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Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Perfect for your next family dinner, these whole wheat dinner rolls are going to free up your oven, because they’re made in a slow cooker! Everyone will love these delicious hearty whole wheat dinner rolls with a wonderful flavorful, and you’ll love how easy they are to make.
Yield 12 rolls




  • 1 cup milk (warmed to 95°F)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 2/3 cups stone ground whole wheat pastry flour


  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Start by warming the milk in a microwave-safe cup. Add yeast to the milk, stir once or twice and then let sit for 5-10 minutes until it is foamy.
  • Pour yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl and add in the honey, sugar, melted butter and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  • Add whole wheat pastry flour. Stir until the dough comes together. It will be a slightly wet and sticky dough.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. Form them into balls.
  • Line a slow cooker (that is large enough to hold 12 rolls in one layer, 6-7qt size is recommended) with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • Place the dough balls in the slow cooker, on top of parchment paper. Put a big piece of paper towel under the lid (important step, you don’t want the condensation dripping onto your dough) and cover the slow cooker.
  • Turn on high and cook for 90 minutes. Check for doneness – the middle ones should be cooked through on the bottom and the outside ones should be slightly browned.
  • Lift the parchment paper out of the slow cooker and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake rolls under the broiler in your oven (or oven at 500°F) for 2 minutes.
  • Brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and sea salt. Serve warm.


Recipe by Sweet Phi.

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Review & Comments

Janice Beth | Reply

Can you use 1% milk?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Janice – Yes, that will work fine.
Happy baking!

Cristina | Reply

I think it would help to give more details on the slow cooker, especially to say what sizes would work.
If the slow cooker is too small, what can you do with the extra dough?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Cristina – A 6-quart or 7-quart slow cooker is recommended. If you can’t fit the full batch in your slow cooker, you could refrigerate half of the dough (place in well-greased bowl, tightly cover with plastic wrap) overnight and then continue with step 4.
Happy baking!

joe | Reply

first question: the receipt does not mention how long for fomentation before bought can
be cooked ?
second: can we, instead of slow cooker, use streamer to accomplish the bread formation?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Joe – Thank you for your questions. The rolls will rise while the slow cooker warms up – no separate rise time is needed. Simple place rolls in slow cooker after shaping (step 6), then turn heat to high and let cook for 90 minutes. This recipe has not been tested using a steamer. Let us know if you give it a try!
Happy baking!


These sound awesome

amy Seidenschmidt | Reply

Can you use regular wheat flour?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Amy,
Yes, just keep an eye on your dough as you may need to adjust the amount of flour needed, and kneading/rise times may vary.

Happy baking!

Kathryn M Triplett | Reply

can I use regular whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Kathryn,
Yes, just keep an eye on your dough as you may need to adjust the amount of flour needed, and kneading/rise times may vary.

Happy baking!

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