Parmesan and Onion Dinner Rolls

Parmesan and Onion Dinner Rolls Recipe -

You’re not shocked to see more carbs, are you? I sure hope not. I hope you know me well enough by now to expect this kind of thing. I’ve had dinner rolls on the brain for the longest time. I knew I’d eventually cave and make some. But the kicker here is I knew they’d have little chance at making it to dinner. Even less of a chance since they’re made into cute little rolls and not a giant loaf. A loaf has a better chance at making it longer because if it isn’t cut, it’s not just a grab and go kind of thing like these.

Parmesan and Onion Dinner Rolls Recipe -

I had to have one to try, testing purposes of course. I couldn’t share a recipe if it tasted awful. And it just so happened to be nap time for my youngest two when these were done, so my oldest got to snack on one as well. Two down. I’m pretty sure we shared another and then her little sister came downstairs. Another gone. You get the idea. De-freaking-licious.

My favorite part about rolls, not just these rolls but any roll is when it’s fresh out of the oven – slice down the center and shove a bunch of butter in there. Ugh. Just perfect. Hot buttered bread. It doesn’t get much better… except, it totally does because hello, these are topped off with cheese (and onions)! 

Parmesan and Onion Dinner Rolls

Soft and fluffy homemade Parmesan and onion dinner rolls. A perfect addition to any meal.
Prep Time1 hour 50 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 rolls


  • 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 C milk heated to 115°F
  • 1/4 C water heated to 115°F
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until butter is melted and mixture reaches 115-120°F.
  • With mixture on low, slowly pour liquid into bowl. Turn up speed to medium for a minute or two. Add one egg, continuing to mix on medium speed. Mix until ingredients are well combined. Dough may not form into a smooth ball.
  • Grease your hands and a large bowl with olive oil. Knead dough for one minute by hand, shape into a smooth ball. Add to greased bowl, flip once. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for one hour.
  • Grease an 8x8 square baking pan with olive oil.
  • Divide dough into 9 even pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, place in prepared pan. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Brush tops of dough with one beaten egg. Sprinkle with Parmesan and dried minced onions. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until just golden.
  • Serve warm.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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26 Responses to “Parmesan and Onion Dinner Rolls”

  1. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Shoot, I could eat them just dipped in some marinara sauce as a meal! :D These look fantastic Rachel!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — February 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Oh I think rolls like this need to be eaten until they are gone. I would have zero self control!

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    Jamie — February 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

    These look amazing! My family goes crazy for bread so they would love these!

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    Little Kitchie — February 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I agree that it doesn’t get better than warm, buttery bread! Dinner rolls are at the top of my favorites list, and with that gorgeous parm on top… sign me up!!

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    Tracey — February 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Onions *and* cheese?! This is my kind of bread! I wish you lived just a smidge closer so I could help you eat all the fabulous carbs you bake!

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Yay I have been waiting patiently for you to posts these carbalicious treats. I love bread and I just know that these are going to be made soon.

  7. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    These are gorgeous, Rachel. I can only imagine how amazing they taste!

  8. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I can’t quit hot buttered bread. NOM

  9. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    You had me at parmesan… and onion… and bread… and buttered. Ok you get the idea! I love these!

  10. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — February 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Ummm yeah, there’s nothing better than cheesy bread! These look amazing!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    mama. I agree about the fresh out of the oven. It’s like a magnet you can’t stay away!

  12. #
    Karly — February 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    These are GORGEOUS.

  13. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    These sound SO stinking good!!!! I am in love with cheesy bread!

  14. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    yum- perfect!!

  15. #
    Paula — February 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I’m a lover of warm bread and rolls slathered with butter too. I’d make short work of your onion and Parmesan ones!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    mmmm i can just taste these already. they look so puffy and warm. i can just picture myself smothering tons of butter in the middle of them and eating way more than i should ;)

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I really love these, like really!

  18. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    These are exactly what I need to go along with my carrot soup tonight!

  19. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    You are right warm fresh bread with a little butter is the best. Can’t wait to try these rolls!

  20. #
    JanetFCTC — February 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I make yeast breads a LOT here and I know I will be making these really soon… like maybe tonight :-D

  21. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Oh, wow – these are killer rolls. I am all about fresh bread lately, and I need to make these!

  22. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — February 26, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Oh these look WONDERFUL!

  23. #
    Jenn @ Icing on the Cake — February 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    These sound so delicious!! Can’t wait to try them!

  24. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    yeah i would eat them all. loaf or rolls… all mine!

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    Sonya — March 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I made these a few days ago and WOW were they a huge hit! the rolls are so soft and tender with a slight crunchy top from the parmesan and onions. You can totally switch the toppings up aswell. I think next time I will add in some pizza seasonings with the cheese :)

    I am an American living in The Netherlands and I don’t think they sell rapid rise yeast over here. So I just used active dry and didn’t have any problems. Total keeper of a recipe. Thank you!!

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      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them! And that’s great to hear they worked out with the changes you needed to make.

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