Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter

These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls are so soft and the Cinnamon Honey Butter puts them over the top! I use a bread machine to cut the active work down to 10 minutes which includes shaping the rolls. These are simple enough for any dinner but amazing enough for Thanksgiving Dinner! We love them piping hot just like at the Roadhouse but they also hold well leftover which the restaurant ones do not.  They might even be better than the ones at the restaurant…

These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls are amazingly soft and the Cinnamon Honey Butter puts them over the top! Only 10 minutes of active work!

I’m going out on a limb to say that I have easily served food to well over a thousand people through the years. I would even go so far as to say that is a conservative number because of all the event meals I have helped prepare.

I know the secret to keeping people happy when it comes to food. It is really good fresh bread! Even better if it is still warm and comes with real butter that has honey, cinnamon or garlic in it. Human beings really do love the simple pleasures in life – even in the crazy modern world we live in.

Most of us buy bread to avoid the recipe failure, kneading, mess and time involved in the process. Instead, I bought a used bread machine and use it to make all my dough which saves time and mess. I also have great recipes like this one :)

We love the Texas Roadhouse rolls and butter so I thought I would give you a “better than the restaurant” copycat to use all fall. After all, it is full on soup season now with the holiday baking extravaganza coming our way fast!

My local taste testers cleaned out about three batches of these puppies this week and wiped out the butter bowl. (I think I saw somebody using a finger and licking it…) A few fell on the floor and when I went to throw them out a friend asked if she could have them. They really are that good…

I know bread making can bring up lots of questions. Make sure to leave a comment and I will try to help clear up any confusion. I really try hard to keep a close eye on emergency cooking questions, even on the holidays when I know you are cooking like crazy. Enjoy!

Tools In This Post:  This baby is a star in my kitchen!  Bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, peach bread, tomato bread – you name it, this little white box has made it all!  I love the durability and ease of use.  This is an appliance worth the investment if you enjoy fresh bread.  I never bake bread in it – bread machines are poor for that.  But it makes the dough part easy and my bread projects take me just a few minutes.  Trust me – we all need one!

I think my Loaded Baked Potato Soup is the perfect dinner with these rolls.  Enjoy! 

LoadedBakedPotatoSoup

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
The Dough
  • 1 cup milk, warmed in microwave for 30 seconds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. quick rise yeast (also known as instant yeast)
  • 4 - 6 Tbsp. salted butter for brushing buns, melted
The Amazing Cinnamon Honey Butter
  • ½ cup of salted butter, softened but not at all melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
To Make The Dough
  1. Place the ingredients in your bread machine in the order given. Set the machine for the dough setting and let it run. (Usually a 90 minute cycle.)
To Form The Rolls
  1. Spray a 8" x 12.5" rectangular glass pan with cooking spray and set aside. (Any pan where the rolls fit with a bit of space around them is fine.)
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide and shape into 15 rolls as desired. I roll the dough out into a 14"x11" rectangle and cut it into equal squares. I fold each square in half and place in the pan to rise. Alternately rolls can be formed into round balls by tucking the edges of each piece of dough under.
  3. Place the formed rolls into the glass pan (3 rolls by 5 rolls) leaving some space between each roll. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Turn the oven on to 350 F for 1 minute. TURN THE OVEN OFF and place the pan of covered rolls inside. Let the rolls rise for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and preheat to 350 F.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven. Rolls are done when they are cooked through and lightly brown on the outside. Remove from the oven and brush again with melted butter. Serve immediately for the best flavor.
  6. Store leftover rolls in an airtight container.
To Make The Honey Butter
  1. Use a fork to whip together the soft butter with honey and cinnamon. Serve at room temperature with the hot rolls. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Notes
Timeline:
Bread Machine Dough Cycle: 90 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Rising and Preheating: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total From Start to Finish: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

 

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter (Without a Bread Machine)
 
