rolls.

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.

Serving warm freshly baked rolls when you are putting together a dinner party can be a challenge, especially when you have a lot of balls in the air. Even though I love baking bread, I always struggle with the timing when it comes to fresh dinner rolls for a crowd.

This is especially difficult for holiday dinners where the oven is occupied with a turkey or roast. Unless you are blessed with more than one oven, you know what a challenge it is those few times per year when you are hosting a big party or family get together.

With these rolls, you just pull your turkey or roast out of the oven, tent it to rest, and then pop the rolls into the already hot oven.

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.

These buns have a faint tangy flavor from the buttermilk, and they stay fresh and moist for a couple of days. On top of being wonderful dinner rolls, they are great for sliders or sandwiches. I made these for Thanksgiving, and filled them with a big pile of gravy smothered leftovers the next day. So good.

While I made 12 rolls from the dough, you could divide the dough into 16 or 24 pieces for smaller rolls. I baked these in a 9 inch by 13 inch pan to let them nestle together and be more "pull apart," but you could use a larger baking sheet for individually rounded rolls.

This is a great starter recipe for anyone who is afraid of baking bread.

Still intimidated? Do a practice run! You'll be jumping up and down with joy when you pull these out of the oven.

If you'd like to serve two types of dinner rolls, pair these with make ahead white whole wheat poppyseed rolls

Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls
Yield: 12 rolls
These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 13 1/2 ounces (3 cups) bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes (I use Betty Crocker Potato Buds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


How to cook Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

  1. Line a baking sheet [I used a 9 inch by 13 inch (quarter sheet) pan] with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients and knead with the dough hook on medium low for about 7 minutes. The dough can also be kneaded by hand.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
  4. Turn the dough out onto your work surface, and divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (you could also make smaller rolls by dividing the dough into 16 or 24 pieces). Keeping the dough covered in oiled plastic wrap, shape each piece into a ball, and place them on the baking sheet that is also covered with oiled plastic wrap.
  5. When you have completed shaping the rolls, cover them and place them into the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.
  6. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. When the oven is ready, uncover and bake the rolls for about 25 minutes, when the interior reaches about 195 degrees F. If you make smaller rolls, they may take less time to bake.
  7. Cool the rolls on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
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Need more dinner roll recipes? Check out this post with lots of dinner rolls.

Need to use up leftover buttermilk? Try these buttermilk chocolate cookies, this buttermilk cottage dill bread, or these oven fried onion rings

This recipe has been slightly adapted from one of my favorite bread books, Make Ahead Bread

Make Ahead Recipes for Thanksgiving

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Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

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  1. These look so tender and delicious. And I just happen to have some buttermilk in the fridge. Pinning these beauties!

    1. Thanks Liz! I originally chose this recipe because I had buttermilk in the fridge!

  2. Fantastic rolls! The potato flakes must make all the difference, right? We'd love to have some of those with cheese and leftover ragu (sloppy Joe style) :):)
    Thanx for the delicious idea Karen! xoxoxo

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, potato flakes make everything so moist!

  3. I love make ahead rolls. It's such a treat to have homemade rolls but I don't always have time to make them the day of a holiday.

    1. I know what you mean! I've been known to use Pillsbury! Me, the bread baker!

  4. These are "make ahead and hide" dinner rolls. They'd never last in my house with my husband and son. They look so soft and fluffy.

  5. Nice and soft and squishy looking. Pass me the butter please! :)

  6. These rolls looks perfect! I love those brown tops and fluffy centers!

  7. Wow, these look like you bought them, they are so perfect! I need to make more rolls (and the slightly larger sandwich buns)!

  8. Totally drooling over these. They look so fluffy and delicious. I might have to make them for some mini ham sammies after New Years.

    1. I've had great reviews from friends who have tried them!

  9. Hi. What can I use instead of potato flakes, if anything, pleae. These look so nice. Annette

    1. Potato flour would probably work. Just use less by volume. You could also add cooked potato and cut back on the liquid a little.


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