Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

Homemade Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

My life may just be a walking contradiction.

Monday, I posted a workout.  Today, dinner rolls.


I was tipped off to their deliciousness over 10 years ago, by a friend while living in Germany.  I remember sitting at her table and gobbling them up,

“Wow!  These Germans make the BEST rolls!”

I soon found out my American friend made them.  I was impressed.

These rolls actually have caused me a lot grief in the past.  When we lived in TX, I made these same rolls for friends.  That sealed the deal, EVERY Thanksgiving (which we always spent with friends), I was assigned to make rolls.  Not just any rolls but these rolls.  And lots of them!

I’d guesstimate that I’ve made these over 100 times.  They are that good.

Soft, buttery, & slightly sweet.


So here you have them…

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings 18 persons
Calories 182.39 kcal


  • 2 1/3 cups water divided
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 pkg or 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups flour


  • In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil; add oats and butter. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add remaining 1/3 cup of cold water & sugar.  Cool mixture to lukewarm or between 110 and 115 degrees.  Add the yeast to the mixture.
  • Let yeast bubble slightly.  Add salt and 4 cups of flour; mix until smooth.  Add enough additional flour to form a soft dough.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic.  Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease top of loaf.  Cover and let rise for about an hour.
  • Shape dough into 18 rolls and place them in 2 round baking pans.  Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

6 thoughts on “Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe”

  1. I have made them with 1/2 unbleached white and 1/2 whole wheat. They were very good, but my family can detect whole grains like the plague. So if you’re family is use to whole wheat I imagine they’d love them. I usually make them with unbleached white. Bad me!!!

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