Soft Sour Cream Dinner Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
These Soft Sour Cream Dinner Rolls are the perfect way to get that slightly tangy sourdough flavor without using a sourdough starter! They have a slight crust on the outside, and are super soft, pillowy, and chewy in the middle! Best side dish to any comforting meal!
This recipe was originally published by me in the September 2014 Issue of VRAI Magazine.
I love the transition of seasons. There is just something about the changing air, the changing smells, and the changing sights that energizes me. The changes make me feel more present in the world instead of just going about my day to day mindlessly in a whirlwind.
For me, fall feels like home. It is comforting and calm. The stress of winter and the holidays hasn’t quite set in yet and the crisp air is such a relief after the heat of summer.
Fall pulls me toward comfort food cooking. I want the classics. Chili, tomato soup, chicken fried steak, or some good old fashioned meatloaf. But all of those things don’t feel complete without some warm bread to accompany them. Soft, chewy, warm bread. There really isn’t much better in life.
I’ve been meaning to get a sourdough starter going for some time but I just keep forgetting or putting it off. For no particular reason other than I have a bazillion things on my mind. So I wanted to try and make some rolls that mimicked that sourdough flavor. I turned to sour cream to do the trick and it worked!
These sour cream dinner rolls have a slight tangy flavor profile. Almost like a sourdough bread, but without the need for a sourdough starter. A very slight crust develops on the outside but the middle stays perfectly soft and pillowy. It is impossible to eat just one of these rolls. The batch makes 12, which in my book is the perfect amount for a group of 4 people. It ensures that nobody will be fighting over the last roll. That could be disastrous.
Mixing the Dough
STEP 1: To start the dough for the rolls you first need to heat the sour cream, water, and butter. Typically in a soft yeast dough you will scald the milk (in this case sour cream) in order to denature the proteins as well as to heat up the mixture so that the yeast will activate. Once the mixture is simmering, remove from the heat and allow to cool to about 110ºF.
STEP 2: Meanwhile, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer.
STEP 3: With the mixer running on slow speed with the paddle attachment, add the warm sour cream mixture into the mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
STEP 4: Add the egg and the rest of the flour and mix the the dough hook on medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
STEP 5: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with a clean towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise and ferment in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
Shaping the Dough
STEP 6: Gently press the gas out of the dough and turn out on a clean and lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
STEP 7: Take each piece of dough and pull down on the sides forming a ball with a seam on the bottom. Place the dough ball, seam side down, on the work surface. Place your hand cupped in a “C” over the piece of dough and move your hand over it in a circular motion until the ball is smooth and the seam is sealed.
STEP 8: Place the formed rolls in a greased 9X12 baking pan and allow to proof until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375ºF for 25-30 minutes. Brush with melted butter. Serve warm with cinnamon compound butter.
Soft Sour Cream Dinner Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
These soft sour cream rolls are the perfect way to get that slightly tangy sourdough flavor without using a sourdough starter. They have a slight crust on the outside, and are super soft, pillowy, and chewy in the middle. Best side dish to any comforting meal!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 TBSP granulated sugar
- 1 package (1/4 ounce OR 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 TBSP butter, plus 2 more TBSP for brushing finished rolls
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 tsp packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the sour cream, water and 2 tablespoons butter until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and allow to cool to about 110ºF.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
- Add the warm wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and the rest of the flour. Beat on medium high speed with the dough hook until a smooth and elastic dough forms, about 6-8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Press the gas out of the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 12 equal pieces.
- Shape each piece of dough into a ball.
- Place in a greased 12×9-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Melt remaining butter and brush over hot rolls.
- Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
16 Comments on “Soft Sour Cream Dinner Rolls with Cinnamon Butter”
Can’t wait to try these may be challenging for a non-baker like me but I am willing to try. They looks so soft and delist!!!
Your recipe has been a great texture. I like sour milk and the cinnamon butter.
Your rolls look yummy and I would like to try to make them, but I do not have a stand mixer. Is there any other way to make them?
Very easy and great tasting dinner rolls. Try stuffing the dough with ham and cheese and baking until golden. Great to freeze and take for a fast lunch.
So glad you enjoyed them! Great idea for using them for little sandwiches!
Thank You so much for this recipe they are DELICIOUS I mean FANTASTIC DELICIOUS, so soft and pillowy inside and the recipe is not hard just follow the directions and they will come out DELICIOUS soft and tender. If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. Everyone should try this recipe if you are looking for the BEST DINNER ROLLS EVER. I want to make cinnamon rolls out of them it will be fun to experiment. THANK YOU again so much your FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE The idea of making cinnamon rolls with this. I think that will taste great! So glad you enjoyed these Jerry! That is a great compliment!
Me again to refer back to the last comment I made, I am a 69 yearold Gramma and always looking for the best of the best to make for and leave to my Grandkids and this recipe is the BEST of the Best, try it you’ll love it,
I made the rolls today. The dough was way too soft and I added flour until the dough was the right consistency I did not measure the flour but it was at least 1/2 cup and maybe more The next time I will measure and start off with 4 cups of flour. Three cups of flour would generally use only 1 cup and liquid not counting the butter. I used the 1 1/4 cup called for. I tasted the dough and it was very salty and next time I would use only 1 tsp (1/3 tsp. to each cup of flour) I let the dough rise once and then I froze all but one which after rising I baked. I shaped the each piece of dough into a spiral shape and the one I baked did taste good. because of the taste of salt I added 1 more Tbls. sugar.
Sorry to hear you had these issue with these rolls Ettie. I have made them many times without issues with them tasting too salty or the dough being too soft. Can I ask what brand of salt you are using? Maybe that is the difference.
Can I use bread flour for this recipe?
Hi Lalla! You can, but the rolls won’t be quite as tender and will be more chewy!
Hi! Can I brush the top of the rolls with egg wash before popping it in the oven?
Yes you can!
I made these rolls using real full fat buttermilk. They turned out wonderful.
Can someone please tell me how to fill them and what the used? The dough is so soft. I made sure I didn’t work too much flour.