5 from 1 vote

Sweet Molasses Brown Bread Rolls Recipe

Soft Sweet Molasses Brown bread rolls are soft and delicious. Molasses, honey and whole wheat flour give these rolls a mild sweetness and great flavor, especially when slathered with brown sugar butter!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Servings 16
Author Hostess At Heart



  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 110 degrees F
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp cocoa I used dutch processed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • Cornmeal optional

Brown sugar butter

  • 8 tbsp stick salted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • Combine warm water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients, except for the whole wheat flour and mix together using the paddle beater. Scrape down sides and mix until just combined.
  • Change beater to the dough hook. Add one cup of the whole wheat flour and mix on low until combined. Gradually add another cup of whole wheat flour until dough starts to ball and leaves the sides of the bowl. Beat on low for 7 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until tight and smooth, 4 to 5 times. Place in a large lightly oiled bowl, turning once to oil both sides of the dough ball. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, 90 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Punch down dough and form 16 rolls. Place in a greased 9X13 inch pan and allow to rise again for 1 hour.
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cornflour (optional)
  • Bake for 22 minutes.


Adapted from
Nutritional value doesn't include brown sugar butter.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.7mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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