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Slow Cooker Bread: Easy Dinner Rolls

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Making bread in your slow cooker is an easy way to have fresh bread without using the oven. These easy no knead dinner rolls will be ready in no time and your family will love them!

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls


Oh yes, you read that title correctly – bread in your slow cooker.   The other night I baked dinner rolls in my slow cooker!  Ok, to be perfectly sincere, I baked the rolls in the slow cooker and then browned them up under the broiler.

The fact that I can now make dinner rolls in something other than the oven is stupendous.  Think Thanksgiving here, folks.  One less side dish that needs precious oven space. Besides, it’s just fun to bake bread in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Dinner rolls

I decided to make bread in the slow cooker with a no knead bread recipe.  You can use any one you like, and there are several available, but my favorite is from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  It will change your bread making forever as you are popping out artisan loaves from your oven that cost $5/loaf at the store … and they taste better!

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

I used a  6 quart slow cooker and get around seven good sized rolls.

These are absolutely delicious and they held up the next day, too. I can’t say how long they last because ours were gone within 24 hours.


Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 Tablespoons yeast
  • 3/4 Tablespoons sea salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cups flour
  • Melted Butter


In a mixing bowl stir together water, yeast and salt.
Add flour and mix to combine. The dough will be pretty sticky.
Cover dough and let rise until doubled in size.
Punch dough down and use immediately or re-cover and refrigerate until use.
When ready to bake:
Line a large slow cooker with greased parchment paper.
Divide dough into 8 equal sections.
Form dough in to balls and place in slow cooker.
Cover slow cooker and bake on high for around 1 hour. Your time for baking may vary -- mine took closer to 1 1/2 hours.
Rolls are done when they are set and no longer sticky. The rolls will be soft.
Brush tops of rolls with butter or oil and broil until crust is crispy and brown.


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  • Karen
    July 4, 2020

    Looks amazing can’t wait to make it

  • Evelyn Marie Wiggins
    October 9, 2017

    LOVE the idea of rolls in the crock pot.I am a family of 13.Can I make double the amount in the crock pot.Or should I just make a double pot.?

  • Cynthia
    June 18, 2017

    Can you use gluten free organic flour to do this?

  • Johanna
    August 27, 2016

    Hi! I made these last night and they turned out great! I halved the recipe and skipped the broiling step so they were a little misshape-end and not a beautiful color but my kids loved getting rolls to have their veggie burgers on!

    • Camille
      August 30, 2016

      Great idea to make them for burgers! And they don’t have to be pretty to taste delicious! 😉

  • Lisa Musser
    September 14, 2015

    I never would have thought of making roles in a slow cooker. Great idea!

  • Karly
    November 22, 2014

    What a fabulous idea to make rolls in the crockpot! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • Camille
      November 23, 2014

      Thank you, Karly! Helps keep the oven open for other things!

  • Gina Valley (
    May 22, 2014

    Such a great idea! Looking forward to trying these!

    • Camille
      May 24, 2014

      They are great for keeping the kitchen cooler in the summer and still get fresh rolls for dinner.

  • Rachel Kathyg
    May 15, 2014

    Genius idea! pinning to try…the rolls look so yummy. Have a great week!

  • Dianna Lott
    January 7, 2014

    Just to plan ahead on time, how long does it take dough to rise? What type of yeast did you use? And did you use a round or oval crockpot (I’m assuming it doesn’t matter). Can’t wait to try this!

    • Camille
      January 7, 2014

      Well, it’s cold out so I’d give it an hour or two to double in size. Turn your oven on to 350 for a few seconds and then turn it off and let the dough rise in there. I think it’s instant yeast. I put it in a plastic container after I buy it so I can’t remember, exactly. But it’s just plain old yeast. My slow cookers are oval, but it shouldn’t matter. It just may change how many you can get in there. Have fun!

    September 22, 2013


    • Camille
      September 22, 2013

      Very sweet! Thanks, Vicki!

  • JustOneMoreBite
    September 7, 2013

    These rolls look scrumptious! And so easy to make!

