Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls are buttery rolls that melt in your mouth and are filled and rolled with a garlicky and cheesy mixture you will taste in every savory bite. If you love buttery garlic bread, be sure to also try my Cheesy Garlic Bread.

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Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls

These rolls take the buttery soft dough of my Raspberry Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls. But, they are made into a buttery, savory roll that is baked with a garlicky, cream cheese center. With the added chives, there is also a hint of onion flavor that I love!

Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls Recipe

There are three main parts to this savory roll–the dough, the cheesy garlic filling, and the buttery topping.

Dough Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Whole milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Active dry yeast
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter

Garlic Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Shredded white cheddar cheese

Butter Topping Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Salt
  • Parmesan cheese

Removing Garlic Cream Cheese Roll from Pan

How to Make the Dough

The base for these rolls is one of the easiest doughs to work in part due to the ingredients and in part due to the process.  To make this dough, whisk together the milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and the yeast.   Let that sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes.  The mixture will get a little foamy.  Add in eggs and whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Next, move to your stand mixer.  Make sure it is fitted with a dough hook.  In the bowl, combine the remaining sugar, flour, and salt.  Add the milk mixture and turn the mixer on low.  Slowly add pads of butter, blending well between additions. 

Once everything is combined, turn the mixer to medium for 1 minute and then switch to medium-high to knead until the dough is soft (about 5 minutes). You can always add more flour (about a tablespoon at a time) if the dough is not coming together.

Rise and Prepare the Dough

Transfer the dough to a medium-sized buttered dish.  Brush the top of the dough with melted butter and cover with plastic wrap.  Let the dough rise in a warm area until doubled in size (about 1 hour).  Give the dough a good punch and turn it out onto a floured surface.  Roll out a 10×15 rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.

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How to Make Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls

Once your dough is rolled out the rest is easy! Just beat together the cream cheese, chives, and minced garlic in a medium bowl. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough and add the shredded cheese on top of the cream cheese mixture. Tightly roll the dough into a log using the bottom long edge as a starting point. 

Using a very sharp knife, cut the rolls into 12 equal pieces.  Place each roll into a greased 9×13-inch pan.  Put the pan in a warm, dry place and let them rise again (about 1 hour) and then pop them in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.  You are going for a golden-brown crust.  Remove them from the oven and let them sit on the counter for about 5 minutes while you prepare the butter topping.

How to Make the Butter Topping

These buttery rolls are made even more buttery and garlicky with the flavorful topping. To make the topping, combine the melted butter with the garlic, chives, and salt in a small bowl. Brush that over the warm rolls. Finally, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve warm and serve with Spaghetti with Meatballs.

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Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Garlic Cream Cheese Rolls are buttery rolls that melt in your mouth and are filled and rolled with a garlicky and cheesy mixture you will taste in every savory bite.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2/3 cup (163g) whole milk, warmed in the microwave for about 30 seconds
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups (344g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Garlic Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons chives, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (226g) white cheddar cheese, shredded

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chives, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated and sprinkled on top

Instructions

Dough

  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the milk and whisk to blend. Let sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs. Whisk until smooth.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar, the flour, and the salt.
  • Add the milk mixture. With the mixer running, add butter, 1 piece at a time, blending well between additions.
  • Knead on medium speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-high speed and knead until the dough is soft (about 5 minutes). Add more flour, a tablespoon at a time, if the dough doesn't come together.
  • Brush a medium bowl with some melted butter. Place the dough in the bowl and brush the top of the dough with the remaining melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  • When you are ready, punch the dough, turn it out onto a floured surface, and roll it into a 10×15-inch rectangle. (It should be about 1/4-inch thick.)

Garlic Cream Cheese Filling

  • To make the cream cheese filling, beat together the cream cheese, chives, garlic, and salt until smooth.

Assembly

  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough. Top the mixture with the shredded cheese.
  • Roll the dough up tightly, starting on the long edge.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut the log into 12 rolls. Place them into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Baking

  • While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.

Topping

  • To make the butter topping, combine the melted butter with the garlic, chives, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Brush the buttery topping over the warm rolls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Serve warm.

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