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Texas Roadhouse Rolls

These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are brushed with sweet honey butter and can be made in a bread machine or by hand! A perfect side dish idea for holidays and family dinners!

Love Copycat Recipes? Try my Texas Roadhouse Butter and Steak Rub recipes next!

Several Texas Roadhouse Rolls Stacked up on top of each other, glistening with butter on top

Guys, I’m not a baker by a long shot. So if I can nail down these rolls, you have an amazing shot of doing the same. I’ve been making these rolls for years, it’s the only time you’ll see me with a rolling pin.

The ingredients that you need are incredibly simple, and you can even use a bread maker for these!

Ingredients

  • Active Dry Yeast -See below for using Rapid Rise instead
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Flour- All-purpose or bread flour may also be used

Subbing Instant/Rapid Rise Yeast for Active Dry

  • Cooks Illustrated recommends using 25% less yeast if using Instant instead of Active Dry.
  • In this recipe, that equates to 1 + 3/4 teaspoons.
  • Combine the yeast with the flour instead of adding it to the warm milk.
  • Proceed as outlined, no need to let the milk stand for 5 minutes after combining it with the honey.

Measuring The Flour

  • Be sure to scoop your flour out with a spoon and level it out at the top. Don’t dip the cup right into the flour or you’ll measure out too much, which will make your rolls dense. 
  • Alternatively, you can weigh the flour. 1 cup of all-purpose or bread flour weighs 120 grams. So 4 cups = 480 grams, be sure to subtract the measuring cup from the weight.

Make Ahead Method

Method 1: Prepare dough and refrigerate overnight

  • Form the dough, let it rise, and shape into rolls. 
  • Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for up to 15 hours. 
  • Remove from the fridge, keep covered, and let rise for up to 1 hour, then bake as outlined.

Method 2: Bake and Reheat

  • Bake for no more than 12 minutes, before the tops start to brown too much.
  • Don’t top them with the melted butter yet. Let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container.
  • When ready to serve, bake for a few minutes at 350°, until the tops are golden brown.
  • Top with melted butter and serve!

Method 3: Freeze Unbaked Rolls

  • Form the dough, let it rise, and shape into rolls. Flash freeze on a baking sheet before the second rise. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.
  • When ready to bake, remove from freezer bag and let them rise on a lightly greased, covered baking sheet for 4-5 hours prior to baking.

Can You Use a Bread Machine?

  • Yes. Scald the milk first and let it reduce to lukewarm. Then add the ingredients to a bread machine in the order listed in the recipe card and select the dough setting.
  • Once complete, Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and drop the dough inside. Cover the bowl (plastic wrap or a damp cloth works) and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
  • Punch down the dough and roll it out on a flat, floured surface until it’s about ½ inch thick. Fold it in half and gently seal.
  • From there, proceed with rolling and cutting the rolls. Place them on baking sheets, cover, and let them rise until doubled in size.
  • Bake and brush with butter. Serve with honey butter if desired!

Round ball of roll dough on floured wooden surface

Side by side images of risen roll dough and punching it down

Side by side images of rolled out roll dough and folding it in half

How to Make Dough Rise:

Dough needs a warm environment in order to rise. If you’re having trouble, try these tricks. Note: it may take the dough longer to rise with these methods:

Method #1: (👉My favorite) Oven:  This trick works great! Heat your oven to 200° for 2 minutes, then shut the heat off. Cover the dough with a dish towel (no plastic wrap in the oven),  and shut the door to trap the warm air inside. Let it rise!

Method #2: Place a baking tray on the bottom rack in the oven. Remove the top rack. Boil water and pour it into the tray, then place the bowl of dough on top and close the door.

-Method #3: (Assuming you have a warm place for the dough to rise but it still isn’t)-Take a new package of active dry yeast and mix it with 1/4 cup of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Let it sit for 10 minutes until it starts to foam. Knead the yeast mixture into the dough, and place it in a warm place to rise.

