Small batch dinner rolls for two. Recipe makes 4 rolls.


Our journey for small batches of bread, both with and without yeast, has culminated in this small pan of dinner rolls. Lean in close, this is as good as it gets.

This is the best thing you can do with a packet of active dry yeast.

This recipe for small batch dinner rolls for two is so perfect because they’re light and fluffy, exactly as they should be. They’re packed with that slightly sweet yeasty flavor; that coveted dinner roll flavor makes me soon.

Slathering them in butter is the only natural thing to do as soon as they come out of the oven.

Dinner rolls are a bit of a thing in my family, and no Sunday dinner is complete without them. In the small household, on weeknights, I’ve been resorting to frozen bread rolls. Using frozen rolls is the only way I can get the portion control I need, because I don’t want to throw away leftover rolls that have gone stale or worse, moldy!

But now that I have this small batch dinner roll recipe, I can make 4 rolls on a weeknight to accompany soup. I made them last week to go with my green chile chicken stew, and I’ve also served them with my Zuppa Toscana for two.

Other small batch bread recipes with yeast:
small batch focaccia
potato cinnamon rolls
caramel apple cinnamon rolls
small batch soft pretzels
Sally Lunn Bread
small batch hamburger buns

Other small batch bread recipes without yeast:
small batch cinnamon rolls
rye bread
corn muffins
buttermilk biscuits

It looks like I need to work on my breads made without yeast category, right? I’m always open to any recipe suggestions or requests you have, too!

Here’s a step by step of these small batch dinner rolls:

First, whisk together the flour and salt, and place them in a small bowl.


Then, bring the milk and honey to the proper temperature either in the microwave or a small sauce pan, 115-degrees F. Stir in the yeast, and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add one egg yolk and the melted butter. (This recipe uses two egg yolks; for recipe ideas using the leftover egg whites, try my egg white only recipes category page).

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the flour, and stir until a soft dough forms.


Flour your work surface, and bring the dough together into a small disk about 5″ across in diameter.

This dough will go back into the bowl you mixed it in, and will rise until doubled in bulk.


After the dough completes its first rise, it’s time to shape our rolls. Cut the dough disk into four equal pieces, and roll each dough into a ball before placing it in a 6″ round cake pan that you spray with cooking spray.

Let the dough balls rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. I use the ‘PROOF’ setting on my oven and it takes about 30 minutes.


It’s entirely optional, but if you want a super shiny brown crust, beat an extra egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush it over the rolls before sliding them into a 375-degree preheated oven.

Bake for 18-19 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before dividing and enjoying!


If you have Thanksgiving for Two plans this year, these small batch dinner rolls are a must!

Yield: 4 rolls

Small Batch Dinner Rolls


Small batch dinner rolls for two.

Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 33 minutes


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg yolk*
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the milk and honey. Heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds until the temperature is 115-degrees F. Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan on the stove.
  2. Whisk to dissolve the honey into the milk. Stir in the yeast and let rest until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in one egg yolk and melted butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the flour and salt and stir together with a fork.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients on top of the flour mixture, and stir until it starts to come together.
  6. Knead the dough for a few minutes in the bowl, it will be sticky and pliable. Cover and let the dough in the bowl rise until doubled in a warm place.
  7. Once its doubled, preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.
  8. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a perfect ball. You can pinch from underneath the dough to make the top perfectly smooth, but it’s not necessary.
  9. Place the dough balls into a 6” round cake pan that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray (or use a muffin pan).
  10. Let the dough rise again while the oven preheats. Ideally, the dough balls will be puffy and touching each other before they go in the oven. It should take about 30 minutes in a warm, draft-free environment.
  11. Optional: take an extra egg yolk and beat it with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush it on top of the rolls before sliding into the oven.
  12. Bake on the middle rack for 18-19 minutes, until golden brown.
  13. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes before tearing apart and serving.


For a golden brown look, you can beat an extra egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of water, and brush this mixture on the rolls before baking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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