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Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls

Over the years, these super easy rolls made with mayonnaise have become one of my family’s favorite breads!

With just three basic ingredients and ready in about 20-minutes, these Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls bake up with a light and airy texture.

Besides being super easy and convenient to whip up, Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls are delicious served hot from the oven with a smear of butter, a drizzle of honey, or warm cinnamon apples!

My quick mayo dinner roll recipe—yes, I do mean mayonnaise—has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. With just three basic ingredients and ready in about 20-minutes, this recipe has saved the day many times when I’ve forgotten to get rolls from the bakery.

Looking for more EASY homemade bread recipes? Ready in just 30 minutes, this quick biscuit bread bakes up like a pan of cornbread, but the texture is definitely soft like a biscuit. OR, you may enjoy another family recipe, my Aunt Lucille’s Mexican cornbread with bits of corn, onion, sweet bell pepper, and spicy jalapeño pepper in every delicious bite!

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Why you’re going to love it!

  • Simple ingredients — nothing fancy here
  • Easy to put together
  • Family friendly — everyone gobbles them up!

Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls: behind the recipe

Let’s face it, I rarely make homemade bread and I especially don’t have time to do it on weeknights. That makes this recipe really handy, and besides that my family loves them! (I first shared these rolls over at the Weary Chef.)

When I was growing up, my Mom used to make these dinner muffins at least once a week. With a couple of growing boys gathered at the table, she had to make a double batch!

It never failed, whenever one of us had a friend stay for supper, they always begged “please give that recipe to my Mom, too, ok?”

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Ingredients

  • Self-rising flour — Unlike all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder (which is a leavening agent) have already been added to self-rising flour. If the flour you have in your pantry is all-purpose, add 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Milk — Use any kind of milk in this recipe, whole, 2% or skim.
  • Mayonnaise — A few tablespoons of mayo adds moisture to this bread batter and eliminates the need for oil or butter.

How to make mayonnaise rolls

STEP 1 | Measure the ingredients

  • Start with two cups of self-rising flour, a cup of milk, and three “heaping” tablespoons of mayonnaise. My mom taught me to make these rolls and the amount of mayonnaise was never exactly determined. She would just open the jar and dip out three big spoonfuls.
  • In all actuality, there’s probably about four tablespoons of mayonnaise if you leveled them out! But don’t worry about that — just use a heaping measure.

STEP 2 | Make the dough

  • Dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir gently until the dry ingredients are just moistened — think muffin batter. The dough will be thick and lumpy.
  • Evenly divide the roll dough into the cups of a well-oiled muffin tin. I like to use a non-stick muffin pan and pour a little canola oil (one-half teaspoon) into each cup and use a paper towel to spread the oil all around the inside. (Or you can spray the insides well with cooking spray.)

tip

  • Too much stirring the dough will make these rolls tough. Don’t over do it!

STEP 3 | Bake

  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes. As the rolls bake, a nice golden brown crust forms on the bottom and sides.
  • Depending on your oven, the tops may not get overly browned, so pop them under the broiler for just a minute if you like them more golden.
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Serving suggestion

Sometimes I sprinkle a few poppy seeds on the rolls before they bake (totally optional). Also, if you like brush the rolls with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.

  • Southern {LOVE} Biscuits — All biscuits are made with love, but using cold fat and bread flour help ensure delicious and flaky biscuit results.
  • Savory Ricotta Scones — A light and fluffy savory scone that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or served in place of dinner rolls.
  • Greek Olive Focaccia Bread — Easy focaccia prepared with your favorite pizza dough recipe or a store bought pizza dough.
  • Jalapeño Jam Corn Muffins — A sticky-sweet—and slightly spicy—surprise in the middle of these Jalapeño Jam Corn Muffins awakes your taste buds. Just one taste and you’ll know they’re not your ordinary cornbread!
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits — Make the ultimate Southern biscuit sandwich with Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits, sliced ham, and a homemade honey dijon vinaigrette.
  • Mexican Cornbread Muffins — Moist and cheesy, and with just the right amount of spice, this Mexican Cornbread Muffin recipe makes enough to serve a crowd!
a bread basket lined with a blue napkin filled with 3-ingredient dinner rolls

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Yield: 12 rolls

Quick 3-Ingredient Dinner Rolls

Quick Mayo Dinner Rolls | Life, Love, and Good Food

With just three basic ingredients and ready in about 20-minutes, these quick and easy dinner rolls have become a family favorite!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (heaping)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously oil or spray a 12-cup muffin tin; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients just until moistened (do not use a mixer). Spoon evenly into the prepared muffin tin. 
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
  4. Variations: Sprinkle batter with poppy seeds before baking. Brush with melted butter immediately after removing baked rolls from oven.

Notes

As the rolls bake, a nice golden brown crust forms on the bottom and sides. Depending on your oven, the tops may not get overly browned, so pop them under the broiler for just a minute if you like them more golden.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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Danielle

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Could I use almond milk for these??

Sheila

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I don't see why you couldn't!

Kathleen Pope

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

These are baking now for a ladies luncheon I am hosting, wow do they smell great!

Barbi Stenacker

Saturday 21st of November 2020

These are fabulous and easy. Made them for the first time a week ago and have made them 3 times now. Added garlic and rosemary to serve them with a recipe that called for rosemary. I am wondering if I can just lay them out hand shaped into ropes to make bread sticks? Thanks

Sheila Thigpen

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Barbi, oh! I'm happy to hear you are loving this easy recipe! I'm not about hand shaping these rolls since the dough is so sticky. If you do try it, I'd love to hear about your results.

Valerie

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

I don't have a miffin tin. When I make yeast rolls, I pat them out on my countertop and cut them with a knife, then let them rise. Is it imperative that I use a muffin tin, or can I just press them out and cut them as I do yeast rolls?

Sheila Thigpen

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Valerie, you will need a muffin tin for these rolls because they are more like muffins and the batter is too soft to roll or press out.

Mimi Simeonova

Friday 8th of May 2020

This is a really lovely and quick recipe and the good thing is that it is guaranteed you won't fail. Since the lock down I wanted to learn how to make bread. I have had a few failures and I was skeptical this recipe would work. I could not believe how quick and delish these bread rolls are. Perfect for the family and even a nice addition when we do hosting. I gave up on other bread making, but instead bought bread maker machine and life is so much easier. As for these bread rolls, this is a delightful recipe I plan to always make and pass it to everyone. Thank you so much.

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