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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.
4.53 from 48 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!

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Friday 9th of April 2021

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for this recipe. The rolls/biscuits were great. We added shredded cheese to them. This is a very versatile recipe; I can imagine many variation for them. Honestly, if you added more sugar to the recipe, you could easily make these into delicious shortcake biscuits for strawberry shortcake. I'll give that a try and follow up to let you know how it turns out.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I don't see baking powder in the list but I read the comment about 1 that added 2 tsp of baking powder bc they didn't have self-rising flour & nor do I. Is that why the list of ingredients don't show baking powder?


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

@Rachel Ballard, my rolls came out good. Very easy to make & I am sending your recipe to friends. I made a pot roast & I needed rolls for the gravy. Will definitely ? make again.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

@Rachel Ballard, they are in the oven now. I did not add salt though. We'll see!

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Yes Judith that's why. Self rising flour is a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt. Therefore no additional baking powder is needed. However if you do not have self rising flour and need to use all purpose, baking powder and salt will need to be added to the recipe. --Rachel

Christine Dobson

Saturday 12th of September 2020

I ran across this site by chance. I have tried many of your bread recipes. They turned out great. Do you do any videos on canning?

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Christine I had hoped to do a whole series on YouTube this year on canning and honestly I just got bogged down in the work and didn't make the videos! I canned close to a hundred pints of various foods this year. I will get that on my list to show as soon as I can. --Rachel


Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Fantastic. Thank you


Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Loved the recipe I made it tonight and my family just loved them

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Wonderful Schylar!