Garlic Butter Rolls
Published Sep 22, 2022
Updated Oct 10, 2023
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These Garlic Butter Rolls have it all! They are soft with a brioche-like texture, so buttery, and the garlic herb butter on top is so good. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter!
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The Best Garlic Butter Rolls!
When I say show-stopping, I mean it. These Garlic Butter Rolls are so good, that my hubby inhaled a ridiculous amount the other day when I made them!
They are buttery, soft, fluffy (probably the fluffiest rolls I have made!), garlicky, so tasty and addicting!
I adapted this recipe from my easy dinner rolls recipe but made it even better by adding more butter to the dough making the bread so soft that it tastes like brioche.
Brushing the rolls after baking with a simple garlic butter and parsley mixture imbues a lot of flavor to the rolls, taking them to the next level of dinner roll deliciousness!
Ingredients For Garlic Butter Rolls
Here are the ingredients you need for the dinner rolls and the ingredients you need for the garlic butter.
For the soft dinner rolls you need:
- Flour. All-purpose flour or bread flour would work here.
- Instant yeast or rapid-rise yeast. Using instant yeast quickens the bread-making process as you only have to let the rolls rise once.
- Butter. Use good quality butter if you can. I love using Kerrygold!
- Evaporated milk. I love evaporated milk for its concentrated flavor but you could use regular whole milk or 2% milk too.
Here are the ingredients you need for Garlic Butter to brush over dinner rolls:
- Minced Garlic
- Melted Butter
- Minced Parsley. You could replace freshly minced parsley with dried parsley
See the recipe card below for quantities.
How To Make Garlic Butter Rolls
Here is how to make Garlic Butter Rolls in 8 easy steps!
1. Combine all ingredients for the rolls and mix to form a dough.
2. Shape the dough into 18 equal pieces.
3. Shape each piece into a ball and place in a greased baking dish.
4. Let the rolls rise in a warm place for one hour.
5. Bake until golden brown.
6. While the rolls bake combine all the ingredients for the garlic butter in a bowl.
7. As soon as the rolls are out of the oven, brush them with the garlic butter.
8. Serve the rolls warm.
Hint: consider grating parmesan cheese over your rolls for more flavor and a hint of saltiness from the parmesan. I have made these rolls with and without parmesan and both ways are delicious! It’s just a matter of preference.
Serve these rolls with this insanely good Beef Stew Without Wine.
You can switch up your garlic butter rolls by trying the following variations.
- Different Herbs – add different herbs like rosemary or thyme to the garlic butter. Use the herbs fresh and mince them before adding them to the garlic butter. The flavors of rosemary and thyme also ring of the holidays so add them to bring some holiday flavors if serving these for the holidays.
- Add Cheese – Consider grating a nutty and salty cheese like Parmesan cheese or Asiago cheese over the warm rolls.
- Bread Flour – If you can find bread flour, use it instead as bread flour gives more structure and elasticity to your bread due to its high protein content. However, all-purpose flour works just fine.
Also, see these easy dinner rolls which are ready in one hour!
The following equipment makes making Garlic Butter Rolls easier for me:
- Inexpensive Kitchen Mixer: This affordable kitchen mixer I got from Amazon makes mixing the dough a breeze.
- 9 by 13 Baking Dish or a Cookie Sheet for baking the rolls
- Basting Brush: For basting the garlic butter over the rolls.
To make these Garlic Butter Rolls ahead, make the dough, shape the rolls, and let them rise overnight in the fridge. Then remove from the fridge and bake the next morning. Note that the rolls will take longer to bake when the dough is cold.
More Holiday Recipes
- Herb Roasted Turkey
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Baked Turkey Drumsticks
- Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting
- BAKED TURKEY WINGS
Garlic Butter Rolls
- 4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast or 1 0.25 sachet
- 1 ½ cups evaporated milk from a 12 ounce can
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley substitute with 2 teaspoons of dried parsley
- Grated parmesan optional
- Prepare pan. Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish with butter or cover a cookie sheet or half sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Heat milk. Place the milk into the microwave and heat up for about 45 seconds. Stir the milk after heating so it is evenly heated. The milk should be heated up to about 110 or 115° F.
- Make dough. To the bowl of a stand mixer, add all ingredients for the rolls except the 2 tablespoons of softened butter. Note that this is different from the 3 tablespoons of melted butter. The melted butter should go in the dough. Add the dough mixer attachment and on low speed, mix all the ingredients to form a dough. You could also mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowlby hand.
- Add extra butter to dough. To the dough, add the remaining two tablespoons of softened butter, one tablespoon at a time making sure each one is incorporated before adding the next tablespoon.
- Shape dough. Flour a working surface and place the dough on it. Divide the dough into 18 equal pieces. Start by cutting the dough into 3 equal pieces then cut each of the 3 pieces into 6 equal pieces. If you want to get nerdy and make sure the pieces are truly equal, use a kitchen scale to weigh them so they are around the same size. I just eyeball them. Roll each dough into a ball and place in the prepared greased 9 by 13 baking dish or a baking sheet.
- Let dough rise. Place the rolls in a warm place to rise for one hour until doubled in size. For me, this is often one of my ovens. You could just cover the rolls with a clean kitchen towel and place the baking dish or sheet in a warm spot in your kitchen.
- Preheat oven. As the dough rises, preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit or 180° Celsius.
- Bake rolls. Place the rolls into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top and completely cooked through.
- Make garlic butter. While the rolls bake, in a small bowl combine the garlic, melted butter and parsley.
- Brush with garlic butter. Remove the rolls from the oven and immediately brush with the garlic butter. Sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan over the rolls if desired.
- Serve. Serve warm slathered with butter or with your favorite side dish.