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Parker House Rolls Recipe

Blossom Lady
May 26, 2021 06:21 AM
Parker House Rolls Recipe

Delicious, soft buttery buns that were made famous by the Parker House hotel that are perfect for dinner! The secret is in the folding of the dough!

Parker House Rolls are deliciously soft, buttery dinner buns that were made famous by a hotel. The reason that these rolls are so beloved is that they are buns made by folding the dough over itself, and within that fold you have brushed melted, salty butter! You can see how they will pull apart perfectly!

Parker House Rolls got their name as they were invented in the Parker House Hotel in Boston in the 1870’s. They have been a popular dinner roll recipe ever since. While the old hotel is no longer around, a new one, bearing the same name was rebuilt in the 1920’s and still exists.

Parker House Rolls are unique in their taste and look from standard dinner rolls. The trick to making Parker House Rolls is the way they are folded. To accomplish this, you cut out rectangles and then fold them over leaving a bit of an edge (see the photo below). This way, when they bake up, they have a unique look and shape which you’ll see pictured here. This recipe is somewhat derived from the dough used in my Monkey Bread recipe given that it also is a sweet dough. The process has been altered slightly of course to suit this recipe but the base comes from there. When completed, I recommend brushing the rolls with butter and sprinkle with sea salt for extra flavor.


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup of milk warmed to 115 degrees
  • 1/3 cup water warmed to 115 degrees
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of bread machine yeast or rapid rise
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for your work surface
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Butter Topping
  • 1/3 cup melted salted butter
Prep Time:
130 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
150 minutes
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