20 Buttery, Flaky, and Satisfying Dinner Roll and Biscuit Recipes

Buttermilk Biscuits

Let's be honest, no dinner is truly complete without crispy breadsticks, flaky buttermilk biscuits, or classic Parker House Rolls. They're just as apt for a weeknight dinner as they are for special weekend meals and holiday gatherings. One of the things we love about dinner rolls and biscuits is that they can usually be made partially in advance, then baked just before dinner to ensure that they're served fresh and warm. A smear of butter that melts through each and every layer completes the picture.

When making dinner rolls and biscuits, be sure to stock up on flour, milk or buttermilk, butter, eggs, yeast, and baking powder, all of which are the key ingredients for making the pillowy bites. Most of our recipes for yeasted rolls take several hours to prepare as the dough needs time to rise, whereas our biscuit recipes can be made in less than one hour.

While biscuits are delicious eaten as is, we're a huge fan of using them as the base for a breakfast sandwich with bacon and eggs. We have biscuit recipes that are plain and simple, but others that feature a savory combination of chopped fresh herbs, mustard, or bacon. And rather than buying store-bought when the mood strikes, try our go-to recipe for classic crescent rolls. The signature shape resembles a savory croissant and a combination of shortening and unsalted butter add lots of flavor.

Wrap any of these homemade rolls and biscuits in a cloth napkin, tuck them into a basket, and place it on the dinner table. They'll disappear in a flash.

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Garlic-Herb Dinner Roll Wreath

garlic-herb dinner roll wreath tied with green ribbon
Chris Simpson

Wow your family with this stunner. The pillowy dough is transformed with a savory herb butter made with fresh parsley and thyme leaves, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits

classic buttermilk biscuits with jam butter
Armando Rafael

There's buttermilk in both the dough and brushed on top of these classic flaky biscuits, which creates a super shiny, golden brown top.

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Buttery Crescent Rolls

Buttery Crescent Rolls
John Kernick

Skip the store-bought package and make your own version of these buttery rolls that are just as much fun to unravel and eat as they are to bake.

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Dinner Rolls

dinner rolls
Dana Gallagher

When you need a classic dinner roll recipe, look no further than this one, which makes 30 puffy, golden rolls. They only require about half an hour of hands-on prep work, but you'll need to allow three hours total to make them.

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Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Martyna Szczesna

For anyone who is gluten-intolerant or has celiac disease, these yummy rolls are made with a genius combination of brown rice flour, soy flour, tapioca flour, and teff flour.

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Parker House Rolls


These famed rolls originated at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston and are dinner classics, known for their buttery flavor and versatility—there's no dish they don't pair well with.

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Herb-and-Cheese Rolls

Bryan Gardner

The secret to these swirled rolls is the filling—it's a savoy butter made with grated Parmesan, chopped parsley, fresh thyme, and grated lemon zest that's spread on the dough and rolled up into individual servings.

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Jalapeño-Cheddar Rolls

Mike Krautter

They're not for the faint of heart—there's an entire cup jalapeño peppers in these spicy dinner rolls—but they are absolutely delicious.

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Kaiser Rolls

Yossy Arefi

Make a deli-inspired sandwich at home with these Kaiser rolls—they're doughy on the inside, a little crusty on the outside, and covered in eye-catching black poppy seeds.

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Buttermilk Barley Biscuits

barley biscuits
Jonathan Lovekin

Whole-grain barley flour and all-purpose flour work in tandem to create these light and airy biscuits that have a deep golden hue.

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Bacon-Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

bacon and cheddar biscuit
Armando Rafael

Plenty of chopped, cooked bacon and shredded sharp cheddar cheese are folded into the dough for these buttermilk biscuits. They're exactly what your breakfast egg sandwich has been missing.

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Yeasted Cornmeal Rolls

Anna Williams

A combination of flour and stone-ground cornmeal form the base for these picture-perfect dinner rolls. Be sure to serve them warm with butter.

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Sweet Potato Rolls


We can't imagine a better side dish for Thanksgiving than these dinner rolls. They're made with two cups of cooked sweet potatoes and one teaspoon of ground cardamom, which bring fall flavor to the table.

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Health Rolls


Hearty and healthy, these dinner rolls shine a spotlight on nutty ingredients like bulgur wheat, mixed seeds (think: poppy and sesame), and honey for a hint of sweetness.

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Mini Pickle Biscuits

mini pickle biscuits
Justin Walker

Give classic buttermilk biscuits a tangy twist with dill relish (brine included!), which adds salty, fermented flavor to this essential dinner side dish.

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Cheddar-Pepper Drop Biscuits

Christopher Testani

There's no such thing as too much cheese in our book. That's why we've mixed a generous amount of extra-sharp grated cheddar into the dough, plus a bit more for sprinkling on top of each drop biscuit.

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Scott Peacock's Buttermilk Biscuits


Award-winning chef Scott Peacock shares his elemental recipe for undeniably rich and flaky buttermilk biscuits. It calls for just four ingredients—flour, baking powder, unsalted butter, and buttermilk.

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Savory Buttermilk Biscuits


What makes these buttermilk biscuits savory compared to others on this list? Four tablespoons of freshly chopped herbs such as rosemary, dill, and thyme.

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Salt and Pepper Rolls

salt and pepper rolls
Anna Williams

Here's a genius use for pizza dough! Rather than rolling it out for a Friday night pie, use store-bought pizza dough to create a delicious dinner roll. They're garnished with flaky sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper before baking.

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Mustard-Herb Buttermilk Biscuits

mustard and herb biscuit
Armando Rafael

Upgrade a basic buttermilk biscuit recipe with this tasty combination of sharp ingredients that pack a punch—Dijon mustard, chopped chives, and fresh thyme leaves.

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