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A tried and true recipe for the softest, cheesiest Cheesebuns EVER. Try them as a side with a bowl of soup or tuck into school lunches for a cheesy treat.

Cheesebuns Make a Great Lunchbox Treat

My kids are always after me to make them grilled cheese or mac ‘n’ cheese or anything cheesy at all. On treat days I’ve been known to pick up cheese buns from the famous Glamorgan Bakery so I thought it would be handy to create my own recipe for Cheesebuns. So much more convenient that driving across town.

When there are some left over,  hubby makes the kids sandwiches by slicing them in half and inserting the toppings. They seem to like anything different in their lunches and I don’t blame them.

Cheesebuns -A Close up of a round scrolled bun filled with cheddar cheese.

Beat School Lunchbox Boredom!

I remember (way back) when I was a kid and the never ending tedium of school lunch boxes was an every day day occurrence. Besides my mom’s fabulous home made bread I had an apple and if I was really lucky, a cookie. I say lucky but what I meant was I had a cookie only if I baked it myself. My mom makes super bread but just can’t seem to bake anything else.  Most of the time I would only have meat in my sandwiches if there was left over roast beef or ham as my mother never bought sandwich meat. More often than not I had a cheese sandwich.

Cheesebuns - Close up of a round scrolled baked bun filled with cheddar cheese.

Break Out of the Lunchbox Tedium with Cheesebuns

These days the kids have it much better. I do buy juice boxes for them and the odd granola bar and of course I bake a lot so they often go to school with some real gems in their boxes. Still, that’s a long amount of time to eat sandwiches for lunch and they still get bored. Twelve years of sandwiches!

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How to Make Cheesebuns

The dough for the Cheesebuns is very similar to one you would use for cinnamon buns. Instead of spreading butter, cinnamon and sugar you use some melted butter and a whole bunch of grated cheese. These buns are great with a bit of added garlic powder but only if consumed at home. Kid number two informed me she preferred not to have garlic breath at school so next time I’ll skip it.

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Yield: 12 cheesebuns


Cheesebuns - Dish 'n' the Kitchen Close up of a round scrolled baked bun filled with cheddar cheese.

A tried and true recipe for the softest, cheesiest buns EVER. Try them as a side with a bowl of soup or tuck into school lunches for a cheesy treat. 

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes



  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup butter; melted
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • warm water (about 1 cup)


  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter; melted
  • garlic powder, pizza sauce, Italian herbs (optional)


    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and honey with a splash of warm water.
    2. When the yeast starts to foam (about 5 minutes), add in the remaining ingredients.
    3. Turn the mixer on low and begin adding more water as necessary to bring the dough together. You want the dough to be slightly soft and a bit sticky.
    4. Knead for 5-7 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
    5. Place the kneaded dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover and allow it to rise until double. About an hour (or less if your kitchen is really warm). I usually preheat my oven at 200 F for about 3 minutes, then shut if off and do my proof in the oven.
    6. When the dough has doubled, punch it down. Stretch it into a rectangle on a floured counter. Drizzle the melted butter over top and sprinkle on the 2 cups of grated cheese (sprinkle with garlic powder if using).
    7. Start at the edge closest to you and begin to roll the dough into a log, keeping it nice and tight.
    8. Using a length of dental floss, slice the dough into about 1″ thick pieces and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
    9. Cover and allow the buns to rise again until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.
    10. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Cool slightly and enjoy.  Or, if you are like my kids, don't wait for them to cool, just burn your mouth with the hot cheese. Just kidding. Don't do that.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 288Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    Thanks for sharing my recipe! It looks like they turned out great!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      The dough is really nice. I may even use it for my cinnamon buns next time. But think of the possibilities…you could roll anything up in that dough…


  2. keepsmeoutofmischief

    I remember ‘cheese whirls’ when we were at school, yummy!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      cheese whirls, cheese scrolls, cheese buns…lots of names for something yummy!


  3. foodisthebestshitever

    Anything cheesey works for kids… except my humour. Rocking!!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yeah, somehow I am the same…I get a lot of eye rolls when I make jokes…get it? rolls? cheesy, I know.


  4. Brenda Pink

    Suspect you mean to heat oven to 200F for proofing? Otherwise you’ll have some charcoal lumps in there.


    1. dishnthekitchen

      yes. correct. Though I only leave it on for 3 minutes, then shut it off. You can also just turn on your oven light. As long as it’s draft free.


  5. Emma

    This recipe was posted 5 years ago now, but I just thought I’d let you know that I just made two batches of these, and they are amazing. I always bought these buns from the store and never thought about making them myself. And my house smells so good right now!


    1. Bernice Hill

      yay!!! I always say it’s an oldie, but a goodie. They’re so much fresher when you make them yourself, right?


  6. Aly

    I live in Calgary, too! Im from the okanagan. When my mom comes to visit she has to bring back glamorgan cheese buns for her boyfriend, my aunt and two of her friends in the okanagan. They’re just so good!

    Ive been trying to replicate super store’s cheesy buns. These sre even better! I mixed 2 egg yolks into the filling the second time. It made them even more decadent. So good!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi there! Great to hear from you Aly. Yes, everyone loves Glamorgan buns and I did my best to replicate them. I’ll have to try it with extra yolks next time.


  7. Marisa

    The recipe is fantastic! Such an easy recipe! Turned out excellent. Mine proofed for about 30 mins or so in warm kitchen. And after I rolled them out probably another 20-30 mins. Turned out great I put broil on for 2 mins just to brown little bit and crusty cheese. Dough is soft. Want to try maybe a pesto filling with mozzarella cheese. Thanks again great recipe,


    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome!! Yes, pizza buns would be really great upgrade.


  8. Leann

    This is a great recipe. I added some ham and it was great. I only had traditional yeast so I used 1 tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp. and proofed it with the honey and 1/2 c. warm water. I put everything in my stand mixer and added my yeast mixture once proofed ( after it sat for about 15 minutes) and it turned out perfect. This is a keeper for sure. One I will use again and again. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful. Glad you enjoyed the recipe Leann.


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