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Mom’s Homemade Buns

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 22 buns

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My Mom’s Homemade Buns are the perfect dinner roll for any occasion! Incredibly soft and fluffy, use all purpose or whole wheat flour, make a big batch and freeze for later.

moms homemade buns on baking sheet
Table of Contents
  1. Can I bake these buns in a 9×13″ pan?
  2. Can I use whole wheat flour for these dinner rolls?
  3. Use this homemade bun dough for these recipes as well:
  4. How to store homemade buns:
  5. What to serve with homemade dinner rolls:
  6. Mom’s Homemade Buns Recipe

This recipe is long overdue here, even though I just made my first batch of my Mom’s Homemade Buns a couple weeks ago.

My mom has been well-known for a few reasons for as long as I can remember.

These Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of them.

These Double Chocolate Cookies(Almost) No Bake Pineapple Squares, and these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are some other reasons.

It took me entirely too long to ask my mom for her recipe for homemade dinner rolls, so once I snagged it and made them for the first time, I knew I had to share it right away!

I had to tweak my Mom’s recipe a little bit — swapping her original lard for butter (you can swap it back if you like or use shortening!), and increasing it to be a nice even amount when I halved the recipe.

I didn’t find that the extra butter made much of a difference, so I’m sticking with it!

dinner rolls overhead on baking sheet

This recipe makes 22-24 buns, depending on how large you make them. You can easily double the recipe and save some for later! See my tips below for storing these homemade buns after you’ve made them (although there might not be many left 😉 )

Can I bake these buns in a 9×13″ pan?

I know that most dinner rolls are taller, and baked closer together in a pan with higher edges, like a 9×13″ pan.

We always called them simply “buns” growing up, and we ate them with everything 😉

You can absolutely bake this recipe in a 9×13″ pan if you are going for the same look and height. For this recipe, you will likely need two 9×13″ baking pans and can put 12 rolls in each pan.

The baking time shouldn’t change.

Can I use whole wheat flour for these dinner rolls?

You can definitely use whole wheat flour for this recipe, and I do now all the time when I am making them for our family.

I prefer to first test a recipe with all purpose flour, to see how using whole wheat flour might change it, but we tend to eat mostly whole grains and whole wheat breads.

You can start with 2-3 cups of whole wheat flour for a light whole wheat dinner roll, or use up to 100%.

When I make these for our family, I tend to stick with 50-75% whole wheat flour. I find adding even a bit of all purpose flour makes them fluffier than 100% whole wheat flour.

homemade bread rolls stacked

Use this homemade bun dough for these recipes as well:

This homemade yeast dough is extremely versatile! You can easily make a big batch of dough, bake some plain buns, bake a few cinnamon buns, make some breadsticks, etc. — the options are endless!

By doing it this way, you can make a small batch of many different recipes, which is great if you’re cooking for a small family or you’re an individual.

Here are a few recipes that this dough would work great in:

How to store homemade buns:

Keep at room temperature:

These buns will keep at room temperature in an airtight plastic bag for 4-5 days. I will warn you though — they’re so delicious fresh out of the oven that you might find they don’t last that long!

How to freeze buns and bread:

We often freeze some of these for later, otherwise we would eat buns for every meal and nothing else!

Let cool completely — I usually let mine sit for 4-6 hours on a wire rack on the counter. Place in an airtight plastic bag and freeze up to 3 months.

To thaw, place on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any extra moisture and let sit at room temperature for an hour or two. You can also thaw at a low temperature in the microwave.

moms homemade buns split

What to serve with homemade dinner rolls:

We love having a side of these homemade buns to dunk in soup and chili! Here are a few of our favorites:

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Mom’s Homemade Buns

4.97 from 26 votes
My Mom's Homemade Buns are the perfect dinner roll for any occasion! Incredibly soft and fluffy, use all purpose or whole wheat flour, make a big batch and freeze for later.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 22 buns
Calories 174cal


To proof yeast

  • 1/2 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F — warm but not hot)
  • 1 tablespoon instant or active dry yeast (I use instant, but either works in this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

To make bun dough

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6-7 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour


Proof the yeast

  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the warm water, yeast and sugar.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes or until bubbly — this is how you know your yeast is working. This step is technically not required when using instant yeast, but I do it always anyways, so that I know my buns will be a success.