Side by side images of cutting roll dough and placing rolls on baking sheet

Side by side images of risen roll dough

How Do You Scald Milk and Why?

Scalding milk is the first step in this recipe, and it requires you to bring the milk to a near boil, remove it from the heat, and allow it to come down in temperature.

-Scalding milk helps to ensure that the dough is light and fluffy by killing the protein in the milk, which keeps the gluten intact. The gluten is what aids in the breakdown of the sugar and yeast, which in turn allows it to rise.

What to Serve with Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Three texas roadhouse rolls stacked on top of each other, shining with melted butter on top

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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

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These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are brushed with sweet honey butter and can be made in a bread machine or by hand! A perfect side dish idea for holidays and family dinners!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup Milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast, or 1 packet
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups (489 grams) all-purpose or bread flour

Instructions

  • If using a bread machine, see next section below.
  • Bring the milk to a near boil. Remove it from heat when you see it begin to steam and small bubbles form on the side of the pan. Let it reduce to lukewarm, between 80-90 degrees.
  • Mix the milk, yeast, and honey in a small bowl until well combined. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of the butter, the milk mixture, the room temperature egg, salt, and half of the flour. Mix slowly until smooth. (Use a mixer with a dough hook if you have one, or by hand.) Gradually add the remaining flour and mix until a dough has formed.
  • Mix/knead for 8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for a few more minutes.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
  • Punch down the dough and roll it out on a flat, floured surface until it’s about ½ inch thick. Fold it in half and gently seal.
  • Cut into 24 squares of even size and place on 2 light, lightly-greased baking sheets. Cover and let them rise for 30-40 minutes, until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown.
  • Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush the top of the rolls.

If using a Bread Machine:

  • Bring the milk to a near boil. Remove it from heat when you see it begin to steam and small bubbles form on the side of the pan. Let it reduce to lukewarm, between 80-90 degrees.
  • Add the milk, honey, butter, egg, and salt to the bread machine. Add the flour and create a small hole in the middle of the flour, don't let liquid inside the hole. Place the yeast in the hole.
  • Set the bread machine to the dough cycle, let it do the work from there.
  • Once complete, Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl (plastic wrap or a damp cloth works) and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
  • Punch down the dough and roll it out on a flat, floured surface until it’s about ½ inch thick. Fold it in half and gently seal.
  • Cut into 24 squares of even size and place on a 2 lightly greased and lightly colored baking sheets. Cover them and let them rise for 30-40 minutes,, until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown.
  • Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush the top of the rolls. Serve with Copycat Texas Roadhouse Butter.

Notes

  • Make Ahead Method: Check out the blog post for 3 make-ahead options!
  • Make sure your yeast is fresh and not expired!

Subbing Instant/Rapid Rise Yeast for Active Dry:
  • Cooks Illustrated recommends using 25% less yeast if using Instant instead of Active Dry.
  • In this recipe, that equates to 1 + 3/4 teaspoons.
  • Combine the yeast with the flour instead of adding it to the warm milk.
  • Proceed as outlined, no need to let the milk stand for 5 minutes after combining it with the honey.

Measuring the Flour:
  • Be sure to scoop your flour out with a spoon and level it out at the top. Don't dip the cup right into the flour or you'll measure out too much, which will make your rolls dense. 
  • Bread flour or all-purpose flour both work well in this recipe.
  • Alternatively, you can weigh the flour. 1 cup of all-purpose or bread flour weighs 120 grams. So 4 cups = 480 grams, be sure to subtract the measuring cup from the weight.

