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Freezer Friendly Dinner Rolls

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Save time on dinner this week! Make these Freezer Dinner Rolls ahead of time and have freshly-baked bread ready to bake every time!

Who here does not own a bread machine?

I know some of you would love to make homemade bread, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on a bread maker. And I get it! The one I have is from the thrift store and I only paid $6.00 for it. It’s lasted me at least 5-6 years and still going strong.

If you don’t want to bother with another huge kitchen appliance though, you can totally make bread without a bread machine.

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These Freezer Dinner Rolls were made without a bread maker and didn’t take much extra effort! The only real work you need to do is make sure the dough isn’t too wet, which you’d have to do with a bread maker anyway.

Sometimes you don’t have time to bother with homemade bread, though. But these dinner rolls can be made ahead of time and frozen unbaked! You just have to take them out of the freezer, let them thaw/rise for a few hours, and then bake them to perfection. No real hands-on work the day of baking.

These Freezer Dinner Rolls would be perfect with about any kind of meal- chicken, soups, holiday dinners- and you can double the recipe for huge crowds!

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Can you make these Freezer Dinner Rolls without a stand mixer?

If you don’t have a bread maker or a stand mixer, you can certainly use your hands instead. It’ll take a bit of extra work, but it’s possible!

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Can you bake these before freezing?

Yes! Instead of freezing the unbaked dough right away, let them rise again for another hour, then bake. Put them in a gallon-sized freezer bag and get them out the night before you want to eat them. I’ve done it before and they still taste fresh! Just heat them up a little in the oven or microwave and they’re ready to go.

Looking for more freezer meal ideas? Check out the other recipes in my 25 Days of Freezer Meals series!

Freezer Friendly Dinner Rolls

Freezer Friendly Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 dinner rolls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Save time on dinner this week! Make these Freezer Dinner Rolls ahead of time and have freshly-baked bread ready to bake every time!


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Half stick butter, softened


  1. Heat the milk in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Whisk in the sugar and yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer with the dough attachment, add 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt and combine.
  3. Slowly add in the butter to combine.
  4. Mix one egg into the milk mixture and slowly add to the flour. Let it mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Gradually add more flour if needed until the dough comes together and isn't as sticky. You may need a total of 3 cups or more.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for one hour. Transfer to a cutting board dusted with flour and knead with your hands.
  6. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze and transfer to a gallon-sized freezer bag.
  7. When ready to eat, place on a cookie sheet and let thaw/rise for about 4 hours, then bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.


You can bake these dinner rolls before freezing. After cutting the dough into pieces, let them rise for another hour or so before baking. Then freeze them on a cookie sheet and transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag.

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