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Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Baking a batch of whole wheat rolls that’s both soft and flavorful feels like winning the lottery. Or at least winning dinner time.

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

But what normally results in hockey puck status can finally grace our dinner tables proudly. These honey whole wheat dinner rolls are nutty, a bit sweet, and have a wonderfully soft and hearty texture. And unlike “whole wheat rolls” with refined flour hiding in them, this recipe is 100% whole wheat!

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

The magic in this recipe comes from Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast. This is an instant yeast and my preferred yeast for any and all bread baking. I’m a fangirl for RSY and use it exclusively in my kitchen because it’s always a guarantee!

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Whole wheat flour is heavier than most other flours. It’s dense and soaks up a ton of liquid, so we need to make sure it’s well hydrated with liquid. Butter brings lots of flavor, honey complements the nutty whole wheat flour, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top is the perfect finishing touch.

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
These 100% whole wheat dinner rolls are nutty, a bit sweet, and have a wonderfully soft and hearty texture.
Yield 15 rolls




  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk (warmed to about 110°F/43°C)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature, cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1/3 cup (105g) honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (420g) whole wheat flour


  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt for sprinkling


  • Make the dough: Pour the warm milk over yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Or, if you don't have a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Whisk together, cover bowl with a towel, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture will be frothy and foamy after 5 minutes.
  • On low speed, beat in the softened butter until it is slightly broken up. Then beat in the honey, eggs, and salt. The butter won't really be mixing into the mixture, so don't be alarmed if it stays in pieces. On low speed, gradually add the flour. Once it is all added, beat on medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 6-7 more minutes. The dough should pull away from the edges of the mixing bowl. Poke it with your finger; it should gently bounce back. If the dough is too sticky, add more whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it pulls away from the bowl and you have the right texture. *If you do not have a stand-mixer with a hook attachment, knead the dough by hand in this step.*
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball, coat your mixing bowl with nonstick spray or olive oil, and place the dough back in and turn it over so all sides of the dough are coated with the oil/spray. Cover the dough/bowl loosely with plastic wrap, a paper towel, or aluminum foil and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • Shape the rolls: Punch the dough down to release any air bubbles and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using floured hands, stretch the dough into a 9×13-inch rectangle (doesn't need to be exact, it can be a little smaller). Use a pizza cutter and cut into 15 rolls. See photo above for a visual. Round out the corners of the rolls since they stretched a bit as you cut them. Arrange in prepared pan. Loosely cover the rolls and allow to rise in a warm environment again until puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Bake the rolls: Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Bake rolls for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown. About halfway through the bake time, I like to cover the rolls loosely with aluminum foil so the tops don't brown too much. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Top the rolls: Meanwhile, mix the melted butter and honey together. Brush over warm rolls. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve warm.
  • Cover any leftover rolls and store at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze for up to 3 months, then thaw on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator.


Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions:
  • After dough has risen two hours in step 3, punch it down inside the mixing bowl and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days, then remove from the refrigerator and continue with step 4.
  • You can also freeze the baked dinner rolls. Allow them to cool completely, then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then reheat as desired. If reheating the whole pan, lightly cover and reheat in a 300°F (149°C) oven for about 10 minutes or until warm.
Milk: Lower fat milk can be substituted, but the rolls won’t taste as soft. I strongly suggest whole milk.
Honey Butter: Don’t leave off that honey butter/sea salt topping. The rolls will be lacking a little flavor without it. I prefer spreading the honey butter on the rolls after they bake as opposed to before they bake. Brushing butter on top of the delicate, airy unbaked roll weighs them down and encourages them to deflate. Best to spread on the honey butter right after baking.
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Sally McKenney

Sally McKenney is a professional food photographer, cookbook author, and baker. She has written, photographed, and published more than 1,000 from-scratch recipes and written three cookbooks. Her thorough step-by-step tutorials give millions of followers the knowledge and confidence to bake from scratch.

Review & Comments

Misty | Reply

5 stars
These are the best wheat rolls! The only thing I did differently was putting it in a bread machine on the dough cycle. They were a hit! Soft and very tasty. Making another batch now! Thank you for the recipe!

Jennifer | Reply

Can I use red star instant yeast instead? It’s all I have

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Jennifer,
Yes, you may substitute instant yeast for Platinum Yeast. Keep an eye on your dough, as rise times may vary.

Happy baking!

Leslie | Reply

These were delicious, even as I cut the fat. I didn’t have whole milk, used skim. I didn’t have butter,used smart balance, I skipped the butter wash on the top after baking. They stayed soft for 3 days, by then they were consumed.

Deanne Alton | Reply

5 stars
Thank-you for the recipes–especially like Honey Whole rolls and the slow cooker whole wheat dinner rolls.

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