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Parker House Rolls with Cranberry Butter

Soft, buttery Parker House Rolls are a holiday classic. Serve these homemade dinner rolls with Cranberry Butter to make them even more festive for your Thanksgiving table!

Thanksgiving dinner sides on a marble surface: a bowl of green beans, a bowl of mashed potatoes, and a small bowl of cranberry butter surrounding parker house rollsThanksgiving dinner sides on a marble surface: a bowl of green beans, a bowl of mashed potatoes, and a small bowl of cranberry butter surrounding parker house rolls

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Well, October is officially over, friends. If you’re at all like me, this means your Halloween decor is coming down and it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.

If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for some time, you know that I love Thanksgiving and that I’m pretty much a total control freak when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner.

This year, I’m sticking with my absolute favorite staple recipes like mashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, and sweet potato casserole, but there’s a new roll in town, my friends. Soft, buttery, Parker House Rolls.

Close up of baked parker house rolls, showing the folded shapeClose up of baked parker house rolls, showing the folded shape

WHAT ARE PARKER HOUSE ROLLS?

Even if you’ve never had Parker House Rolls, I am willing to bet that you’ve at least heard of them. You may have wondered what exactly is a Parker House Roll.

Parker House Rolls were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in the late 1800s. These dinner rolls are known for being brushed with butter before the dough for each roll is folded in half, then brushed with butter as soon as they come out of the oven.

Dry ingredients for parker house roll dough in a glass mixing bowl on a marble surfaceDry ingredients for parker house roll dough in a glass mixing bowl on a marble surface

These classic rolls are made with an enriched dough, or one that has milk, eggs and butter added to it (similar to Go-To Dough or Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls). They bake up soft and fluffy and, of course, super buttery.

Dough for parker house rolls on a marble surfaceDough for parker house rolls on a marble surface

CAN YOU MAKE PARKER HOUSE ROLLS AHEAD OF TIME?

One of the biggest questions I see asked in relation to Parker House Rolls is if they can be made ahead of time.

This question makes sense – after all, there’s a lot to do to get a holiday meal on the table. Of course people want to spread some of the labor out over the course of a few days.

Dough rolled out on a marble surface and cut into pieces to make parker house rollsDough rolled out on a marble surface and cut into pieces to make parker house rolls

Luckily, with this recipe, the answer is absolutely YES!

This Parker House Rolls recipe comes from my friends over at Fleischmann’s® Yeast and I love it because you can make these dinner rolls all in one day or spread the process out over two days if you wish.

Because this recipe uses Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, it only requires a 10 minute resting period before you get to shaping and the final rise of the dough.

Shaped parker house rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheetShaped parker house rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet

The RapidRise® Yeast is already saving you a good bit of time, but you can make these even more holiday-schedule-friendly by placing the kneaded dough in a greased bowl, covering it with plastic wrap and allowing it to rest in the refrigerator for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.

15 minutes of work and your roll dough will be ready to shape and bake the next day. How easy is that?

Baked parker house rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheetBaked parker house rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet

HOW TO SHAPE PARKER HOUSE ROLLS

The shape of Parker House Rolls is a big part of what makes them…well, Parker House Rolls. So how exactly DO you shape them?

The easiest way is to roll out the dough, then cut it into even rectangles. I like to use a pizza cutter or a dough blade to make cutting the dough super easy.

Baked parker house rolls on a baking sheet, freshly brushed with butterBaked parker house rolls on a baking sheet, freshly brushed with butter

Then, brush each rectangle with melted butter and, using the dull edge of a knife, crease each rectangle slightly off-center and fold each one at the crease.

Arrange your rolls on greased baking sheets with the shorter side of each roll facing down. After baking, brush the rolls with extra butter and serve them alongside tart and sweet Cranberry Butter for an extra special touch!

Bowl of parker house rolls next to a bowl of cranberry butter and other thanksgiving side dishesBowl of parker house rolls next to a bowl of cranberry butter and other thanksgiving side dishes

HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY BUTTER

Serving these homemade rolls with Cranberry Butter is certainly optional, but really does make them extra festive for the holidays.

Flavored compound butters are easy to make but look so impressive on a holiday table alongside Parker House Rolls or Potato Rolls. Plus, it’s another element you can make in advance, shortening your day-of to-do list!

Parker house rolls on a plate, with one roll cut in half and spread with cranberry butterParker house rolls on a plate, with one roll cut in half and spread with cranberry butter

I like to make my Cranberry Butter in the food processor, making it easier to mix the cranberries evenly throughout the softened butter.

(Psst! Forgot to set your butter out to soften ahead of time? Follow my tips for how to soften butter quickly!)

In addition to dried cranberries, I add honey, orange juice and zest, and just a pinch of cinnamon to this butter. You might want to make extra, because you’ll definitely want to have some of this sweet-tart butter left over for your morning toast.

Parker house rolls in a bowl, next to a small bowl of cranberry butterParker house rolls in a bowl, next to a small bowl of cranberry butter

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter until very warm (120 to 130 degrees F). Stir into flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. (Or, if desired, place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.) 
  2. Divide dough in half; roll each half to a 12-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick. Cut each into 6 (12 x 2-inch) strips. Cut each strip into 3 (4 x 2-inch) rectangles. Brush each rectangle with melted butter. Crease rectangles slightly off center with dull edge of knife and fold at crease. Arrange in rows, slightly overlapping, on greased baking sheets, with shorter side of each roll facing down. Allow 1/4-inch of space between each row. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. Bake in preheated 400 degrees F oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack. Brush with 1/4 cup melted butter.
Nutrition Information

Yield 36

Serving Size 1 roll

Amount Per Serving

Calories 87 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 12mg Sodium 147mg Carbohydrates 13g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 2g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 2g

Ingredients

  • Heaping ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place dried cranberries in a small bowl. Add in orange juice and stir to combine. Allow the cranberries to sit for about 30 minutes to absorb the orange juice.
  2. Once the cranberries have absorbed the juice, place the butter, honey, orange zest, cinnamon and salt into the bowl of a food processor and combine until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse a few times. Add in cranberries and remaining juice and pulse a few more times to combine the cranberries into the butter. At this point, give the butter a taste, if you want it sweeter, gradually add a little more honey to taste.
  3. At this point, you can spoon the butter into an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. You can also transfer the butter to a piece of plastic wrap or parchment and form it into a log. Just twist the ends of the plastic wrap or parchment and refrigerate until firm.
Nutrition Information

Yield 16

Amount Per Serving

Calories 121 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 7g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 10mg Carbohydrates 5g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 5g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g

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