Fluffy, buttery, and slightly sweet, these yeasty rolls are sprinkled with an Everything Bagel-inspired topping for fantastic texture and flavor. Of course they’re dreamy fresh from the oven, but you can also slice them down the middle the next day for incredible leftovers sandwich bread.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and 8 tablespoons butter. Heat until the butter is melted, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to 105–115 F. Add the yeast and stir until dissolved. Let stand to allow yeast to bloom, 10 minutes.Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine flour, sugar, and kosher salt. Mix on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
After the yeast has bloomed, add the milk mixture to the mixer. Mix on low speed for about 1 minute; then increase the speed to medium-low and mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 4 more minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a large bowl. Remove the dough from the mixer, shape it into a round, and place into greased bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. In the meantime, grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.
When the dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl onto a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour. Use a bench scraper to divide the dough in half. Gently roll each piece of dough into a log 12 inches long. Then cut each log into 6 equal pieces.
Using the cupped palm of your hand, roll and shape each piece into a taut ball against the floured work surface; close any visible seams with your fingers. Transfer the dough balls to the greased baking pan and space them out evenly. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
When the rolls have finished rising, prepare the "Everything" Topping: In a small bowl, combine the flaky sea salt, onion flakes, garlic flakes, and sesame seeds.Brush the tops of the rolls with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, then sprinkle with the "Everything" Topping. (Tip: Sprinkling from a height will ensure even distribution.) Bake until the rolls are golden, 18–20 minutes. Serve the rolls warm or at room temperature.