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Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls Recipe

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls on a pan.

Many people are so rushed in the mornings before leaving for work, that they feel that they don’t have time to sit down and eat breakfast. And, with getting the kids up and out the door, gathering lunches, letting the dog out, and making sure that everyone has all that they need, of course, sitting down to eat breakfast is pretty low on the priority list.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls on a pan.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls

April Freeman
Are you looking for a recipe for breakfast that can be taken on the go and still includes plenty of protein and fat? Our recipe for Baked Ham and Cheese Roll is a perfect option that can fill you up but won’t leave you hungry in a few hours. Additionally, this recipe tastes great!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Rising Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings 9 Rolls


  • Stand Mixer
  • Bowl
  • Dish Towel
  • Oven
  • Square Pan
  • Rolling Pin


Pizza Dough Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 package Quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup Warm water
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Extra oil for greasing the bowl

Ham Roll Filling Ingredients

  • ½ cup Butter
  • 8-10 Slices Ham
  • 8-10 Slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast with the sugar in the warm water. Let this stand for about 15 minutes until it is light and foamy.
    Mixture of water and yeast on the bowl.
  • Add the salt and 2 cups of the flour and the oil to the bowl and blend it at low speed. Put the dough hook on the mixer and start the mixer at low speed. Slowly start adding extra flour a little at a time. Keep mixing the dough until it starts to pull away from the sides of the mixer bowl. Then, let the mixer knead the dough for about 5 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
    Mixture of dough and yeast on a mixer.
  • Take the bowl off of the mixer and use your hands to pull the dough away from the sides of the mixer bowl. Drizzle a tablespoon of oil along the sides of the mixer along the dough ball. Roll the dough ball around in the oil at the bottom of the bowl to coat the dough ball in oil.
  • Set the bowl in a warm spot, covered with a clean dish towel for about 30 minutes until the dough is doubled in size.
    Dough in the bowl of the stand mixer.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a nine inch square pan with cooking spray.
  • Put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for about 30 to 45 seconds until it is completely melted.
  • Remove the pizza dough from the bowl and put it on a lightly floured surface. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle that is about 12 inches by 9 inches.
  • Brush the dough all over with melted butter. This should use about 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  • Layer the ham and cheese over the dough in a single layer.
    Kneaded dough with ham and cheese.
  • Roll the dough up from the longest side, sealing the edges and trapping the ham and cheese inside the log. Gently use a serrated knife to cut the log into 9 equal pieces.
  • Put the rolls, cut side up, into the baking pan. Set the pan in a warm place, covered with a clean dish towel to rise for about 20 minutes.
    Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls on a baking pan.
  • While you are waiting for the dough to rise, whisk the honey and poppy seeds into the melted butter.
    Poppy seeds and melted butter on a bowl.
  • After the dough has risen, pour the butter mixture over the rolls, drizzling it evenly over the rolls.
  • Put the rolls into the oven, baking them in the middle of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown on top and cooked through.
  • Let the rolls cool for about half an hour before serving.
  • Store the leftover rolls in the refrigerator and warm in a 350 oven for 15 minutes before serving them.


Sometimes, people grab a “to go” breakfast out of the pantry, but things like pop tarts, packaged muffins, and breakfast bars generally are high in carbs and low in protein. Usually, after an hour or two, these breakfast choices leave one starving and feeling shaky, tired, and fatigued.
Other people grab protein bars. However, while these choices will not leave one hungry and tired in a few hours, they often do not taste all that great. Additionally, the texture of these breakfast bars can leave something to be desired.
That is why you need to bake a pan of these Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls today. These rolls are tasty and have a great balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. You can heat them up, wrap them in a napkin, and eat them on your way out the door.
If you are really pressed for time, however, you can take the shortcut of buying a packaged pizza dough from your dairy case. If you choose to do this, just leave the dough out on the counter for five or ten minutes to warm up so you can roll it out with ease.

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