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Parker House Garlic Rolls

Buttery, soft, tender, garlicky  Parker house rolls!


Parker house rolls were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. They are enriched with butter, eggs and milk making them soft with a crispy shell and certainly irresistible! How about adding garlic to these already irresistible rolls? Oh my gosh! This is sooooo good 🙂

These rolls are actually not that hard to make. A stand up mixer is essential in making yeast doughs. Get out your mixer and lets get going —

—Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand up mixer, knead with butter, milk and egg

—rise, shape, rise and bake

—slather on garlic butter all over and eat



-It is very important for the egg and butter to be at room temperature and milk lukewarm. Lukewarm is about 105 degrees F .

-Rolls can be shaped any way that you desire and baked. Time to get creative! Also, you can totally use a sheet pan instead of the muffin pan.

-These rolls are incredibly soft when hot! So, don’t forget to pop them in the microwave to heat cooled rolls


Parker House Garlic Rolls


3 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided

1 cup milk, lukewarm

1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablepoons minced parsley

Additional butter for greasing the pan

Additional salt for sprinkling, optional


Combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt and garlic powder in the bowl of your stand up mixer. Whisk well and then mix in 3 tablepoons butter, lukewarm milk and beaten egg.

Attach the dough hook and knead for about 3 minutes, until smooth.

Shape dough into a ball, place in large greased bowl, cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and rise in a warm place for about one hour.

Brush a 12-cup muffin pan with butter and set aside.

Transfer dough onto a counter, divide into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into balls, pat into a 4-inch square, fold in half and and then into half again to get a 1 x 4 inch rectangle. Roll the rectangle like a small jelly roll and place in the prepared muffin pan.

If you wish not to go through all that trouble, then just shape each portion into a ball and place in the muffin pan.

Cover pan with the kitchen towel and let rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place pan in the middle rack of oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until deep golden.

While the rolls are baking make garlic butter. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons butter, garlic and parsley in a small saucepan. Cook in low heat until until raw flavor of garlic is gone. Take pan off heat and let cool until the rolls are done baking.

As soon as the rolls are done baking, place the pan on a wire rack and immediately brush the garlic butter liberally on the rolls and sprinkle salt if desired.

Serve piping hot. To enjoy cooled rolls, pop them in the microwave for few seconds and enjoy hot!

Makes 12 rolls



Monday 12th of December 2016

Hi Maria! I just wanted to say thanks for leaving a few comments over at Cookie Madness. I've been exploring your blog and love it. You have so many great Indian flavors. Wow.. I'm going to try one of of your more creative recipes soon, but before I do I'll probably try this one for Parker House Rolls. I have a few different roll recipes, but haven't tried one for Parker House.

Maria Doss

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Thank you very much Anna!