The perfect dinner accompaniment, these parker house rolls are soft, fluffy, and packed with buttery flavor in every bite.
parker house rolls

I have a lot of explaining to do.

My posting has been…sporadic at best. And while I would like to blame it all on medical school, medical school, and MORE medical school, the truth is that it probably has more to do with another little project I’ve been working on these past 14 weeks….

Baby 12 weeks

I’m having a baby!!

And it has been torture not telling all of you.

There were also many days where it was torture to stare at food, think about food, and edit photos of food.

Days where it was torture to stay up past 8PM.

Days where it was torture to wake up before 11AM.

And days where I felt totally fine, except for an aching need to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing for hours on end.

really hope those days are over, because that is just not me!

Parker House Rolls

So, the details:

Baby is due May 7, 2016. We do not know if it is a boy or a girl yet, but we are going to find out.

I am still in that weird phase where I don’t look pregnant, but do look like I haven’t exercised in 14 weeks.

(Also, I haven’t exercised in 14 weeks.)

So far I have craved: cheese and breakfast sandwiches.

And carbs. ALL THE CARBS.

Parker House Rolls

So while there hasn’t been too much going on my oven lately. this weekend I finally forced myself to get my act together and dig my fingers into some homemade dough. After all, I hear there are some holidays coming up and we might want to be that host/hostess who manages to pull still warm buttery dinner rolls out of the oven just as her guests arrive.

Or we could just be those people who inhale buttery dinner rolls before, during, and after every meal. Just because.

Either way, I’ve got you covered.

Parker House Rolls
The perfect dinner accompaniment, these parker house rolls are soft, fluffy, and packed with buttery flavor in every bite.
Yield: 16 rolls
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4-4¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 11 tbsp unsalted butter, 8 tbsp cut into 8 pieces and softened
  1. Heat oven to 200F. Once it reaches 200F, maintain the oven temperature for 10 minutes. Then, turn off the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the milk and sugar together in a small bowl in the microwave until the mixture is lukewarm. Whisk in the yeast and egg and set aside.
  3. Combine 4 cups of the flour and the salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix at the lowest speed to combine, about 15 seconds. With the mixer still on low, add the liquid in a steady stream and mix until the flour is moist, about 1 minute. With the mixer still running, slowly add the 8 tbsp of softened butter until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the dough is thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. Replace the paddle with a dough hook and knead on medium speed until smooth, about 6 minutes. Add more flour in 1 tbsp increments until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl and into a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the warmed oven to rise for 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  4. Once the dough has doubled, punch in down and replace the plastic wrap. Let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 3 tbsp of butter. With a pastry brush, butter the bottom and sides of a large rimmed baking sheet. with half of the butter.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and shape until each piece is 18 inches long and about 1½ inches across. With a bench scraper, cut each dough log into 8 evenly sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a smooth, tight ball. Flatten the dough into a rough oval. Lightly brush with melted butter, then fold in half and gently seal the edges. Place the roll on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.
  6. Lightly brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining butter and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  7. When the rolls are almost fully risen, heat oven to 375F. Bake rolls until the tops are dark golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 roll


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72 Responses to Parker House Rolls

  1. Lynn says:

    I watched your “reveal” video on facebook – I’m so happy for you the two of you! I hope you are feeling well and that this is a serene and happy time for you.

    Those rolls look divine!

  2. annie says:

    OMG that’s so great, Joanne! Congratulations to y’all. You’re going to make an awesome mom. What better way to celebrate than with buttery rolls? <3

  3. debbie says:

    Congratulations Joanne!!!! Sending happy baby wishes your way! Yay!!!!!!!!

  4. Audra says:

    Yay! Welcome to the 2nd trimester Mama. I find this time to be the period when I really feel like myself again before turning into a house. Love you!

  5. Sooooo sooo excited for you! CONGRATS! I hope you’ve turned the corner and will be feeling well throughout the rest of your pregnancy! Can’t wait to hear more of your updates along the way! Wishing you all the best 🙂

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So so happy for you!! xoxox my friend!

  7. Trisha says:

    OMG Joanne, I am so so happy for you and your little bun in the oven! CONGRATULATIONS! You will be such an amazing mama to that little bun, and he/she will eat so well! I hope you will post little pregnancy updates because I love those!

  8. Courtney says:

    I’m so thrilled for you guys! All I wanted in those first several weeks was carbs, so I can totally relate to that weird feeling of not looking pregnant and just looking like, well, I had been eating only carbs. I hope your second trimester leaves you feeling more like yourself again.

