Epic Stuffed Cheese Rolls, 3 Ways

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Soft, chewy rolls are one of our favorite family snacks to enjoy. We love them piping hot out of the oven nearly any time of day. I made them for years, according to package directions, and they never got old. Then one day, I took them a step further: I stuffed the dough with some cheese and baked them until the cheese was warm and melted inside. The results were epic!

I make these all the time now, and pair them with a yummy dipping sauce like Hidden Valley Ranch (my husband and I are impartial to Hidden Valley Sriracha Ranch because we love the pop of heat), or brush them with a glaze to give them their own unique twist. My kids adore the Italian style rolls since they like anything Italian. No matter how I make these stuffed cheese rolls, they barely ever make it the dinner table as little hands grab a few right out of the oven.

Here are my absolute favorite ways to make stuffed cheese rolls, perfect to accompany dinner, or even as a party appetizer with an unexpected cheesy surprise inside.

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Stuffed Cheese Rolls with Hidden Valley Sriracha Ranch 

makes 8 rolls

serves 8

Ingredients:

  • refrigerated French bread dough: 1 tube 
  • white cheddar cheese: 3 oz, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • unsalted butter, melted: 2 Tbsp
  • Hidden Valley Sriracha Ranch: for dipping

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Cut the bread dough into 8 even-sized pieces. Make a pocket in each dough ball and tuck a cheese ball into the middle of each one. Pinch the roll shut completely and face seam side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are completely cooked through and lightly browned on top.

Step 3: While the rolls are cooling, melt the butter and brush the warm butter over the rolls.

Step 4: Pour the dressing into a bowl, dip the rolls into it, and enjoy!


 

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Italian Cheese Rolls

makes 8 rolls

serves 8

Ingredients:

  • refrigerated French bread dough: 1 tube 
  • mozzarella cheese: 3 oz, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • unsalted butter: 2 Tbsp, melted
  • Italian seasoning: 1 Tbsp
  • marinara sauce, warmed: for dipping

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Cut the bread dough into 8 even-sized pieces. Make a pocket in each dough ball and tuck a cheese cube into the middle of each one. Pinch the roll shut completely and face seam side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are completely cooked through and lightly browned on top.

Step 3: While the rolls are cooling, melt the butter and brush the warm butter over the rolls. Then sprinkle them with the Italian seasoning.

Step 4: Pour the marinara sauce into a bowl, dip the rolls into it, and enjoy!


 

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Cheesy Garlic Rolls

makes 8 rolls

serves 8

Ingredients:

  • refrigerated French bread dough: 1 tube 
  • white cheddar cheese: 3 oz, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • unsalted butter: 4 Tbsp, melted
  • garlic cloves: 2
  • kosher salt: ½ teaspoon 
  • dried parsley: 1 Tbsp, finely chopped

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Cut the bread dough into 8 even-sized pieces. Make a pocket in each dough ball and tuck a cheese ball into the middle of each one. Pinch the roll shut completely and face seam side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are completely cooked through and lightly browned on top.

Step 3: While the rolls are baking, melt the butter and combine it in a bowl with the garlic, salt, and parsley.

Step 4: Once the rolls have cooled enough to touch, roll them in the garlic butter. Set them on a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath to catch the drips. Let them cool for about 10 more minutes. Enjoy!