These Soft Brioche Dinner Rolls are the perfect complement to any meal. Buttery and golden brown, they have a rich flavor and delicate texture that is super addictive.
If you love brioche, then you should try our brioche bread loaf and brioche hamburger buns.
Soft brioche dinner rolls
I love brioche bread. It’s incredibly soft and has so much rich buttery flavor. It’s also versatile and can be used for lots of different applications. These soft brioche dinner rolls are a great way to enjoy the flavor and texture of this amazing bread. They go really well with different proteins and sides, so you can be sure they’ll be a welcome addition to any dinner table. You can also tweak brioche to be used for different meals, like breakfast or a coffee break, with these recipes for brioche hot cross buns, brioche donuts, braided Nutella brioche, and brioche french toast. And your dinner rolls can be used in mini-sandwiches for lunch! With a few ingredient and some patience, you can have homemade brioche all day long.
What makes these buttery dinner rolls so soft?
Making these soft brioche dinner rolls buttery and delicious requires a few important ingredients. With the help of all-purpose flour, active dry yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, and unsalted butter, you can put together a pan of delicious dinner rolls that are rich in flavor and texture.
How to make the BEST brioche dinner rolls
- Make the yeast mixture. Add the warm milk, yeast, and 1 Tbsp. of sugar to a large measuring cup. Whisk vigorously and then let it sit for about 10 minutes, until frothy.
- Mix the dough. Using a stand mixer (i love using this bosch mixer) with a hook attachment, add the flour, eggs, salt, and yeast mixture to the bowl. Start mixing at low speed, then as it incorporates, turn it up to high. Mix for about 4-5 minutes, until the dough begins to take shape.
- Add the butter. Cut up the butter into chunks and add them to the dough. Continue mixing on high for 5-10 more minutes until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl. It should be smooth and elastic by the time you’re done mixing.
- Let the dough rise. Take the formed dough and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and leave it for an hour, until it rises to about double in size. (You can also do this in the oven on the “proof” setting to speed things up.)
- Divide the dough. Punch the brioche dough down and divide it into 12 equal parts. Shape them into round balls.
- Proof the dough balls. Place the dough balls in a deep 9×13 baking dish and cover. Let them proof for another hour (they don’t need to double in size this time).
- Make the egg wash. Mix 1 egg with 1 tsp. of water and brush it over each dinner roll using a pastry brush.
- Bake. Bake the brioche dinner rolls for 25 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pull apart and serve.
Why does brioche dough take so long to mix?
Making brioche dinner rolls requires a bit of patience. To get that perfect, buttery roll that is super soft, you need to slowly incorporate the butter into the dough. The longer you mix it, the better it is. Using a stand mixer is really helpful here because you are able to let the machine to the hard work.
What is the best way to eat brioche?
With more butter, of course! These brioche rolls taste wonderful when spread with jam or Nutella like my brioche donuts as well. You can also use them as the bun in a small sandwich, like barbecue pulled pork or chicken.
Should brioche be served warm?
Brioche can be served warm or cool, it’s up to you. If you are serving it with butter, slightly warmed is nice for easy spreading. But if you’ve allowed them to cool before serving, they are still delicious.
Can I make them in advance?
Yes! Once the rolls are formed, cover and refrigerate them for as many hours as you need, or overnight. They will rise overnight and will be ready to bake in the morning. Make sure to let them sit out for 20 minutes to come to room temperature before baking.
Storage and shelf life
These soft brioche dinner rolls can be stored at room temperature in a ziplock bag or airtight container. They will last for 1-2 days. If you want to keep them fresh longer, you can also place them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Full Recipe Instructions
Brioche Dinner Rolls
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs + 1 extra for egg wash
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
Make the yeast mixture
- Start off by making the yeast mixture. You’ll want to add 3/4 cup of warm milk (about 105 degrees Fahrenheit) to a large measuring cup along with 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
- Give it a quick whisk and let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it becomes frothy.
Add everything but the butter to the mixer
- Now place the hook attachment onto a stand mixer and add 4 cups of all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled off with a knife), 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3 large eggs, and the frothy yeast mixture. ￼
- Start off by mixing on low speed. Once the flour begins to incorporate into the dough, pick up the speed to high. You will want to continue mixing the dough on high speed until it begins to take shape. So about 4-5 minutes.
Add softened butter
- Now cut up 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter into chunks and add them to the dough.
- Continue mixing the dough on high speed for 5-10 more minutes or until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the mixer bowl. It should have a smooth elastic texture by this point. Have patience with the dough, this step can take a while.
Place the dough into a greased bowl to proof
- Now place the formed dough into a lightly greased bowl (I use olive oil). Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size. To speed this up, place in the oven on the “proof” setting.
Shape into 12 rolls and proof again
- Now punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into round balls. ￼
- Place the brioche dough balls into a 9x13 inch deep baking dish and let them proof covered for another hour. They don’t necessarily need to double in size in this step.
Brush with egg wash and bake
- Now make the egg wash by combining 1 egg with a teaspoon of water and brushing it over each dinner roll using a pastry brush.
- Bake the brioche dinner rolls in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes.
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My mom made these rolls and they were fantastic!
I was wondering if you’ve ever tried substituting honey or maple syrup for the sugar?