  • Lauren
    May 24, 2013

    I’ve been dying to make homemade bread lately but I’ve never seen it done in a slow cooker before! This is so awesome… definitely going to be experimenting with this recipe soon.

  • Family Foodie
    May 20, 2013

    I never thought of making rolls in a crockpot, but I will definitely have to remember this around Thanksgiving. I never seem to have enough oven space. These look great!

  • sunithi
    May 19, 2013

    I never knew you could bake such gorgeous rolls in a slow cooker. These looks so good ! Must try !

  • Liz
    May 19, 2013

    Such a cool idea! I never thought of making bread in a crock pot~

  • Martin D. Redmond
    May 19, 2013

    Your dinner rolls look fantastic! Cooking in a crock-pot wouldn’t have occurred to me in a million years! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin
    May 19, 2013

    I love this idea! Bread is something that I haven’t tried yet in my crock pot.. definitely will be now 🙂 Looks delicious..

  • Anne
    May 19, 2013

    I think you had me at no knead–I must try these this week!

  • Renee
    May 19, 2013

    Awesome! Who knew you could bake rolls in a slow cooker. I’ve heard of baking in a dutch oven. Now you have me curious and will have to give it a try.

  • Diana
    May 19, 2013

    What an interesting idea… love the less oven space needed for holiday baking! Can’t wait to give these a try, as there is nothing better than fresh bread!

  • Hezzi-D
    May 19, 2013

    Bread in the slow cooker? I’m totally pinning this one! YUM!

  • What a fun project to bake bread in the slow cooker! Great #SundaySupper selection!

  • Bea
    May 19, 2013

    What a fantastic idea to make bread in the slow cooker! Amazing! They look delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  • Chris Baccus
    May 19, 2013

    Brilliant. I love the idea of making bread this way. Keep the oven free for other things plus your bread looks amazing.

  • Tara
    May 19, 2013

    That is such a great idea!! Love it! Pass the butter!!

  • Amanda
    May 19, 2013

    This is genius. I am so trying this soon. I also love the Artisan Bread book, one of my favorites.

  • Heather
    May 19, 2013

    I’m in love with the idea of baking up some bread in a slow-cooker! That is a fantastic book…so is Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.

  • Jennifer
    May 19, 2013

    Never thought of baking bread in a Crockpot! I love the idea and the rolls look so fluffy and pretty!!

  • Okay Camille you convinced me to try bread in my slow cooker. I hope it turns out as awesome as yours! Wish me luck!

  • Jen
    May 19, 2013

    LOVE these! I’ve been wanting a great bread recipe for the slow cooker! Thanks!

  • Susan
    May 19, 2013

    So easy! Plus they look really light and fluffy, basically the perfect roll and hard to resist.

  • Laura
    May 19, 2013

    Cooking bread in the crock pot has been one of those things I have always wanted to try but I was never sure about it. But now seeing this recipe I know it is something I have to try.

  • Katy
    May 19, 2013

    What a great idea for making bread! It looks lovely!

  • Paula
    May 19, 2013

    I really need to make that 5 minute bread once and for all. I´m very intrigued by it, and these rolls make me want to bake right now!

  • Michelle
    May 11, 2013

    Do you think these could be frozen?

    • Camille
      May 11, 2013

      After they are baked, yes. Before they are baked (like just the dough), no. They have a nice crisp top, which I think you will lose if you freeze them, but they’ll still be good.

  • Hannah
    March 22, 2013

    Can I share your recipe on my blog?

    • Camille
      March 22, 2013

      Thank you for asking, Hannah! If you make the recipe and then re-write it, use your own photos and give a link back to me, then yes! 🙂 If you’d rather not make the recipe and would prefer just to let your readers know about it, then I’m OK with you using my photo and providing a link back to the recipe, but please don’t put the entire recipe up when using my photo. I hope that makes sense! Feel free to email me if you have any questions – camille @ growingingupgabel . com

  • wendy ball
    January 24, 2013

    I can’t wait to try these! It sounds so cool! I’d like to try these using a rye, or whole wheat and see what happens. AWESOME Idea – thank you!

  • Eleanor
    January 3, 2013

    Just how large is a “large slow cooker?”

    • Camille
      January 3, 2013

      I use a 6 quart slow cooker most of the time and that’s what I used for these! 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 2, 2013

    I can’t wait to try these, they look delicious and what a time saver!

  • Keona
    December 27, 2012

    Potentially stupid question! To broil them….Do I take them out of the slow cooker and put them on a tray?

    • Camille
      December 27, 2012

      No stupid questions! 🙂 Yes, I just used the parchment paper to gently lift them out and put them on a baking sheet and browned them under the broiler.

  • Sarah E.
    November 20, 2012

    I love the whole idea of cooking bread in the slow cooker and definitely want to try it soon 🙂
    Pinned to share – stopping by from Mom’s Test Kitchen.

  • ang
    October 23, 2012

    oh these look divine – and what a great idea!! 🙂 i pinned these for later

  • Wendys Hat
    October 16, 2012

    What?!?!?! I’ve never heard of such a thing! My friends who cook will love this!

    • Camille
      October 16, 2012

      My friends who cook…! LOL 🙂

  • Claire
    October 8, 2012

    Just wanted to drop in to let you know that I featured these yummy looking rolls at The Rustic Pig’s Creatively Tuesdays! Go grab a feature button and link up anything new you might have! Hugs!!! 🙂

  • The Better Baker
    October 6, 2012

    That is just plain amazing. I must try this. Pinning!

  • Bonny
    October 2, 2012

    I love using my crockpot, and my family LOVES bread, so this will be a must-try for us this week! I’m also pinning it to share with my friends. Thanks for sharing. I have a few crock pot recipes you may want to try out at

  • Misty
    September 30, 2012

    What a neat idea!! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!!!

  • Cynthia L.
    September 29, 2012

    I never thought of making bread in the crockpot! I will have to try it!

  • Jaime
    September 28, 2012

    I’m so loving this recipe!! And I’m not the only one ~ you’re dinner rolls are the top feature this week at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!! Thank you so much for linking up! I hope you’ll stop by and grab a features button! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!!

    • Camille
      September 28, 2012

      They are so fun! Thanks, Jaime!

  • Christine
    September 28, 2012

    Camille!! They look simply DELICIOUS!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  • Cathy
    September 26, 2012

    Ok, seriously I’ve have a lot of slow cooker recipes, but I never thought you could make dinner rolls in one. What a deliciously great post. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  • Kisha
    September 26, 2012

    oh I LOVE bread in my crock pot, never thought about doing rolls though! EXCITED to do this tonight! 🙂 Thanks!

  • April
    September 25, 2012

    These look awesome Camille!! I bet my hubby would love them!! Definitely going to give them a try!

  • Jann Olson
    September 24, 2012

    What a fantastic idea! I really want to give these a try. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  • Lisa
    September 24, 2012

    The link now works! :-))) I never would have thought that I could bake rolls in my slow cooker. How awesome is that! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I am looking forward to trying these, for sure. Have a great week.

  • Winnie
    September 22, 2012

    What a unique way to bake rolls!!
    I love working with yeast but never thought to bake in a slow-cooker
    I LOVE the idea!

  • Diane Balch
    September 21, 2012

    I had no idea that you could bake rolls in a slow cooker. Thanks so much for sharing this on foodie friday.

  • Tulip
    September 20, 2012

    Wow! I didn’t know you could make bread in the slow cooker. Who needs a bread maker when you already have a slow cooker? I am stopping by from Happy Go Lucky. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Hope to see you at True Aim!

    • Camille
      September 21, 2012

      Good point! Hadn’t thought about it that way.

  • Kaylee
    September 20, 2012

    What an awesome idea! Pinning for later!

  • Camille
    September 19, 2012

    Parchment paper and I completely forgot to include that in the directions! THANK YOU! If you don’t have it, I would try either greasing the crock or using cornmeal on the bottom.

  • Leigh
    September 19, 2012

    Just curious, what is the brown paper under the rolls and do you think they would cook correctly in the slow cooker without it?

  • Paula
    September 19, 2012

    Why didn’t I think of that. I think I can smell these wonderful rolls from here. Yummmmmmy! This is such a delicious post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