Garlic Butter Rolls

garlic bread rolls

For those of you who swoon over garlic twisty bread but can't bring yourself to order whole pizza to make the delivery worthwhile, this one's for you! They are scrumptious!  Dip some in marinara or serve them with a salad and pasta! You could also eat them alone, directly from your kitchen counter. No one will know. Promise.

To push them over the edge of deliciousness, I am going to tuck a little bit of Parmesan cheese in the middle of each roll before I form them into little dough balls next time!  This was a request from my husband who is a certified twisty bread lover. He wanted them cheesy with more of a garlic presence; so I will appease him next round! I suggest using a little cooking spray in the muffin tin because I had 3 of them stick! You'd better believe I chiseled them out with a knife and ate them! Wouldn't want to let any dough go to waste now would we?

I used Trader Joe's  plain pizza dough for this batch! So convenient!

trader joe's pizza dough

Start by mincing 4 cloves of garlic. Set aside.

pressing garlic

While your dough is getting to room temp, get your muffin tin ready and put some oil in a little bowl.

waiting for dough to rise

Cut the dough into 12 pieces. Form into balls and place them in the muffin tins.

cutting up the rolls

Put a pinch of garlic on top. Next time I will fold the sides over so there's garlic inside as well as on top!

pinch of garlic on top

Brush the tops with olive oil and place in the oven for 15-18 mins.

brush with olive oil

Here's what they look like after 17 minutes in my oven.

out of the oven

Dip them in a bowl of melted butter and parsley. Lube them up! Then add salt on top.

toss with melted butter and parsley

You have yourself a very delicious little garlic knot/roll.

light inside

Garlic Butter Rolls

(recipe Real Simple Magazine)

Makes 12
  • 1 pound plain or whole wheat pizza dough (thawed)
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

  1. Tear pizza dough (thawed according to package directions) into 12 pieces and place in the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin. (I suggest spraying the bottoms of the muffin tin with cooking spray so they release easily!)
  2. Divide 4 cloves chopped garlic among the pieces of dough, pressing them into the centers. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 425° F until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
  3. Toss in a bowl with melted butter and chopped parsley; season with salt.
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  • April 20, 2010

    i'm moving into your house. seriously. you make the best food ever.

    • April 20, 2010

      tonight I made cream of wheat with brown sugar and butter. Still wanna move in? ;)

      • April 21, 2010

        um.... YES!

      • Hob
        June 6, 2010

        I will move in with both of you and we will all get fat!

  • April 20, 2010

    yummy yummy. I always like garlic twists with my pizza. talk about a carb overload. just the way I like it :)

    • April 20, 2010

      hells YES. i'm a fiend. Did you see that domino pasta in a bread bowl thing? Ridiculous yet intriguing!

      • Jennifer
        July 27, 2010

        I made up a recipe that is the same as the Domino's pasta bowls and they taste amazing you should try to make them before making fun, its easy and filling and yummy.

  • April 20, 2010

    gracious i miss tj's.
    i wish i could come bake/cook/eat with you for a day, or a week.

    • April 20, 2010

      ooh! that would be fun! what should we make?

  • April 20, 2010

    Wow, these look so good. I forgot about garlic knots because it's been so long since I've had them.

    I think this might be a baking adventure for me this weekend.

  • April 21, 2010

    Such a good idea! And parmesan in the middle?? Oh my.

  • April 21, 2010

    I have to try these!
    they look so good:)

  • April 21, 2010

    I want to lick my screen right now, those look so GOOD!!

  • April 21, 2010

    Love your site and those rolls looking amazing. I plan to try the broccoli too! I forwarded your site to sooo many of my friends.

  • April 21, 2010

    What a great simple and delicious idea. I am going to bookmark this and try these!
    Thanks for the great recipe!
    *kisses* HH

  • April 22, 2010

    I'm sorry but that is just wrong. I would eat all 12 by myself. Next time we have a casual gathering, I'm totally making those.

