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Christmas Dinner Rolls in a Festive Wreath Shape

Preview: Add these Christmas Dinner Rolls with brown butter and rosemary (mixed in a bread machine) to your next holiday menu. Directions for shaping into a wreath included.

Are you looking for something easy but festive for a holiday gathering? Although homemade yeast rolls issue an aromatic, come-hither statement on their own, this simple wreath configuration is guaranteed to make them memorable.

Don’t fret if you aren’t Mr. or Ms. Bread-Baker-of-the-Year. Below is a list of various ways you can create these Browned Butter and Rosemary Dinner Rolls for your holiday table.

Although this recipe comes with bread machine instructions, you can make them by hand or with a stand mixer. See the recipe notes for detail.

wreath of browned butter and rosemary yeast rolls

Four ways to use this holiday bread recipe:

  1. No time or too many bread-baking insecurities? Use store-bought frozen bread dough.
  2. No desire and/or time to mix and knead bread dough by hand? Use a bread machine or a heavy-duty stand mixer to do the job.  You could even use a bread machine mix from the grocery store.
  3. Already have a favorite roll recipe but want to dress it up? After letting your dough rise, start with the instructions for shaping the rolls in step 5 and proceed as directed.
  4. Not sure about the wreath but want to try the rolls? (They make great slider buns.) Skip the whole wreath idea and put dough balls into two 8 or 9-inch pans as seen here and start from step 5 in the recipe.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this video for instructions on how to make perfect little balls with yeast dough. No fancy twisting, knotting, or similar frustration required.

Two ways to form a wreath out of Christmas dinner rolls:

ring of dough balls before and after rising
I  used a 13-inch pizza pan. Brush rolls with butter. Sprinkle them with herbs and salt immediately before placing them in the oven.

Here’s another option, only because I’m having fun with this recipe.

Christmas dinner wreath made with rolls and whipped butter in the middle

As you can see in the picture below, I put an oven-safe measuring cup in the middle to maintain the wreath shape.

alternate configuration of wreath of rolls with Christmas bread rolls
Left: Before rising Right: After rising, ready to bake


The idea of the wreath comes from Martha Stewart Living.

Recipe adapted from my very favorite bread cookbook, One hundred years of bread: Classic Breads from your bread machine by Sidney Brockman Carlisle.

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Yield: 15 rolls

Christmas Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter and Rosemary Recipe


You'll find this festive ring of rosemary yeast rolls difficult to resist. They also make wonderful slider buns for leftover ham, turkey, or roast beef.

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup browned butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  1. Melt butter on stove and turn to lowest temperature and allow to turn brown. (Careful not to go too far and let it burn.) Or, see my directions for doing it in the microwave in link above. Add to bread machine bowl.
  2. Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Add to bread machine bowl along with remaining ingredients in order given.
  3. Select dough cycle and start.
  4. When dough cycle completes, dough should be risen to double. If not, allow to sit in machine until it is.
  5. Remove dough to a floured surface. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces and make into smooth balls. Arrange on a round pizza pan 13-inches or larger, in a single or double circle as illustrated in the pictures above. Cover and allow to rise until almost double.
  6. If desired, brush with melted butter and chopped rosemary. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  7. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.


  • To make this in a heavy-duty mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and start with step 5.
  • If making by hand, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic, probably 10-15 minutes depending on your experience. Place dough  into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and start with step 5.
  • If using frozen bread dough, let rolls come to room temperature and start with step 5.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Stephane in Alaska

Monday 2nd of January 2012

Sooo pretty! I'm going to give them a go. BTW, I see you all over Pinterest! ; )


Wednesday 14th of December 2011

What a lovely shaping technique. Will definitely try it for Christmas dinner. ...Susan


Wednesday 14th of December 2011


That wreath is so pretty! And since you can use store-bought dough, I'm in!


Tuesday 13th of December 2011

My whole family enjoyed these. I substituted one cup of flour with whole wheat just to make them a little more healthful, and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Really good as sandwiches with baked ham.


Thursday 15th of December 2011

Glad to hear you like them Pam. I can imagine they were fabulous with the whole wheat flour. Thanks for reporting back.


Monday 12th of December 2011

Absolutely wonderful. I can smell Christmas already. Delicious. Thanx Paula.

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