Easy, Simple, Delicious German Rolls

Brötchen ~ Fast, Easy, Delicious German Rolls ~

Every Sunday, our family gathers at our house for breakfast. The main purpose is NOT to spend hours preparing food or slaving in the kitchen. Instead, we want to make sure that my daughters grow up knowing their grandparents and aunts and uncles and breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to give us a weekly check-in and make sure we stay involved and up to date in everyone’s lives. I grew up on Germany, and I remember my parents sending us to the bakery to pick up rolls for Saturday morning breakfast. Those rolls were so delicious! Whether smothered with jam, layered with slices of cheese, or topped with butter and slices of a hard-boiled egg, it was a treat! Now with the recipe below, I can make my own Brötchen whenever the craving strikes.

I’ve been baking easy, hearty breads for years, but it’s taken me until now to find a recipe for rolls that brings me back to my childhood AND that doesn’t require advanced planning, fancy ingredients, or techniques. I can make these rolls in about an hour, including baking time so they are warm out of the oven when the family arrives. Give this recipe a try and you won’t regret it.

Easy, Simple, Delicious German Rolls
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5 from 1 vote

Brötchen ~ German Rolls

Delicious, easy and quick! These rolls are a new favorite at our house and can also be formed to make baguettes. There is no long rest period and you can have fresh rolls within an hour of developing a craving 🙂
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Brötchen, Fast, Quick, Simple
Servings: 24 rolls


  • 600 ml water room temperature
  • 1-2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp vinegar apple, balsamic, etc.
  • 1000 g plain flour or bread flour
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds optional
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds optional
  • 2 tbsp milk optional


  • Pour the water into a large bowl.
  • Add yeast, sugar, salt, and vinegar to the water.
  • Add flour to the bowl and combine. You can use a spoon (or fork) to combine the ingredients, then use your hands to knead until a smooth elastic dough. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rest about 30 minutes. 
  • After the rest, knead the dough again and form your rolls. The dough should be enough for about 20-24 fist-sized rolls. 
  • Once a roll is formed, brush it with milk and place on baking sheet. If desired, roll the formed roll in poppy seeds or sesame seeds prior to placing on the baking sheet.
    Brötchen ready to go into the oven.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 F and let the tray of rolls rest until the oven is up to temperature. Then bake for 20-25 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown.


I have used spelt, whole wheat, and rye flour to replace up to 50% of the flour. The rolls will be a bit denser, but still delicious. 






One response to “Brötchen ~ Fast, Easy, Delicious German Rolls ~”

  1. Agnes Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and my brötchen came out wonderfully, although a bit small. I used 2 Fleischmann active yeast packets and divided my dough into 20 rolls by weight. The taste and texture were perfect. It brought me right back to my Oma’s kitchen.

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