Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

Soft and fluffy rolls made from 100% whole wheat flour. Delicious with homemade jam and a generous slathering of butter. Best served warm from the oven.

Course: breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1/2 cup warm water, 110 - 115 degrees
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75g) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for brushing tops
  • 1/3 cup (96g) honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) milk, warmed to 110 - 115 degrees
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp (19g) vital wheat gluten
  • 4 cups (570g) white whole wheat flour*, then more as needed


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together water yeast and sugar then let rest 5 minutes to proof.

  2. Meanwhile, place eggs in a bowl, cover with warm water and let rest 5 minutes (this is just to bring them to room temperature so the rolls rise better.

  3. Add butter, honey, eggs, salt and milk to the yeast mixture and blend. Then add in lemon juice, vital wheat gluten and 2 cups of the wheat flour and blend. 

  4. Switch to a dough hook, then add remaining 2 cups wheat flour and knead mixture on low (2nd speed) for 4 minutes, while adding in a little more flour as needed (dough should stick to bottom of bowl but not sides near the end of mixing, also it should not stick to your fingertip). 

  5. Cover bowl and let rest 1 hour. 

  6. Punch dough dough and divide into 15 equal portions (I like to use my scale to make them even, you can also roll into a rectangle then cut into 15 equal portions). 

  7. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place rolls in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap (while leaving room for the rolls to expand under the plastic wrap). 

  8. Let rest until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during last 20 minutes of rolls rising.

  9. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown on top and cooked through, about 12 - 15 minutes (they should register 190 degrees in center). 

  10. Brush tops with butter (about 1 Tbsp, I just run the stick of butter over the tops). Serve warm or let cool on a wire rack then store in an airtight container.

  11. *If you don't want the full flavor of the whole wheat rolls you can substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour in place of 2 cups of the wheat flour. If doing so omit vital wheat gluten.

    *Also if you can't find white whole wheat flour regular whole wheat flour may be substituted they just may not be quite as fluffy.

  12. Recipe source: Cooking Classy