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Our 10 Best Homemade Rolls for Thanksgiving

While the turkey and pie tend to get a lot of attention, no Thanksgiving feast is complete without the dinner rolls. Savory or sweet, they complement the main course beautifully, are excellent for sopping up every delicious morsel and are a key ingredient for post-feast sandwiches. We’ve rounded up some tried-and-true dinner roll recipes that are sure to satisfy this Thanksgiving.

Dinner Roll Classics

1. Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Soft and buttery, these homemade dinner rolls are perfection. This recipe calls for just seven basic ingredients. It’s a great one for new and experienced bakers, alike. There’s even a video tutorial for a bit of assistance. After making these classic rolls, you’ll find yourself wondering why you ever turned to the store-bought variety.

2. Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

Gluten isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up a good roll. These gluten-free dinner rolls are golden, buttery and pillow-soft. They’re best served fresh out of the oven with a brushing of garlic herb butter. 

3. Sage Brown Butter Dinner Rolls

Sage Brown Butter Dinner Rolls recipe

Featuring nutty brown butter, savory herbs, a touch of honey and a sprinkling of sea salt, these rolls are at once light and complex. You’ll find the sage and thyme of the rolls go perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey. Chef’s kiss!

4. Refrigerator Rolls

Refrigerator Rolls

This recipe will feed a crowd, making it perfect for holidays and hosting out-of-town guests. You can make the dough ahead of time and then pull from it as needed to make several batches of rolls. These refrigerator rolls are great in all their iterations — crescent rolls, twisted rolls (snails) or cinnamon rolls. This is also a great recipe for little helpers.

Quick and Easy Dinner Rolls

5. 30-Minute Dinner Rolls

30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Don’t have the time to whip up some dinner rolls? Think again. These buttery homemade rolls come together in half an hour, flat. They’re basically foolproof to make. Plus, they’ll leave your house smelling heavenly — that’s something packaged rolls simply can’t deliver.

6. Brown and Serve Pan Rolls

Brown and Serve Pan Rolls

These brown and serve pan rolls made with active dry yeast are the best of two worlds. You can make them at your leisure up to a month ahead of time, freeze ’em and then pop them in the oven on Thanksgiving. You get fresh-baked rolls without the hassle of making them in the midst of the holiday chaos.

7. Quick and Easy Crescent Rolls

Quick and Easy Crescent Rolls

Buttery, golden and oh so soft, this spin on the croissant is delectable. Requiring far less butter (and effort) than its French counterpart, these simple crescent rolls are destined to become a holiday family tradition. 

Non-Traditional Dinner Rolls

8. Sour Cream Fantail Dinner Rolls

Sour Cream Fantails

These rolls are bursting with flavor and personality. The tangy zing you get from the sour cream and green onion makes it a power pairing in chips, in dip and yes, even in dinner rolls. Pull-apart, fantailed rolls are at once elevated and fanciful. They’re sure to impress friends and family.

9. Pumpkin Pie Brioche Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Brioche Rolls

Infused with pumpkin and spices, these tender rolls have Thanksgiving written all over them. They’re surprisingly simple to make thanks to Platinum® Yeast and just the right amount of sweet. Who needs pie when you have these pumpkin spiced brioche rolls?

10. Angel Rolls

Angel Rolls

When a roll has “angel” in its name, it has to be good. Enriched with eggs, butter and milk, these dinner rolls are indeed heavenly. They are also surprisingly simple to make. Check out the video tutorial to see for yourself. The easy baking + delicious flavor combo means you’ll turn to these for special occasions AND everyday meals.

There are so many options when it comes to a dinner roll that complements your Thanksgiving feast — classic, bold, sweet, hearty — and the list goes on. Whatever your choice, you really can’t go wrong.

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