Cottage Cheese Yeast Rolls


Whenever I make my favorite macaroni and cheese, I buy an 8 oz. package of cottage cheese and have a cup left over.  I combined portions of several recipes online to use up the cottage cheese and make some really good yeast rolls.  These are very quick to put together if you have a mixer with dough hooks and fast-acting yeast.

I divided the dough into 8 pieces for large rolls, but they could also be made into 12 medium rolls.  Adjust the baking time to about 12 minutes for the medium rolls.


  • Servings: 8 large rolls or 12 medium rolls
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  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tblsp. butter
  • Approx.  3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 Tblsp. fast acting yeast*
  • 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg

*I use Fleischmann’s Instant Dry Yeast. I buy it in bulk (454 g) and the package says that it is made in Canada. I understand it is packaged under the name “Instant Dry” for distribution through stores like Sam’s, “Rapid Rise” in the U.S. and “Quick Rise” in Canada. The “Instant Dry”, “Rapid Rise” or “Quick Rise” yeast is especially formulated to be used mixed with the dry ingredients and can withstand the hot water.

Place cottage cheese, water and butter in a small bowl and microwave for approximately 1-½ minutes to a temperature of 130 degrees F.  Set aside.


In the large bowl of an electric mixer, place 1 cup all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda.  Beat to blend dry ingredients.  Add 130 degree F cottage cheese mixture and with paddle beater, mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Add egg and beat for 30 seconds.

Remove paddle beater and insert dough hook.  Continue to beat for 6-1/2 minutes, adding flour a little at a time.   You may not have to use all of the flour – the dough should be smooth and elastic after 6-1/2 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, turn dough over once and cover with a napkin or tea towel.  Let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place that is free of drafts (I put mine on top of my microwave which sets under a cabinet).


After 30 minutes, punch down dough (press your knuckles into the dough to deflate it) and lay it on a lightly floured surface.


Knead a couple of times and divide dough into 8 pieces.  Form a roll with your hands from each piece and place on a greased baking sheet.


Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake rolls for approximately 15 minutes (for 8 rolls) or 12 minutes (for 12 rolls) until tops are golden brown (200 degrees on a bread thermometer).


Remove rolls to a wire rack and cover with a napkin or tea towel to cool.

Yield:  8 large rolls or 12 medium rolls


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

12 thoughts on “Cottage Cheese Yeast Rolls”

  1. Looks like they rise beautifully. I love that you use things like your pretty plates and your green glass bowl.

  2. Hi Lillian!

    This gives me the perfect way to use up that last little bit of cottage cheese that DH doesn’t want. I can’t wait to try making these in my bread machine on manual setting.
    I was surprised at how hot you get your liquids but when I went to the Pillsbury website I found this information:
    “Use very warm liquid (120 to 130°F) if the active dry yeast will be added to dry ingredients. If it’s to be added to liquid ingredients, use warm liquid (110 to 115°F).”
    I learned something new today! Thanks for that & for the recipe.


    p.s. I like your new header!

  3. The rolls look so moist. Comfort food for sure. Btw, on a totally unrelated item, that green bowl in your photos took me back to my Mom’s kitchen. She had one just like it. After she passed away many years ago, I looked for it but couldn’t find it. Maybe she let somebody borrow it or perhaps took it to a church potluck and forgot to get it back… I’ll have to try your recipe, it looks so good!

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