8 Cost of Bread: Dinner Rolls

I have been teaching bread classes in my neighborhood a couple of times per month for the past little while.

I decided to teach a roll making class today to prepare for Thanksgiving and it was SO much fun!  I really enjoy the hands-on teaching approach.  Each gal brings their mixer, spatula, rolling pin and baking pans to the class. I provide the ingredients in a "kit" which helps the class run smoothly. At the end of the class, the students take their rolls home and bake them.

Because I provide the kits, all I ask in return is a donation to cover the cost of ingredients.  Previously, I posted the cost analysis for making Homemade Bread (grinding own wheat) and Homemade Bread (using storebought wheat).  I thought it would be interesting to see how much my Dinner Roll recipe ingredients would cost.  I know that 36 rolls at Costco are around $4 and Lion House is selling their rolls for $5 per dozen. 

Are you ready?


For 2 dozen, homemade, light, buttery dinner rolls...


Yep, one dollar and twelve cents.

Now, I bought everything in bulk and went to Sam's Club.  Yes, this includes butter and eggs, which I thought would increase the price.  Yes, this included tax.

What it did NOT include was the energy of the oven, the time to make the rolls, the extra butter, plastic wrap and parchment paper.

Do you have 90 minutes to spare? (there are 60 min. roll recipes out there, but they usually have more yeast)

Do you have $1. 12?

Wanna have HOT, delicious, buttery rolls for Thanksgiving? 

Then jump on over to the Dinner Roll recipe and give it a try!


  1. Wow! Very interesting indeed! Thanks for providing this valuable information. Do you grind your white bread flour or just whole wheat?

  2. I'm in! I'm in! I've recently fall in-love, all over again, with making homemade rolls. They're so easy to make, and so much better than store bought. What I've been meaning to ask if you can give tips on how to freeze bread dough to bake later... does that really work?

  3. I've always wondered how much you save by making them yourself. Thanks for doing the math! Your rolls look perfect!

  4. Frieda, I'm feeling like a real idiot, but I'm not understanding putting the eggs in hot water, then draining them. Am I missing something? Are the eggs still in their shells?

  5. What a great idea! I love the idea of a baking class. I also love how you broke down the cost since I'm always told it costs more to make them yourself.

  6. Cathy, I've only ground wheat.

    Debby, that is my next post. Stay tuned!

    Mags, yes; put the whole egg in, shell and all to bring them down to room temp. I've updated my recipes to explain this ~ you're NOT the only person to ask this question. Thanks!

  7. Thanks Frieda. I plan to try this recipe for my Thanksgiving rolls. I'll let you know how they turn out!

  8. What a fun post! I have been looking for a great dinner roll recipe that includes wheat. I will be giving your feather wheat rolls a try. I made some whole wheat rolls a while back and my kids wondered if they could play baseball with them. Point taken guys. Thanks, these look great. I look forward to trying them!


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