Rolls are often the afterthought of a meal, but Parker House rolls are so divine they could stand alone as the inspiration for a big family dinner. The history of the Parker House roll goes back to the late 1800s at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, where they are still served.

More importantly, you can make them yourself for your family and friends this Christmas, and the soft, buttery bread is sure to delight. They are at their best when the recipe is followed all the way through and they are consumed the same day. However, that may be rather impractical for a holiday meal with all its other moving parts, so the included recipe offers directions if you prefer to bake ahead of time, including an option to freeze the rolls until a little more than an hour before dinner time.

Although the rolls are great on their own and the recipe does include a whopping four sticks of butter, they do come out with a split in the middle that asks to be pulled open and filled with even more butter, or perhaps some homemade jam (or even the fixings for a sandwich).