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Simple Parker House Dinner Rolls

Are you looking for a perfect part wheat dinner roll? These parker house rolls are a classic and one that everyone is into!!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
resting time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner rolls, parker house, parker house rolls, whole wheat baked goods, whole wheat dinner roll
Servings: 24 rolls
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 ½ cups warm milk this should feel just warm to the touch, don't heat it too much. I pop it in the microwave to heat mine, but you can also do it on the cooktop.
  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast This is one packet of yeast
  • cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter You can also use a nuetral oil here if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup potato flakes this is optional, but a really good addition.
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour I used a white wheat for this as my family loves the milder flavor
  • 2-3 ½ cups all-purpose flour This will be a variable, start with the 2 cups, and add more as needed

Honey Butter For Brushing Rolls With

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey


  • Add milk, yeast, and honey to your stand mixer. You can also do this by hand. Add to a bowl. Mix and allow the yeast to activate. Depending on the temp in your house, this should take 3-7 minutes. The yeast will start to get a little frothy.
    Now, add in eggs, salt, potato flakes, butter, whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix for about 1 minute on medium. Check the dough.You want it to be a little tacky (sticky), but not too sticky. Add ½ cup as needed. Mix again another 30 seconds-1 minute. Once the dough has enough flour, mix for about 6-8 minutes on medium speed until you get a nice smooth dough.
    Cover the dough and allow to rise until doubled.
    It is time to shape your rolls!
    Line 2 baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
    Roll your dough to a 12x24 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cover your dough with saran wrap or a dishtowel. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Don't skip this step, the dough needs to relax before cutting! Mix your melted butter and honey for the honey butter. Brush on the dough. Cut into rectangles about 2x4 inches. You can go bigger if you prefer, but this is the size we like.
    Fold the rectangles over each other, making the top longer than the bottom, as shown in the post. Place each roll on the baking sheets. You can either bake these side by side, or you can space them about 2 inches apart. This depends on the look you are going for.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    Brush the tops with the remaining honey butter mix.
    Place in oven. They don't really get a second rise, other than they preheating time.
    Bake until they are a beautiful golden brown!
    Remove from oven. They are wonderful served warm, or you can allow them to cool. They really are best the day of baking, but also really great for up to 2 days later. Remember to wrap tightly and leave at room temp.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!