Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe
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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe

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It does my heart good to see our gang - right down to my great-grandchildren - reach eagerly for one of my homemade rolls. These are hearty with whole wheat and rich with old-fashioned goodness, and they bake up to a beautiful golden brown. -Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 89 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, salt, eggs and whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four pieces. Shape each into 12 balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 11-15 minutes or until browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Serve warm. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p31

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Aula User ID: 1127835 80606
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"These rolls are delicious. I sometimes use them to make sandwiches to take to work. The first time I did, a friend asked me, "Where did you get those cute 'slider rolls'?""

belindajo User ID: 6233792 28341
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"These are very good. The first time I made these I forgot to put in the eggs and they still tasted great. They are now a favorite in my home."

Kalispelldude User ID: 6230256 81552
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"I am making this recipe again for the second time as I write this. These are some of the best rolls I've ever had, glad I made them myself. A tip I have... freeze the balls of dough on a cookie sheet after they're formed, then place in a zip-top bag after frozen. When you want them for dinner, take them out and place on a greased cookie sheet and let defrost and rise 1-2 hours. Then bake according to the recipe."

susannday User ID: 831071 203850
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011 Edited Jan. 8, 2017

"My family always request these rolls at every get together. These rolls have earned me the reputation as the bread maker."

eye_lady User ID: 4552636 81690
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"These are quite good, I made them for a lot of people, some were wheat bread 'haters'. They all ate them up! I got lazy rolling the small balls of dough and made a few larger, and they were great as burger buns the next day."

mbdlove User ID: 1818482 103331
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"Looks healthy."

Mary_1959 User ID: 549472 45196
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"These are excellent for any meal and a treat for holidays. Love this recipe."

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