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Easy Fluffy Pull-Apart Whole Wheat Buttery Dinner Rolls

These light, buttery pull apart rolls are everyone's favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rest55 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls, easy, pull apart
Servings: 9 rolls
Calories: 203kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose four
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup very warm water divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey divided
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted


  • Combine 1/4 cup warm water, the yeast and 1 tablespoon honey in a small glass bowl. Stir to dissolve and let site 5 - 10 minutes or until water has risen and is light and foamy.
  • In the bowl off a stand mixer or other large bowl add the whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour and salt.
  • In another bowl add the remaining 3/4 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon honey, the egg and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Stir to combine.
  • Add both water mixtures to the bowl with the flour. Using the dough hook (or a wooden spoon) knead the dough on medium speed for for about five minutes or until the dough comes together and begins to form into a ball. The dough will be very wet and sticky.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and either rub the bowl with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and place in a warm place for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes grease a square baking dish or pie plate (I used an 8x8 dish, but 9x9 would work too). Flour your hands and punch the dough down. Place the dough on a well floured surface and divide into 9 even balls. You may need to add more flour to prevent the dough from sticking, but try and use as little flour as possible. Place the balls in 3 even rows in the baking dish and cover the dish with with a damp towel or plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray (so the dough does not stick to the plastic wrap).
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Allow the rolls rise for 15 to 25 minutes or until the dough balls are round and popping out of the pan. Once the rolls are ready to go melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and carefully brush the tops of the rolls with the butter. Bake the rolls in the middle of the oven for 20 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove and serve immediately with a pat of butter.


*To freeze the rolls before baking follow the directions through step 6. Cover the baking dish with a layer of foil and then another layer of plastic wrap. Place the dough in the freezer. To bake the rolls remove the dough from the freezer and allow to thaw completely. This will depend on how warm your house is, but generally 2 to 3 hours. Once the rolls have risen and are popping out of the pan bake as directed. *The rolls can also be frozen once baked. Allow the rolls to cool completely and than place in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze. The rolls can be left to de-thaw on the counter for 1 hour or in the microwave.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.4mg