Does anyone go to Texas Roadhouse for anything other than their famous pillowy dinner rolls? Okay, admittedly, their Awesome Blossom is a must-have on every visit, and their rattlesnake bites are pretty fabulous, too. Still, their famous Texas Roadhouse rolls are what keep us coming back.
Want to bring some of that heavenly Texas magic into your kitchen? Now you can! With our Test Kitchen-approved recipe, you can make spot-on copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls. They’re a great beginner baking recipe and guaranteed to become your new go-to dinner roll recipe for holidays, family gatherings and just your average Tuesday night supper.
Pass the honey cinnamon butter, and let’s get baking!
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
1 large egg, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
2 tablespoons honey
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3-1/2 cups bread flour
Step 1: Activate the yeast
Dissolve the yeast in a glass measuring cup with the warm milk.
Editor’s Tip: Take care to ensure your milk is heated to the proper temperature for optimal results. It’s a common baking mistake. Milk that’s too hot will kill the yeast, while milk that’s too cold will not properly activate it. Most brands will recommend a temperature between 110-115°F. Use an instant-read thermometer to verify.
Step 2: Combine the ingredients
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine the egg, egg yolk, 1/2 cup melted butter, honey, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups of bread flour.
Editor’s Tip: For supremely fluffy Texas Roadhouse rolls with the perfect texture, we highly recommend using bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. Bread flour contains a higher protein content than other types of flour, which is essential for developing the gluten in this particular dough.
Step 3: Mix
Beat on your mixer’s lowest speed for a minute, then increase to a medium speed and mix until a smooth yet sticky dough forms. Begin to gradually add the remaining flour (you may not need the full 1-1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms that pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
Editor’s Tip: For best accuracy, we highly recommend using a simple food scale to measure your flour by weight when baking bread. Generally, 1 cup of bread flour should weigh 120 grams, meaning you should use about 420 grams of bread flour to prepare these rolls.
Step 4: Knead and rise
Turn the finished dough out onto a floured surface (or try kneading with a stand mixer). Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Then transfer it to a lightly greased bowl, turning it over once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Step 5: Divide and shape
Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide and shape into 24 equal-sized balls. Arrange the balls in greased 8×8-inch baking pans (12 rolls per pan) and cover them with clean kitchen towels.
Step 6: Do a second rise
Let rise, undisturbed, in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour (here’s how to figure out how long it takes bread dough to rise). Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°.
Step 7: Bake
Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Remove promptly and immediately brush the tops of each roll with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
Editor’s Tip: Just like meat, you can check a bread’s internal temperature to determine if it’s done. It should fall somewhere between 160 and 185º.
Tips for Making Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls
What do you serve with Texas Roadhouse rolls?
Serve these rolls with any of your favorite homestyle family dinners (or copycat Texas Roadhouse recipes). From country-fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes to baby back ribs or a perfectly cooked steak with a loaded baked potato, the options are truly endless.
What do I do if my dough doesn’t rise?
Many factors impact a dough’s rise in baking. From temperature and time to the age of the yeast and accurate measurement, all must be just right when preparing a bread recipe. If your dough has not risen, move it to a slightly warmer location in your kitchen (like a sunny window) and give it more time.
If your dough simply will not rise at all, there’s a good chance that your yeast has expired, and you may need to start fresh with new yeast. For more tips, don’t miss our guide on how to fix bread that won’t rise.
How do you store Texas Roadhouse rolls?
Leftover rolls (although unlikely) may be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days when wrapped tightly in plastic. You can also freeze Texas Roadhouse rolls for up to 6 months. Wrap tightly in plastic and place into a gallon-size freezer bag before placing in the freezer. (Here are more tips for freezing bread.)
To serve, let defrost overnight on the counter until fully thawed. Enjoy at room temperature or warm in a 350° oven until heated through.