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No Yeast Dinner Rolls

Sometimes you need bread, but you don’t have time to make real dinner rolls. Skip the brown and serves and make a batch of these quick bread style no yeast dinner rolls. 

one dinner roll on a red napkin and a muffin tin with other dinner rolls in the background

I’m not totally sure it’s even fair to call these little baked beauties “rolls”. Bakers of the world might revolt–but I’m willing to take the risk. I’m a baker. I’m buddies with yeast. I’m down with kneading.

But sometimes you start dinner 30 minutes behind schedule. Sometimes, your husband is standing on your heels looking in all the pots and won’t go away and all you want to do is smack him.

You need dinner done before you lose your sanity, and you need it done now. These little rolls will help. They follow more of a quick bread style, and use so few ingredients, you’re bound to have most if not all of them on hand right now. There’s no yeast to kill, no kneading to do–just mix and drop spoonfuls into greased muffin tins (I like this one to get just the right size). Bake ’em up, spread them with butter or jam and you’ve got a fast, easy option.

Not to mention that you could add so much to these: jalapeños and cheddar for tex-mex night, cheddar/garlic/Italian seasoning, you could even stuff them with cubes of mozzarella and some pepperoni for a fun after school snack.

How to ensure your rolls rise

Please make sure your baking powder is fresh (or that the flour you are using is fresh). Even if your flour was just purchased, it  may have sat on a store shelf for a while making the leavening agents weak.

I have way too  many people fussing that their rolls were flat and that it is somehow my fault, which it is not. If you are in doubt about the freshness of your flour and baking powder, add an extra half teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe.

No Yeast Dinner Rolls

A no knead, no yeast dinner roll is a fast quick-bread answer to your busy night! Just four ingredients and so versatile.
4.56 from 52 votes
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Course: easy, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1 cup self rising flour SEE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • Mix the flour and sugar together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the mayonnaise and milk and stir to combine.
  • Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon batter into the tin, filling 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown on top--about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Makes 6 rolls depending on how big you make them.


NOTE: If your self rising flour is old, the baking powder in it will be as well and your rolls will not rise. This is not my fault, and I'd love it if people would stop yelling at me about it. Leavening agents are good for about 6 months and even if you just bought that bag of flour, you don't know how long it sat there. If you are in doubt, add a 1/2 teaspoon of extra baking powder to the recipe. I will no longer be responding to comments about how hard, flat or miserable your rolls are. 


Calories: 122kcal

Give them a try and let me know what combinations you come up with. I love to hear about your successes and I love to know when a recipe works well for your family!

a muffin baking pan with dinner rolls  on a red napkin

Recipe Rating

Elizabeth Alexander

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Yes could I use all purpose flour using instructions on bag to make it self rising? Possibly use extra baking powder. All ingredients with a good freshness date. Thanks

Rachel Ballard

Friday 24th of December 2021

Yes you can Elizabeth!

Ruthi Schklar

Monday 29th of November 2021

This is my 4th or 5th time making these and I keep trying new variations. I had some blueberries to use up so I made the recipe as is- but increased the sugar to a tablespoon. Then added about 3/4 of a cup of blueberries. This made 8 muffins. They could have used more sugar, so I whipped up a simple powdered sugar glaze and added lemon extract to it- and dipped the tops of the muffins in it. Amazing! I love your recipe so much, thanks again!


Saturday 27th of November 2021

I made these tonite for our "leftovers" dinner. Awesome simple to whip up. And the taste is simple enough to go well with everything. Mine turned out a little flat, but I have a tendency to over-stir biscuits, muffins etc which flattens them. But they were not heavy at all. And perhaps I should have added a bit more baking powder than I did. I definitely will use this recipe again with a few adjustments. Thank you for this.

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 28th of November 2021

At least you recognize that you over mix Kitty! Just stop stirring as soon as the flour is in. :) Glad you liked them! --Rachel

Ruthi Schklar

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

I love them! I've made them twice now and last time I made the pepperoni rolls you mentioned. I added some cheddar, garlic and pepperoni and they were also really good. I'm allergic to yeast, so thanks for a great recipe I can have!

Rachel Ballard

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

I'm glad you enjoy them Ruthi!


Friday 8th of October 2021

Delicious! Will definitely make again. I also added the extra baking powder and they turned out great

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Good job Sheri, I'm glad you liked them! --Rachel

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