Herb-and-Cheese Rolls

Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans and brushing

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • Buttery Yeast Dough, herb variation

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting

  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


  1. Butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans. In a bowl, combine Parmesan, parsley, thyme, zest, and pepper.

  2. Divide chilled dough in half. Roll out one half (keep other half refrigerated) on a lightly floured surface into a 12-by-7-inch rectangle. Spread half of butter over dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Sprinkle with half of cheese mixture (it will seem like a lot), patting to adhere. Starting on a long side, roll dough into a cylinder. Pinch edges to seal; trim ends. Cut into 8 disks. Place, cut-side down, in a prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Drape with buttered plastic wrap; let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour, 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown (tent with foil, if browning too quickly), about 22 minutes. Brush tops with butter; sprinkle with salt. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before removing from pan and serving.

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