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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

It does my heart good to see everyone at our table—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
    4 dozen


  • 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 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • 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.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 4 pieces. Shape each into 12 balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 11-15 minutes or until browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 89 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Aula
    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'?"

  • shorty_cheryl
    Jan 30, 2013

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  • belindajo
    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.

  • brookehally
    Jan 24, 2012

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  • Boonie76
    Jan 1, 2012

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  • Kalispelldude
    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
    Jan 15, 2011

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

  • eye_lady
    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.

  • janeldv
    Nov 5, 2010

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  • mbdlove
    Sep 22, 2010

    Looks healthy.