  9. Heath says:

    Oh my gosh!!! So excited for you! Congratulations!!

  10. BABY BABY CONGRATS I LOVE IT!!!! Saw the video on Facebook and thought it was about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Your mom!!! Gah. Love and mazel tov.

  11. Damn, I miss out on so much by not being on facebook. CONGRATULATIONS! I am sooo very happy for you and your sweet husband. Thanks for sharing on your blog….cause I’m not on FB, and I think this is absolutely the coolest news.

    Way better than the rolls. Wait…I’m thinking about that, NO… this baby news IS way better than rolls!!

  12. SallyBR says:

    I also saw the video on facebook and was anxiously waiting for you to break the news here….

    cannot tell you how happy I am for both of you!

    ENJOY each day of this beautiful phase of your life….

  13. I just knew your absence was due to morning sickness. At least, I hoped so. I can’t even stand it. So excited for you guys!!

  14. Oh My Gosh!!! CONGRATS Joanne! You pull out some amazing things from your oven -like these Parker house rolls, but this baby is gonna be one of the bestest! CONGRATS again!

  15. Congratulations, Joanne!!!!!!
    Those dinner rolls look fantastic.

  16. sandra says:

    Yay!! I was wondering where your posts went. What wonderful happy news. I am so glad to hear… and can’t wait for the story line as your baby grows!

  17. Awww congrats Joanne! So happy for you and your hubs! xo

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  19. cheri says:

    Congratulations Joanne!

  20. congratulations joanne!! soooo exciting! yay babies! 🙂

  21. Congratulations, my friend! So so happy for you! And these rolls are superb! 🙂

  22. Beth says:

    SO happy for you! Congratulations! (Bun in the oven … so cute.)

  23. Erica says:

    OH MY GOD CONGRATULATIONS JOANNE!!! This is so exciting for you!!! I can’t believe you – you’re blogging, cooking, killing medical school, and now having a baby!?! Super woman.
    Congrats again 🙂 Also these rolls need to happen in my life soon. Love love love!

  24. OMG ! Congratulations Joanne!!! We are so happy for you!! You are totally amazing! Enjoy this wonderful journey – having a baby is God’s blessing and gift to you!
    BTW, Love your dinner rolls too….

  25. easypeasy says:

    Congratulations!!! And we love, love, love Parker house rolls at our house. So excited to give these a try!

  26. Megan says:

    Congrats!! I don’t know how you do it all, but you sure are amazing!!

  27. Congratulations Joanne! I guess there really is a bun in the oven! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Savor these moments. It truly does go by in a blur.

  28. Yay! That’s wonderful! It is so hard in the beginning. Enjoy!!

  29. Eva R. says:

    Oh my goodness, you go girl! Congratulations to you both! And the bun in the oven–SO PERFECT. These rolls are begging for a place on our thanksgiving table!

  30. I’m so happy for you. Saw the video on Facebook and had a big, stupid grin on my face. It’s just so exciting! Congratulations to you and Mike.

    And, now, these rolls. I love them. So so so much!

  31. So fluffy, buttery, and delicious! I’d just eat these plain!

  32. Zainab says:

    Yay!!! Congratulations again!!! I hope you continue to feel better!! This is so exciting!!

  33. Jessie says:

    Aww, yay Joanne! I saw your announcement on FB and loved it! This was where I was last May, so if you want to commiserate (or celebrate!) just let me know 🙂 What a wonderful journey ahead of you!!!! I’m so happy for you guys!!!

  34. Christine says:

    Congratulations and happy future lullaby singing!!

  35. These rolls are perfection. . and just wanted to say congrats!!!! I am SO happy for you, Joanne!!!! and loved your announcement videos with your families! so special!

  36. Monica says:

    Oh my gosh – what wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your family! Wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing more news and updates. PS – your rolls look incredibly soft and fluffy..yum!

  37. CONGRATS, Joanne!!! I saw the announcement video, and it was so heartwarming! I say take it easy on yourself during this time. So excited for you and The.Boy!

  38. I’m SO EXCITED FOR YOU, Joanne!!!!! Honestly, I was kind of waiting for this announcement to happen 😉 I totally remember that feeling of being pregnant and not wanted to do anything but take naps, haha. I certainly had no energy to blog…and then when you have your baby there may be no time to blog (i don’t know how bloggers with babies do it but their babies must be REALLY easy). Looking forward to your updates…esp bump pics! You’re gonna be the cutest preggo lady ever.

