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Honey Bread Rolls

These homemade Honey Bread Rolls are fluffy, soft, and lightly sweetened. They are a perfect dinner roll recipe for special occasion dinners or whenever you’re craving homemade bread.

overhead photo of honey bread rolls

This is a bread recipe I make every year for Easter, but I couldn’t wait that long to make them. I’ve been a little obsessed with making bread lately. Stress baking is definitely in full effect right now. And what is more comforting than the smell of freshly honey bread?

These bread rolls are tender and soft and lightly sweetened with honey. This is a traditional bread recipe, so it uses yeast, and the dough needs time to rest, but there’s very little actual work for you to do.


  • Active dry yeast
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsalted butter

close-up photo of a roll

Making the Dough

  • Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and leave it for five minutes. Add honey, salt, and egg and stir until combined. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together.
  • You can knead the dough by hand, but I used my stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. This cuts down the kneading time.
  • Just knead the dough until it’s elastic. If it’s sticky, you can add a little more flour, but don’t add too much.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or a dishtowel, and let it rise for two hours or until it’s doubled in size.

Make & Bake the Bread Rolls

Once the dough is doubled in size, divide it into 12 equal parts and form each into a dough ball. Place the dough balls in a prepared baking pan, cover it with a towel and let them rest for 20 minutes.

Before you bake the rolls, combine some honey with butter and brush it on top of the rolls, which will give them a little bit of a glossy finish.

These rolls are so delicious, especially warm from the oven. They’re worth the time it takes to make them, especially if you want homemade rolls for a holiday meal.

photo of a bread roll

More Bread Roll Recipes

Honey Bread Rolls

Servings: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
These rolls are soft and fluffy with just a hint of sweetness.
5 from 6 votes


  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (around 100°F to 105°°F)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp honey divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra if needed
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water and leave it for five minutes. Then add 1/4 cup honey, salt and egg and stir until combined.
  • Add flour and stir until the dough comes together.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, knead the dough for about seven minutes or until the dough is elastic. If dough is too sticky to work with, add flour (about 1 tbsp at a time) and knead it into the dough until it is elastic. Be careful not to add too much flour or it will make your rolls very dense.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and a clean dish towel. Leave the dough to rise for about two hours or until it’s doubled in size.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan or a baking sheet. Slightly punch down the dough to deflate it. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Form each part into a ball and place each in the prepared pan or sheet.
  • Cover the pan with a dish towel and rest the dough balls for about 20 minutes. While the dough balls rest, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter with remaining honey. Brush the honey over the surface of the rolls. Bake the rolls for 10-13 minutes or until tops are light brown and rolls are cooked through.


  • Slightly adapted from recipe found on Pastry Affair
  • It is okay if your dough deflates slightly when you divide it and shape it into balls.


Serving: 1roll, Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 201mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, NET CARBS: 30

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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22 comments on “Honey Bread Rolls”

  1. You include the 2 hours plus the 20 minutes into the prep time

  2. Hi there I just found your site I have not tryed any thing yet ,,,,,sure going to think I might try them honey buns

  3. what would you recommend as high altitude cooking instructions 

    • Sorry, but we haven’t tested the recipe at high altitude and don’t have a good recommendation.

  4. I have fast acting yeast, can in use that with this recipe?

    • It should work and usually instant yeast can be mixed in with the dry ingredients without soaking it in water first.

  5. I wish i could put photos on here but i have too say this works to perfection also if you dont put honey on top at the end during the last phase of baking those buns make the pefect burger buns!!! The size is pefect and the weight of it makes you way less burgers…. thanks for this amazing recipe

  6. These were phenomenal! I’m making them for the second time tonight, I made them a few days ago for company and holy cow! It tastes like Texas Roadhouse rolls! Mine were soft, pillowy, and delicious! You’ve found the key!!! 

    Only modifications were that I added 1/2 cup of honey, and then for the baste, I heated up 1/4 cup of butter and 2-3tbsp of honey. Basted the rolls, then when they came out of the oven, I immediately poured the rest of the honey butter over top and watched the pan sizzle and the bread absorb the fat. 

    Sweet, chewy, addicting, and delicious! The whole tray was gone the first time I made it, I’m betting they’ll be gone again tonight! ?

  7. these were delicious!!! i will be making them again 🙂

  8. Have you ever made this as a loaf?

  9. These are absolutely perfect!! I make them at least once a week. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Thanks for the info!  I don’t do a lot of baking and I’d love to attempt this, and have the folks come out together – as shown.  Thx again! 

  11. Looks fabulous Kirby!  Can you tell us what size Dish to use, to place inside so they bake closely together — Like the pictures?  Perhaps a link to a baking dish? ?

    • Sorry about that. You can bake them in a 9 x 13 inch pan to get them to stick together. You can also bake them on a baking sheet and keep the balls close together as if they were in a baking pan.