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Cheese Rolls Recipe

Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese-rolls, easy-cheese-rolls-recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 404kcal


  • 1 cup warm whole milk (105-110°F)
  • 2 (0.25 oz each) packets active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup solid vegetable shortening cubed
  • 3 ¼-3 ½ cups all purpose flour plus additional as needed for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter divided use (1 tablespoon for skillet 2 tablespoon for filling)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (freshly grated)
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions
  • 4 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese divided use
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted to brush tops


  • To make dough: In a large mixing bowl combine milk and yeast; stir until yeast is dissolved. Stir in sugar. To the bowl add egg, vegetable shortening, 1 cup flour, and salt. Beat on low speed using an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat until combined then increase speed of mixer to medium, beating for 3 minutes.
  • Switch to the dough hook. With the mixer on low speed, add additional 2 cups of flour. Once added, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed and knead for 3-5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that's not sticky. Shape dough into a smooth ball.
  • Place in a clean and greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Punch dough down to release air then turn out onto a lightly floured non stick surface. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Brush a 10 inch cast iron skillet or springform pan with 1 tablespoon softened butter. In a medium bowl combine shredded cheese, 2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, green onion, and granulated garlic.
  • Roll dough to roughly a 15x12-inch rectangle. Spread 2 tablespoon softened butter over the dough then sprinkle cheese mixture over dough rectangle from end to end leaving a ½ inch border. Begin to roll jelly roll style starting with the longest edge ending seam side down.
  • Slice into 9 even pieces using dental floss OR a sharp knife. Place cut sides down in prepared pan, reshaping as needed. Cover and let rise 40 minutes or until almost doubled.
  • To Bake: Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with reserved Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are golden. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes then gently remove from pan. Cool about 20 minutes more before pulling apart and serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 3mg