German Cheese Rolls

If you love the smell and taste of fresh baked rolls, then this German cheese roll recipe is a must. The dough for these German rolls is made with cheese, which gives them an amazing soft and chewy texture. They are an all-time favorite in Germany for lunch boxes and parties and are super-fast and easy to make.

German Cheese Rolls

Angela Schofield
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine German
Servings 15 rolls


  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 cups shredded cheese for the dough
  • 2 1/2 cup very warm water
  • 1 cup shredded cheese for the topping
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp. milk


  • Add flour, yeast, salt, sugar and cheese to a stand mixer bowl and blend briefly.
  • Add warm water and knead on a low setting for about 3 to 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and shiny.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 min.
  • Form rolls.
  • Cover with the kitchen towel and let raise for about 20 min.
  • Mix egg yolks and milk and brush the rolls.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 min. on 350 F.