Hi Tricia, I am so happy to hear that! Yes, you can use honey instead of sugar. Enjoy!
Does the type of milk matter (whole, 2%, 1%)?
Hi, you can use whole or 2 % milk. Both will work great!
How would suggest warming these for dinner?
Hi Jan, I like to reheat them by wrapping them in a moist paper towel and microwaving them for about 10-15 seconds.
Laura Murff says
I’ve made this recipe many times. So far my rolls have turned out perfect every time. Thank you
Laura, I am so happy yo hear that! Thank you for taking the time to write your kind feedback 🙂
Hi! If I want to double the recipe, do I double everything including the yeast? I’ve read for other bread recipes not to double the yeast so wondering if that’s specific to bread or these rolls as well.
Hi Amanda 🙂 I am very happy that you found this recipe! You would want to double every ingredient, including the yeast. You want the proportions the same. For example, if you cut the recipe in half you would also cut the yeast in half. Same concept for doubling the recipe. You can also make double the recipe in different bowls. This way it stays the same but you get double the recipe. I hope that helps clarify. Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Can this recipe be doubled?
Hi Deborah, yes you can definitely double this recipe.
I’ve never made rolls before, or any bread for that matter, so I need to clarify one thing about making these ahead. Once you rolls them into the balls and place them in the 9X13 pan, they can be placed in the fridge to put in the oven later the next day. Is this correct? Sorry for being such s dummy.😁
Hi Tracey, yes you can refrigerate it (covered) overnight and bake it the next day 🙂 Not a dumb question at all! 🙂
Can you use oat milk instead of cow’s milk?
Hi Marley, I have not tried using oat milk to make these dinner rolls but it should work. Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Best rolls ever! Family and friends loved it and it wasn’t hard to make, thank you
Thank you so much, Penny! I am thrilled to hear that you loved these dinner rolls!
This is our go to dinner roll recipe. Everyone goes back for seconds!
That’s awesome Eric! Thank you for your kind feedback 🙂
Jessica Book says
Absolutely love this recipe!!
Hi Jessica 🙂 Awesome to hear you love this dinner roll recipe! Thank you for your feedback! 🙂
Loved these! They were a hit at my sons birthday party. We used them as sandwich rolls for pulled pork and pulled chicken and everyone loved them. Has anyone used them as hamburger rolls? Can I just divide the dough into less pieces for bigger buns?
That is so awesome to hear Samantha! The pulled pork sandwich sounds amazing! Glad to hear everyone loved this dinner rolls recipe! Thank you so much for your feedback! 🙂
I have not tried making bigger rolls with this specific recipe so I am not too sure about the bake time. However, it should work. I also have a brioche buns recipe on my blog that is similar. If you give it a try let me know how it goes. 🙂
These brioche dinner rolls are scrumptious. I made them last night to go with shrimp pasta and baked fish. My family loved them so much, my son ask to make more tonight. Great recipe!
Tina, that’s awesome! I am so happy to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to write your kind recipe feedback 🙂
Wendy Tran says
Hi Dina, thanks for your brioche recepie, I added 113,5g butter, then the dough turned too wet. Should I reduce butter?
Hi Wendy, I am sorry to hear that. 1/2 cup of butter is equal to about 113 grams, which you did correctly. I am not too sure why the dough was so wet. Did you try adding more flour at all?
I’be made quite a few brioche recipes and this one is so far an absolute star with incredible results. It’s the perfect dough for burger buns, sweet Babka-like desserts… Just so amazing. I’ve made it with fresh yeast, cause I can get it easily, I’ve tried 16, 20 and will make even really small ones in the future, just need to adjust the time. Thank you. I love them oh so much.
You are too kind Simona! 🙂 It really makes me so happy when people love my recipes so much! So awesome that my brioche dinner rolls came out on top of other recipes! Thank you so much for feedback and support! I hope you find many more delicious recipes on my blog! 🙂
Kacy L Mcmullin says
This recipe looks amazing, will be trying tomorrow. Should the butter be softened or cold?
Thank you, Kacy! I hope you love these dinner rolls! You want to use softened butter. Let me know how it goes 🙂
Shannon Carreiro says
I want to make mini brioche (for mini lobster rolls). Could I divide this into 24 balls? Would I still bake them in the same pan for the same length of time. Or would it just be better to go with the 12 roll program and cut them in half? Thanks!
Hi Shannon, the 12 rolls are quite small as it is. I am afraid that they will be too small and might even overbake and dry out if you make them even smaller. I hope that helps.
They are beautiful. I’m going to bake them this Friday for dinner. Can I double the recipe ? All the best to you and your family.
Hi Mira 🙂 Thank you and I hope you love these dinner rolls! Yes, you can double the recipe. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂
DOX MOM says
Looks delicious! Due to Carpal Tunnel, I use the bread machine to do all the mixing and kneading, then bake in my oven.
Would this significantly alter this recipe, to follow my bread machine procedures?
Hi 🙂 Thank you and I hope you love these dinner rolls! Technically it should work, however, I have never tried that so I can’t say for sure how it will turn out. Let me know how it goes 🙂
I have made these twice and these are our favorite roll recipe!!!!!
Thank you so much Joni! That makes me so happy! I really appreciate you taking the time to write your kind feedback ☺️