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Whole Wheat Freezer Rolls with butter

Whole Wheat Freezer Rolls

You will love the convenience of these homemade whole wheat freezer rolls. Keep a supply in your freezer so you can have homemade rolls in a snap.
Course Breads, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword freezer rolls, make ahead, whole wheat
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 40 rolls
Calories 134kcal
Author Lauren Brennan


  • 3 cups warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast + 3/4 teaspoon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 3/4 cup melted butter cooled
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2-3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • In a large bowl, stir warm milk together with yeast and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Stand 5-10 minutes to proof yeast. 
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and all of the all purpose flour until well combined. Continue stirring as you incorporate the salt and whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Through this process, you'll have to switch to kneading with your hands.
  • Once dough is tacky, but not tacky enough to leave remnants of dough stuck to your hands, you can finish kneading. About 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth. Place dough into a large, greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or clean dish towel and rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough and divide into 2 ounce pieces.(Slightly larger than a golf ball.) You should get about 40 total. Roll each dough ball to create roll and place on a parchment paper or aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Cover gently with more foil and place flat into freezer. 
  • After 24 hours, transfer dough balls into large ziploc freezer bags, and place back into freezer.
  • To bake, place 16-20 rolls into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Defrost and let rise until 2-2 1/2 times larger, 4-6 hours**)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked completely.


If you would like to skip the freezer method completely, you can place the rolled rolls from step 4 right into the greased baking dish in step 6 and rise and bake.
If you want these to be regular freezer rolls (non-whole wheat), just replace the whole wheat flour for all purpose.
**My apartment is on the chilly side, so it took me 6 hours to get the rise I was looking for before baking. Watch your rolls and bake accordingly!


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg