Cheese Buns (only 30 minutes rising time!)

These cheese buns are stuffed with Gouda or cheddar cheese and are sure to be a hit! And there’s only a 30-minute rising period, making this recipe super easy.

These are my favorite buns or rolls ever. They do involve yeast but they’re SO simple. The dough is really easy to work with and requires only 30 minutes of rising time.

These cheese buns are stuffed with Gouda or cheddar cheese and are sure to be a hit! And there's only a 30-minute rising period, making this recipe super easy.

I’ve made these cheese buns oodles of times but once I made them for a party, didn’t tell anyone what they were, and the looks on some of the peoples’ faces were pretty funny when they bit into them. I saw one guy standing near the buns, looking so ponderously into the center of the bun. He was mesmerized.

Me: It’s cheese.

Guest: I know. This is my fourth.

I think he ended up eating like, 7 of them.

They look so boring and plain, right? But then you bite into one and there’s all that melty gooey cheese. It’s bliss. And the bready part itself is light and fluffy.

With yeast recipes, I like to make the dough the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. That doesn’t work with these. There’s so much yeast in them and the next day, after baking, they taste like yeast. They don’t just taste yeasty, they actually taste like you’re eating a roll of yeast. So don’t do that.

These cheese buns are stuffed with Gouda or cheddar cheese and are sure to be a hit! And there's only a 30-minute rising period, making this recipe super easy.

If you’re having a party and are worried about timing everything, what you can do is put your first guests – the few that are actually on time – to work (am I the only one who does this?) Get the dough out, tell them to cut it into balls, and then they get to stuff them with cheese. And who doesn’t love stuffing things? ;)

And these cheese buns are best right out of the oven. I wouldn’t recommend them room temperature. They’re just not nearly as good. But a quick reheat in the microwave will solve that!

I’ve used different combinations of flours: all all-purpose flour, 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 whole wheat and they’re all great. 2/3 whole wheat is perhaps too much if you don’t like the taste of whole wheat but 1/3 is no problem. And I haven’t even bothered with 100% whole wheat. I don’t want anything taking away from that cheesy taste!

I think these cheese buns would be a fantastic addition to any Super Bowl party. Or any party. I mean… it’s cheese and carbs. This Maple Cayenne Chex Party Mix would also be great!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m back in the mood for baking sweets. Finally! Expect to be bombarded with chocolaty goodness. Happy weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl (food) on Sunday!

Cheese Buns (so easy and delicious!)

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Cheese Buns (only 30 minutes rising time!)
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  • Yield: 20 buns


  • 1 cup (235ml) warm water (somewhere between 105ºF / 40°C and 115ºF / 45°C)
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (125 grams) more all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cheddar or Gouda cheese, cut into 3/4" chunks
  • 1 cup (100 grams) shredded cheddar or Gouda, optional
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, optional
  • oregano, optional


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the water and yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add the sugar, garlic powder, melted butter and oil.
  2. Add the salt and flour, half a cup at a time, and mix with the dough hook of your mixer (or by hand). Knead on low for 10 minutes. The dough should not be sticky. If it is, add a little flour at a time until it's no longer sticky. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C. Divide the dough into 20 pieces and place a 3/4" cheese chunk into the center of each piece. Pinch the edges tightly together.
  4. Place the buns on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet, with the pinched side down. Sprinkle the buns with the shredded cheese, which I find unnecessary for the taste but it makes them look a little nicer. Bake for 11 - 15 minutes or until the buns are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  5. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with oregano, if you like, and serve warm.

Adapted from Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns

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  • ai says
    April 6, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

    These turned out so well for me! The 30minutes proofing is a dream come true. The melty goodness was exactly what I was craving. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to ai
      April 6, 2020 @ 8:54 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them. Thanks a bunch for your feedback! :)

  • Emilia says
    February 10, 2019 @ 10:44 pm

    These seem amazing! Can you freeze them and heat them up when guests are coming? Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Emilia
      February 21, 2019 @ 9:06 pm

      I’m so very sorry for just now seeing your question! Yes, you can. They freeze well! Sorry again for my slow reply.

      • Emilia replies to Erin
        February 21, 2019 @ 9:47 pm

        Thank you for the reply! Looking forward to trying them!

        • Erin replies to Emilia
          February 25, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

          I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

  • Clare says
    June 20, 2017 @ 6:09 am

    Heyy I’d really love to try this recipe! May I ask how many grams does 2 tbsp of yeast means? Thanks a lot!!

