These Easy Sesame Bread Rolls need to be a staple on your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. Soft and fluffy just the way they should be. Even if you’re not the best baker (and I certainly am not), these rolls are so easy to make. Check out the step by step video.

Sesame bread rolls on a cooling rack

The two best smells that can come from your oven is baking bread and homemade cookies. Even better are when the rolls are fresh and warm out of the oven and eaten simply with a good, creamy butter.

Now, I’m no master baker, but even I can make these rolls without messing them up. There’s no mixer needed. All you need is a bowl, a spatula, a warm place to proof the dough and a little time.

A sesame bread roll on a white plate with a butter knife

My favorite thing to do is top them with toasted sesame seeds before baking, but you can really top them with anything from poppy seeds, flaked onion, garlic powder/salt or leave them plain. If you leave them with no topping, brush them right out of the oven with melted butter.

These easy sesame bread rolls are so light and soft. I also use them for sandwiches (hello holiday leftovers) serve with soups, stews and they even make the best burger buns.

Bread rolls in the shape of a holiday wreath

If you want to get really festive, a few years ago I made a rosemary bread wreath, picture above, that can also be a fun and edible table decoration.

Make ahead

You can make these rolls of the holidays. They keep for 2 to 3 days kept in a cool place in a sealed container. You can even freeze the dough balls, defrost in the refrigerator and bake per the recipe.

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Yield: 16 rolls

Easy Sesame Bread Rolls

A closeup of a bread rolls showing the soft and fluffy inside

These easy rolls are soft and fluffy and perfect for any family meal.

Prep Time 2 hours 3 seconds
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes 3 seconds


  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk, warmed to 100-110 °F (38-43°C)
  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups (390 grams) all-purpose flour/plain flour, plus more for kneading
  • Egg yolk, whisked
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Add the yeast, sugar and ½ the of the milk to a small bowl and mix. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and eggs. Set aside.
  3. To a large bowl add the flour and mix in the wet ingredients, stir/mix until well combined.
  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, dusting with flour as needed until elastic and smooth and no longer sticky.
  5. Coat a bowl lightly with oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size. I like to turn the oven on for a minute or so, turn it off then put the dough in the oven to proof.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Divide the dough into 16 balls. Place on the pan, evenly apart. Cover with a towel and place in a warm area to rise for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven.
  9. Brush the tops of the rolls with the egg yolk. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


Note: To melt the butter, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on 50% power until melted.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 60Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 42mgSodium 142mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 2g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.