  • April 24, 2010

    Oh, yeah -- these would be awesome with garlic inside. Maybe even a garlic and herb pesto... or some cheese... I think I'm feeling inspired!

    • April 24, 2010

      oooh yes! herb pesto would be the bomb!

  • April 24, 2010

    going to my mom's for spaghetti + salad tonight and guess what *I'M* bringin?!

    oh yeah!

    • April 24, 2010

      F-yeah girl! did you put some cheese up in??

  • arica laurel
    May 1, 2010

    that looks amazing!!!! call me

  • May 1, 2010

    Oh, these just look fabulous. I need something quick and easy to accompany my lunch tomorrow. These look like just the ticket...unfortunately, I don't have pizza dough in the freezer...but I can make some!

  • Jemessica
    May 1, 2010

    "Lube them up!" it :)

  • Michael
    May 2, 2010

    wow i made them ate one and my mouth had an orgasm....

  • person
    May 2, 2010

    did you really just say "lube them up!"????

    • May 2, 2010

      yes person. i did. it's totally in my regular nomenclature.

  • May 3, 2010

    Oh wow. I could so easily enjoy those all by myself and not share a single one.

    • May 4, 2010

      me too michelle!! DANGEROUS!

  • May 5, 2010

    It's almost Midnight, my mouth is watering and I have to go to the store to get garlic and pizza dough.

  • May 7, 2010

    Wow!Yummy ... great tips, wonderful photos...

  • May 8, 2010

    looks very delicious !

  • May 8, 2010

    simply beautiful

  • May 8, 2010

    this is really good .....will try asap

  • Zoe
    May 10, 2010

    wow... see im a teenager, never even heard of these before and i want to make some NOW! but... we don't have pizza dough... stumbled on this :] bookmarking now!

  • ooohh!!! that looks delish...and easy to prepare. bookmark :)

  • sorry, this might sound stupid, but i don't cook and i want to surprise my husband. did you pre-heat the oven? :)

    • May 13, 2010

      yup! good luck! hope your husband loves them.

  • May 19, 2010

    Would like to put this recipe on my website, is that ok with you. will link it back to your site!
    Please let me know

  • May 24, 2010

    This are some of the best looking garlic butter rolls I have ever seen. It's 2:30 a.m. Central time and I am hungry! Thanks for sharing.

  • May 24, 2010

    I am sorry, I a mean "these are......"

  • enn ;)
    May 25, 2010

    mouthwatering...just can't get enough of this!!!

  • MaryS
    July 13, 2010

    Just stumbled this recipe...Wow!!! So making these tonite...they look scrumptious!!!

  • October 2, 2010

    I made these but they did not come out as pretty! But were delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  • October 17, 2010

    OMG those look sooooo good! I have a pull apart dinner roll recipe that is ready in an hour that would be fabulous for this. I have saved the recipe, thanks!

  • November 3, 2010

    mmmm, they look delicious. Added to favs to cook later! :)

  • November 3, 2010

    Your garlic rolls have made be SOOOOOOO hungry! I shouldn't be looking at delicious food this late at night!

    • November 4, 2010

      Isn't that the worst?! So sorry...perhaps you can make them soon?

  • So delicious. I love the photograph that shows how soft and airy they are inside. DROOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

  • January 4, 2011

    These look phenomenal. They also kinda remind of those cheese bread balls at Brazilian restaurants. Definitely making these very husband would die.

  • These look sooo yummy! Will give it a shot soon! Thanks for posting!

  • Kimberly Temple
    January 23, 2011

    Wow, these look yummy. I just made some, I made them a bit big and left them in for a bit too long, but the basic idea was still there and they were really good. I didn't expect perfection the first time around, so my next go with be much better. Thanks for the recipe! :D

    • January 24, 2011

      Don't give up!! They are tasty

  • January 30, 2011

    It's very delicious

  • Jen
    January 31, 2011

    Just made these now with trader joe's garlic and herb pizza dough....YUMMMMMMMMMY!!!! thanks for the great idea!! I look forward to trying new combintaions..adding cheese, pesto, etc.

