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Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls

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Make slow cooker bread dinner rolls out of a tube of bread dough for a fun and easy Crock Pot baking adventure.

These easy slow cooker bread rolls only call for 1 ingredient! Use a tube of bread dough to bake up dinner rolls or an entire loaf in just under an hour. Have fresh hot bread without ever turning on the oven!

I first played around with baking bread in the slow cooker a few years ago. I made slow cooker dinner rolls using a no knead homemade bread dough.  To my surprise, it worked like a charm!

But why bother baking bread in a slow cooker when an oven works just fine? First, it’s a great way to bake bread when oven space is at a premium like at Thanksgiving. This way you get hot, fresh bread and all you need is a broiler to brown them.

Second, during the summer months when I avoid turning on the oven at all costs. I used to bake all my own bread and finding a way to bake it without heating up an already hot house was awesome.

And it’s just crazy cool to bake bread in your slow cooker!

Easy Crock Pot Bread

I had a roll of Pillsbury French Bread in my fridge that needed to be baked. I wondered if I could bake it in the slow cooker like I had made the homemade rolls.  I don’t normally bake bread out of a tube, but I figured it was worth a try.

How to cook dinner rolls in a slow cooker

At first I tried to bake the bread whole in a loaf, but it wouldn’t fit.  I think it would work in an oblong slow cooker, though. So instead, I sliced the loaf up in to rolls.

Bake Bread in Crock Pot

Bread bakes up perfectly in a slow cooker, but it doesn’t brown the outside.  This is what the rolls look like without browning. They are perfectly edible and taste just fine so browning them isn’t necessary.

But I like a little browned crust on the outside of my bread. I just lifted the parchment paper out of the slow cooker and put it on a baking sheet.

Browned Dinner Rolls

Pop the dinner rolls under the broiler for a few minutes to brow. Watch them closely because it doesn’t take long and they’ll burn before you know it!

Slow Cooker Bread Rolls

I almost burned this batch.  They got a tad browner than I anticipated. I brushed on a little butter once the rolls came out of the broiler.  A little sea salt and rosemary would be delicious, too.

Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls

Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls

Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls


  • 1 tube French bread
  • Parchment paper
  • Butter (optional)


  1. Slice the bread in to rolls if the entire loaf will not fit in the crock of your slow cooker.
  2. Lay the bread on lightly oiled parchment paper and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook for 1 hour on high. It make take a little less time since this bread isn't too dense. Start checking after 30 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, remove the rolls on the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  5. Brown under a broiler and brush with butter.
  6. Serve warm.

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  • MaryAnn Coy
    September 27, 2018

    Do you think this would work on a Homemade Pizza Bread Dough Recipe? I have to avoid all unnecessary ingredients &.chemical extra. Pizza Dough & French Bread Dough are much the same.. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Emmi
    November 16, 2016

    Find this great inspiration on #TurnItUpTuesdays!!
    I love the idea of making bread in a Slow Cooker! At the time I have not a slow cooker but I am thinking of getting one! Well, the fact to bake bread in the slow cooker during summer it’s really a striking argument for me!!! 😉
    Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing!
    I wish you a wonderful week!
    – Emmi

  • The Rambler
    November 15, 2016

    Holy Shiza!!! This is going to be our next crockpot try! Found you via Turn it Up Tuesdays =)

    • Camille
      November 15, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by! It’s so fun to bake in the slow cooker! 🙂

  • Beverly
    November 12, 2016

    What a great idea. I have never made rolls in a crock pot but I am going to try this.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,

  • Mother of 3
    November 8, 2016

    I had no idea you could bake bread in the crock pot! We have used canned bread from time to time (usually when I’m running out of time!). This would be so easy! I’ll have to pin it and remember to try it.

  • Rhonda Gales
    November 7, 2016

    These look delicious. I going to PIN this recipe. Unfortunately, I don’t think my crockpot will hold enough rolls for Thanksgiving in my house. It’s great idea for soup days this winter though. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  • Karyl Henry
    November 6, 2016

    Okay, this is a first for me! I’ve never heard of making dinner rolls in the slow cooker. But I really like the idea! I’ll have to pin this for the holidays

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    November 6, 2016

    I have never cooked bread in the crock pot – but these look really good! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!