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Homemade Cheese Buns with Double Cheese

A simple Yeast Bread recipe. Not only are these Homemade Double Cheese Buns topped with Cheese but the dough is also kneaded with more cheese, which makes these Cheese Buns soft and delicious. The perfect sandwich or dinner roll addition.

cheese buns in a basket with one cut in half

When I first came to Italy I have to admit I really missed Cheese Buns and Bagels. But in the last 10 years I have loved making yeast breads, and both Bagels and Cheese Buns have found a place on our Dinner table.

When I worked in Toronto, I would sometimes buy Cheese Buns, I loved what a delicious sandwich bun they make.

Ask me why it took me over 20 years to decide to make These Cheese Buns with double cheese now? and I’ll answer you with:

I have no idea. I really like making my own Pizza Dough and my No Knead Bread are always a hit in my house. But anyway I did make them and they are way better than I remember. Because some of the cheese is worked into the dough which makes helps make these the softest buns. Nothing tough about these gems.

how to make cheese buns making the dough and rising

I think yeast dough has gotten a bad reputation, it really isn’t so difficult! Actually I find it very relaxing. It is something you never need to rush, even if you let the dough sit for an hour or two extra like I did today, no problem it’ll wait. Try doing that with cake batter!

And the truth is there is nothing quite like fresh Yeast Bread from the oven.

how to make cheese buns dough rising and forming buns topped with cheese

What Cheese to use

When I make these Cheese  Buns, I usually use an Italian Provolone, the medium/mild cheese not  the spicy kind (although that might not be such a bad idea!), and to be honest it is a fantastic cheese to cook with, you should give it a try.

If you can’t find Provolone then a medium cheddar is a good substitute and of course I couldn’t leave out my all-time-favourite Parmesan cheese.

You could probably also use Swiss, or a creamy Italian such as Fontal or even a firm Mozzarella, or why not just experiment with your favourites?

I have to say this has to be one of the easiest doughs to pull together, These Homemade Double Cheese  Buns may call for a few extra ingredients but it is basically mixed together in one bowl.

cheese buns baked on a cookie sheet

Helpful Hints on Making the Best Yeast Bread

  • Make sure your yeast is fresh, in a small bowl add 1/4 cup of warm water then add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1  1/2 teaspoons of yeast. Wait 10 minutes. If the mixture bubbles, then the yeast is still good.
  • Make sure your water is warm, not hot and not cold. Cold water won’t activate the yeast and hot water will kill it.
  • The perfect temperature for the water is 110-115F (43-46C).
  • If you hear a hollow sound when by tapping on the bottom of the bun then you will know the bread is done.

Believe me you need to make these and there will be no going back to store-bought cheese buns. Enjoy!

up close cheese bun cut in half

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cheese buns baked on a cookie sheet

Homemade Cheese Buns with Double Cheese

Rosemary Molloy
The Best Homemade Double Cheese Buns, easy and perfect anytime, loaded with Provolone/Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. No more store bought.
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 buns
Calories 265 kcal


  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon flour (268 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (divided) (50 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water* (not hot) divided (148 grams)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated mild Provolone cheese or Medium Cheddar Cheese (50 grams)

*Ideal temperature is 110-115 F (43-46C)


    • 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, Cheddar etc (25-50 grams)


    • In the bowl of a stand up mixer mix add the flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (20 grams) and yeast then add a 1/4 cup of water (58 grams) then start to mix with a fork. 
    • Then add the beaten egg, remaining Parmesan cheese and Provolone and remaining water. Combine with a fork just until the dough starts to come together. Then add the dough hook attachment and knead for approximately 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. (see below for hand kneading instructions). Remove dough to a lightly floured flat surface.
    • Form the dough into a ball, place in lightly oiled medium-sized bowl (make a couple of slashes on top with a knife). Cover well (I use a folded tablecloth) and let rise in a draft free area for 1-2 hours or doubled in bulk.  (mine actually sat for 3 hours).
    • Remove the dough from bowl and on a lightly floured flat surface knead dough a couple of minutes, shape into 6 bun shapes, score with a knife and place on a lightly oiled parchment paper lined cookie sheet, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
    • Pre-heat oven to 400° (200° celsius).
    • Brush buns with milk and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese or grated Provolone. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Let cool or eat warm. Enjoy!


    • Place 1 tablespoon of flour on flat surface, place the dough, start to knead, add 2 more tablespoons of flour, one at a time while continuing to knead. Knead until smooth and elastic.


    Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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    Updated from May 22, 2015.



    1. 5 stars
      This is an excellent recipe, the best cheese buns I ever made. Better than store bought. They disappeared so quickly I had to make more and I doubled the recipe this time. Thank you so much!

    2. 5 stars
      What kind of dry yeast do you like to use? Active Dry Yeast, Fast Acting Yeast, or Instant Yeast? Thank you! I love this recipe but have always wanted to ask you this question!

    3. 5 stars
      Wow …I tried making chicken buns and cheese and garlic bread …it came out awesome…thanks for the recipe

    4. hi there! made these for the first time – thanks for sharing the recipe! The bun is very crunch on the outside – is there something I could do to make the exterior softer? thanks!

    5. 4 stars
      This recipe was fantastic and a lot easier than I was expecting it to be. However, I found the buns I made a little dry and not soft like the store-bought buns. Do you think maybe I overbaked them a little? Also, I kneaded by hand because I don’t have a stand-mixer, so maybe that was my problem?

    6. 5 stars
      Is it possible to make these ahead of time and freeze them, and then bake them from frozen? Would you freeze them after the second rise? I love these so much, what a great recipe, and I’m trying to make it easy for Thanksgiving. I hope I hear from you, thank you so much.

      1. Hi Thomas, it best to freeze them after the second rise. I would freeze them on the cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap for 24-48 hours, then move them into a freezer bag or container. Place the frozen buns on a cookie sheet (cover lightly with plastic) and let them thaw in the fridge, then bring them to room temperature (an hour or two) and then bake as per the instrucions. Glad you like the recipe. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    7. 5 stars
      I just made these and they are absolutely wonderful, They’re flavorful, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. I see a lot of them in my future. Thank-you!!!

    8. 5 stars
      These look so soft and delicious. i don’t recall ever having one??? That’s going to change soon and I know they will be a hit with my kids.

    9. They certainly look delicious! We do make several kinds of cheese rolls but not this type of cheese buns. This will definitely be on our make list. You have to try bagels! They are so much fun to make. We NEVER buy store bought — we make our own and they are on our list monthly. We add different kinds of dried fruits but you can make them plain or fancy.

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