Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls

Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls | Cookie Monster Cooking

Every year around this time I start to crave soup.  Soup and homemade bread.  Although if we’re being fair, I could really eat soup and homemade bread any time of the year.

I’m not a big heavy soup type of person.  I prefer things along the lines of minestrone, or veggie and tortellini, or a new soup that I’ll be sharing with you next week.  You like that?  Anticipation.  I know you are just dying to know what type of soup.  Right?

Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls | Cookie Monster Cooking

Anyway, I like rolls to go along with said soup.  My reigning favorite rolls to pair with soup … or really anything … are these honey yeast rolls.  But our herbs out back are still exploding and I was looking for something a little different.  But not too different.  Something herby.  See where I’m going with this?

My favorite rolls + lots of fresh herbs = quite possibly my new favorite dinner roll.

On second thought, let’s just say that these are now tied with the plain honey ones.

Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls | Cookie Monster Cooking

So make these to go with soup.  Or whatever you’re having for dinner.  Or just to eat plain, slathered with a smidge of butter.  Soft, pillowy dinner rolls packed with fresh herbs.  You can’t say no to that.  Nope nope nope.

Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls


    For the rolls:
  • 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups bread flour, divided
  • ¼ cup mixed minced fresh herbs*
  • For topping:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the water and yeast. Mix for a few seconds to combine. Add in the honey, olive oil, salt and egg. Mix again to combine. Add in 3 cups of the bread flour and mix until the dough forms a cohesive mass. Add in the fresh herbs and mix for a few seconds to incorporate.
  2. Switch to the dough hook. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the remaining 1 cup of the bread flour. Continue to mix on low speed for about 6 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large lightly oiled bowl. Turn once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for about 30 seconds. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 12 equal sized pieces. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Shape each piece of dough into a smooth ball and space evenly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise again for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter, then sprinkle lightly with the sea salt. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the rolls are lightly browned and cooked through.


For the herbs, I used a combination of basil, rosemary and parsley (since that’s what we have in our garden). Feel free to use whatever you prefer. I think thyme would also go great.

Adapted from these honey yeast rolls.


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  1. Your rolls look so professional! I often like dinner rolls more than the dinner itself :) These rolls look so soft and tasty. Now if I can only get over my fear of yeast…

  2. These herb rolls are the perfect side-kick for a bowl of soup! :) Let’s see if I can get these to rise up as fluffy as yours. (Yeast and I seem to have a power struggle going on.)

    • haha good luck! I had trouble quite often at our old house in DC with yeast – could never get the temperature quite right for it to rise well (until I finally found a good spot in the house). It used to drive me mad! I blame my husband for always keeping it so cold : )

  3. There’s nothing like fresh homemade rolls! Soft, doughy, and perfect for soup dunking :)

  4. I WAS CRAVING BREAD TOO! Omg. And def soup – I plan on making a giant batch of minestrone to freeze for whenever I have a lazy day/chilly night. These rolls would be PERFECTION alongside any soup. :D

  5. OMG! You most certainly CANNOT say NO to that!!!!!!! It looks gorgeoussssss Ashley! :) :)

  6. Hi Ashely. There is nothing like soup and HOMEMADE bread. I could eat a meal like that every day of the year and be happy. Thank you for sharing. What a delicious way to end my week (and start the new one!) I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  7. Love homemade bread! I could eat these rolls with soups, like others mentioned, they will be especially good with spicy chilli. These rolls could also be served right before the main course, with flavored olive oil on the side. Just like in the best restaurants! :)

  8. These rolls look perfect! I really like the herbs for added flavor!

  9. I’m a sucker for bread! Love, love, love it. That’s my husband’s favorite thing to cook, which is nice because it’s one of my favorite things to eat. :) I have to show him this recipe because I know he’ll be drooling over it as much as I am right now!

    • haha thanks Tina! Now if only I could convince my husband that he needs to learn how to make bread : ) I could use a break every once in awhile!

  10. These rolls look amazing. I’ve been terrified of yeast and kneading. I really need to face my fears and just do it! Pinning these to try. Thanks for posting Ashley. Have a great weekend. :)

  11. I could never do the Atkins diet or the paleo diet, because I love bread way too much. And your herbed dinner rolls look fantastic. Fresh, fragrant, savory, with just a hint of salt!

  12. Your rolls looks absolutely perfect! I think I’d want to eat the whole batch!

  13. Fabulous rolls! I can just imagine how wonderful your kitchen smelt whilst these were baking :-)

  14. Ooooh, yes! This is the type of dinner roll I “sneak” and ravage with butter as a midnight snack ‘cuz it’s THAT good. I’ve gotta make these to go alongside our next soup or stew!

  15. Holy deliciousness. I’m a sucker for a big fluffy roll, especially when they’re made with honey. And fresh herbs kick anything up a notch in my book. Plus, the pictures are gorgeous.
    Yep, I’m sold.

  16. Homemade bread is one of my biggest weaknesses, so these rolls m literally make me weak in the knees! I love those little flecks of herbs. I would eat 1,2, or 3 with soup! Ha.

  17. Wow, they’re so fluffy! I can just imagine dipping those into soup right now. I can’t wait for your new soup recipe. I’m not a huge soup person either but whenever I make I’m soooo glad because it’s so easy. Happy Friday :)

  18. I love homemade bread and soup! These rolls are a perfect use for all of the fresh herbs I have right now!

  19. I love the fresh herbs in here – whether paired with plain butter or as a side, these buns look perfect :)

  20. Wow – these look incredibly perfect! I can picture the fluffy interior and all the flavor from the honey and herbs here (I usually don’t want my bread too sweet but rolls are an exception). I wish I had some of these to serve with my soup for dinner. I made a white bean soup last night and I’m itching to more and have it handy in the fridge. I’ve got to try one of these roll recipes soon to go with it – my family would be impressed! : )

  21. I can always find an excuse to enjoy bread, soup or no soup :) These rolls look like the perfect way to use up some of your fresh herbs.

  22. These dinner rolls look amazing! Nothing like homemade fresh bread out of the oven!

  23. These look absolutely amazing! I’m more of a crusty sourdough + soup person, but I can’t wait to try these with my next soup. And I can’t wait to see your new recipe either. I’ve been on a soup kick lately and no amount of recipes is ever enough!
    Have a nice weekend, Ashley! :-)

  24. Oh my goodness – those look incredible, Ashley! I love making a big bacth of rolls and freezing them to have with soups. Somehow having nice rolls makes a bowl of soup into a meal…especially for my husband who has never fully embraced the soup “thing”. ;)

    • Thanks Jess! Exactly – I think the rolls are what made my husband like the soup thing much more! Before that he wasn’t too keen on soup for dinner at all either!

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