Cover page of cheesy bacon rolls served in plate.

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Sunday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in April 2020.

Bread-making is a great hobby to get into during the cold, dark winter months. It presents a satisfying skill to pursue during a season in which you’re likely spending more time indoors, offers an excuse to heat up your house by turning on the oven, and produces a hot, belly-warming reward as recompense for your efforts.

If you’re looking for a recipe that’ll both increase your competence in the kitchen, and yield a foodstuff that’s heavy on the comfort factor, look no further than these soft, savory filled rolls. They not only feature bacon and cheese inside the roll, but atop it as well. It doesn’t get much better. While it’s not necessarily a recipe for a total beginner, it doesn’t take expert-level skill either.

How to Make Cheesy Bacon Rolls

Eight Cheesy bacon rolls displayed.



2 tsp instant yeast360 grams bread or all-purpose flour (3 cups) 1tspsalt1 1/4cupwarm water1tbspolive oil


6 slices bacon, separated and cut into small bits (4 slices for filling, 2 for topping) 8 thick squares of cheese, 1 1/2” square (this is for the filling, so use any melty cheese you prefer) 1/2cupgrated cheddar cheese, for the topping

1. Whisk Dry Ingredients Together 

Mixture of yeast, flour, and salt placed in a bowl. 

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or any large mixing bowl), whisk together the yeast, flour, and salt. 

2. Add Wet Ingredients 

Water and oil being added to mixture containing yeast, flour, and salt. 

Add the water and oil. Attach the bowl to the mixer and start the dough hook on low speed. Mix for a few minutes, until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and is nice and smooth. If it’s really sticky, add a tablespoon of flour. If the dough isn’t fully coming together, add a tablespoon of water. You can also do this by hand with just a spatula — mix and knead well until the dough is smooth. 

3. Let Dough Rise Until Doubled 

Smooth Dough placed in a bowl.