Yeast baking was never so simple as this recipe for Parmesan Herb Batter Rolls! They're quick to make, require no kneading, and taste so, so good! - Bake or Break

Baking with yeast is admittedly a bit out of my comfort zone. It’s something I always say I’m going to work on improving, but I inevitably bake another batch of cookies or a pie instead. But I remain conflicted because I do love bread.

If you’re not a big fan of yeast baking, then I am very happy to tell you that these yeast rolls are amazingly easy to make. And, best of all, they are wonderfully delicious!

As the name says, these rolls are made from a batter instead of a dough. Once it’s mixed, you’ll notice that it’s thinner and pourable versus a regular bread dough. That makes it really simple and quick to divide the batter for your muffin pan.

Yeast baking was never so simple as this recipe for Parmesan Herb Batter Rolls! They're quick to make, require no kneading, and taste so, so good! - Bake or Break

The rolls are really tasty all on their own. There’s lots of flavor with garlic and cheese mixed into the batter. But the best part is the topping. Spread on top of each roll is a fabulous mixture of cream cheese and Parmesan cheese, along with some herbs and spices. I could really just eat that mixture all on its own!

In the end, the rolls bake up nice and tall with a soft, light texture. And the flavor. Simply put, the flavor is amazing. They’d be the perfect companion for so many dinners. If you like, you can change the herbs and spices to complement your meal.

If you’re less than confident in your yeast baking skills, these rolls are a perfect choice. They’re so simple to make, require no kneading, and have wonderful flavor. If you’re a yeast baking pro, then you’ll still love this recipe for many of the same reasons. This one is earning a permanent spot in my recipe box!

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Parmesan Herb Batter Rolls are quick to make, require no kneading, and taste so, so good!

Yeast baking was never so simple as this recipe for Parmesan Herb Batter Rolls! They're quick to make, require no kneading, and taste so, so good! - Bake or Break

For the rolls:

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) envelope (2 & 1/4 teaspoons) rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (50g) grated Parmesan cheese

For the topping:

  • 3 ounces (85g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

To make the rolls:

  1. Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, garlic, and salt in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Heat the butter, milk, and water in the microwave or on the stovetop until very warm (120° to 130°F). Add this mixture, the egg, and the cheese to the flour mixture. Beat the mixture with a handheld mixer or a stand mixer on medium speed. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

To make the topping:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, rosemary, thyme, and garlic until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

To assemble and finish the rolls:

  1. Grease a 12-cup standard muffin pan.
  2. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups (about 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter in each). Top each with a rounded teaspoonful of the topping mixture, and spread it gently over the top of each roll. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm, draft-free area until they have doubled in size (45 to 60 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Bake the rolls 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool the rolls on a wire rack.

Notes

Recipe very slightly adapted from Fleischmann’s.

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    8 Comments on “Parmesan Herb Batter Rolls”

  1. This sound amazing, Jennifer! I’ve been looking for a good homemade roll to make. I’ll be trying these!

  2. Can I use Kraft grated Parmesan Cheese instead of the ones you grate yourself?

  3. omigoshhhh these rolls look so flavorful and delicious!!!

  4. Is rapid rise yeast the same as instant?

  5. Could you possibly show this recipe in grams or ounces please, for those of us in the UK. I’ve just put your Angel biscuits in the oven and saying my prayers.  This recipe was in grams as well as cups thankfully.
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