  39. So, so awesome girl. I remember the “I don’t look pregnant yet but just a little fluffy” stage. It will go by fast! And I hear ya about the carbs. That was about all I wanted to eat. The rolls sound like a MUCH better option than saltines!

  40. Kelly says:

    Aaw yay!!! Congrats again, Joanne! Loved your announcement video and I am so excited and happy for you guys!! =)

  41. Words cannot explain how happy this post has made me!!!! CONGRATS GUYS! So thrilled for you!
    Time to get some relax and eat allllllllll the carbs! Especially if they come in fluffy roll form! Love the sound of these and I need them all! x

  42. Christina says:

    O my goodness congrats!!! So excited for you 🙂

  43. Oh Joanne, congratulations! I am thrilled for you. What lovely news – I hope the second trimester is treating you well and you are getting lots of these fluffy rolls 🙂 Congrats again xox

  44. Erin M. says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!! So happy for you!!

  45. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s such exciting news! I remember the first trimester well and it is definitely a time of not feeling quite like yourself. And the fatigue! I remember not being able to keep my eyes open for the six o’clock news. I do hope you’re feeling more energised now you’re in your second trimester xx

  46. OMGOMGOMG I’m so excited for you!!! Your due date is 2 days before Avery’s birthday (and 1 day before mine), so I’m extra excited for you to have a May baby. Yay! xo

  47. Kinsey says:

    Congratulations, that is wonderful news! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  48. Johanna GGG says:

    Congratulations Joanne and the boy! You have my sympathy as I was so off my food for my whole pregnancies. But I think this plain bread looks like just what you need – and if you were an Aussie I would say that they would be really good with vegemite (I craved salty foods when pregnant too)

  49. P says:

    Um, WHAT?! CONGRATS JOANNE! This is so exciting 😀 !

  50. OH MY GOD!!! CONGRATS!!! Baby on top of med school? You are like a superhero!
    Also, I want all the carbs too. These rolls look so good!

  51. Your reveal video on Facebook was fantastic, but congratulations again!!!! My birthday is May 5th so yay for May babies 😉 Hope all is going well at medical school too!!!

  52. Aww congrats to you both! Such great news – I’m so happy for you! 🙂 These rolls look delicious – so fluffy!

  53. Kim says:

    Congratulations! I am over-the-moon excited for you and your family! Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy:) Your reveal video was precious.

    Loved the buns in the oven reference with the rolls:)

  54. Joanne, I am so happy for you. Congratulations!!! The rolls look delicious!

  55. Congrats.the buns looks perfect

  56. I saw the reveal video on Facebook and it was the beeeeeest!! So sweet!! I am so excited for you guys and I can’t wait to see what you are having. And yes, these biscuits all day every day, please!

  57. Laura says:

    I am so excited for you! I had noticed you had gone a bit silent, but figured you were incubating lol. I remember falling asleep before 8 myself. And yes the carbs. Oh the carbs. 🙂

    And speaking of carbs, these look like fantastic carbs. YUM

  58. Kim says:

    *SQUEALLLLL* Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for you!!!! Congrats! This will be such an exciting (and absolutely exhausting) time for you. I definitely had more energy (and appetite) in the second trimester. Then the third goes back to being tired. And peeing. All.The.Time. You’re welcome. xoxo

  59. Reeni says:

    So EXCITED and HAPPY for you!! I’ve never known you to go so long between posts so I knew something was up. So glad it’s good news. Hooray, hooray, hooray!!

  60. Sarah says:

    OMG Joanne! This is amazing news!! Congratulations!! 🙂

  61. So excited for you Joanne! Congratulations!! Hope you feel better the rest of your pregnancy!

  62. Congrats!! I’m so happy for you guys!

  63. Kathryn says:

    Huge congrats Joanne!! So happy for you guys and I hope the second trimester returns your appetite to you!

  64. Omg! Congratulations on the baby! So happy for you. Enjoy all the carbs 🙂

  65. Kate says:

    Uggh, for some reason your posts stopped popping up on my reader so I just dropped in to see what was up and see I missed some BIG NEWS. Congratulations! I’ve had a feeling this was in the works for a bit now. The fatigue when you started school was kind of a dead giveaway – girl you have been way busier before! I love being right!

  66. So I totally know I already said congrats on FB but CONGRATS!!!!! I feel like I will be craving endless amounts of cheese too haha. This is such awesome news – I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly and keep us updated!!

  67. Chris says:

    Congratulations, you guys! A lil’ bun in the oven 🙂

    And loooooooove Parker House rolls, they were always my favorite when my mom made them for holidays or special occasions.

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