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Sesame Seed Dinner Rolls

Sesame Seed Dinner Rolls are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The flavor of these rolls is truly magical and delicious!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
proofing time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: rolls and buns, Yeast Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 162kcal


  • 2 packages (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast 4 ½ teaspoons, total
  • ½ cup warm water between 90 and 100 degrees
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus ⅛ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups warm milk between 70-80 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds plus additional for topping


  • -In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add in the ⅛ teaspoon sugar and stir. Set aside for about 5 minutes until the mixture gets foamy.
  • -In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook (or a large bowl with a wooden spoon), combine the yeast mixture, warm milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, sesame oil, olive oil, and 2 cups of flour. Stir well to combine.
  • -Gradually add in the remaining flour and continue kneading until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and forms a smooth and slightly sticky ball.
  • -Knead in the 5 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds. *Note - you can toast sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium/low heat for a few minutes until they turn golden. Keep an eye on them because they can burn quickly.
  • -Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place until double in volume (approximately 1 hour).
  • -Punch the dough down and, using a spoon sprayed with olive oil, spoon the dough equally between 2 muffin tins (24). *Note - The olive oil spray on the spoon will help get the sticky dough off the spoon.
  • -Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with additional sesame seeds.
  • -Place the muffin tins in a warm, draft-free place and allow the rolls to again double in volume (approximately 1 hour).
  • -Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • -Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until they are beautifully golden brown.
  • -Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature.


May be frozen in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg