Herbed Wheat Dinner Rolls

When it comes to Thanksgiving sides, homemade bread is one of my favorites. Actually, homemade bread at any time is a favorite. Put a piece of cake, a brownie, or a cookie in front of me next to fresh from the oven bread, and I will chose the bread every time. So, when it comes to our Thanksgiving, you know that fresh bread will make an appearance! :)

Regular wheat dinner rolls get an upgrade with the addition of herbs. The thyme, oregano, and basil in these wheat rolls blend well with the Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and stuffing. Oh, and they are guaranteed to make your stomach growl while baking!

These dinner rolls are perfect for a busy day like Thanksgiving. The bread machine does all of the work of mixing and kneading. Just pull the dough out and shape it into balls. While they are rising you can work on other dinner preparations. Stick them in the oven for 15 short minutes (though the amazing aroma will make it seem way longer!), and you will have hot, fresh bread ready to serve!

Herbed Wheat Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls


  • 1 C warm water
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 C honey or sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp melted butter for brushing the tops


  1.  Place ingredients (except melted butter) in your bread machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Select dough cycle.
  2. When cycle is finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 10 minutes. If your bread machine has a rest built into the dough cycle, you can skip this step.
  3. Butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray the bottom and sides of a 9×9 baking dish.
  4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each dough into a ball. Place in baking dish and brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise in a warm area for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops of rolls are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.

This recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker.


This recipe is linked with Farm Girl Friday, Mom’s Test Meal MondayThanksgiving Blog HopWeekend Potluck, Wonderful Food Wednesday.

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  1. YES!!! You made my day Jessica! I was just writing my grocery list for Thanksgiving, and I put homemade rolls (have to find a recipe) and then I saw your post! I will be making these for Thanksgiving dinner, i hope they come out as good as yours! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Perfect little rolls. I just love how you use whole wheat flour i your recipes!

  3. I’m a sucker for fresh baked bread too. There is something about soft, chewy, warm bread that is hard to beat. These look wonderful! Now I just need to get a bread machine…maybe Santa will be good to me this year. :)

  4. I’m a sucker for homemade bread! These look so delicious and very fluffy.

  5. Love homemade bread.. These would be perfect for Turkey day!

  6. I love fresh baked bread or rolls too, they look fantastic!

  7. I love all of the herbs in these!!

  8. There’s nothing better than homemade bread, if you ask me. These rolls sound killer! And I love that you can make ’em in the bread machine!

  9. These look soooo good! I pinned them!

  10. So pretty!! I love the added herbs.

  11. These look so good, Jessica! I saw on Twitter this morning that you used the RSY Platinum…isn’t it great! I love how easy it was.

  12. Nothing beats homemade bread on the Thanksgiving table, or on the table any day of the week! I could slather some butter right onto these and call it dinner!

  13. Great minds think alike! Love your herbed wheat version! Gorgeous photo!!!

  14. What perfect looking dinner rolls! And your photos are just lovely!

  15. Rolls are the second best part of thanksgiving (next to the stuffing)!! These are beautiful!

  16. oooooh so yummy! I love rolls! And whole wheat! And herbs! I can just imagine how good these smell (and taste!)

  17. Very nice! This would be wonderful with herbed meats, esp. and herbed-baked(rotisserie) chicken.

  18. Oooh! I love fresh baked bread – seriously nothing beats a nice warm roll fresh out of the oven! Mmm! Yours look beautiful :)

  19. i love soft wheat rolls! yum!

  20. Dinner rolls are the best part of Thanksgiving or any holiday meal. I LOVE dinner rolls. Probably even more than sweets. I love that you used some whole wheat! They look fluffy and awesome. :)

  21. I look forward to the homemade rolls the most! These look wonderful.

  22. yeah a bread machine recipe! I have one…in my basement somewhere…I can make this kind of bread!

  23. I love working with yeast and I like this recipe!
    Definitely gonna try it, without bread machine though :)

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