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Homemade Brioche Rolls

Brioche rolls develop their rich dough with eggs and butter. An overnight rise allows time for the dough to develop. This recipe for brioche rolls comes from the magazine, Cooking Light, and these dinner rolls will deepen your confidence in baking bread at home. 

Brioche rolls in a pottery bowl

What is brioche?

Brioche is a rich, yeast bread. It is different from other breads in that its dough gains flavor and depth from eggs and butter.

How do you eat brioche?

Brioche has a buttery taste that lends itself well to many occasions. Warm brioche fresh from the oven is a welcome treat. So too is toasted brioche with butter and jam. Try this plum jam or this recipe for orange marmalade to complement your homemade brioche.

Homemade brioche dinner rolls are a special occasion bread. Making bread at home is rewarding and you’ll be happy serving these rolls with your Sunday meal, with Easter dinner alongside a ham, with Christmas dinner with a roast, with Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, or as a special addition to any weekend brunch.

Brioche is also the type of bread that holds up well in baked recipes. Use cubed brioche in a bread pudding recipe or make a beautiful French toast. 

Here are some more ideas for brioche recipes:

Brioche rolls recipe

What a treat to find this recipe for brioche rolls from the magazine Cooking Light. Making brioche rolls is a time-consuming recipe since an overnight stage in the refrigerator is required but don’t let that hold you back. 

This was my first time making a bread dough with eggs and the dough was beautiful. The eggs add a richness to the dough– the color of the dough looked like no other I’ve made before. The color, texture, and shine of the dough all contributed to the success of this bread.

Brioche dough is easy to work with and the recipe is an excellent choice for bread baking beginners and experts alike. 

How to form brioche rolls

Baking the rolls in muffin tins was a good way to make these rolls. Brioche may be baked as a loaf in a bread baking pan or you may form individual rolls. Using a muffin tin provides structure and support for these rolls as they rise and then bake. 

To form the rolls simply take a piece of dough, tuck the sides under and form a ball shape by using your hands. Place the seam side down in the lightly greased muffin tin.

Yield: 24 rolls

Brioche Rolls

Brioche rolls in a pottery bowl

Brioche rolls develop their rich dough with eggs and butter. An overnight rise allows time for the dough to develop. This recipe for brioche rolls comes from the magazine, Cooking Light, and making it will deepen your confidence in baking bread at home. 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes


  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/3 cup warm 1% low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 15.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg white


Make the dough

Warm the milk and dissolve the yeast by whisking it in then let it sit for 5 minutes in your stand mixer.

Add the flour, sugar, salt and slightly beated eggs to the stand mixer bowl. Start with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until well combined.

Now switch to the bread hook attachment. Beat on low for 5 minutes until a springy dough is formed. Add the butter in small pieces and beat until combined into the dough. Beat for another 5 minutes longer.

Let the dough rise

Spray a large glass bowl with baking spray and place the dough into the bowl, turn it over a few times to coat the entire ball of dough. Spray baking spray on a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Let the bowl rise in a warm place for an hour or until it doubles in size.

Punch dough down in the middle a few times, folding the dough on to itself each time; form into a ball.

Return dough to bowl; cover with the sprayed plastic wrap again, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Form the rolls

Uncover dough; let stand 90 minutes or until dough is at room temperature. Divide dough into 4 equal portions and cut each into 6 pieces.

Form each piece into a ball. Repeat procedure with remaining dough to make 24 rolls total.

Place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Cover with a large piece of plastic coated with baking spray and let rise for 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.


Preheat oven to 350°.

Make an egg wash by whisking the egg white and water. Brush the rolls with the egg wash.

Bake at 350° for 14 minutes or until the tops of the rolls golden. Place pans on wire racks.

Melt the remaining butter. Brush butter onto rolls.


Original recipe found at Cooking Light

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Thursday 21st of February 2013

I think the rolls turned out beautifully. I'm wanting to reach in and grab one from the screen. I can only imagine how fabulous they must be hot with butter. Yum!

Holly @

Thursday 21st of February 2013

Thanks, Renee! Aren't rolls so tasty right out of the oven? It makes you not want to buy any from the grocery store again!

sally @ sallys baking addiction

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

I just love brioche bread. I've never made it at home though. The rolls look wonderful. So fluffy, Holly! I think they are gorgeous - even though some are more brown on top than others. I'd love these with some raspberry jam!

Holly @

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Thanks, Sally! I think next time it would help it I were more consistent when brushing on the egg wash-- the rolls might have had better luck browning consistently. Still I ate so many of them that they couldn't have been all that bad, right? Thanks for stopping by.

Lora CakeDuchess

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Your rolls are so pretty, Holly. So fluffy and so perfect. I would love one now with some butter and jam and a hot cup of tea. Perfect for #TwelveLoaves February. xx

Holly @

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Thanks, Lora, it is wonderful to bake again with you this month.

Wendy Sondov

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

These look so fluffy and beautifully browned. My mother loves brioche. Maybe I will surprise her with some. Thanks.

Holly @

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Thanks, Wendy, what a nice idea to share this with your mother! I wish my mom lived closer and I would drop these by her house too. Thanks for stopping by!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I love Brioche rolls!!! I've never tried baking this bread yet but now I am determined to! :) that rib sandwich with Vermont cheddar cheese on brioche bread sounds simply amazing!!! yum! beautiful rolls!

Holly @

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Thanks, Alice, and yes, the rib sandwich was fantastic. I think I'll try other egg-based breads soon. I always enjoy what you bake and look forward to your next post!

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