Overnight Rolls

Overnight Rolls can be made ahead and chilled in the fridge until the day of serving. Soft, fluffy, absolutely irresistible rolls that melt in your mouth!

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword overnight, rolls, thanksgiving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Servings 16


  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast Instant or rapid rise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm tap water*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups flour* plus more for rolling out
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter for rolling out


  1. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over 1/4 cup of warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes or until foamy. 

  2. Beat eggs and melted butter into 1 cup of warm water in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer.  The butter may separate a bit, this is not a problem. Add yeast mixture to egg the mixture. 

  3. Add 4 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons salt to the liquid mixture in large bowl.  Mix with the paddle attachment or a large wood spoon or spatula. Add 1/4 cup  remaining flour to make soft dough if needed*. Cover with plastic wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Three hours before baking, remove dough from fridge, and split dough in half.  Roll each half into a 12 inch circle, one at a time. 

  5. Spread  melted butter over rolled out dough, and cut each circle into 8 even pieces per circle. Starting with large end, roll up and set on a lightly greased jelly roll pan or 2- 9x13 pans. Repeat with remaining half of dough. 

  6. Cover with light cloth and let rise for 2 hours in a warm place*. 

  7. Bake at 375 in oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes