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Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls

Fluffy and flaky dinner rolls spiced up with garlic and herbs. This is a very simple recipe that can support a lot of variations on flavor; just mix up the herbs you use!
Servings 16 Rolls
Prep Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 50 mins


  • Baking Dish
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer
  • Mortar and Pestle (Or Spice Grinder)
  • Sauce Pan
  • Basting Brush


  • 1 Cup Whole Milk Warmed to about 110°F
  • Tsp Yeast One packet works
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt Table salt also works, but use a bit less.
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Rosemary Crushed in the mortar and pestle or spice grinder
  • 3 Cups Bread Flour AP Flour also works
  • 1 Tbsp Oil Olive oil or canola are fine
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter Salted works best
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced


Make the Dough

  • In a mixer bowl, whisk together milk, yeast, and 1 Tbsp of sugar. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes to wake up the yeast.
  • To the yeast mixture, add the remaining sugar, the egg, the unsalted butter, and 1 Cup of flour. Mix on low using a dough paddle or hook for about 30 seconds, scraping the sides to keep it all incorporated.
  • Add the remaining flour, garlic powder, and herbs, and beat on medium speed until the dough comes together; about 2 minutes.
  • Knead the dough in the mixer for about 2 more minutes. You can knead by hand if you prefer; I like using my mixer.

Rise, Shape, Rise

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the oil to grease it. Add your dough and turn to coat with oil.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean towel and put in a warm place to rise. I like to turn my oven on to "warm" for a few minutes, then turn it off and put the dough inside with the door cracked.
  • Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  • When dough has doubled in size, punch it down, then divide it into 16 equal pieces. Adjust the size of the pieces for more or fewer rolls according to taste. You can simply tear it apart, or use a pastry cutter to cut it.
  • Shape each piece into a smooth ball and place in the baking sheet. Cover the sheet with your towel and let rise again, about 1 hour.


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Remove the towel from the rolls and put them in the oven to bake. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top has turned golden.
  • While the rolls are baking, melt your butter and cook some minced garlic (I do about 1-2 cloves for this purpose).
  • When the rolls are done, brush the tops with garlic butter. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and eating.
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Dinner Rolls