Khalil Hymore's Parker House Rolls

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins

Food editor Khalil Hymore's version of Parker House rolls are twice-brushed with butter, sprinkled with salt, and served warm.


  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, warmed (100 to 110 degrees)

  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast, from one packet

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus 4 tablespoons, melted

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for spinkling

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar

  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes. Add flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, 5 tablespoons butter pieces, and sugar. With dough hook, mix on low until mixture just comes together. Increase to medium-high; beat until butter is incorporated and dough is soft, 10 minutes.

  2. Lightly coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Form dough into a ball, place in bowl, and cover with a damp clean dish towel. Set aside in a warm, draft-free place and let rise until dough doubles in size, 1 to 2 hours (or refrigerate overnight; bring to room temperature before baking).

  3. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. Turn dough out onto a work surface and loosely cover with damp towel so it doesn't dry out. With a sharp knife, divide dough into 24 pieces, roll into smooth balls (about 2 inches each), and arrange in pan, 1/2 inch apart. Cover with towel and let rise until rolls begin to touch, 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush rolls with half the melted butter; bake until golden brown, 30 minutes. Brush with remaining melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm.

Cook's Notes

Make sure that the dough rises in a warm, draft-free place. It may take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours for the dough to double in size, depending on temperature and humidity.

Before brushing with butter and sprinkling with salt, store cooled rolls, wrapped in plastic, up to 2 days. Reheat in a 350-degree oven, 10 minutes.

To freeze, place dough balls in a parchment-lined baking pan; cover with plastic and freeze. Store in freezer bags, 3 months. To bake, let rise in baking pan in a warm place, covered with a damp towel, until rolls just touch, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, then follow step 4.

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