Is there anything better than a warm, soft, fluffy, roll right out of the oven? Nope there isn’t….well except maybe pie or cookies, but we aren’t talking about dessert today. Today I’m sharing with you my favorite Whole Wheat Dinner Roll recipe that has been in my family for years.
Rolls aren’t something that I make very often, I usually save my roll making for the holidays. I’m pretty sure if I made these homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls all the time I would weigh about 800 pounds! It’s not that the rolls are fattening or unhealthy, it’s just that I would have no self control keeping my hands off of them and my mouth shut when they come out of the oven freshly baked.
I know yeast breads can be scary for many people, but I’m here to tell you that this dinner roll recipe has never let me down. It’s also quite versatile. You can make them the dinner roll size that I have done here, or you can make them slightly larger and you have a delicious hamburger bun. I chose to make these rolls using half whole wheat because I love the flavor of whole wheat, plus a little extra whole grains never hurt anyone. If you are totally against whole wheat or you know your kids won’t have anything to do with it, feel free to use just regular all purpose flour. The final part of this roll that is interchangeable is the sweetener. I like to use honey in this recipe because I like the flavor and the way it combines with the nutty flavor of the whole wheat, but if you don’t have honey or would prefer to use granulated sugar that works as well.
While the rolls do take time to make, the majority of it is not hands on, but rather waiting for the dough to rise. The dough needs to rise twice. Once in a bowl after everything has been kneaded together and then again when you form the dough into rolls. This recipe will make 12 dinner rolls, but it can easily be doubled if you are making them for a large crowd, or if you would like to freeze the baked rolls to have on hand whenever you need them. These Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are just what your holiday table needs! They are perfectly soft and tender, amazing with a little butter on top, delicious the next morning with some honey or jam, and are the BEST for making a leftover turkey sandwich with! So in case I haven’t stressed to you enough how much your holiday table needs these rolls, here it comes one more time, MAKE THEM!