Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

This is the exact same recipe as my Simple Whole Wheat Bread but shaped into rolls. Before you start, make sure the egg and oil are at room temperature and always aerate your flour before measuring. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Makes: 15 - 18 rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup bread flour (all-purpose flour works too)
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet / 7 grams) instant yeast (or active dry yeast)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup 1% milk, heated to 120-130° F for instant yeast (or 110-120°F for active dry)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg
  • about 1/4 cup additional bread flour


  1. Place flours, yeast, sugar & salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in milk, followed by oil and egg.
  3. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup bread flour until dough forms a mass.
  5. Place dough on floured surface and knead 50 turns.
  6. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Cut dough into 15 or 18 pieces. I use a scraper, cutting the dough into thirds and then cut each third into five or six pieces.
  8. Shape into balls and place in a greased or parchment-lined 13 x 9-inch pan.
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until the rolls double in size, about 45 minutes.
  10. Meantime preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for about 14-16 minutes.

Note: For more details and step-by-step photos, click here.

12 Comments on "Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls"

  1. Chava

    Can I replace the milk with soymilk or water? Looks delicious, but I need nondairy.

  2. Jacqueline

    I just did a double batch in one bowl. I did increase the kneading time by two. So 100 turns and 5 minutes on the dough hook just to be sure. Came out great, got 32 rolls.

  3. Sandy

    Are all yeast rolls made with whole-wheat?
    My granddaughter love’s yeast rolls we used to get them at a Ryan’s Steakhouse they would bring them to the table with some honey butter or butter they had the most amazing yeast flavor. When we would leave she would take two or three with her so I was wondering do you have a recipe for something like this it was a small oblong roll and it was soft and warm but not really crunchy ( I myself like a little crunch )

    • Jenny

      Rolls can be made with whole wheat flour, bread flour, all purpose flour, and even other grains. All of my yeast recipes are posted here but you can probably find what you are looking for with an internet search.

  4. Soupayan

    Thanks a lot Jenny!!!

    Today I baked my first bread!
    I used multi grain whole wheat and added some flax seeds and crushed dry oregano.

    It rose 1 inch above the pan as mentioned but did not rise much in the oven after that. But it was an awesome fluffy bread with crunchy crust.

    I have a question, can this recipe be doubled in case I use two loaf pans?
    Many thanks in advance for any help you may provide.

    Keep on inspiring 🙂

  5. Savitha

    Hi Jenny,

    Great recipe! The rolls look delicious.

    I was wondering if there is an egg substitute for this recipe as I dont eat eggs.

    • Jenny

      I don’t know of a good egg substitute but there are a lot of different bread recipes that don’t use eggs.

  6. sue

    hi many thanks am going to make this recipe tomorrow regards sue uk fan

  7. Hessa

    Thank you must try

  8. Jess

    Hi Jenny,
    Tried these dinner rolls. Turned out very good. Its a pity i am not able to send the picture (not computer savvy). Thanks

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