Best Basic Sweet Bread


This easy, basic yeasted sweet bread recipe uses only eight ingredients and can be made into dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, or sticky buns.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 cup milk

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided, or as needed


  1. Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until slightly warm to the touch then remove from heat and stir in yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

    Milk, sugar combines in a saucepan, once warmed yeast is stirred in and let to stand until foamy.

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  2. Stir together flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add softened butter, eggs, and the yeast mixture and mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

    Flour, salt, butter, eggs and yeast mixture mixed in a stand mixer until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.

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  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

    Knead dough until smooth and elastic.

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  4. Grease a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil. Place the dough into the bowl and turn once to coat. Cover and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

    an overhead view of yeasted dough doubled in size in a greased mixing bowl.

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  5. Grease a cookie sheet or 9x13-inch pan with remaining oil.

  6. For plain rolls, punch down dough and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and place them into the greased pan side by side.

    Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.

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    Roll pieces into balls and place in a greased pan.

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  7. Cover and let dough rise again until almost doubled in size, 20 to 25 minutes.

    Cover and let dough balls rise until doubled in size.

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  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until rolls are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

    a high angle view of perfectly golden-brown yeast rolls in a 9x13 baking dish.

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For Cinnamon Rolls:

Follow the recipe above through Step 4. Punch down and roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness, brush on a layer of butter, cinnamon, and sugar, then roll up and cut into 12 equal slices. Place in greased pan side by side, let rise, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

For Sticky Buns:

Follow the recipe above through Step 4 and roll out the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness, roll up into a log, and cut into 12 pieces as with the cinnamon roll method. Then combine 1/4 cup soft butter, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon light corn syrup together and spread the mixture on the bottom of a greased pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Place rolls on top, let rise, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
9g Fat
39g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 108mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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