Bread Machine Garlic Rolls
A Simple, Versatile Dinner Roll or Party Food
These tasty garlic cheese rolls are wonderful with soup or pasta, and make a terrific party food. Rolled like a cinnamon bun, they look and taste like they'd be much more difficult to make than they really are.
The recipe and process with which these rolls are made is endlessly versatile. Changing the type of bread dough or filling and the thickness at which they're cut, you could make these rolls every night for a year without serving the same rolls twice.
By choosing a sweet bread dough, like cinnamon raisin, and substituting a sweet filling for the garlic, you can even use this basic process to produce dessert rolls. A sweet cinnamon-laced dough filled with chopped apples and brown sugar makes a dynamite apple pie roll.
Cheesy garlic rolls can be made ahead of time, partially baked, and then refrigerated or frozen to use as brown-and-serve rolls throughout the week. Prepared on a weekend, they can be a real dinner saver on busy days. Made with dough from your bread machine, these take only a few minutes of actual work to prepare. No bread machine? No problem. Handmade bread dough is really no more difficult, just more time-consuming.
I've been making these rolls for decades, with and without a bread machine, and they're my go-to recipe for parties and potlucks. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. Happy baking!
All photos on this page by Cassandra Gregg
- bread dough - enough for one large loaf
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups grated cheese
- 1/4 cup minced or chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)
- 2 tsp garlic powder or salt-free seasoning blend (optional)
- Adjust quantities of cheese and spices freely to suit your taste. Excellent cheese choices include sharp cheddar, gouda, and pepper jack.
- Prepare your bread dough according to your recipe's instructions. Leave the dough to rise, covered in a warm spot, until nearly doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet or two 12 to 14-inch pizza pans and dust with flour or, for a little extra crunch, cornmeal.
- Cream butter and fresh garlic until smooth and easily spread.
- Divide bread dough in half, and turn the first half out onto a well-floured cutting board or counter. Stretch, fold, or press dough into a roughly 12x6 inch rectangle. A little lumpy and uneven is okay.
- Spread 1/2 of the butter and garlic mix evenly on top of your bread dough. Top with 1 cup of grated cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper and garlic powder.
- Gently lift one of the long edges of your bread dough rectangle and roll into a long, skinny baguette shape.
- With a sharp bread knife, slice into 12 pieces.
- Arrange rolls on your baking sheet with edges barely touching, leaving plenty of gaps and a margin of at least two inches at the edge of your pan so that your rolls have room to rise.
- Repeat with second half of dough.
- Place your baking sheet in a warm spot, and let your rolls rise until no gaps remain between them, about 20 to 30 minutes. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and tops are golden. Enjoy!
Garlic Cheese Swirl Loaf - An Easy Variation
With a few simple changes, this recipe can be used to make two baguettes with a cheesy garlic swirl.
Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees. Follow the instructions above, but don't slice your rolled baguettes into rolls. Instead, use a sharp bread knife to make some diagonal slashes in the top of your loaves, place on your greased baking sheet, and allow to rise until nearly doubled. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and tapping on the bottom of the loaves makes a hollow sound.
Turn bread onto wire rack or clean towel and allow bread to cool before slicing. Or tear off a piece and devour as soon as it's cooled enough to touch. Gooey, cheesy, garlicky deliciousness!
Bread Dough - Any Yeast-Leavened Bread is Fine
This recipe begins with bread dough. These days, I use a french bread dough prepared in my bread machine. Whole grain breads, sourdough, and french bread recipes all work well. You'll need enough dough for a 9x5 inch loaf, or a 2lb bread machine loaf. The recipes below will all work perfectly, or you can use your favorite bread recipe.
Newfangled or Old-Fashioned? - Bread Machine or All by Hand?
Making bread by hand is enjoyable, simple, and absolutely essential if you are a beginner who would like to understand bread making well enough to create your own unique breads. Using a bread machine is a serious time-saver, and can produce great results. What's your preferred method?
Do you use a bread machine?
My Simple Bread Machine Dough Recipe - My Favorite Bread Dough for Rolls
- 1-1/2 c water
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 c flour
- 2 Tbsp yeast
If your bread machine has a dough setting, it will beep to tell you when your dough is ready. Otherwise, wait until the machine has mixed and kneaded the ingredients, then interrupt its cycle and allow your dough to rise once till doubled in size, punch the dough down, and allow to rise once more. Your dough is now ready to make rolls!
This recipe will make 24 cheesy garlic rolls or 2 cheesy garlic swirl loaves.
Making bread by hand is a wonderfully soothing activity, and a great way to develop a solid understanding of how leavened breads work. That being said, a bread machine is a wonderfully convenient appliance, and allows bread making to find a place in even the busiest schedule. I use and highly recommend the Cuisinart BMKR-200PC. It offers settings for a wide variety of breads, plus a dough setting, a bake-only setting, a pasta setting, and even a jam setting for heating and stirring homemade jams automatically. I've had mine for almost four years, and it's good as new despite heavy use.
If you have a question about preparing these rolls, leave it here and I'll respond as quickly as possible! All questions, suggestions, ideas, and comments are welcome.