Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 12 rolls
One hour dinner rolls made with potato flakes to make them extra tender, soft, fluffy, and delicious! These rolls are perfect for special occasions and easy enough to pull off on a weeknight too!


  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) salted butter, plus more for brushing
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 – 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup instant potato flakes or pre-cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon rapid-rise yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature


  1. Place the butter, milk, and water in a 2-cup measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for about 1 minute. The milk mixture should be warm to touch, about 115ºF. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals until the milk is warm to touch.
    In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the dough-hook attachment, add 4 cups of flour, potato flakes, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Start the mixture on the stir setting, stream in the warm milk mixture and the egg, when combined, increase the speed of the mixer to medium-low and allow the mixer to run for 4-5 minutes. While the mixer is running, if the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add ¼ cup of flour at a time until the dough begins to pull away from the sides and forms a ball. I needed the entire ½ cup for my dough. You may or may not need to add any flour.
  3. Remove the dough from hook, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. While the dough is resting, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 180ºF. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 15 inch circle. Using a pizza cutter, dipped in flour, cut 12 pieces out of the dough (just the way you’d cut a pizza). Fold the seams in and roll into a smooth ball. Place in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with all the dough balls. Using a pastry brush, brush water on the tops of the rolls so they don’t dry out in the oven.
  5. Place the baking dish in the oven, [b]turn the oven OFF[/b] and allow the dough to rise for 20 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR UNTIL THE 20 MINUTES ARE UP.
    Removing baking dish from oven, place on the counter while you preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  6. Bake the dinner rolls for 18-22 minutes or until the tops are nice and golden. If the rolls begin to brown early, just place a piece of foil loosely on the surface. Brush rolls with melted butter when done.

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