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Buttery Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe

These whole grain rolls are tender and delicious even without toppings. I adapted the recipe from one my mom made after sampling something similar at a restaurant.—Angela Coffman, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup bread flour


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, milk powder, 2 tablespoons butter, egg, salt and whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough bread flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • 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. In a shallow microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 16 pieces. Shape each into a ball; roll in melted butter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 120 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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amyalusa User ID: 3404632 160805
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I neglected to rate the go along with my comment. 5 stars all the way!"

amyalusa User ID: 3404632 112098
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I doubled the recipe, and added 2 Tablespoons of Vital Wheat Gluten with the flour. These had a delightful flavor, and were very light for a whole wheat roll. My family loves 'em!"

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