World’s Best Potato Rolls

The World’s Best Potato Rolls will ruin you.  You’ll never want to make frozen rolls again after having these buttery, delicious, pillowy soft dinner rolls. 

The best rolls in the world. World's Best Potato Rolls... I'm not kidding.

The Recipe for the World’s Best Potato Rolls

You think I’m kidding.  I dare you to find a better recipe!  Every time I make these people beg for the recipe and say, “These are the best rolls I’ve ever had.”  I made them for my husband the first time last week and when he bit into one his eyes lit up like a little kid at Christmas! He was in love! They’re just so unbelievably soft it’s like a cloud! A warm, buttery cloud.  Cloud Rolls.  I don’t think I’ll be able to handle Thanksgiving this year with these rolls and my Ultimate Pecan Pie Bars.

World's Best Potato Rolls! These are the fluffiest and best dinner rolls I have ever made!

World's Best Potato Rolls

What is a Potato Roll?

Potato rolls have potato flakes in them! I use the Bob’s Red Mill brand of potato flakes because that’s the one I can easily find at Walmart’s and other grocery stores.  I just get a bag and it lasts me for several batches of these rolls.  Plus, if you’re ever in a pinch the potato flakes make great instant mashed potatoes! But will these rolls taste like potatoes?  No.  They just make the texture extra soft and pillowy.  They really are dreamy and the perfect dinner roll for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any occasion.

Ultimate Potato Rolls

This is what your workout was for.  Lather on that butter! Okay, they’re great even without the added butter out of the oven but I just prefer it because then I don’t add any butter when I eat them.  These with jam is heavenly!

World's Best Potato Rolls for Thanksgiving

How to make Potato Rolls

The dough is quite loose, but don’t fret! If it’s too sticky when you start to roll it out later, just add flour then!  Oh, and you do not need a bread hook!  I don’t even know why I used it this time because I usually just use my normal paddle.  But you can also mix by hand!

How to make the World's Best Potato Rolls

After the dough rises you’ll separate the dough into 3 parts and roll each one out into a circle like a pizza.  Try to get it somewhat thin so your crescents will have more layers.

Making The World's Best Potato Rolls

Then cut it like a pizza and roll each “slice” from the long end (where the crust of the pizza would be) to the tip to form your crescents.  I’m obsessed with this pizza/dough cutter.  It comes with a covering for the blade so I don’t risk cutting myself in the drawer!

How to make crescent World's Best Potato Rolls

Then place on a greased baking sheet and let rise again.  This photo is from after the second rise.

World's Best Potato Rolls recipe

I wish you could taste these through the screen.  We make these for Thanksgiving and we always run out! Each batch makes more than 30 rolls but somehow they just disappear! Enjoy the World’s Best Potato Rolls!

How to make World's Best Potato Rolls

World’s Best Potato Rolls

Yield: 36 rolls

World’s Best Potato Rolls


3 C. milk
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. butter
1 C. potato flakes
1 Tbsp. salt
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp. instant yeast
7-8 C. flour
1/2 C. butter, very soft


1. In a small sauce pan add milk over medium heat. You want to scald the milk, not boil it. So when little bubbles and foam begins to form around the edge of the pan (a "skin" might also form on the top) then remove from heat.
2. In a stand mixer or large bowl. Add sugar, butter, potato flakes and salt. Add scalded milk once removed from heat and stir well. Let cool to luke warm, about 120-125 degrees if you have a candy thermometer. You don't want this to be too hot when you add your yeast!
3. Add yeast and then eggs and stir again. Add in flour a little at a time, only add as much flour as you need! Different brands of flour make it so the amount will vary. The dough will be very loose and may look shaggy, this is okay! My batter is still fairly sticky at this stage. I add more flour later if I need to.
4. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 1 hour.
5. Push down and divide into 3 sections. (See photos above.) One section at a time, roll out into a circle like a pizza on a floured surface. Try to get your dough fairly thin like 1/4 of an inch. Slather on some of the super soft butter on top! This will help make the layers even more delicious. Cut like a pizza into 12 pieces and then roll up each slice starting at the wide end (where the crust of the pizza would be) to ward the point to form your crescent. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Continue until all three sections of dough have been formed. I used about 1 1/2 cookie sheets!
6. Let rise again until doubled in size (about an hour). Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. I butter my rolls with about 5 minutes left of baking!


Adapted from Oh Sweet Basil who introduced me to this incredible, to die for recipe.

9 thoughts on “World’s Best Potato Rolls

  1. 1
    Deb says:

    Yum!! These potato rolls look so perfectly buttery, light and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. 2
    magali says:

    3 C. milk
    3/4 C. sugar
    3/4 C. butter
    1 C. potato flakes
    1 Tbsp. salt
    4 eggs, room temperature
    1 Tbsp. instant yeast
    7-8 C. flour
    1/2 C. butter, very soft

    Hello could you please tell me what C. stands for, since I am from Brazil and the measures are different,

  3. 3
    debbie says:

    These look great, I’ll be making these for Christmas Day for my family. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 4
    Emilia says:

    Can i freeze these somewhere in the process?

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