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If you don't have a bread machine, you can make the dough by hand or with a stand mixer. This set of directions will walk you through the process.
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
The Dough
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. quick rise yeast (also known as instant yeast)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 4 - 6 Tbsp. salted butter for brushing buns, melted
The Amazing Cinnamon Honey Butter
  • ½ cup of salted butter, softened but not at all melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
To Make The Dough
  1. In a large, microwave safe bowl: heat milk, and butter in the microwave for 30-60 seconds just until it is pleasantly warm to your finger.
  2. Whisk in sugar, salt, and yeast. Some lumps of butter may remain.
  3. Whisk in ½ cup of flour and the egg.
  4. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the remaining 2½ cups of flour until a dough forms.
  5. Using a dough hook, knead the dough in a stand mixer for 5 minutes or knead by hand (spray a large wooden board and your hands liberally with canola cooking oil spray. Knead the dough on the greased board for 5 minutes. Set the board aside to use again for rolling the dough out.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and place in a oiled mixing bowl. Turn dough to coat and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set the bowl in a warm place until the dough has doubled, about 60 - 90 minutes.
To Form The Rolls
  1. Spray a 8" x 12.5" rectangular glass pan with cooking spray and set aside. (Any pan where the rolls fit with a bit of space around them is fine.)
  2. Turn the dough out onto a cutting board sprayed with Pam spray and divide and shape into 15 rolls as desired. I roll the dough out into a 14"x11" rectangle and cut it into equal squares. I fold each square in half and place in the pan to rise. Alternately rolls can be formed into round balls by tucking the edges of each piece of dough under.
  3. Place the formed rolls into the glass pan (3 rolls by 5 rolls) leaving some space between each roll. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Turn the oven on to 350 F for 1 minute. TURN THE OVEN OFF and place the pan of covered rolls inside. Let the rolls rise for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and preheat to 350 F.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven. Rolls are done when they are cooked through and lightly brown on the outside. Remove from the oven and brush again with melted butter. Serve immediately for the best flavor.
  6. Store leftover rolls in an airtight container.
To Make The Honey Butter
  1. Use a fork to whip together the soft butter with honey and cinnamon. Serve at room temperature with the hot rolls. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls are amazingly soft and the Cinnamon Honey Butter puts them over the top! Only 10 minutes of active work!

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46 thoughts on “Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter

  1. How would I make this recipe since I don’t own a bread machine but do own a new Kitchen Aid Professional 6 qt. bowl lift mixer with a ‘dough hook’. I love home made bread, but have never made it before so I don’t have a clue on how to do this without a machine.
    Thanks for any assistance you can offer me.
    Carol

    • Hi Carol! I’m so excited you are making bread for the first time! It is not too hard to do without a bread machine and a Kitchen Aid makes it a lot easier! I updated the post to give a printable set of instructions for making the rolls without a bread machine. Good luck baking! Let me know how it turns out!

  2. I think I need a bread maker now so I can make these rolls! They look so good! The honey butter seems super easy to make, too, and something I can make for more than just these rolls!

    • Bread makers are wonderful things! Another reader asked me last night to give instructions for making the dough without a bread maker so I will be posting those today too. You are so right about that butter… Holy cow that butter! It really is something else again. Honestly, I could just about make it and jar it up for Christmas presents!

      • I still love to bake bread the old fashioned way but I also have a two month old and a business and big, busy, wonderful life! I love having the option to spend five minutes to put stuff in and get great dough to work with. At the end of the day though I still love the feel of my hands in the dough so I could never just use the machine!

      • Hello Mirlandra:

        Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m a caterer and will definitely give these a try. Down south all of our cooking is from scratch. In my family we have quite a few of roll recipes but, I have never made one with brown sugar. I will let you know how they turned out!

        • Oh I hope you liked them! I find that using brown sugar in bread gives it a hint of something a little bit different. I do that quite a bit in bread.

  3. I love baking bread. I don’t often have the time for it, but knuckle deep in a ball of bread dough is the best therapy I’ve found for whatever ails ya. You can bet when I have the time I’ll be trying these! Saving to my bread board. The pinterest kind, not the kneading kind.

    • Oh yes! I was about 16 when I discovered how therapeutic baking (bread in particular could be). My father was quite surprised when bad days meant I baked cinnamon rolls 60 or more at a time! The neighbors thought it was wonderful! Thanks for pinning.

  4. I love my bread machine, it’s perfect for making dough. I used to have two and both would run every day. Fresh breads, dough, you name it I made it. Now I only have one but I make it work. ha.

