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Herby Rhodes Rolls

August 30, 2023

Quick and delicious, this herby garlic dinner roll recipe is a total snap thanks to a shortcut secret ingredient: a bag of frozen Rhodes rolls.


Butter And Herb dinner Rolls in a pan with a linen

Unbelievably Easy Dinner Rolls

While we love the idea of fresh, homemade dinner rolls, when it comes down to it—especially when we’re working on an elaborate holiday meal—something's just got to give. And a few years ago we realized that the thing that can give is DIY dinner rolls! Because you know what? Dough freezes really well. There’s absolutely not a thing wrong with using frozen dough! You don’t sacrifice any flavor or texture at all—all that using store-bought frozen rolls does is save you time. Truly, no one will be the wiser. Sure, you might feel a twinge of guilt when everyone’s raving about how amazing your tender, buttery, herb and garlic dinner rolls are. But who cares!? Enjoy the accolades! You deserve it. And when someone asks for the recipe? Just tell them it’s a family secret. Or, if you’re feeling really generous, go ahead and let them in on the Rhodes roll secret. P.S. this is NOT a sponsored post! We just happen to be huge fans of Rhodes rolls. There are lots of brands of frozen dinner rolls out there, though, and if you have a different fave, that’s fine too. This recipe for dressing them up a bit will work with any frozen dinner roll you’ve got.

20 thaw, raise and baked frozen dinner rolls, 1 cup of salted butter, minced garlic and dried herbs

Everything You’ll Need To Make Quick, Buttery Garlic Rolls

Frozen Rhodes rolls are good all on their own—just rise and bake. But, if you can take ten more minutes to spruce them up a little, you can take these simple dinner rolls from totally yummy to absolutely legendary. Here’s what you’ll need to make the best Rhodes dinner rolls ever:

  • Rhodes rolls.
  • Butter. We use salted butter for this recipe.
  • Dried rosemary, crushed in your hand
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Fresh garlic
hand whisking dried herbs, melted butter and garlic in a small dish with a fork
hand rolling frozen dinner rolls in a herb and garlic melted butter and placing them in a pan.
frozen dinner rolls in a herb and garlic melted butter and placing them in a pan.
frozen rhodes dinner rolls in butter and herbs in a pan

How to Cook Rhodes Rolls with Butter, Garlic and Herbs

On a busy day of cooking, dinner rolls can feel like an afterthought. And you know what? When making rolls is this easy, they can be an afterthought! No biggie! They’re just that easy. The only thing is that you’ve got to start on them in the middle of the day, so that they’re ready in time for dinner. Once you’ve got them prepped though—which takes about ten minutes—you can focus on other things until it’s time to pop them in the oven. Here’s how to cook Rhodes rolls with butter and garlic and everything good:

  1. Prep the melted butter, garlic and herb mixture.
  2. Roll the frozen Rhodes rolls in the melted herb butter.
  3. Lay them in greased pans, leaving two inches of space between the rolls.
  4. Let them rise! Let them double in size! This takes about 4-5 hours.
  5. Bake! For just about 15 minutes, so you can almost pop them into the oven when the rest of the dinner is cooked and you’re pouring drinks and gathering everyone at the table. That way they’ll be piping hot when you serve them.
  6. Serve! Finish the rolls with a brush of butter and a sprinkle of salt.
herb and butter rhodes dinner rolls rising in a pan, ready for the oven.
golden brown rhodes dinner rolls fresh out of the oven with garlic, herb butter.

Tools You’ll Need

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pastry brush brushing butter on garlic herb rolls
garlic and herb dinner rolls

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Herby Rhodes Rolls

  • Yields: 20 rolls
  • Prep Time:  5 hrs
  • Cook Time:  20 min


  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks), plus more for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 20 frozen dinner rolls (thaw, rise and bake)
  • Flaky salt, for serving


  1. To a small saucepan, add the butter, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and garlic and cook over low heat until the butter melts and the herbs are fragrant. Transfer the butter mixture to a bowl.

  2. Meanwhile prepare a 9x13 baking dish by greasing with butter or spraying with cooking spray (see Note).

  3. Working with one roll at a time, roll the frozen rolls in the herb butter and place in the prepared baking dish about 1½ inches apart. Let the rolls rise at room temperature for 4 to 5 hours, or until doubled in size.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  5. Bake the rolls until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

  6. Remove the rolls from the oven. Melt and remaining butter in the microwave or over low heat in a small saucepan. Using a pastry brush, brush the warm rolls. Sprinkle them with flaky salt and serve warm.

Note: You can bake these rolls in any ovenproof baking dish or sheet pan. The rolls need to be spaced 1½-inches apart. The size of the baking vessel will depend on how many rolls you are planning to bake.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories191
  • Protein2 g
  • Carbohydrates19 g
  • Total Fat11 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol27 mg
  • sodium130 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Herby Rhodes Rolls

Questions & Reviews

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  • Lynn

    what are the best frozen dinner rolls for Rhodes dinner rolls?

    We prefer the Rhodes brand. Hope you enjoy Lynn!

  • Makaela

    Can I use fresh herbs instead of the dried herbs?

    That should work fine!

  • Patti

    Could these be made on a cookie sheet? Trying to make a lot of them and thinking a baking sheet could be a good idea to get a lot made

    Yes! A rimmed baking sheet should work!

  • Dawn

    Can you do this the day ahead and refrigerate before pulling out for rolls to rise?

    I have never tested this recipe with the refrigerated thaw method. Let us know if it works!

  • Karen

    I was wondering how these would turn out if they were made in a bundt pan.

    I've never tried it that way. I think they would definitely rise better in a baking dish or pie pan.

  • Angelina

    These rolls are amazing. My family loved them and could not stop raving about them.

    Yay! So happy everyone enjoyed them! Thanks Angelina!

  • April

    These came out great for me. I'd previously just been popping dough balls/rolls in my muffin pan, but this way they came out way tastier. For some reason Rhodes rolls never want to rise for me. I had them out all day in 75 degree kitchen and they never really rose much at all. But they baked up just fine, so as long as they thaw long enough I guess it's fine. They were delicious for our Thanksgiving dinner!

    Great, so happy to hear they came out great!