If you’re looking for an amazing roll recipe for Thanksgiving or even a weeknight, these knotted dinner rolls are it. Buttery, soft, and so pretty when tied in a knot! A spin off of our Amish dinner roll recipe that is one of the most popular recipes on the site! We know you’ll love these as much as we do!
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These rolls are heaven. Buttery, soft, and so beautiful! They look fancy, but they are super easy to make. If you can tie a knot, you can make these twisted rolls.
The BEST Dinner Roll Knots
My go-to roll recipe for dinners is our Amish dinner rolls. They are delicious and easy, and use basic pantry ingredients. This is the same recipe with 2 adjustments. It is my special occasion recipe.
- Butter instead of oil. This gives them more of a buttery flavor.
- Milk instead of water. Milk makes for a rich, softer roll.
You can definitely make these with water and oil like my original recipe, but I like swapping those out when I really want a show stopping roll. These are the rolls that I make for Easter and Thanksgiving. I also make these when delivering dinner to friends.
One batch will make 24 buttery dinner rolls. Perfect for a crowd.
How To Make The Dough
The dough is pretty basic.
- You’ll want to heat the milk in the microwave for a minute or two (until it’s hot) and add the butter to it and let it cool until it is warm NOT hot.
- While the milk is cooling, go ahead and mix 1/2 cup of water with the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until it is nice and bubbly.
- Once the yeast has proofed, and the milk is room temperature, combine both in a large bowl and add sugar and salt. Then mix in the flour, one cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
- Knead on a floured surface for 3-5 minutes. Then place back into the bowl. Add a bit of oil to the boil before placing the dough back inside. Coating the bread dough with oil helps it rise without sticking.
- Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and place in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
WHERE IS A GOOD PLACE TO LET THE DOUGH RISE?
A warm place is a perfect place for yeast to do its thing. I preheat my oven for 60 seconds then shut the heat off. I place my bowl of dough with a damp cloth covering it inside my oven.
How To Tie Roll Dough Into Knots
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divde it into two sections.
Roll out each section into a 12″ x 18″ rectangle and spread with 2 tablespoons of butter.
Fold in half and slice into 12 (1″) strips.
You should now have 24 strips of dough, ready to be tied.
Pick up one strip and gently pull to lenthen it. Fold it in half.
Tie the strip into a knot and tuck the ends under slightly. It doensn’t have to be perfect. I like the rustic look, and how each roll looks different.
Place on a greased baking sheet, 12 rolls per sheet. Let rolls rise for 40 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees 18-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Brush generously with melted butter.
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The Best Knotted Dinner Rolls
The BEST Knotted Dinner Rolls
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 2 packets
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 5 1/2 cups flour bread or all purpose
- 1/4 cup butter to spread over roll dough
- melted butter to brush over finished rolls
- In a small bowl mix warm water and yeast. Allow to proof until foamy (about 5 minutes).
- Heat milk in microwave until hot (90 seconds-2 minutes). Stir in butter. Let stand until milk is warm NOT hot.
- Pour butter and milk mixture into a large bowl. Add water and yeast mixture.
- Stir in sugar and salt.
- Mix in flour, one cup at a time.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
- Place in a well oiled large bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Allow rolls to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down and divide into two portions. Roll each portion into a 12" x 18" rectangle. Spread with 2 tablespoons of butter. Fold dough in half and slice into 12 (1") strips.
- Pick up one strip, streth it slightly, and fold it in half. Tie the dough in a knot and tuck the ends under slightly. (Watch video for step-by-step instructions). Place on greased baking sheet, 12 rolls per sheet.
- Allow to rise for 40 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Brush rolls generously with butter while in pans.