Bahian Sweet Cheese Rolls (Pãozinho Delícia da Bahia)

These sweet, puffy, melt-in-your-mouth rolls are a specialty of Salvador, in the state of Bahia.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 3 hours 55 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 24


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. instant yeast
  • 1½ cups warm milk
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place 3 cups flour in a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the sugar and yeast and mix briefly. Add milk and mix well. Add the oil, 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well.
  • Add remaining flour ⅓ cup at a time, mixing well after each addition, stopping when dough is smooth and soft. Knead for 4–6 minutes, until dough is very smooth and shiny.
  • Cover dough loosely with a towel and set aside in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large baking pan. Divide dough into 24 pieces and shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place the rolls on the baking sheet, spacing them 1½" apart. Let rolls rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Place rolls in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Bake rolls for 20–25 minutes or until they are puffy but not browned.
  • Immediately brush tops of rolls with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan.