Best Christmas Dinner Rolls

Updated on January 3, 2017
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Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. Her goal is to help people live their best lives everyday by sharing her joy and love of life.


Christmas Baking Memories

There is nothing so delightful as coming into a warm home out of the cold, and having your nose gently carressed by the delicious smell of baking bread. Your mouth waters as you imagine butter melting into the soft, fragrant warmth of bread after it comes out of the oven.

The next day, you can hardly wait to have another piece of bread, slathered in soft butter and warm honey. By suppertime you are ready for more, but the bread is gone. Now, only a memory remains and you wait impatiently for the next time you come into the warm house, to be enveloped by the fragrance of baking bread.

The following recipe has been in our family for years. A close friend shared the recipe, and since her name was Heidi, my family has always called them Heidi Rolls. Heidi brought these rolls to our first shared Christmas dinner, and they reappeared at Easter, and other special occasions.

They are so good that I began making them weekly, to use alongside chili dinners, home made soup, and even for sandwiches.

Even while living in south Texas, during the heat of the hottest summer of my life, I made these delicious rolls every week. The family tradition continues, as my kids learn how to make Heidi Rolls. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.



  • 2 packages dry yeast, not quick rise
  • 2 cups milk, warm to the touch but not hot
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 1/2-7 cups flour, substitute 1/2 whole wheat flour if you'd like
  • olive oil, for oiling bowl

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 2 hours 40 min
Yields: Depending on size, 12-24 rolls

How did you like them?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Deborah's Dinner Rolls


  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm milk. Let sit about ten minutes, until bubbly. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Stir sugar, melted butter, salt and egg into warm milk.
  3. Gradually stir about 5 cups flour into milk mixture. Slowly add more flour until dough makes a sticky ball. Turn oven off.
  4. Put remaining flour on counter, and turn dough onto the flour. There will be about one cup of flour on the counter, with dough in the middle. Knead the dough until the remainder of flour is incorporated and dough forms a stiff ball, that springs back when poked.
  5. Lightly oil the inside of an oven-proof bowl and add dough. Turn dough completely, until it is lightly coated with olive oil.
  6. Cover dough with a damp cloth and place in warm oven. Make sure the oven is warm, but turned off. Let dough rise until doubled in size, about one hour.
  7. Remove dough from oven, remove cloth, and punch down. Let dough rest about ten minutes.
  8. Form dough into balls, about two inches in diameter, and place on greased cookie sheet. Allow rolls to rise about half an hour.
  9. While rolls are rising on the counter, preheat oven to 350 degrees. When rolls have risen, place them in the oven for ten minutes. Rotate pans and bake another ten minutes. After removing golden rolls from the oven, brush lightly with butter.

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        Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        I can almost smell and taste them, thanks

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        PR_am 7 years ago from Oregon

        Thanks for the Christmas Rolls recipe. I'm going to bookmark this. Best!

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        Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

        Thanks for stopping by, drpastorcarlotta. I hope you enjoy these rolls as much as we do.


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        Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

        OH! YES!!! You got my attention!!! I will be trying this receipe for these Holidays!!! Be Blessed! I voted useful! Thank you!

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        Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

        Thanks for reading. These rolls are great anytime, so you can start making them now and perfect your technique.


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        Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

        hungry again... do I have to wait for christmas?

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        Boomer60 7 years ago

        This definitely sounds like something I could do! I am going to bookmark this page so I can find it for the holidays.