    • Erin replies to Clare
      June 21, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

      Google is telling me 17 grams of dry yeast. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

  • Sammie
    January 21, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

    These cheesy buns are awesome. That is a lot of yeast, but 30 minutes proving is fab. Whenever the children had friends round I got them to make pizza, from scratch. Our home became very popular, but it was easy for me, let the kids make their own dinner and even the fussiest ones ate everything they made! Sammie x

    • Erin replies to Sammie
      January 21, 2016 @ 10:48 pm

      Did you stop making pizza?! I sure hope not. ;) That’s a tradition that should never be stopped! Thanks a bunch for your nice comment. :)

  • Chandni Lalwani says
    November 28, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    Lovely recipe. Is there a way to substitute the butter for applesauce or coconut oil?

    • Erin replies to Chandni Lalwani
      December 4, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      Coconut oil might work but I’m afraid applesauce wouldn’t. :( And so sorry for the slow reply! I’ve had a bit of a comment issue.

  • Honey says
    February 9, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    omg, this cheesy bun looks delicious.. love how it is oozing out. so good.

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    February 6, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Love homemade bread. . .especially when stuffed with lots of cheese!

  • Savory Simple says
    February 5, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    these look unbelievably good!

  • Natalie G says
    February 5, 2013 @ 3:59 am

    Wow! This is my type of bun!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    February 5, 2013 @ 2:45 am

    Dang girl! These look so gooey and amazing! I know my husband would go crazy over the cheese center!

  • Carla Walker says
    February 4, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Goodness! I sure do hope you start feeling better soon! Thats right that Feb is going to kick butt! ;) These cheesy buns look so incredible! I LOVE that you put guests to work. Im going to start doing that haha ;) Hey, its worth it if they get these in the end!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says
    February 4, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    I'm pretty sure I'd down every last one of them. They look fantastic! Yay cheese! :D

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    Wow Erin, these look fantastic!! Great job :) I am bookmarking for later, my husband is going to love love love these.

  • JulieD says
    February 2, 2013 @ 3:05 am

    And oh no about your neck! Hope it's better. I know how neck pain can be so bad!!

  • JulieD says
    February 2, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    Oh my…you had me at stuffed cheese and buns…seriously, I'm making these soon!!

  • Becca says
    February 2, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    My god woman! These look fantastic! And it doesn't help that I've been in a really carby mood lately. Grr.

    I think if I attended your party I would be standing right next to the guy who ate seven of them.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
    February 2, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    Um, I would eat these for dinner. With nothing else! (And probably finish them off for breakfast the next day!)

  • Angela AnotherBitePlease says
    February 1, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    oh my goodness these look AHHHHmazing! well helps that i love bread and love cheese a bit too much…and hope your February goes much better for you! :-)

  • aimee@shugarysweets says
    February 1, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Yeah, I can totally see why these would be your favorite. OMG the cheese!!! I die.

  • says
    February 1, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    I would have probably eaten 7 like that guy :-). Cheese and bread is the best combination ever!! I was wondering, maybe these would do good with bread flour, since I have some and can use it for this. I know for sure this would be a huge hit at my house because everyone loves cheese and bread. I am thinking I could even make them bigger :-)

  • Lada says
    February 1, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I can smell them, they are calling me……, I must resist…. I must…. will try….I should….

  • MTCatchNRelease says
    February 1, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    My immediate response was that I would use mozzarella cheese instead and dip them in spaghetti or pizza sauce for pizza rolls. I will, in fact, make that version for our Friday night pizza and movie night :). Thank you for the suggestion!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    February 1, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    Oh my sweet jesus.

  • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty says
    February 1, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    These look utterly amazing! We've had a rough go of January too, ending with the baby having a stomach virus (and my guy and I just waiting for it to hit us – scared!) Here's to a healthier month ahead. And, Sally, yes! These would be fabulous with chili.

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says
    February 1, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I'm going to have to make them, I adore cheese and bread so I can't think of a better thing to make! I just found your blog via Pinterest and I love it! :) Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    February 1, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    OH MY GOSH ERIN. I think I've died and gone to heaven. I have been looking for a cheese-stuffed bun to make with chili one weekend this winter and have not found the right recipe to try out. I need to make them! And with my new-found love of yeasted bread making, I am LOVING finding new recipes like this to try. Thank you for sharing! And I LOVE gouda cheese. :)

    February 1, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh. My. Word. I've got to try these…

  • london bakes says
    February 1, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Cheese & carbs = perfection.

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    February 1, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    Wow, these sound tasty! It's 9 am here and I'm craving a melty pile of gouda already.. it'll be a long day.

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    February 1, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Mmmm…I want to bite into this bready, cheesy goodness right now!


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