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Savory Cheddar Rolls for #BreadBakers

Homemade Savory Cheddar Rolls are light, fluffy and flavored with onion and celery seed. They are easy to make, no kneading or shaping required.

Shaping rolls can be quite a challenge. It seems easy enough. Take a little piece of dough and roll it around until smooth. Sometimes you pull the side and pinch it together on the bottom. Mine rarely turn out smooth and round. Most of the time mine have what I’ll call a rustic look. So when I saw the method of spooning yeast dough into muffin cups, I was all in. That’s why I decided to make Savory Cheddar Rolls.

There was more than one reason actually. First is because of Bread Bakers. The host this month, Deepti of Baking Yummies, declared rolls as the theme. I procrastinated on deciding which rolls to make to the last minute. I was hesitant on another batch of sad shaped rolls and didn’t want to go with sweet rolls.

Savory Cheddar Rolls by Magnolia Days

The other reason is cheese. Big puffy cheese rolls with savory flavors sounded mighty tempting. Something other than a regular yeast roll or wheat roll would be nice. The trio of sharp cheddar cheese, onion, and celery made me think of big family dinners. I was tempted to throw in some garlic yet didn’t because I wanted more emphasis on cheese and onion.

Savory Cheddar Rolls are quick and easy. Well, about as “quick” as homemade yeast rolls can be considered. There is only about an hour total for rising. It’s mixed in a bowl and no kneading involved. After the first rise, you stir down the dough and scoop or spoon it into a muffin pan. Let rise again then bake about 15 minutes. Then you have big, fluffy cheesy, and savory rolls to enjoy.

Savory Cheddar Rolls by Magnolia Days

Do you prefer sweet or savory rolls? Okay, that can be a tough choice. Rather which savory or sweet roll is your favorite? Mine are classic cinnamon rolls for sweet and buttermilk rolls for savory. Scroll down to find the list of rolls baked for this month’s Bread Bakers. Each recipe is a click away. Have fun discovering new ones to try.

Savory Cheddar Rolls

Homemade Savory Cheddar Rolls are light, fluffy and flavored with onion and celery seed. They are easy to make, no kneading or shaping required.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Author Renee Dobbs


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 2 packages instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese see note, at room temperature


  1. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Whisk together 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, onion, salt, and celery seeds in a large bowl.
  3. Heat milk, water, and shortening in a small saucepan until warm (120° to 130°F). Shortening does not have to melt.
  4. Pour into flour mixture. Add egg. Use an electric stand mixer with a flat beater to blend at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  5. By hand, gradually stir in cheese and remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until light and double, about 35 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  8. Stir down dough. Spoon into muffin cups. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about 30 minutes.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove rolls from muffin pan. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Hand grating or shredding the cheese is recommended.

Recipe adapted from one in the Red Star Centennial Bread Sampler cookbook published in 1981 (no longer in print).

It’s time to fill up the bread basket! Check out these recipes for savory and sweet rolls by talented Bread Bakers around the world:

Bread BakersWhat is Bread Bakers? It’s a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Bread Bakers Pinterest Board. Links are also updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.

How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Would you like to join in the fun? If you are a food blogger, send an email with your blog name and url to Stacy at [email protected].

Recipe Rating


Thursday 12th of May 2016

Love the idea of spooning the dough into muffin tin. Your cheddar rolls look soooooo inviting and delicious.

sharanya palanisshami

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Savory rolls are my favorite. Addition of cheddar sounds delicious.......

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

I love that these rolls bake in a muffin tin. Like the best of both worlds!!

sneha datar

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

These rolls filled with cheddar and onion looks so cute and irresistible. Love the muffin shape.


Tuesday 10th of May 2016

I think savory is a nice departure from the typical sweet roll. I'd enjoy these with a cup of tea or with a salad for lunch. So many reasons and excuses I could come up with to eat these rolls at any chance!