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Heart Shaped Dinner Rolls

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These heart shaped dinner rolls are a fun and easy way to transform an ordinary dinner roll into a heart-shaped masterpiece.  Whether it’s Valentine’s Day your anniversary or any other special occasion, this bread is perfect for that special dinner.

A tray of heart shaped dinner rolls

Heart Shaped Bread

Every year for Valentine’s day we do a heart-themed meal for our family dinner. These Valentine’s dinner rolls have become my new go-to because they are so easy and my girls think they are just about the best things ever. Because what little girl doesn’t love heart shaped food?? Am I right?!

These rolls are perfect for other occasions as well.  Do you have an anniversary coming up or are you looking for a simple way to tell someone you love them?  In just a few easy steps, you can add a fun twist to your dinner or you can even give a batch of these away as a thoughtful gift.

a pile of raw dough on a baking sheet

How To Make Heart Shaped Dinner Rolls

Make The Dough – Prepare the dinner roll bread dough according to the written directions.

Portion It – Once your dough is ready, pull off about two ounces of dough and set aside. Two ounces is about as much dough as what would fit in an ice cream scoop. Continue pulling off 2 ounces of dough at a time until you’ve separated all of the dough into individual piles.  

a small 2 ounce ball of dough in someone's hand

Roll It Out – On a floured surface, roll out each of the little balls of dough with the tips of your fingers into a rod-shape until they are 4 inches long. You may need to use both hands to roll out the dough.

a hand rolling out a piece of dough in order to make heart shaped bread

Cut It – With a sharp knife, cut down the center of the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch at the end still attached. This will create a V shape in the piece of dough.

a piece of dough being sliced down the middle with a knife in order to be able to mold the bread into a heart shape

Make A “V” – Next, you will fold one end of the V down into the center of the roll.

folding down one side of the bread dough is the first step in forming a heart shaped roll

Form The Heart – Then you’ll do the same thing on the other end of the roll of dough in order to create a heart shape.

a hand folding in the other side of the bread dough is the next step for heart bread

Finish The Heart – If you need to, lightly press the sides of the heart-shaped roll in to get the correct shape.

a hand pinching the sides of the dough form to make the perfect heart shape

Prep For Baking – Place your rolls on a prepared baking sheet to allow them to proof. When proofing bread, I like to spray plastic wrap with a little olive oil and lightly place it (oil side down) over the rolls. This helps keeps the moisture in and is super easy to remove once the rolls are ready to go in the oven.

heart shaped bread dough on a baking sheet

Bring Some Heat – Finally, bake your rolls until golden brown, and brush them with melted butter as desired.

a hand holding a heart shaped roll with a bite taken out

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Heart Shaped Dinner Rolls

These heart shaped dinner rolls are a fun and easy way to transform an ordinary dinner roll into a heart-shaped masterpiece. Whether it's Valentine's Day your anniversary or any other special occasion, this bread is perfect for that special dinner.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, rolls, valentine's day
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
  • butter for brushing, if desired

Instructions

For the dough -

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until frothy. 

  2. Add the oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. You want your dough to be slightly sticky, but pull away from the sides of the bowl. Do not add too much flour!
  4. Knead for 3-5 minutes, then cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Gently punch down the dough, then place it on a lightly floured surface,
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

To form the hearts -

  1. Pull off about two ounces of dough and set aside. Two ounces is about as much dough as what would fit in an ice cream scoop. Continue pulling off 2 ounces of dough at a time until you've separated all of the dough into individual piles.
  2. On your floured surface, roll out each of the little balls of dough with the tips of your fingers into a rod-shape until they are 4 inches long. You may need to use both hands to roll out the dough.
  3. With a sharp knife, cut down the center of the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch at the end still attached. This will create a V shape in the piece of dough.
  4. Fold one end of the V down into the center of the roll.
  5. Then you'll do the same thing on the other end of the roll of dough in order to create a heart shape.
  6. If you need to, lightly press the sides of the heart-shaped roll in to get the correct shape.
  7. Place your rolls on a prepared baking sheet to allow them to proof. When proofing bread, I like to spray plastic wrap with a little olive oil and lightly place it (oil side down) over the rolls. This helps keeps the moisture in and is super easy to remove once the rolls are ready to go in the oven.
  8. Finally, bake your rolls for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Brush them with melted butter, if desired, and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Heart Shaped Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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