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Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls: Super Soft and From Scratch

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Light and soft dinner rolls made from scratch, then brushed with melted butter and garlic, and finally topped with parmesan cheese.  




1 cup water

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 tablespoons softened butter

3 tablespoons sugar

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons powdered milk

1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (SAF brand is best)


4 tablespoons melted butter

1 crushed garlic clove

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl or bread machine bucket and knead by hand, stand mixer, or bread machine until smooth .

2.  Allow to rise, covered, in a warm place for 60 minutes until doubled in bulk.  

3. Turn out of bowl or bread machine and divide into 24 equal pieces.  You can use a scale to be exact.

4.  Shape each piece into a round roll by pinching the bottom of your piece of dough.  This will smooth out the top.  Arrange in two round pie plates or other shallow baking dishes.

4. Combine melted butter and crushed garlic clove and brush on top of rolls.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

5.  Cover with greased plastic wrap and allow to rise until puffy, about 45 minutes.  Towards the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in center.

6.  Remove plastic wrap and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.  Remove and place pie plate on cooling rack.  They can be served directly out of the pan or removed and placed on a serving dish.


These do not freeze very well, but keep at room temperature for a few days.  

I like Baker’s Powdered Milk from King Arthur flour, but less expensive brands are also available in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

You can mix Italian seasoning in with the melted butter as well.


Keywords: garlic parmesan dinner rolls, soft garlic rolls, easy garlic dinner rolls