How to Roll Dough

It may seem a little intimidating at first, but with the proper tools and materials, you'll be making your own bread, pies and even pasta in no time.

Rolling Your Dough 101

Almost everyone loves baked goods, and the recipes for sweet and savoury fare are nearly limitless. Learning how to roll dough is the first step to making baked goods from scratch. You'll save money, and you also get to control the quality of the ingredients (and sugar content!). Baking is also an excellent family activity, even if the kids just watch and learn while you do the work.

Task Overview

Estimated time: 20 minutes
Estimated cost: under $50
Skill level: Beginner
Number of people required: 1

Tools & Ingredients:

Rolling Your Dough:

  1. Chill it
    Once you’ve made the dough according to the recipe, cover it with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This gives your dough a chance to rest after all the rough handling. Chilled dough is also easier to work with and roll out. As you work your dough, it will warm up and may become sticky. You can dust it as needed with flour. If your dough becomes too sticky and difficult to work,
    return it to the fridge for several minutes before continuing.
  2. Preparation and tools
    A large wood work surface, like a cutting board or table, works best for rolling dough. Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Have all of your tools and ingredients on hand, ready to use once your dough has been rolled out.
  3. Dust your work surfaces
    Dust your work area, hands, dough and rolling pin with flour. Use as little flour for dusting as possible because too much will change the recipe’s proportions.
  4. Get ready to roll
    In this step, otherwise known as "turning out the dough," you place the dough on your work surface and work it with your hands until it loosens up. Then you pat it down to flatten it somewhat before beginning to roll.
  5. Roll the dough
    It helps to picture a clock when rolling dough. Place the rolling pin in the middle of the dough and, pressing down evenly, roll it towards 12 o’clock. Using the same technique, roll the pin in the opposite direction to 6 o’clock. Next, roll to 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Continue on, rolling towards opposite clock numbers until you've rolled your dough to the desired thickness. Now you're ready to place the dough in a pie plate, cut it into sections for cookies, slice it into pasta, etc.

Dough Rolling Tips:

  • Repair rips by “gluing” them with a bit of water 
  • If  your dough becomes sticky, dust it with flour
  • Dough that’s too cold is difficult to roll
  • Dough that's too warm will stick to your rolling pin
  • If cracks form on the edges, the dough is too cold and should be allowed  to warm up
  • Roll your dough as little as possible: the more it’s rolled, the harder it gets
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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