The BEST Freezable Rolls Recipe (2024)

There are few things I enjoy eating more than bread: specifically fresh, homemade rolls still hot from the oven. I have been making bread since I was 9 years old, when my Dad bribed me to take over the bread-making job by paying me a dollar for each loaf I made (might as well pay me for it instead of the store, he said).

Of course, it was much easier to earn that money since my parents owned a massive commercial mixer, which I now have the privilege of storing at my home. It can easily handle enough dough to make 20 dozen rolls, and I have made that much on several occasions.

You see, I like to make things easier for myself. Dinner time has always been a struggle for me and anything I can do to make dinner prep much shorter and easier, I do it!

This Homemade Roll recipe is my absolute favorite, not only because it is wonderful to eat straight out of the oven, but because it also freezes amazingly well. This allows me to have homemade rolls any evening I want, without the time or mess involved. And these are now the only rolls my kids will eat.

You will want to have some sort of mixing device to make the process much easier, whether it is a Kitchenaid, a Bosch or a hand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

Start off by mixing together 3 ¾ cups water, 5 teaspoons instant dry yeast and ¾ cups sugar.

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Set it aside and let the yeast proof.

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Meanwhile, measure out 4 cups of flour in a separate bowl and sift it, or mix it with a wire whisk to break up any lumps.

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Once the yeast has proofed, add 1/3 cup of oil, turn on your mixer then gradually add in the flour. Be sure to not add the flour in too quickly, otherwise it will be shot up into a cloud of flour all over you and your kitchen! Mix it until it is thoroughly blended and creamy.

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Measure and sift 6 cups more of flour. Add in 3 teaspoons of salt to the flour. Then slowly add in the flour/salt. While adding in the flour, only add about 1/3 cup at a time and let it mix in for 10-15 seconds before adding in more. This helps not only with preventing flour from getting thrown from the mixer, but it also help with gettingjust the right consistency.

As you are adding the last bit of flour, watch to see when the dough starts to pull away from the side of the mixing bowl. When the dough has mostly pulled from the sides you know you have added in enough flour and you can turn off your mixer. The dough will still be very sticky, which helps the rolls stay moist.

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Next, you need to let your dough rise. You can either do this in your mixer if it is large enough, in a large bowl, or on a clean surface. You will want to make sure the entire surface of the dough is covered in flour to prevent any sticking. I put mine in a bowl to keep things cleaner. Cover the bottom of the bowl in flour, scrape in the dough, and cover with a dusting of flour.

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Cover it with a clean cloth and let the dough rise.

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While you are waiting for the dough to rise, grease your baking sheet. I highly recommend using heavier metal baking sheets; I have found them to work better than the thinner, less expensive ones for two reasons: First, the sides are slightly higher which helps minimize the rolls drooping over the edge; and second, the thicker sheet helps prevent the rolls from burning, or turning too crispy on the bottom.

Once the dough has risen sufficiently and your pan is ready, you are ready to start forming the rolls!!!

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Remove the cloth and punch the dough down to remove most of the air bubbles that have formed, folding it as you go.

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With folding the dough, you should have a nearly smooth surface dusted with flour. This is the perfect area to pull dough from to form nicely shaped rolls.

Find any smooth spot, pull up the dough with one hand and pinch it off with your other to give you about a golf ball size piece of dough. If the top of the roll is sticky at all, or seems to have very little flour, dip it in some flour to help prevent it from sticking to your hands.

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Stretch out the smooth portion and fold the outside edges in underneath, almost as if you are trying to turn the dough inside out. Pinch it together at the bottom and place on the baking sheet.

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Continue forming the rolls and placing them on the baking sheet with sides barely touching or with a slight gap between them until you have covered the entire baking sheet. As you continue pulling rolls off your dough, turn and fold it every so often so you always have a smooth surface from which to pull the rolls.

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My baking sheet fits exactly 4 dozen rolls: 6 rolls high, 8 rolls across.

Cover the baking sheet with your cloth again, and let it rise once more while preheating your oven to 375°F. When risen, the rolls should be nearly doubled in size, all touching each other.

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Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until the tops of the rolls are solid golden brown. If they are not cooked long enough, the center rolls will end up slightly doughy, and who wants to waste any of those delicious rolls?!

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Immediately after removing the rolls, tear off half of the wrapper from the stick of salted butter (unsalted is not nearly as good!) and butter the top of each roll.

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Let the rolls cool just long enough so you don’t burn yourself then pat yourself on the back as you enjoy eating one, or two or three, of *YOUR* delicious homemade rolls.

If any of the rolls happen to survive the first 20 minutes out of the oven, you will want to save some for later on when you are too busy to cook. Let them cool completely, place in Ziploc bags and throw them in the freezer.

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When you are ready to eat the rolls just set them out on the counter for a couple hours to thaw, or break them apart and throw them in the microwave and enjoy!

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Supply List

kitchen measuring tools


Mixing bowls—my favorite found here

whiskor sifter

Heavy Duty Sheet Pan- excellent one here


Towel for rising

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Yield: 4 Dozen 48

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 19 minutes

Total Time: 49 minutes

This Homemade Roll recipe is my absolute favorite, not only because it is wonderful to eat straight out of the oven, but because it also freezes amazingly well.


