Cheesy Garlic Rolls

Rating: 5.00
By Dave
December 27, 2021

Easy to make cheesy garlic rolls that are filled with butter and two cheeses and baked until golden brown. So good!

The Back Story

In the 1980’s I used to visit a restaurant in Woodland Hills, California called The Pizza Cookery. They had these wonderful, chewy, cheesy garlic rolls that they would serve with whipped butter. The rolls were amazing and I think The Pizza Cookery may have served far more rolls than pizza. I have searched for their recipe for years and never found it. Apparently, it is a closely guarded family secret.

While there is nothing quite like those original cheesy garlic rolls from The Pizza Cookery, these are a pretty darn good knockoff. Give them a try.

Cheesy Garlic Rolls from Scratch

These rolls are easy to make and are a great alternative to store-bought garlic bread. They take a little planning because of the long resting time. Since the rolls are made from an overnight pizza dough with very little yeast, they need more time to rise.

Roll Up the Dough

The key to these cheese garlic rolls is that the cheese and butter is actually rolled up into the dough, much like a cinnamon roll. That is how The Pizza Cookery made them and that’s why there is cheese in every bite. Roll the dough into a big rectangle, brush it with butter, sprinkle it with cheese, and roll it up. No need to seal the edge.

Rolling the Dough
Rolling the Dough

Cut the rolled up dough and place the pieces in a greased cast iron skillet. Add more butter and cheese and they are ready for the oven.

Cutting the Dough 3
Cutting the Dough 3
Brushing with Oil
Brushing with Oil
Garlic Rolls Sprinkled with Cheese
Garlic Rolls Sprinkled with Cheese

Bake at 400˚F

Bake the cheesy garlic rolls at 400˚F until golden brown, about 20 minutes in a conventional oven. I cooked them in a wood fired oven that was a bit hotter so they cooked a little faster. Bet you can’t eat just one.

Garlic Rolls Going Into a Wood Fired Oven
Garlic Rolls Going Into a Wood Fired Oven
Garlic Rolls Almost Done
Almost Done
Garlic Rolls Coming Out of a Wood Fired Oven
Garlic Rolls Coming Out of a Wood Fired Oven

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Cheesy Garlic Rolls

Cheesy Garlic Rolls

5 from 2 votes
Do you like cheesy garlic rolls? Try this cheesy garlic roll recipe. These delicious rolls are easy to make. Don't worry if you don't have a wood fired oven, they are just as good in a conventional oven.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 25 minutes


  • 500 g all purpose flour (scant 4 cups)
  • .5 gr instant dried yeast (1/8 tsp)
  • 11 g fine sea Salt (1 tsp)
  • 350 g water (1 1/2 cups at 100 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated
  • 1/4 cup asiago grated


  • Place the water and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and swirl until salt is dissolved. Add the yeast and let it soak for about 30 seconds then swirl to dissolve. Add the flour and mix using the paddle attachment until combined, about 30 – 45 seconds. Remove the paddle attachment, cover the dough with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 20 minutes.
    Water, Salt and Yeast in Mixer
  • Mix the dough using the dough hook for three minutes on the lowest setting, then mix for another three minutes on the next setting. Remove the dough hook, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for two hours.
    Dough in Mixer
  • Place the dough in front of you on a flat surface. Pull the dough to the right and left stretching it out about 12 inches. Then fold the right side back over the center of the dough ball with a 1/3 overlap. Fold the left side over the center with a 1/3 overlap. Turn the ball over and gently form it into a ball. Make sure the seam on the bottom is closed. Place the dough ball into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for six hours.
    Rolling the Dough
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Gently roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Try to get it as close to a rectangle as possible. Brush melted butter over the rolled out dough and top with a sprinkle of both cheeses. Roll up the dough (starting with the longe edge), then cut into 12 pieces. Place each piece cut side down (so you can see the curled up dough) in an oiled cast iron skillet or baking pan. Top with more melted butter and grated cheese. Bake until golden brown.
    Garlic Rolls Sprinkled with Cheese



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Serving: 2rollsCalories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 12gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 859mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 82IUCalcium: 125mgIron: 4mg
Calories: 342kcal
Cost: $4
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheesy garlic rolls, garlic rolls

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved Pizza Cookery in Woodland Hills, Northridge, and Santa Monica. Then there was Mike’s Pizza in Panorama City, and they all had these incredible rolls. We’d always take home a dozen, freeze then, and wave them for a midweek treat. One little thing: where’s the garlic?

    1. I’ve been to the Pizza Cookery in Woodland Hills. Those rolls were phenomenal!!! You’re right about the garlic. I feel a “redo” coming on…

      1. Making the Cheesy Garlic Rolls today. I noticed the doe was sticky coming out of the bowl and off the cutting board. I might flour the board, rolling pin, and my hands in the next step, the roll out and cut. My mouth is watering already.

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