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Buttery Parker House Rolls

Buttery Parker House Rolls


Buttery Parker House rolls have been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1900s when the famed Parker House hotel in Boston, Massachusetts unveiled these gorgeous, fluffy dinner rolls.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 + 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened and cut into tiny pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing on dough & for brushing on baked rolls)
  • Flaky sea salt for garnishing


  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, whisk the milk and egg together. Microwave the liquid just briefly to take the chill off. You don’t want the liquid to become warm or hot – just room temperature!
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the flour, instant mashed potato flakes, sugar, instant yeast, salt and 4 tablespoons of softened butter pieces. Using a wooden spoon or your clean hands, mix these ingredients together until combined. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl. Mix again until just incorporated.
  3. Connect your mixing bowl to your stand mixer and use the dough hook. Allow the machine to knead the dough for 8 minutes. If kneading the dough by hand, simply knead it for the same amount of time. If the dough seems slightly dry, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of milk over the dough and knead briefly until the liquid is incorporated. Transfer the dough to a clean, generously-buttered bowl. Turn the dough over several times within the bowl so that all sides are lightly buttered. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel and set it in a draft-free place where it can rest and rise for 1.5 hours. Note: the dough won’t actually start to rise until the final 30 minutes.
  4. Gently punch down the dough and divide it into two equal pieces. Place one piece of the dough on a pastry board. With a rolling pin, roll it out into a 12×8-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with melted butter, then cut the dough into half to create two 12×4-inch rectangles. For original-style buttery Parker House Rolls, fold up the long end of each of the two rectangles so that about 1/2 inch of the dough from the bottom is showing. Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Place the rolls close together on a lightly-buttered 9×13-inch baking tray. Repeat this process with the second ball of dough. Cover the tray with a clean kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for 45-60 minutes.
  5. NOTE: You can also change things up! After rolling out the first piece of dough into a 12×8-inch rectangle, brushing it with butter and then cutting it in half to create two 12×4-inch rectangles, cut out 4 pieces of dough from each of the two 12×4-inch rectangles. You will now have 8 smaller bread-roll-size rectangles. Take each of those individual pieces and roll them into a coil-shape, just like if you were making cinnamon rolls. For making bite-sized rolls, cut each coil into two pieces. Repeat the process with the second piece of dough. Or  just divide all of the dough into 16 pieces, roll them into little balls, brush them with butter and place them on a baking tray close together. Cover the tray and allow the dough to rest for 45-60 minutes. All of these methods will yield yummy, buttery Parker House rolls!
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly golden brown and look and feel done. In some ovens this may take 25 minutes. But keep a careful eye on your oven at the 15-minute mark!
  7. As soon as you pull your beautiful Parker House rolls out of the oven, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle them with flaky sea salt. Pull the rolls apart to serve. Mmmm… enjoy!


Dough Rising Tip #1: Just before starting your yeast recipe, warm up the exterior of your mixing bowl by placing it under warm running water, then dry it off. This will take the chill off your bowl and give the yeast a nice cozy place to do its magic!

Dough Rising Tip #2: If your kitchen is cold during the fall and winter months, remove your top oven rack leaving the bottom rack in place. Prop open your oven door a bit and set your oven to 200 degrees. Allow your oven to heat up for just 2-3 minutes and then turn the oven off. You don’t want the oven rack to get hot or the oven to get hot. What you’ll be creating is a slightly-warm cozy space that’s draft-free for your stainless-steel or ceramic mixing bowl to sit while the yeast is rising. Never put a plastic mixing bowl in the oven!

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Dinner, Holidays
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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