Honey Yeast Rolls

These honey yeast rolls are so good they are called the donut rolls in our house. You can't go wrong with these light, fluffy, and slightly sweet dinner rolls.

closeup of honey yeast rolls in pan

The Story Behind the Honey Yeast Rolls

Years ago I was a faithful follower of many food bloggers. Everyone morning after breakfast, I would sit at the computer while my baby played on the floor beside me, and check each of my favorite bloggers to see if there were any new recipes. It wasn’t until about a year in that I discovered they posted recipes on certain days and each had their own schedule.

One of my favorite bloggers was Bakerella. I couldn’t get over how cute her cake pops were. I actually bought her cookbook, but never actually made anything from it. I still just swoon over how talented she is.

I also loved and still love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and Everyday Annie. They are both incredibly talented food bloggers and have incredible recipes. I’ve yet to try a recipe of theirs that I hate.

This honey yeast roll recipe comes from Everyday Annie. I’ve actually used this recipe for so many year. My husband has even nicknamed them to the ‘donut rolls’. They are so incredible fluffy and soft. The dough itself has honey, and then before they are baked, you brush them with more honey and butter. They are incredible and one of my go-to rolls.

During one family dinner, I had a brother-in-law request that I stuff this dough with a cinnamon filling and then top with with a glaze, similar to a cinnamon roll. Of course I had to try it. So at the next family dinner and I did. They were insanely delicious and lived up to the name of ‘donut roll’ even more than the original.

These rolls are good with soup, meat, or as a Thanksgiving side. Once you try these out they will also become one of your go-to roll recipes.

close up of individual honey yeast roll with golden brown top

F.A.Q.s and Troubleshooting for Honey Yeast Rolls

pan of honey yeast rolls with two on plates

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closeup of honey yeast rolls in pan

Honey Yeast Rolls

These honey yeast rolls are so good they are called the donut rolls in our house. You can't go wrong with these light, fluffy, and slightly sweet dinner rolls.
5 from 1 vote
Course bread
Servings 12 rolls


  • tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 3½-4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine yeast, warm water, and honey. Let the yeast bloom for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add in the salt, oil, and flour and mix on medium high speed with the dough hook attachment.
  • Start with 3½ cups of the flour and add extra flour only as needed. The dough should pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl forming a ball.
  • Let the mixer knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the dough ball from the bowl and spray the bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough ball back in and then cover the entire bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough into 12 even pieces. Roll into balls and place into a greased pie dish. There should be about 9 dough ball around the outside edge and about 3 in the middle.
    honey yeast rolls dough rolled into balls in a pie pan
  • Cover the pie dish and let rise for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until the dough balls have risen and all are touching each other.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the 2 tbsp of butter and then mix with the 2 tbsp of honey.
  • Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the honey butter mixture on top of the uncooked rolls.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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