Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls: buttery & golden brown

If you, or anyone you know, are gluten-free, then you probably can attest that passing up the bread basket at dinner and family gatherings is actually pretty hard. I know for me, that was one of the hardest things when I first went gluten-free.

I’d see everyone around the table tearing into their warm dinner rolls, spreading their slices of crusty bread with butter and here I am, sitting with an empty plate in front of me.

Well here’s what we say to that: “No more!”

Soft & buttery dinner rolls — made gluten-free! Pass the bread basket, please! Click To Tweet

Just because you’re gluten-free, or baking for someone who is, that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy soft, pillowy dinner rolls. So we’ve created just that: perfectly tender Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls that are sure to make your heart swoon.

These rolls are a lovely cross between a tender biscuit and a soft dinner roll. They’re simple to make, and can easily be scaled up for a crowd. And while they do have yeast in them and you need to let them rise, we promise they’re worth it.

And we’ll even venture to guess that everyone at the dinner table will be reaching for seconds!
How to make Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurflour

Gather your ingredients! You’ll need:

1 3/4 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soft butter

We’ll start by placing the flour, instant yeast, salt, and xanthan gum in a mixing bowl, and whisking to combine. Set the bowl aside and move on to your wet ingredients.

How to make Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurflour

For the wet ingredients, using an electric mixer (hand mixer or stand), mix together the milk, eggs, and honey. How to make Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurflour

Beat in 1 cup of the flour mixture and 2 tablespoons soft butter.

Beat in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, then beat at high speed for 3 minutes to make a smooth, thick batter.

Cover the bowl, and let the thick batter rise for 1 hour. It won’t appear to do much – that’s OK. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl, deflating the batter in the process.

Shaping the Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Grease an 8″ round pan, then grease a muffin scoop or large spoon with the melted butter, or with non-stick baking spray.

How to make Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurflourScoop the dough into the pan; a slightly overfilled muffin scoop works well here. Space seven mounds around the perimeter, and one in the middle. (For highest-rising rolls, do as I say — not as I did in this photo!)

Cover with greased plastic wrap, and set in a warm place to rise until the rolls touch each other and look puffy. This should take about 45 to 60 minutes. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurlfour

Time to bake!

Bake the rolls for 28 to 32 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove the rolls from the oven, let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn them out of the pan onto a rack. Serve warm.Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls via @kingarthurlfourSee our Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls recipe including a printable version. Happy baking!

Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys ...


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Graydon! All of our flours are triple sifted so unless a recipe specifically calls for sifting, it isn’t necessary. Happy baking! Annabelle@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We haven’t tested this recipe using Measure for Measure Flour, Tina, so we can’t vouch for the results from making this substitution. We don’t generally recommend using Measure for Measure Flour in yeasted recipes (with a few exceptions), so we’re hesitant to encourage you to give it a try. The final rolls may be quite flat and have a compromised structure unless the Gluten-Free Flour and xanthan gum is used. We hope this helps, and happy baking! Kye@KAF

  1. Margie Montzingo

    My grand daughter is GF AND dairy free–can I use dairy free substitutes for the milk and the butter?

  2. Mary Lepine

    In our family we always had bunny rolls for Easter. I’ve kept up the tradition until my 18 month old granddaughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Now she’s 4 and last years rolls were a failure. Can I mold these into Bunnies or will that toughen them up?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Bunnies will be so sweet, Mary! You should be able to mold them into that shape, just take care not to over handle the dough. Happy baking! Annabelle@KAF

  3. Janice

    I’ve been searching for an all purpose GF bread recipe as a go to whenever I need bread for breakfast or as a bun for hamburgers or sandwiches. Can this dough be baked in a free form round for hamburger buns or in a loaf pan for slice bread?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Janice, this recipe certainly can provide a nice base for all your gluten-free bread needs, but it does need to be baked either in a muffin pan, rings, or a round pan. The “dough,” which actually has the consistency more like a batter, needs the support from a pan to rise high and stay risen. If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free sandwich bread that’s perfect for toast and sandwiches, consider making our Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread. It’s incredibly versatile and easy enough to make. Happy GF baking! Kye@KAF

  4. A True

    I am so impressed with this recipe. I made it exactly like stated and they turned out fantastic!!! I have missed gluten filled rolls since I was diagnosed with our holiday meals and these hit the mark!! Thank you.


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