These honey yeast rolls are amazing! Stop whatever you’re doing, run to the kitchen, and make these rolls. I promise you won’t be sorry! Too bossy? As the first-born, being bossy comes fairly natural…just ask my brother 😉 but you really should make these rolls asap! They would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner – light, fluffy, and slightly sweet. They reminded me a lot of O’Charley’s rolls. And did I mention that O’Charley’s rolls are my absolute favorite rolls? Yeah, so you can imagine how many of these babies I ate ;).

Is everyone else as excited about Thanksgiving as I am? Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous how excited I am this year and I can’t really pin down any particular reason. Maybe it’s because this is the first Thanksgiving in several years that I’m not stressed about school. 4th year is awesome! =) Enjoy!

Honey Yeast Rolls
2-1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 cup warm water (105-115˚ F)
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp canola oil
1-1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 cups bread flour
Vegetable cooking spray
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp honey

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the yeast and warm water.  Add the honey, oil, salt, and egg and mix well.  Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until the dough comes together in a sticky mass.  Switch to the dough hook and, with the mixer on low speed, incorporate the remaining 1 cup of flour.  Continue kneading on low speed for about 8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
2. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 30 seconds.  Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.  Punch the dough down and divide into 10-12 equal size pieces.  Shape each piece into a smooth ball and place into a round, lightly greased 9- or 10-inch round baking dish, spacing evenly.  Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 20-30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Mix together the melted butter and honey, and brush the tops of the rolls with half the mixture.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the rolls are baked through. Brush rolls with other half of the honey-butter mixture. Let cool slightly before serving.
*adapted from Annie’s Eats, originally from A Cookie a Day

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