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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls would be a splendidly soft and fluffy addition to your dinner menu! They’re soft, tender, and delicious.

This Whole Wheat Bread Recipe is made with primarily whole wheat flour, but adding a cup of all-purpose flour helps keep them light and fluffy!

 A Whole Wheat Dinner Roll on a white plate, split open

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

I’m delighted to be part of the inaugural Blogger “CLUE” Society (AKA Cook-Learn-Undertake-Eat) event. This group is composed of like-minded blogger friends who share made from scratch recipes more often than not. We are each assigned another blog and covertly cook up a dish they’ve shared.

Today is the first big reveal, where we find out who had which blog and the recipes chosen.  This month’s kick-off theme was “Food you’d love on your Thanksgiving table, ” and I was the lucky recipient of a long time blogger friend’s blog, Eliot’s Eats, and whipped up a wonderful, tasty whole wheat dinner rolls recipe!

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls in a ceramic basket

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

At Chez Skinny Chick, I’m not allowed to shake up the side dishes on our Thanksgiving menu. Spinach souffle, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and overnight fruit salad are just a given. My family is stubborn like that. But when I saw these whole wheat rolls on Deb’s blog, I knew they would be the perfect addition to our holiday table.

Sweetened with honey and leavened with a hefty dose of yeast, these whole wheat yeast buns rose to tender, fluffy perfection. The recipe called for Prairie Gold Whole Wheat Flour, made from a variety of hard white spring wheat. I didn’t realize that till I was already proofing my yeast so just used a combination of standard whole wheat and a bit of all-purpose flour. 

That seemed to work well and resulted in some outstanding whole wheat dinner rolls. This whole wheat rolls recipe is ideal for holidays and every other occasion you can imagine. Bill ate them along with his dinner and for breakfast, too.

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls in a basket and one open on a white basketweave plate

Thanks, Debra, for sharing this perfect Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe.

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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

The Recipe: Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Tender, delicious dinner rolls made with whole wheat flour!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 24 servings


  • 2 tablespoons dry active yeast (I prefer Red Star yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105-110º)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, I used King Arthur brand
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Butter, optional (I didn't use)


  1. Soften yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water(105-110º).
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, mix together eggs, oil, honey, salt, milk and 1/2 cup hot water. Add yeast mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Attach the dough hook and add flour one cup at a time. Knead dough until well mixed and then let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Knead dough again for 10 minutes. The dough will be very soft.
  5. Place dough in an oiled bowl, loosely cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.
  6. Punch down dough and form into 24 even-sized dinner rolls. Place rolls in prepared muffin tins, cover and let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.
  7. When removed from oven, butter the tops of the rolls, if desired. Let rest in tins for 5 minutes and then remove.

Yield: 24 rolls

Total time: 2 hours


Recipe adapted from Wheat Montana's “Family Farm Favorite”

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g


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46 comments on “Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls”

  1. What a great group to be in. These whole wheat rolls look fantastic and ideal for the holidays.

  2. These look so tasty! I am still working up the nerve to make homemade rolls for Thanksgiving but these from Eliot’s Eats may just be the ones! So glad she recommended me for an invitation – because I love it!

  3. Your dinner rolls look perfect! These might be added to the must haves list by your family! The “CLUE” society sounds like such fun.

  4. I’m such a terrible bread maker, but your beautiful photos make we want to reach in and grab a roll and have inspired me to try and make these. Thanks for rounding us all up for this new event, which I’m very glad to be a part of.

  5. Warm rolls sound SO good right now. These look perfect for Thanksgiving!

  6. What a fun group to be a part of. And these rolls look fabulous!

  7. I guess I’m lucky. As long as there are the basics; turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, I can add whatever else I want. The vegetable dishes are wide open for experimenting with. The bread is too and I think my family would be like yours; they’d inhale Deb’s rolls.

  8. Look delicious Lizzy I love the idea of a whole wheat dinner rolls:)

  9. These rolls look wholesome and pleasantly delicious. I love a good yeast roll but I try to stay away because well, I have enough padding already. IF I were going to make rolls, I would make these. 🙂

  10. Hi Liz!! So glad to be apart of the CLUE society. I did not even know that’s what clue stood for. LOL! Bread and rolls are recipes I have not tried so much on my blog… but I’m getting more comfortable to use yeast after seeing these beautiful rolls. I think they would make any meal (especially Thanksgiving) wonderful. 🙂 Now off to check out the rest of the posts from the group. 🙂

    • Okay… I had to come back and sheepishly say that I”m a goofball!! I see now that the meaning of C.L.U.E. is right in the logo… Duh!!!! I don’t think I did a good job paying attention in class. yikes!!

      PS.. I’ve had so much fun going and checking everyone’s post so far… you did a fabulous job organizing this Liz!! 🙂

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