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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls Recipe

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls which make a fantastic appetizer in any party.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 30 rolls
Author: Radhika


  • All Purpose flour – 3 1/2 cups or 420 gms
  • Instant Dry Yeast – 2-1/4 tsp or 1 pkt
  • Water – 1 cup or 150 ml
  • Butter – 3 tbsp
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tsp

For Garlic Butter:

  • Butter – 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup
  • Italian seasoning – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 6 pods
  • Salt – 2 pinch
  • Cheese - 1 cup grated
  • Chili flakes – 1/2 tsp optional


  • For the Garlic Butter: Crush the garlic pods to a coarse paste using a mortar and pestle.
  • In a bowl melt the butter and olive oil together over low flame.
  • Add the crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and let it steep well for at least an hour.
  • For the Bread Dough: In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt.
  • Add softened butter and rub with your finger tips till the mixture resembles like bread crumbs.
  • Heat the water till lukewarm. I microwaved at high for 1 minute and that heat would be perfect.
  • Make a well in the center and add the water.
  • Bring the flour from around the edges of the well and mix well till it forms a dough. It should not be sticky.
  • I did it with my hands but you can use your stand mixer to which the dough hooks are attached.
  • Knead the dough well for 5 mins.
  • Smear oil all over the dough and keep it covered in a bowl.
  • Let it rest for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
  • Gently punch the dough to let the air out and knead again for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Make small ping-pong sized balls from the dough.
  • Make sure that the balls are even in size and keep aside.
  • For the Pull Apart Rolls: To the Garlic butter, add 1/2 the quantity of grated cheese and mix well.
  • Add the dough balls to this butter and mix gently with your finger tips till all the balls are coated evenly with the garlic butter.
  • Take a 9 inch round pan and grease it well.
  • Arrange the balls all around the pan.
  • Pour the remaining garlic butter mixture all over the arranged balls.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it rise for 1 more hour.
  • I inverted a big dinner plate over the pan and my rolls took just 30 mins to double up in size.
  • Baking the Pull Apart Rolls: Preheat the oven 190 C or 375 F.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top of the rolls evenly.
  • Sprinkle chili flakes on top, if using.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 mins or till the bread looks golden brown on top.
  • Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls are ready.
  • Let the pan sit at room temperature for it cool down for 5 mins.
  • Invert the pan on to a plate.
  • Serve warm with any hot soup of your choice.