  • 3¾ c. water
  • 5 t. yeast
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 3 t. salt
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 8-10 c. flour, sifted
  • 1 cube salted butter


  1. Mix together water, sugar and yeast. Let proof. Add in oil and 4 cups of flour, mix until smooth. Add in salt and just enough of remaining flour until dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl (between 4 and 6 cups). Flour entire surface of dough to prevent sticking, and let rise to double. Punch down and form rolls by pulling off a golf-ball sized piece of dough and turning inside out to form a smooth top and pinching the edges underneath. Place rolls on a greased baking sheet and let rise to double again. Bake at 375°F for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately butter the tops of the rolls.
  2. To Freeze: Cool rolls completely, place desired amount in a freezer safe bag and place in freezer. When ready to use, remove from freezer and let thaw on the counter for 2 hours, or remove from bag, break apart rolls, and microwave until warm.

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Is it better to freeze rolls before or after baking? ›

Unbaked rolls can be kept frozen for about a month, after which the yeast starts to have trouble rising the dough after thawing. The day before you want to bake the rolls, remove the shaped rolls from the freezer and arrange them in your baking pan. Cover and let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Do fresh rolls freeze well? ›

Most yeast breads and rolls freeze well. To freeze, wrap securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer bags. Baked bread may be sliced before freezing. Label all packages with the name of the recipe and the date.

Can you bake frozen rolls without thawing? ›

Can I bake frozen dinner rolls directly from the freezer? Yes, you can bake frozen dinner rolls directly from the freezer. However, it is recommended to allow them to thaw and rise for best results. Thawing the rolls will help them rise evenly and ensure a soft and fluffy texture.

How long will frozen rolls last in the freezer? ›

Commercially baked breads and rolls can be stored at room temperature for 2 to 4 days or 7 to 14 days in the refrigerator. Bread products retain their quality when stored in the freezer for 3 months. Any breads containing meat or hard cooked eggs must be refrigerated within 2 hours.

Can I freeze homemade rolls before baking? ›

Yes, you can freeze unbaked cinnamon roll dough and bake it at a later time. Here are the steps you can follow: Prepare the dough according to your recipe, and let it rise until doubled in size. Roll out the dough and spread the filling on top, then shape the dough into rolls.

What are the best tips on freezing bread? ›

How to Freeze Loaves of Bread. Both store-bought and homemade bread should freeze well, says Lisa Brooks, the chef and owner of Heart & Soul, a personal chef service. Her go-to method involves wrapping the bread in two layers of plastic wrap and then storing the loaf in a resealable plastic freezer bag before freezing.

How do you freeze homemade rolls? ›

Shape dough and place on a greased cookie sheet pan, then place the pan directly in the freezer. After a few hours the rolls should be frozen hard. Place them in a ziplock bag and label with the date. They keep quite well for about a month.

How long to let frozen rolls thaw and rise? ›

Refrigerator thaw (8-16 hours): Prepare rolls as directed in step 1, then thaw in refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Rolls may need to continue to rise at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours if not double in size.

Do you fry spring rolls before freezing? ›

Both the filling and the sauce can be made ahead of time. And once fried, Crispy Spring Rolls can be frozen and reheated, so you have a quick appetizer ready to go.

Why are my frozen rolls not rising? ›

Sometimes dough has been allowed to thaw and refreeze, which can deactivate the yeast. Also make sure the dough does not have ice crystals or is close to the expiration date.

How do you proof frozen rolls in the oven? ›

oven rack. Preheat oven to 200°F. THEN TURN THE OVEN OFF. Put rolls in the oven and let thaw and rise until double.

How do you proof frozen rolls? ›

Preheat oven to 200°F. Then turn the oven off. Boil 2 quarts water and put in a pan on the lowest rack. Put rolls in the oven and let thaw and rise until double in size.

Can I freeze yeast dough? ›

Dough that has extra yeast can compensate for potential freeze damage. Consider recipes high in yeast and sugar, and low in salt, which are best for freezing. After kneading the dough, place it in a freezer-safe package and freeze. Dough can be frozen up to four weeks.

Can you put bread mold in the freezer? ›

However, to avoid soggy bread and mold, don't package fresh bread until it's thoroughly cooled. Freeze it. Though refrigeration slows mold growth, it also makes bread dry. Freezing bread stops the growth without altering the texture as much.

Why is my bread not frozen in the freezer? ›

Thermostat Is Set Too High

One of the simplest reasons your freezer isn't freezing is the temperature being set too high. Freezers should be set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit to keep food completely frozen.

What is the best way to store fresh baked rolls? ›

Let the rolls cool completely on a cooling rack. Always remove rolls from the pan immediately after baking to prevent moisture buildup that can cause sogginess. Once cooled, place in an air tight container or ziplock bag.

Can you freeze bread dough and bake later? ›

Can You Freeze Bread Dough? Yeasted bread dough can be frozen once it is shaped after the first rise. Making bread dough in advance and freezing it for later use saves time and space in the freezer—a ball of dough takes up less room than a baked loaf.

What does freezing before baking do? ›

It's to solidify the fat in the dough, so the cookies won't spread too far during baking, and to ensure the cookies end up soft and tender. It would be a sad day when those cute sugar cookies you just cut into pretty snowflakes turn into one large, buttery blob in the oven.

Can I put frozen rolls in the oven to rise? ›

Preheat oven to 200°F. THEN TURN THE OVEN OFF. Put rolls in the oven and let thaw and rise until double.

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