No-Yeast Dinner Rolls

We make these quick easy homemade dinner rolls without yeast when we've run out of the baker's standby or don't have the time for yeast to work its magic. Slightly reminiscent of biscuits, they are easier to make and not as crumbly. Feel free to split the leftovers and use for sandwiches the next day.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 rolls
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1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for the baking dish

4 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note) 

5 teaspoons baking powder 

2 teaspoons sugar 

2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the milk and 1/2 cup of the butter in a medium bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine with a wooden spoon; do not overwork the dough. It should be wet.  
  3. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape each into a ball. Arrange the dough balls in the prepared baking dish. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup butter all over the dough and bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.