These fluffy, homemade, melt-in-your-mouth rolls are the perfect copycat of Texas Roadhouse Rolls. Learn how to make these pillowy soft rolls with this simple, step-by-step copycat recipe. Serve with homemade honey cinnamon butter for the full experience! You will never need to miss this bread again.
Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Texas Roadhouse is known for its yeast rolls. But why are they so good?!
In my opinion, it's the sweet yeasty dough, their fluffy texture, and of course that they're made fresh. Thankfully, you can replicate all of those qualities in your own kitchen, without the hefty restaurant price tag, with this copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls recipe.
These fluffy, pillowy copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls require a little work, but will turn out perfect with the simple step-by-step recipe. Serve them with homemade honey cinnamon butter for the full experience!
Can I Use All Purpose Flour?
Yes, these rolls can be made with all-purpose flour. However, they will not rise as high.
When I tested, the rolls made with bread flour rose higher and were fluffier. The all-purpose flour rolls turned out fine and still tasted great. They were just not as fluffy.
The extra protein in bread flour allows the rolls to rise higher.
Can I Use Instant Yeast?
Absolutely! It will even make your job easier since no proofing is required. Proofing is when we heat the milk and sugar up to activate the yeast. For instant yeast, simply add the yeast to the rest of the ingredients and mix. Yes, you still need to add the milk, since that is most of your wet ingredients.
Why Didn't My Dough Rise?
Getting your dough to rise is probably the hardest part of making bread. If your bread didn't rise here are some likely reasons why.
- The Yeast. Expired yeast won't activate. Also if your milk was too hot or too cold it may not have activated or killed it before it was activated. I recommend double-checking the expiration date on the yeast before using. I also recommend using a candy thermometer to check your milk temperature so that it's 105°F-110°F when you add the yeast.
- The Temperature. The other thing to consider is the temperature of the room. If it’s cold the dough will take longer to rise, so it may need more time. Try to find a warm, but not hot place for your dough to rise.
If you are having trouble getting the dough to rise, try this trick!
Heat your oven to 200°F. Turn off the oven and place your dough in the oven with the door closed. This will ensure a warm environment for your dough and the dough will rise fairly quickly, assuming the yeast was good. Don't let it sit in here too long though. Just until it doubled from original size. (Letting dough rise too long can leave you with bread that sags in the oven).
What to Serve with Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Texas Roadhouse Rolls make an amazing side dish for any meal, including steak, chicken, pork, or even seafood. Of course, serving them with honey cinnamon butter like the restaurant is a must.
Probably my favorite way to serve these rolls is with soup and a fresh green salad. Here are some of our favorite family soup recipes.
- Cheeseburger Soup - a hearty, cheesy soup packed with ground beef and tender potatoes.
- Jalapeno Popper Soup - creamy soup with potatoes, chicken, and fresh jalapenos. Just like your favorite appetizer in soup form!
- Homemade Vegetable Soup - a quick and easy vegetable soup with a tomato broth base.
- Zuppa Toscana - just like the restaurant! Creamy soup with sausage, potatoes, and kale.
- Crockpot Corn Chowder - the best creamy corn chowder, cooked right in the slow cooker.
Storing, Freezing, and Reheating
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are easy to make ahead, store, freeze, and reheat. Here's how.
How to Make Ahead Texas Roadhouse Rolls
There are three ways to make these rolls ahead of time.
- Prepare dough and refrigerate overnight. Prepare rolls, let them rise twice, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight until ready to bake. The bake as outlined.
- Bake and Reheat. Bake the rolls so that they're slightly under-done, before the tops start to brown too much, about 12 minutes. Don't top with melted butter. Instead, let them come to room temperature, and store in an airtight container overnight. When ready to serve, bake for a few additional minutes at 350°F until golden on top. Then top with melted butter before serving.
- Freeze. See the detailed freezing instructions below.
Storing and Reheating
These copycat Texas Roadhouse rolls will stay fresh for several days if you store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Reheat for just a few seconds in the microwave, or in a 350°F oven for several minutes.
You can freeze these Texas Roadhouse Rolls either baked or unbaked. Here's how.
To freeze baked Texas Roadhouse rolls, allow them to cool to room temperature. Then transfer to a freezer bag. and pop them into a freezer bag. Freeze the rolls for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
To freeze unbaked rolls, prepare the rolls all the way through the second rise. Then freeze the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat until frozen solid, about 2 to 4 hours. Transfer to freezer bags, and store in your freezer for up to a month. When ready to use, arrange on a baking sheet and cover. Let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake as instructed.
Texas Roadhouse Rolls Video
Texas Roadhouse Rolls
- 1¼ cup milk
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet active dry yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 large egg room temperature
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 to 5 cups bread flour (plus more for kneading)
- 3 tablespoons butter melted (for topping)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add milk. Heat to 105°F-110°F (use a candy thermometer or meat thermometer in a pinch). Remove from heat.
- Stir sugar into warm milk.
- Sprinkle yeast over top of milk and sugar mixture and allow to set until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- When yeast is foamy, transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- To the mixing bowl, add ¼ cup butter, egg, salt, and 2 cups flour. Beat the mixture on medium speed until smooth.
- Gradually add more flour until a soft ball of dough forms. Then increase your mixer speed to medium high and beat for 2-3 additional minutes. Dough should be tacky, but not sticky. (see notes)
- Lightly grease large bowl and place dough in ball, turning once to coat. Cover the bowl with clean dish towel and set in warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare baking sheets by lining with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- After the dough has risen, punch the dough down dough gently. Lightly flour work surface and turn dough out of bowl.
- Roll dough out on the floured surface into an 10"x10" rectangle, about a ½-inch thick.
- Cut the dough into even pieces (about 24) using a sharp knife.
- Transfer rolls to prepared baking sheets. Cover with dish towels, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 60 minutes.
- When dough is about 15-20 minutes to being done rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Uncover rolls and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until top and edges are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Serve warm.
- Honey: Substitute ¼ cup honey instead of the sugar. Just add it at the same place in the recipe.
- If the dough is too sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Flour: all-purpose flour will work in this recipe, but the rolls will not be as fluffy as with bread flour.
- Honey Cinnamon Butter: Try this homemade honey cinnamon butter for the full restaurant experience at home.
- Make Ahead: Prepare the dough the day before up to the second rise, step 7. After rising, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator before baking. Bake the next day according to instructions.
- Storage: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat for just a few seconds in the microwave, or in a 350°F oven for several minutes.
- Freezer: Freeze baked rolls in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating. Freeze unbaked rolls on a lined baking sheet for 2-4 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, arrange rolls on a baking sheet. Thaw in the refrigerator over night. Bake to recipe instructions.
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