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Christmas Dinner Rolls in a Festive Wreath Shape

Sneak Preview: Add these Christmas Dinner Rolls with brown butter and rosemary (mixed in a bread machine) to your 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, I guarantee this simple wreath configuration will make them memorable.

wreath of browned butter and rosemary yeast rolls

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

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

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 making perfect little balls with yeast dough. No fancy twisting, knotting, or similar frustration is 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

If you need some help with forming little round rolls, don’t miss the video below.

image of a leaf
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The idea of the wreath comes from Martha Stewart Living.

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

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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.
Paula Rhodes
4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Mixing & Rising Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Bread
Servings 15 rolls


  • ¼ cup browned butter - 57 gr
  • ¾ cup milk - 170 gr
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar - 27 gr
  • 1 large egg - 50 gr
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - optional
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour - 300 gr
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast - 8 gr


  • 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.
  • Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Add to bread machine bowl along with remaining ingredients in order given.
  • Select dough cycle and start.
  • When dough cycle completes, dough should be risen to double. If not, allow to sit in machine until it is.
  • 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.
  • If desired, brush with melted butter and chopped rosemary. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.



If using frozen bread dough, let rolls come to room temperature and start with step 5.
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
  • To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer:  Add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on LOW to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Then, using a dough hook, turn the speed to 2 or 3. 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 shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • If making by hand: Combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead with your hands until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Kneading will likely take 10-20 minutes, depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate the dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • Please note: You can substitute active dry yeast for instant yeast. Dissolving it first is optional. Active dry yeast tends to rise slower initially but will catch up eventually.


Serving: 1gCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 178mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
Keyword bread machine recipes, Browned Butter Rolls, How To Make a Wreath with Dinner Rolls, Rosemary bread
Cuisine American
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Recipe Rating


Monday 4th of February 2019

I made these last night for dinner. Oh, my! Wonderful, flavorful, pretty, easy and, best of all, delicious! Thank you for the inspiration to get back into bread-making.


Monday 4th of February 2019

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

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!