Overnight Honey-Wheat Rolls Recipe
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Overnight Honey-Wheat Rolls Recipe

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These yeast rolls don't require kneading, and the make-ahead dough saves you time on the day of your meal. I love the hint of honey, too. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 roll: 147 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add the yeast mixture, honey, oil, salt, whole wheat flour and remaining water. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into nine balls. To form knots, roll each ball into a 10-in. rope; tie into a knot. Tuck ends under.
  3. Place rolls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 50 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter if desired. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Overnight Honey-Wheat Rolls in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p50

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stargazzer003 User ID: 3418123 149503
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"I LOVE this recipe. It has become a family favorite. I make them with a honey cinnamon butter and it's like a dessert they taste so good. I made a mistake one of the times I made this. I put it in my food processor with the dough blade and they came out very dense and we ended up throwing them out. I have always done it just as the recipe states. I use a hand blender to add all the ingredients except when you get to the white flour I then use my hands to mix it.

I also find that once I let my rolls sit they don't seem to rise very much. I am not sure what I am doing wrong there. Suggestions?"

katehannah User ID: 4019575 163305
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"I am new to trying a bread recipe. After I added the 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour they were fairly sticky, began adding white flour, barely got a cup added and got a heavy rock of dough. I am confused about the quantity of white flour as I barely got a cup in and this a.m. I still have a big rock. I would love to make these but need some help with my error."

novembermember User ID: 5544272 149502
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"To HMB32; try a wetter dough just slightly tacky and maybe a little extra yeast. To singerringer; yes,you can use non- wheat flour but then they wouldn't be wheat rolls. I've use this recipe with oat flour ,potato, mango,etc.many variations."

calebmb User ID: 2245271 95905
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"I haven't made these yet, but plan to soon. hmb32, I noticed you let them rise overnight; did you refrigerate them overnight and then let them rise for 50 minutes the next day? I am also wondering if all white flour can be used?"

SingerRinger User ID: 5557591 95904
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"I haven't made this recipe as yet but definitely would like to try but I hate to buy a bag of whole wheat flour for such a small amount..........can all white flour be used?"

hmb32 User ID: 6948422 168930
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"Can anyone help? I made these twice and they have turned out heavy even though I let them rise overnight. My family loves them, but I don't like the way they turn out. Thanks!"

mknoll User ID: 4480594 165288
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Have made this twice now, very good rolls. Made into a loaf of bread, this dough is very good as well!"

susankato User ID: 928122 149500
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"These were the easiest rolls that I have ever made. They were very light and tasty."

jdevos User ID: 4469883 163820
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"I found this recipe just before Thanksgiving and decided to try them. They were a big hit with my family, everyone loved them. Because of the make ahead dough they were easily incorporated into my dinner menu."

Luh User ID: 1053030 163819
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"I love it, mix it the night before, raise and bake the next day, just in time for dinner. Wonderful.........I have made this twice, first time was great and I shaped them like regular dinner rolls, today, did the same thing but they "sank". What on earth caused this????Anyone know????"

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