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Garlic rolls in a glass baking pan

Garlic Cheese Rolls

These cheesy garlic rolls are inspired by the garlic rolls at John's Pizzeria in NYC. Made in a similar fashion to cinnamon rolls, these delicious garlic rolls are packed full of cheesy flavor. Serve with mozzarella sauce.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheese bread, garlic, garlic bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rest/Rise Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 323kcal


  • Rolling Pin



  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour more as needed
  • 1 envelope Fleichmann's Pizza Crust Yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup very warm water 110-120 degrees, no hotter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened salted or unsalted
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated freshly grated melts the best
  • 1 tsp garlic powder more or less can be used to taste
  • 1 tsp parsley chopped fresh or dried
  • 1/2 cup melted butter OPTIONAL


  • Combine 2 1/2 cups of flour, yeast from packet, salt and sugar in a large glass bowl. Stir warm water and olive oil into the flour mixture. Stir together until a soft dough starts to form. If dough is overly sticky, add additional flour, 1-2 tbsp at a time until a workable dough consistency is achieved and dough is not sticking to hands.
  • If using a stand mixer, knead with dough hook attachment for 3-4 minutes. If kneading by hand, remove dough from bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for 4-6 minutes, until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers.
  • Cover dough and let rest for ten minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll dough into an 18 x 12 inch rectangle. Brush softened butter evenly over dough. Evenly sprinkle garlic powder, then grated mozzarella, then parsley over butter.
  • Roll up dough tightly, starting with the long side. Cut into 12 equal sized rolls. Place rolls, cut side down, into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. If desired, brush tops of rolls with 1/2 cup melted butter, and sprinkle with additional parsley.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least five minutes prior to serving. Careful, the cheese is hot!


Finely minced fresh garlic can be added to the filling if desired. 
These are delicious served with mozzarella sauce. 


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 2mg
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