Rosemary Parker House Rolls

IMG_4745Parker House Rolls are a classic recipe that was created by the Parker House Hotel. If you don't believe me, just google "parker house rolls" and be prepared to see many variations on this seemingly specifically named recipe. That's because they are famous, dude. Told you so. Geez. I've made these a few times, and I love them. I think it's because they are made with milk, so they are just a little bit sweet. They are often made by flattening the dough and folding it over into a kind of crescent moon. But I just went with the ol' indent down the middle. Oh, and I added a little rosemary. I added rosemary to a lot of Friendsgiving recipes. I COULDN'T STOP.IMG_4747Rosemary Parker House Rolls, makes 15-18 rolls. Recipe (slightly) adapted from here

Needed: 3 tablespoon warm water, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 1 cup whole milk, 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary, 2 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 cups flour.

In a small bowl stir together the warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes. In the meantime stir together the flours and salt. In a small pot melt the butter and add the milk and rosemary until warm. Combine the yeast mixture, milk mixture and flour mixture. I used my stand mixer to knead the dough for about 6 minutes until elastic like. Form a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour. Now divide into 15-18 balls (or crescent moons if you're being all traditional). Place in a buttered baking dish, cover and allow to rise for another 45 minutes. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes.

I baked mine the day before and simply rewarmed them in the oven for 6-7 minutes then brushed with a little butter before serving. Making your yeasted bread a day before a big event can really make your day go smoother, as you won't have to allow for all the proper rising time. Just saying. xo. Emma

  • Even though these looked good, they were a dry, dense tasteless roll. Nothing pleasant about them. Plus the directions did not say whether you should leave space between them when placing them in the buttered dish or should put them sis-by-side. I had to look up another Parker-house rolls recipe to figure that out.

  • I made these for our tiny family Thanksgiving, and they were a huge hit! Even with my mom, who typically won’t eat bread with dinner 🙂

  • I’m am making these for my first friendsgiving right now! Since I don’t have to make the entire meal, these are a great homemade contribution. This is my first time making bread that other people (besides my boyfriend & I) are actually going to eat! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • I just got finished kneading & it’s rising. But via your recipe, I’m left with 2 tablespoons sugar. What was I supposed to do with those?!?!

  • Rolls are probably my favorite part about Thanksgiving! I love putting some leftover turkey in leftover rolls with some Ranch! Yum! But really, I love rolls… I will miss my Gramma’s rolls this year since I won’t be home for the holidays, but I still get rolls! Mmmm. I can’t wait!

  • En España se llaman bollos preñados. Se pueden rellenar con bacon, queso, etc.

  • Oh man, these look delicious! I want to make them for Thanksgiving! Or dinner tomorrow, because I just can’t wait 🙂

  • Yummy, those look delicious, Emma!


  • Haha you crack me up, but I’m that way with fresh herbs too. You always have to buy so much (if you aren’t lucky enough to have an herb garden) and I hate wasting it. But who doesn’t love a week full of basil dinners, or a rosemary Friendsgiving???

    Strive to Thrive,

  • I LOVE Parker House Rolls! I found a version in our freezer section that are YUM!

  • These look great for thanksgiving. I just love the way rosemary smells when baking with it.

  • I was just looking for a roll recipe!! I need to make 4 dozen. Thank you for saving me the time. 🙂

  • Mmm I can practically smell them!

    xo Jennifer

  • these look so good! totally going to have to try them out. thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • mmmm. just looking at the photos made me hungry! perfect for the thanksgiving meal. thanks for the great recipe. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ p.s. feel free to come visit my blog and join the cookbook giveaway going on now!

  • Wooow! they look delicious!


  • they look perfect! the perfect kind of bun! they remind me of my grandmother’s, all nicely in a basket lined with a cloth… good memories!

  • These look lovely and delicious! Everytime I see your food posts, I’m wondering why I don’t have an oven…

    xoxo, Femke

  • Your recipes always look so tasty Emma! I agree with the rosemary thing though… it’s just so yummy you can’t help but put it in everrrythingg!

  • Yummm!!! Every post is getting more and more excited for this Thankgiving. Xo Inna


  • Yum! Those sound wonderful (and are making me hungry!).


  • These sound absolutely delightful! 🙂 🙂 Can’t wait to try them!


  • Oh I love rolls! My mouth is practically watering!

  • I love rosemary too! I have 4 different types growing in my garden. Thanks for another great recipe


  • I’ve frequented the PArker House in Boston many times, and let me say these rolls are DELICIOUS!!

  • Oh YUM. I’m not making much for our two person Thanksgiving, but I’m feeling like these rolls need to be on the menu! Thank you for sharing!

  • Those look amazing! I’m having a Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, so I’ll definitely have to try that yummy recipe out! Thanks for sharing. <3

    Rosemary / Where Roses Bloom

  • These look amazingly delicious!! The rosemary sounds like it would be the perfect herb to put into these sweet rolls. Thanks for sharing this gem of a recipe.

  • mmm, I love freshly baked bread! I think its the best smell in the world no matter what they taste like

  • Looks delicious! And good choice on the rosemary, it makes everything better!!

  • Its a good idea to have something that you can make the day before and just throw in the oven to warm up. Thanksgiving is so overwhelming trying to time out everything.

    xx Ashleigh

  • I giggled at your “I COULDN’T STOP”. I have a rosemary plant so that I always have some fresh on hand. Anyhow, I love the recipes you share, but what I love most is the voice you type in. You’re a funny one, Emma Chapman. A funny one indeed.

  • Yeast goodness! How fabulous! My family serves sweet potato biscuits instead of rolls for Thanksgiving, but I think I might just have to try these bad boys out.

  • mmm… nice! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany but we will try these recipes for sure!

  • I am so making those this weekend!

    No thanksgiving in England but I’m sure they will go down a treat anyway 🙂 thanks Emma! xo

  • Ahhh the carbivore in me is drooling! I love the idea of Friendsgiving… the term is relatively new to me somehow even though I’m staring down the road at my own Friendsgiving next week!

  • These look so amazingly delicious. Gah, I need some. Right now.

    Rachel Nicole

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