  • Autumn
    February 9, 2011

    this recipe makes me sad that i have a gluten intolerance. looks so yummy!

  • Mike
    March 7, 2011

    Don't get me wrong here, those do look pretty delicious but when you're making a recipe for rolls, isn't it kinda cheating to have pre-made dough be an ingredient? The dough is like, the entire thing. It's like writing a recipe for macaroni and cheese that has a box of kraft dinner in the ingredients.

  • March 10, 2011

    Anything with garlic is an automatic favorite of mine.

  • April 13, 2011

    Wow, so easy! (Especially since I live a block down from a Trader Joe's) I'll find any excuse to use garlic and more garlic.

    • April 13, 2011

      oh man..if i lived a block away from TJs, I'd be in trouble!!! YOU ARE SOO LUCKY!

  • April 23, 2011

    These look super yummy!

  • June 17, 2011

    Wow....the look of these are incredible. Honestly, they look better than most restaurants I've seen. Going to try this out and see if the taste matches up :)

  • neha gattani
    August 26, 2011

    made them tonight for dinner and seved it with pasta and roasted broccoli (your recipe) was an instant hit....thanks a ton...

  • September 17, 2011

    i love how quick & easy this recipe is!! i get these crazy cravings for garlic knots all the time so this would be great when i get those 3am cravings! ;)

  • November 8, 2011

    These look amazing! My husband would love something like this. You could even add a little marinara inside or on the top to create a little extra flavor. Just may have to steal this one from you, although I will give you full credit when my husband is devouring them like its the end of the world!!

    • November 8, 2011

      wow. that's kind of AMAZING.

  • Christine
    November 16, 2011

    Would one pound of Trader Joe's dough be equivalent to half of your pizza dough recipe?

  • December 4, 2011

    Oh my, these look SO good! I think it is easy enough for me to do as well!

  • December 14, 2011

    those look sooooo delicious *drools*

  • December 18, 2011

    Wow nice little treasures. A very smart appetizer recipe, congrats!

  • Katie
    February 29, 2012

    Ok, I have to hide these now for my dinner later! I made twice the recipe for a dinner party tonight; meeting my son's new girlfriend. I tried one of the rolls without the butter sauce and they are fantastic! They will be wonderful for our dinner tonight and, I'm sure, even more addictive with the butter! Thank you for this recipe. I will be making these for all special occasions for the rest of my life!

  • denise z
    April 10, 2012

    hi! I can't seem to pin anything directly from your website?? I wanted to pin these garlic rolls since I made them and LOVED them! I've seen the link to your Pinterest page, but I couldn't find the rolls on there so I could repin.
    any advice...?

    • April 10, 2012

      I've had the same problem too! Gotta figure it out!

  • jenny
    June 13, 2012

    Mine did not come out soft - maybe it was the batch(es) - 3 of them of TJs dough?

    They were not nearly as soft and fluffy as I'd hoped - but I appreciate the sharing.

  • Jennifer
    November 20, 2012

    hi this would be great for thanksgiving but i have one question were did you buy the pizza dough???if you can please let me know

    • Tracy
      November 20, 2012

      I got mine at Trader Joes!

  • March 10, 2013

    Yummy pizza rolls.

  • Marcy
    March 13, 2014

    These are vaguely reminiscent of the Garlic Cheese Balls they serve at Big Kahuna's Pizza in Hawaii (balls of pizza dough baked in garlicky butter)...only just before they shove'em in the oven, they smother them with a mixture of mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, parmesan and romano cheeses. Terrible for you, but OH. SO. YUMMY!

  • Rebecca in STL
    October 16, 2014

    Made these tonight with TJ's pizza dough. Served with steaks. Dynamite.

  • Catalina
    January 15, 2015

    Just made these tonight, SO good!

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