Cheesy Pull-Apart Rolls with Garlic

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These Cheesy Pull-Apart Rolls are loaded with garlic, sharp cheddar, and parmesan cheese. The ultimate cheesy roll to serve alongside soup and salad.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star® Yeast.

side view of Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls on a wire rack

Cheesy Pull-Apart Rolls with Garlic

Cheesy pull-apart rolls have been on my list of yeast bread to make for quite some time now. I love working with yeast, especially when it’s Red Star Yeast. They are my absolute favorite brand to use and always yield incredible results.

For these pull-apart rolls, I used active dry yeast but you can use instant yeast instead. Instant yeast will give you a quicker rise time so keep a close eye on the dough as it proofs.

The great thing about cheesy pull-apart bread is that you can use any cheese you like. I opted for sharp cheddar and parmesan. But I bet gouda or gruyere would also taste incredible.

The dough requires two rises. Once before it’s shaped into rolls and once after. This makes the process a bit long so make sure you plan ahead.

overhead view of Pull Apart Rolls with Cheese Garlic

Can you make pull-apart rolls ahead of time?

Cheesy pull-apart rolls with garlic can be made in advance. Baked rolls will keep for up to 1 week stored in the refrigerator or for up to 3 months stored in the freezer. Thaw frozen rolls in the refrigerator overnight and warm in a 300°F for 10 minutes.

The dough for cheesy pull-apart rolls can be made ahead of time as well. Let the dough rise for the first time in step 6, gently fold it over on itself to release some of the air then cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days. Remove it from the refrigerator and continue with step 7.

The dough can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and continue with step 7.

Main ingredients for cheesy pull-apart rolls

Yeast – Red Star Active Dry Yeast is recommended for making pull-apart rolls from scratch. It provides ultimate baking activity in all yeast dough which results in big, fluffy rolls.

Garlic Powder – There’s a ton of garlic powder in these rolls. It packs so much flavor and makes the house smell fantastic as the rolls are baking.

Cheese – These rolls are called cheesy for a reason. Two whole cups of shredded cheese get mixed in the dough plus more sprinkled over the top of the rolls. The recipe calls for sharp cheddar and parmesan but feel free to swap those out for other cheeses that you desire.

How to make cheesy pull-apart rolls with garlic?

Step 1: Proof the yeast then combine wet and try ingredients

Proof the yeast in warm milk with sugar then stir in an egg. Pour the yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl with flour, salt, and garlic powder. Mix until soft dough forms.

yeast proofing in milk

flour and garlic powder in a clear mixing bowl

Step 2: Mix in the cheese

Add the cheese and continue to mix until combined. Beat in softened butter then let mixer run until the dough is smooth and elastic.

yeast dough with cheese

Step 3: Let the dough rise

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise until it’s doubled in size.

yeast dough in glass bowl

risen yeast dough

Step 4: Shape the dough

Shape the dough into 16 equal sized balls and place them in a 9-inch springform pan. Brush the tops with melted garlic butter and let rise once more for about 30 minutes.

yeast dough balls in round pan

dough brushed with butter

Step 5: Top with cheese and bake

Sprinkle the top of the rolls with more cheese and fresh basil then bake in a 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes.

dough balls topped with shredded cheese

Side view of a fluffy Cheesy Pull Apart Roll with Garlic

Tips for this cheesy garlic pull-apart rolls recipe

  • Plan ahead since the dough requires two rises.
  • The dough for these rolls is a super soft dough. It may stick to the bowl a bit but shouldn’t be super sticky when you touch it with your fingertip. Add a little more flour if the dough seems too sticky.

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5 from 3 votes

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls

These Cheesy Pull-Apart Rolls are loaded with garlic, sharp cheddar, and parmesan cheese. The ultimate cheesy roll to serve alongside soup and salad.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy pull apart rolls recipe
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields 16 Rolls
Calories 215 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Red Star® Active Dry Yeast 1 envelope
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 and 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil minced


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and sugar over low heat until it reaches 105-115ºF. Remove from heat, stir in the yeast, and set aside for 5 mins. 

  2. Whisk in the egg and set aside.

  3. Add the flour, salt, and garlic powder to the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the dough hook attachment. 

  4. With the mixer on low speed, gradually pour the yeast mixture into the flour. Continue to beat on low until the flour is incorporated, stop and scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Continue beating until a dough soft dough forms, about 4 minutes.

  5. Add 1 cup (100 grams) of the cheddar cheese and 1 cup (100 grams) of the parmesan cheese. Beat on low speed until just combined. Gradually beat in the softened butter a couple tablespoons at a time.

  6. Continue to beat until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (The dough will be soft and may stick to the bowl a bit. Add a little more flour if the dough seems too sticky.)

  7. Scrape the dough out into a lightly oiled bowl. Brush a little oil over the top of the dough. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set a 9-inch springform pan on the baking sheet.

  9. Divide the dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equal sized pieces. (You should end up with 16 pieces total.) Roll each piece into a ball.

  10. Arrange the dough balls in the springform pan, seam side down.

  11. Combine the remaining melted butter with garlic and brush over the top of the dough. 

  12. Loosely cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

  13. Top the rolls with the remaining cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Sprinkle with fresh basil. 

  14. Bake until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes. Serve warm.

Make ahead tip

  1. Rolls will keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

  2. Or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Warm up in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes.

  3. The dough can also be made the night before. After dough has risen for 1 hour in step 6, gently fold the dough over onto itself inside the mixing bowl and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days, then remove from the refrigerator and continue with step 7. 

  4. OR freeze the dough for up to 2 months, then allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and continue with step 7.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

I don't recommend using anything other than whole milk. It's needed for the best texture and taste.

Instant yeast can be used instead of active dry yeast. The rise time may be a bit less.

You can substitute the cheeses. Try white cheddar, Gouda, or Gruyere.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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