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Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls on a plate.

This recipe takes homemade dinner rolls to a new and incredibly tasty place. This recipe uses a traditional dinner rolls recipe with soft white bread and adds extra butter (because we know that more butter makes everything better, right?) and the savory goodness of garlic and parsley. The rolls bake up golden brown, soft and tasty.

Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls on a plate.

Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls

April Freeman
Are you serving your family a special Italian dinner and you need a knock your socks off dinner roll recipe? This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls is going to be the one that everyone will love. With a rich, buttery flavor and the subtle taste of garlic, this recipe will have your family passing the bread basket around the table time and time again.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings 15 Rolls


  • Bowl
  • Stand Mixer
  • Mixer Bowl
  • Dish Bowl
  • Sharp Bladed Knife
  • Baking Pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Oven


  • ½ cup Warm whole milk (100-115 degrees)
  • ½ cup Warm water (from the tap is good, but not too hot)
  • 2 ¼ tsp Active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp Sugar divided
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • cup Butter softened at room temperature
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 ¾ cups All-purpose flour divided
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Melted butter
  • 1 ½ tsp Minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • In a small bowl, stir together the milk, water, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast onto the top of the water. Let it stand until it is foamy, for about 5 minutes.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese, and the rest of the sugar at medium speed.
    Paddle attachment and Melted butter on a bowl.
  • Continue beating until it is light and fluffy. Beat the egg into the mixture. Add the yeast mixture along with 2 ½ cups of flour. This should create a smooth batter.
  • Change the mixer attachment to a dough hook. Add the rest of the flour a bit at a time. After a few minutes, the dough will begin to stick together to make a smooth dough ball, pulling away from the sides of the mixer bowl. The dough should be stretchy and a bit sticky. Use the dough hook to continue kneading the dough for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Take the bowl off of the mixer. Pour the olive oil in the bowl along the side of the dough ball. Roll the dough ball in the oil and turn the bowl around to coat the inside of the bowl with oil.
    A dough rising on a bowl.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place, covered with a dish towel for about an hour or until it is doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough by pressing your fist into the middle of the risen dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough ball into a 15 inch rope. Cut the dough into 15 one inch pieces with a sharp bladed knife. Shape the dough pieces into a ball, tucking the cut edges underneath them.
  • Lightly grease a 9 by 13 baking pan with cooking spray. Place the dough balls into the pan in three rows of five. Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter and sprinkle with the garlic. Cover the pan of rolls with a clean dish towel and return it to a warm place to rise for about half an hour to 45 minutes.
  • Turn the oven on to 375 degrees to preheat. Sprinkle the dough with the remaining quarter cup of Parmesan cheese.
    Garlic parmesan dinner rolls on a baking pan.
  • Place the rolls into the oven, baking them for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
  • Sprinkle with parsley as a garnish and serve warm.


In many health-conscious social circles, bread has gotten a bad rap. Many people, concerned about the carbohydrate levels that they consume, have all but eliminated bread from their diets. And that is just too bad. While it isn’t necessarily good for a human to eat tons of carbs, for generations, humans have consumed bread and enjoyed it.
Having a dinner roll with a delicious dinner every few weeks as a part of a healthy diet is something that most people can enjoy. While, yes, veggies and fruit should be what fills most of our plates, an occasional indulgence, like this recipe for Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls, is worthy of making an exception.
Making homemade bread or rolls does take some time, but in reality, most of that time isn’t hands on, standing in the kitchen with a spoon. For the majority of the prep time, the yeast is what is doing the work.
So, you can definitely start this recipe at 3 p.m. and still have it on the table by dinner time. The actual time that you will spend tending to this bread is less than 20 minutes. You just need to be in and out of the kitchen to punch down the risen dough and shape the rolls. So, yes, you can make homemade rolls, but no, the making of them isn’t necessarily labor intensive.

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