Whole Wheat Knot Rolls Recipe

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I found a magazine recipe for whole wheat rolls and changed it to fit my family's tastes. With a yield of 3 dozen, I have plenty to take to potlucks and other get-togethers.—Debra Troester, Hampton, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Nutritional Facts

1 roll: 151 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in warm water. In a large bowl, combine milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, eggs, salt, remaining sugar, yeast mixture and 4 cups all-purpose flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in whole wheat flour and enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a stiff 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 the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into 36 balls. Roll each into a 10-in. rope; tie into a loose knot. Tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush warm rolls with remaining melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Whole Wheat Knot Rolls in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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