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Best Buffet-Style Dinner Rolls

Updated on March 4, 2016

Oh Those Rolls!

One of my favorite things to bake are homemade yeast rolls. I am always asked to make them for holiday meals and I will often make a batch to serve with deli meats and cheeses for parties too. The recipe I use was adapted from the recipe book that came with the Oster bread maker that my mother got for a Christmas gift nearly 20 years ago. The bread maker was replaced once while it was under warranty, but has been going strong for at least 15 years. I have made a few changes over the years to the recipe as originally published. I would like to share this bread machine roll recipe with anyone who has ever wanted to make Golden Corral-style rolls at home.

This makes a light, fluffy roll that is great addition to any meal.
This makes a light, fluffy roll that is great addition to any meal. | Source


  • 1 cup water, warm
  • 4 Tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Simply add the ingredients in the order listed in your bread maker and use the dough only setting. Depending on your machine you may have to adjust this some.

If you do NOT have a bread machine, don't worry! Mix all ingredients, knead well for five minutes. Allow the dough to rise in a warm environment for around an hour. Punch down the dough and allow to rise again for around a half hour. Then, pick up where the dough comes out of the machine below.

My machine runs a 1 ½ hour dough only setting that works perfectly. It mixes, kneads, rises, beats the dough down, and then rises again. At this point I take the dough out and divide into 16 rolls that I put on greased cookie sheets. I let them rise another 30 to 45 minutes (depends on the temperature of the house,) and then bake for about 9 minutes at 350 degrees.

This has been a no-fail recipe for me since adjusting it a bit. (My adjustments were changes to the amount of yeast, sugar and margarine from the original recipe which made a softer roll more like what you find at a steakhouse.) You may want to peek at your dough when it has mixed a couple of minutes to see if it seems to be a bread dough consistency and not too sticky. If you live in a humid climate you may need to add a smidge more flour at this point in the process.

I hope your family enjoys these delicious rolls as much as my family does!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 roll
Calories 180
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 31 g10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
5 stars from 1 rating of Buffet-Style Rolls


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      Dell 3 years ago

      Your posting really stethgiarned me out. Thanks!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I don't know what Golden Corral is but your recipe sounds great and I'm going to pin it. Voted uP!

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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      Such a hugely guilty pleasure, but I love these. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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      Dixie 7 years ago

      These rolls are amazing! We all loved them... Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe...

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      reindeerz 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the nomination. My daughter is going to be helping me make these for the first time tomorrow. (She's 7.) :) Have a Happy New Year!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      wonderful hub. I've bookmarked it for later, thanks.

      Good luck.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Yeast rolls are delicious and thanks for your recipe. Congrats on your nomination.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thanks for the recipe. I love Golden Corral. We go there for special occasions. Congrats on your nomination also.

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      reindeerz 7 years ago from Georgia

      :) I'm sure I'd love that version, I love eating bread with my coffee for breakfast.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      We call it pandesal, here in the Philippines. Our versionshould be dunked first on a steaming homemade coffee (barako[bull] style) in order to enjoy it every morning. Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      I am a regular rice eater yet there are days when I crave for breads instead of rice. Have to bookmark your recipe for those bread craving days of mine. Thanks.