Make the dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a very large bowl if you are kneading by hand), whisk together the 2 cups warm water, butter, ⅓ cup sugar and salt.
  • Add the bubbly yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  • Place the bowl in the stand mixer and put the dough hook on the machine. You can also knead by hand.
  • Add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until nearly combined before adding more. You can use all purpose or whole wheat or a combination. Start with 4-5 cups flour, mixing until each is incorporated.
  • The closer you get to your dough being ready, the less flour you will add at once. We want a smooth, soft dough, never stiff, so we need to watch and stop adding flour at just the right moment.
  • Add up to 6-7 cups flour total, very gradually at the end, until the dough comes together in a smooth, soft ball and does not stick to the sides of the stand mixer. When you touch it, it should be smooth and slightly tacky but not sticky.
  • Place dough in a large lightly greased bowl (you can use the same bowl and grease it), and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Set in a warm spot (I use the oven with the light on — turn the oven on to preheat for 2-4 minutes before turning off and adding the dough) and let rise until doubled, about 1.5 hours.
  • Uncover dough, punch down, and roll out 20-24 rounds — smoothing the top and pinching the seam in the back to smooth (see video for additional details).
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and let rise (you don't have to cover them) in a warm spot for 30 to 90 minutes (instant yeast will be quicker) until doubled.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until light golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 174cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords dinner buns, dinner rolls, homemade buns

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Isa! You would just make the recipe twice. I wouldn’t recommend doubling the ingredients and adding them to the mixer due to volume. Hope this helps!

  1. Isabella says

    First of all, the recipe was very easy to follow. I added oil instead of butter because I wanted it to be dairy free and it came out super tasty and soft on the inside.
    I’m definitely making it again.

  2. Matthew says

    You rock!!

    I was sooooooo nervous making buns for the first time. Your tips, tricks and recipe made them a success!


  3. Lori Chomiak says

    WOW was this so easy.
    Never have I ever made homemade bread. Your recipe was super easy. I made dinner rolls and Monkey Bread. Now my kitchen smells so delicious!😋

  4. Jayne says

    Oh my gosh, these buns are absolutely amazing and so easy to make. My husband couldn’t stop saying how these were the best buns he’s ever had! These are hands down the softest and tastiest buns I’ve ever had as well, homemade or bakery bought. The little bit of sugar really adds to the flavour of the buns and sets them apart from others.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Tammy says

    I’ve tried to make these buns twice. Both times the dough rises just fine but then once I shape them into buns they don’t rise again. They actually flatten out. Any idea what I could be doing wrong? I have waited over an hour both times to rise before baking.
    They are the most delicious flat buns though 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Tammy! I’m sorry, I have never heard of that happening before. If they rise once, then the yeast should be active. Do you think it has something to do with temperature or location? Are they cool or drafty? I usually turn my oven on for a couple of minutes, then turn it off and put them in the oven with the light on

  6. Arlene Nagy says

    This was so easy to make, made them today with chili. The family loved them, I substituted butter and used shortening. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  7. Barbara Lochmondy says

    I love your recipes! Thank you.
    1. Can I prep the dough in my bread maker and then bake as directed in the oven?
    2. How does the butter change the taste of the rolls from the lard your mom used? Why did you change it? Can I use Crisco instead of butter? Should I melt it?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Barb! Yes you can definitely prep the dough in the bread maker 🙂 I changed it because I just never have lard around, but you can easily swap for lard or shortening. Yes I would melt it!

  8. Kathy says

    Hi there – I have made these buns a few times and they are a hit! I have some half and half to use up, so I wonder about using that warmed cream instead of water? Do you think that would work?

  9. Mira says

    Hi. I bake them today. I just took them from the oven. And I couldn’t wait until they cool off. And they are so yummmmmy. Thank you for great recipe. I’m going to search your web site if you have white bread recipe. Or do you think I can use this recipe for bread?

  10. Susan says

    Ashley, Thanks so much for the recipe. It is fabulous and so easy! I saw it in Chatelaine last year and just made it recently – twice now with perfect results. So much better than store bought, even way better than the expensive Ace brioche buns. Looking forward to trying your hotdog buns next and several other of your recipes.

  11. Mubashira says

    Hi. I love this recipe so I’m thinking of doing it tomorrow. Can I knead the dough and keep it covered in the refrigerator overnight so I can make the buns in the morning?

  12. Khadija says

    These recipe is to a perfection!! It turned out super soft and very delicious! Thankyou for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I would not say that they are sweet, no. You could reduce the sugar, but I think the flavor is perfect as is. You want them to taste like more than just flour and water 🙂

  13. Nicole says

    Hello, these are amazing! I was wondering could I added Shredded Cheese in them before baking, or some cinnamon and raisins? Or will it affect the dough?

    Thank you

  14. Danita Duffy says

    Hi, I was wondering if I could make the dough the night before? I just made the dough and let it ride. Now I was wondering if I could put it in the fridge and make the buns tomorrow?

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