    Love this recipe, nothing better than homemade dinner rolls.

  5. The directions say to turn the oven to 350 for 1 minute, put the rolls in to rise, then turn the oven off. My question is, do I preheat my oven until it reaches 350, then put the rolls in for a minute, or do I put the rolls in the oven while it’s preheating?

    • I preheat it for one minute and turn it off no matter what temperature it has reached. If you put it in at 350 the yeast would die. Basically I’m just making the oven nice and cozy and then leaving the bread to rise. Some people have the perfect house temperature for getting bread to rise but if you are not an experienced bread baker it can get tricky. I find this is much more foolproof.

  6. Thank you Mirlandra for posting this recipe. I made a batch last night and there are only two left tonight ! I am just making a double batch as we speak !! I did tweak the recipe a bit : I totally cut out the sugar and replaced with a nice tablespoon of honey, I used bread flour instead of AP and I added a cup of quick oats (I add oats to everything!), I also replaced the butter with coconut oil.
    I find when it comes to bread rising because it can be quite cold here (I live in Scotland), I let the dough rise either at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size (and if it takes a couple of hours so be it) or sometimes I leave it overnight in the fridge to let it slowly prove.
    As you did I used the bread machine to make the dough – this is such a good piece of kitchen equipment to have ! unlike some other bread machines I’ve had I actually really like the bread that my current one makes.

    • I had a wonderful time in Scotland some years back – your country is beautiful and full of the most wonderful people! Thank you for sharing your wonderful changes. I’m so glad they turned out well for you! It sounds positively delicious and now I’m curious to try it that way!!! I am cooking more and more with coconut oil these days as well as rubbing it on the entire family and using it to make cloth wipes for my son. It is pretty spectacular stuff!

  7. Hi, Mirlandra.
    I am happy you were generous to post these recipes. I know my family will enjoy them. Have a nice day and a wonderful year of baking.

    • Well thank you! I am so glad your family will enjoy the recipes. I love sharing things that we enjoy making here.

  8. What kind of breadmaker do you have? I’d love to buy one, but don’t want to spend the money unless I get a tired and true one. Sounds like the ones you have fit the bill!

    Thanks = )

    • There is a link in the post to the Oster one. It is the exact one I have. I have owned two and loved both very much. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

  9. 35the wedding anniversary tonite and I will be making these. Is the 1/3 cup of brown sugar packed? Thanks!

    • Wow- 35 years! That is wonderful. Congratulations. We are coming up on five years this summer – the time seems to have flown. Yes, the sugar is packed. Enjoy your evening with hour love!

  10. I made these and let them rise would it be ok if I bake them later or should they be baked right away? I’m so excited to try them. Thank you so much :)

    • If you let them rise too long they can get kind of funky. I suggest baking them right after letting them rise and eating them piping hot. They are still very yummy after they cool down but hot they are really something special. I hope you love them!

  11. When you say fold them… Are you meaning like you are doing a pastry recipe for flakiness/lamination? I was surprised at that in this recipe. My first instinct is to just let them rise as I cut them. Is there a reason you’re folding them in half? Thanks!

    • I just enjoy the way they come out – sort of with a natural spot to pull them in half. Shape them any way you enjoy. It all tastes great!

  12. I am making these tonight for dinner. Can’t wait to try them….and that wonderful butter. Will let you know results. Thanks for sharing! Happy baking!!

  13. I have a bread machine and have had them for many years, love it, you can reverse most bread recipes for use in the bread machine, just know your capacity (i.e. how much liquid & flour your machine can work with) and just go for it. A little practice for the newbie and I am sure you will love your machine, A nice one does not cost all that much usually less than $50

    • I have done that many times over the years! For me it is a beloved kitchen appliance and I don’t believe people should own two many kitchen appliances :)

  14. Can you freeze the dough for later? I was hoping to make these for Thanksgiving but wondered how to make a triple batch with only one bread dough machine? Can I make the dough ahead of time and freeze until Thanksgiving morning?

    • Honestly, I have never tried that! I don’t freeze bread dough in advance so I’m not sure how this one will respond. Sorry. If you end up trying it please let me know how it works out! I’m curious now. Happy Thanksgiving :)

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