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Molasses Yeast Rolls Recipe

Molasses Yeast Rolls Recipe

Whenever I make these country-style rolls, I fondly remember my mother—she was an excellent baker who taught me so much in our North Dakota farm kitchen. Each year at Thanksgiving, my bread basket includes these hearty dinner rolls. —Ardis Rollefson Jackson Hole, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add honey; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, molasses, butter, egg, salt 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 24 pieces. Shape each into a 10-in. rope. Shape each rope into a "S"; coil ends until they tough the center. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 35 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 185 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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oreoyumo User ID: 6950785 128405
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"My daughter and I have been making these for years! They have become a Thanksgiving tradition! We usually make them the weekend before Thanksgiving. We start the recipe and when it's time to let them rise for 1 hour we put in the original Oliver movie. (Great way to tie in the being thankful and good things come to those who wait theme!!) LOL The movie is quite long and has an intermission. At that point we punch the dough down, shape and let them rise again. Then start the movie back up. When they're ready to bake we brush them with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Then serve them with honey butter. ( I try not to add more than 6 cups flour because they can get a little dry!) Hope this can be a fun new tradition for others! Enjoy"

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 74227
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Usually I use my bread maker to mix dough for rolls, but these ones I made from scratch. They were a lot of work. They turned out well and tasted good, but I'm not sure they were worth all the effort."

silverserenity777 User ID: 2246530 56670
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"I made these for my boyfriend who loves molasses...and he lovvved them. I make them pretty often now."

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