If your dough doesn't rise:
If you're baking on a chilly Fall or Winter day, it might be tougher to get your dough to rise as it needs to do so in a warm place. These tricks can get you out of a bind, just note that it may take longer for your dough to rise if these methods are needed:
-Method #1: Preheat the oven to 315 degrees and place the bowl on top of a warm spot on the oven. For me, the warmest spot is right in the front of the oven between the front two burners.
-Method #2: Place a baking tray on the bottom rack in the oven. Remove the top rack. Boil water and pour it into the tray, then place the bowl of dough on top and close the door.
-Method #3: (Assuming you have a warm place for the dough to rise but it still isn’t)-Take a new package of yeast and mix it with 1/4 cup of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Let it sit for 10 minutes until it starts to foam. Knead the yeast mixture into the dough, and place it in a warm place to rise.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 122mg, Potassium: 54mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg
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825 comments on “Texas Roadhouse Rolls”

  1. These are perfect! I have made them multiple times now and they have turned out amazing each and every time! My hubby and kids ask me to make them all the time now! I can’t believe some people can be so rude with their comments on a FREE recipe that you have been kind enough to share! Thank you for the work you have put in to bring us delicious recipes!

    • Hey Meggan! You TOTALLY totally made my night!! Thank you (thank you thank you!!) I am not a baker by any means, but this recipe always works perfectly for me too!! You are the best. Thanks for having my back, and I’m so happy that you enjoy these rolls too! Have a WONDERFUL day! -Stephanie

  2. My 12 year old grandson helped me make these and they were delicious!! Making them again for his birthday. 

    • Hey Patricia! Oh my gosh, that’s great to hear! Nothing makes my heart melt more than kids and adults cooking together! Nice job!! Thank you for taking the time to let me know, it made my day! -Stephanie

  3. Worst recipe ever. Followed everything exactly as it’s written, and my rolls were super hard and tasted absolutely terrible. 

  4. I haven’t made these yet but before I do I was wondering on the yeast…do you prepare it according to the instructions on the packet before you add it to this recipe? Or do you just add the packet of yeast? Sorry if I’m over thinking this too much. 😁

    • Hey Monica!! I just add the packet of yeast, I don’t follow any packet instructions! -Hey, you might as well ask right?! Rolls/Bread can be tricky! 🙂 ENJOY! You got this! -Stephanie

  5. Out of all of the homemade recipes I have made, this is by far the worst I have experienced. Followed it step-by-step, and my dough is wet AND sticky. I have given it more flour, and even tried cornstarch to help. Sticks to my bowl, my hands, the counter, AND parchment.
    ***This is a repost since my first was deleted. I will keep reposting if I need to***

    • Hi Tyler! Your first post wasn’t deleted, I have to approve all comments before they are made public. Given that it’s the Fourth of of July I hope that you would be willing to understand a 2 hour delay as we were trying to enjoy our day as a family. Since this comment can’t seem to wait until tomorrow, I’ll approve it now. The sticky dough can happen if you don’t knead it enough. I apologize for the troubles you encountered and hope that you can move on with your day. Happy fourth! -Stephanie

  6. I did exactly what you said, but the dough was way too hard?!!
    Help?

    • Hi Elbie! There are quite a few reasons that the dough ended up hard, this is a list of some of those reasons that I found! So sorry about that. Baking can be tricky sometimes! -Stephanie

  7. Did anyone else have this issue: Because you roll the dough out on a floured surface and then fold it before cutting, the finished cut rolls are essentially two flat pieces of dough that don’t really adhere to each other due to the flour on their inner surfaces. When I bake them they tend to inflate and the two separate flat pieces of dough separate from each other. Not sure if I did something wrong.

  8. Can I used agave to remplace the honey? 

  9. Can you substitute for other milks?

    • Hi Janeth! I’m honestly not sure, and I think it would depend on exactly what you’re trying to substitute, I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘other milks’? Sorry I couldn’t be more of a help!

  10. I guess our definition of easy differs. I have always found yeast breads a pain to make and this one was no exception. The dough was quite dry and hard to work. I can’t really comment on the finished product because the dough didn’t rise properly in spite of your good hints on correcting that. I’ll just have to stick to quick breads.

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