These 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are so soft, light, fluffy and moist, with a hint of honey. Make them for holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.) or any day!

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

These 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are so soft, light, fluffy and moist, with a hint of honey.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Yield 24 dinner rolls
Author Amber | Dessert Now Dinner Later

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp yeast (quick rise or instant dry yeast)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups 100% whole wheat flour (stir, spoon, and level when measuring)
  • 1 Tbsp oil (canola, vegetable, olive)

Instructions

  1. Stir yeast in warm water to dissolve. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and honey. 

  3. Add the eggs. Mix and scrape bowl. Add the milk, salt, and yeast mixture. Mix to combine.

  4. Stir, spoon, and level 4 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour. Add to the wet mixture. Switch to a dough hook and knead for 5 minutes, until a soft dough is formed. Add extra whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp at a time, if needed. Dough will be sticky, but if touched with your finger, should come away clean.

  5. Pour oil into a large bowl. Scrape dough out of the mixing bowl, and into the bowl with the oil. Flip the dough over so all sides of the dough have oil on them. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. (Whole wheat or all-purpose flour works fine.) Flatten dough and divide into 24 pieces.

  7. To shape rolls: Cup your hand and push the dough through your thumb and pointer fingers. (See image in post.) Pinch the ends and place the rolls seam-side down onto a greased baking sheet about an inch apart. (I use a 12x18-inch pan.)

  8. Cover rolls with greased plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. 

  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush extra melted butter over the top of the hot rolls. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Make buttermilk with 1 cup milk and 1 tsp of white distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Let sit for 5 minutes before using.

 

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Recipe lightly altered from An Oregon Cottage