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pan of baked whole wheat rolls

Whole Wheat Rolls

These warm, pillowy soft  Whole Wheat Rolls are perfect for soup and for chillier days! Also delicious alone slathered with butter!
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner rolls
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 114kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 2 envelopes instant dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water 105 to 115 degrees F
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 cups all purpose flour


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. Set aside.
    proofing yeast in warm water
  • In small saucepan, bring milk to a simmer, then remove from heat immediately. While milk is coming up to a simmer, measure shortening and sugar into a large bowl. Pour hot milk over shortening and sugar.
    pouring hot milk over butter and brown sugar
  • Whisk to melt and dissolve all ingredients together.
    melting butter and sugar in milk
  • Stir in whole wheat flour and cool to lukewarm {105 to 115 degrees F}.
    whisking in whole wheat flour
  • Transfer mixture to a stand mixer. Add in one egg, salt and 2 cups of flour. Stir in yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, knead in all purpose flour bit by bit until dough is moderately stiff and almost completely smooth. *You may not use all the flour listed, and that's ok!* Dough will be done when tacky but not tacky enough to stick to your hands when touched.
    adding flour to dough
  • Grease a large bowl and place dough in, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover with a clean dish towel and rise 1-1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • Spray two 9x13 glass pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Punch dough down. Remove from bowl onto clean work surface.
    risen dough in bowl
  • Cut in half evenly and then cut each half into 12 even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place into prepared pans. Cover and let rise until rolls are puffed and touching each other; 30-45 more minutes.
    raw rolls in baking pan
  • Brush the tops of each roll with beaten egg.
    brushing egg onto rolls
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes before serving warm with lots of butter.
    baked whole wheat rolls in pan


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.5mg