Whole Wheat Honey Rolls Recipe
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Whole Wheat Honey Rolls Recipe

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My husband loves whole wheat bread, so I have adapted most of my recipes to accommodate his taste buds. The creamy honey butter adds a little sweetness to these airy golden brown yeast rolls. -Linda Gunn, Reynolds, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional melted butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 128 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm buttermilk. Add the butter, honey, whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda. 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 seven portions. Divide each portion into six pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 400° for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, beat butter and honey until smooth; serve with rolls. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
Originally published as Whole Wheat Honey Rolls in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p27

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Cakelady196 User ID: 7512479 55172
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Just polished of a few of these gems. They were light, flavorful and just sweet enough. I do need a tad more salt though. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!"

XClaudiX User ID: 6989858 48212
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Family raved about this as rolls and loaves of bread!"

lajaba User ID: 6094632 55170
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"my family loves this and they are so easy to make"

ChefZ User ID: 6049499 128491
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"These rolls are A++ in every way. I had to use the entire 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour. I also added 2 tablespoons of wheat gluten like usual when I make bread without bread flour. The rolls have excellent texture and flavor."

missnatlynn User ID: 1069302 69515
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Wow! Absolutely loved these! They were perfect in every way. The honey butter is also delicious and so simple."

ctownsley User ID: 2390427 44088
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Delicious without the honey butter! My new go-to recipe for fabulous buns!"

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