Seasoned Cheese Bites

Seasoned Cheese Bites

Prep Time: 30 min.
Bake Time: 20 min.
Servings: varies
Difficulty: beginning

This fun holiday tree is filled with cheese and topped with wonderful herbs and spices.


11 Yeast Dinner Rolls, dough thawed but still cold

7 mozzarella cheese sticks

1/4 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


Cut each roll into 3 equal pieces. Cut each cheese stick into 5 equal pieces. Wrap a piece of dough around each piece of cheese to completely enclose and pinch tightly to seal. Dip each one in butter and roll in parmesan cheese.

Arrange stuffed dough balls onto a sprayed baking sheet in the shape of a tree using 2 for the trunk and 7 for the bottom layer of the tree. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Continue up the tree using one less on each row. Cluster 3 around the top roll to make the star. Let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Bake at 350F 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly brush with left over butter. Sprinkle with herbs.

  • Mary Pohlmeier
    February 19, 2018

    Made these a couple of times now, they are delicious!!!!

    • Debbie Norris
      February 19, 2018

      Thank you for your nice comments!

  • December 19, 2018

    I see that on the Christmas wreath the rolls are set aside to raise for about twenty minutes or so, do you do the same for the tree?????

    • Mitch from Rhodes
      December 21, 2018

      We did not let the recipe rise, but you can let it rise for bigger bites. Thanks for baking with Rhodes.

  • Linda phill
    December 22, 2023

    Can i refriGerate the prepared cheese-filled RHODES DOUGH BALLS OVERnight and let them rise and bake the next day?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      December 27, 2023

      I would thaw the rolls in the refrigerator overnight and then assemble them the next morning and then bake.

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