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Basic Sweet Dough Recipe

Basic Sweet Dough Recipe

  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Total Time: 3.5 hours
  • Yield: 1.25 lb. dough 1x


This basic sweet dough recipe gives you a tender, soft crumb, and can be made into any sweet bread or roll you’d like.


  • 4 Tbsp. (56 g) butter
  • 2/3 cup (5.3 oz.) whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (6 g) instant yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. (36 g) white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (284 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt


Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then remove it from the heat. Add the milk and pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Measure the temperature to be sure it’s between 90F and 110F. If it’s hotter than  110F, allow it to cool so that it doesn’t kill the yeast. Sprinkle the yeast, then the sugar, over the warm milk and butter, then give it a stir to wet all of the yeast. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes, or until the yeast is foamy. Lightly beat the egg in a separate bowl, then add to the milk & yeast mixture.

Add in the flour and salt and turn the mixer on low until the dough has come together into a ball. Turn the mixer up to medium and knead for 4-6 minutes, or until it is a smooth and taut. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, shape the dough into a ball, and place it into a greased bowl. Allow it to rise for 1 -1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size. At this point, you can use it to make a variety of sweet breads or rolls. Simply shape however you like, then cover with a cloth and allow to rise for about another hour, or until the dough is soft and puffy.

For the Knots Pictured: Divide your dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each one out into a rectangle (it doesn’t have to be completely square) that’s about 4″x7″, then brush on melted butter. Sprinkle with about a teaspoon of sugar, then mini chocolate chips. Roll them up along the long side, then pinch the seams to seal. Roll the dough “log” under your hands while applying gentle pressure to stretch and lengthen it, then turn a simple knot with the dough. Mix the leftover melted butter with about a tablespoon of milk, then brush it on the outsides of the knots and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until the outside a golden.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes, + 2-3 hours rising
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breads & Pastries
  • Method: Kneading, Baking
  • Cuisine: Bread

Keywords: Basic Sweet Dough Bread