Easy Whole-Grain Cheddar Rolls

Easy Whole-Grain Cheddar Rolls
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These easy whole-grain cheddar rolls are definitely worth the amount of time it takes to make them. Not that they take a long time to make at all.

In fact, beside the rise times; it takes under 30 minutes to actually make the dough. And let me tell you – these rolls are too addictive. After biting into one of these rolls, you’ll see what I’m talking about..

Wholesome, Soft and Chewy

Yes, these easy whole-grain cheddar rolls are the perfect combination of wholesome, soft and deliciously chewy. And may I add – super fluffy? And you can basically eat them whenever..

whole-grain cheddar rolls

I call these rolls whole-grain, because they contain whole wheat flour. But they also contain all-purpose flour as well.

I could have used just whole-wheat flour, and the rolls would have still came out amazing, I’m sure. But I decided to add in all-purpose flour to give the rolls a dense yet light texture.

The Appeal of Whole-Wheat Flour

I’m a definite big fan of whole-wheat flour in general. And I’m sure many of you are as well. First of all, it’s well known to be good for your overall health; as it contains plenty of fiber.

And as we all know, fiber contributes towards a healthy heart and has other nutritional benefits.

Secondly, whole-wheat flour adds such an appealing earthy flavor to baked goods – including these yummy rolls.

Whole-Wheat and Cheddar

I’m sure you don’t hear of a whole-wheat and cheddar combo every day. But it definitely works in these easy whole-grain cheddar rolls.

I think you’ll find the unique flavor of these rolls to be amazing. These rolls can be eaten fresh out of the oven as is, with a meal, or topped with a little butter and jam even.

Simple and Easy Roll Recipe

I’m sure you’re curious as to how to make these rolls. It’s a pretty straightforward and simple process, actually.

These are yeast rolls. The yeast is what helps these rolls to rise and to add that amazing fluffy texture. For this recipe, I went with instant yeast.

Instant or Active Dry Yeast

Honestly I find instant yeast more convenient and quick to use than active dry yeast. This is because it can be added right away with the rest of the ingredients.

On the other hand, active-dry yeast needs to be proofed first. It just means that you have to combine the yeast with warm water, and let it sit for around five minutes.

When to Replace Yeast

After the five minutes, if the yeast is still effective and active; it will foam up. If it doesn’t foam up, then your yeast may need to be replaced with a newer/fresher one.

But if all goes well, you can proceed with the rest of the recipe. Overall, both yeasts are pretty much interchangeable in most recipes.

And working with yeast is really not as complicated as you may have thought beforehand.

How to Make These Easy Whole-Grain Cheddar Rolls

  1. As I’ve stated earlier, these rolls are super easy to make. The process first involves the combining of the yeast with the rest of the wet ingredients – including warm (around 110 degrees) water.
  2. Since we’re using instant yeast here, there’s no having to wait 5 minutes for the yeast to proof. The flour(s) and cheese can be added in right away (see why I prefer using instant yeast?).
  3. After the dough is kneaded (only for 10 minutes), it has to sit for 45 minutes for the first rise. After forming the dough into 12 rolls, there’s an additional rise of only 30 minutes.
  4. The last step before baking involves brushing the rolls with an egg white wash. Then you can sprinkle a little more cheddar cheese on top if you’d like to.

*If you’re vegan, you can brush the top of the dough with melted non-dairy butter before sprinkling the cheese over it*

Easy Whole-Grain Cheddar Rolls Ingredients

Here’s a quick rundown of the ingredients you need to make these rolls.

  • Warm Water
  • 1 Packet Instant Yeast
  • Melted Butter (only 1 tbsp): Use dairy or non-dairy
  • Sugar: Just a touch to balance out the salt.
  • Salt
  • Whole-Wheat Flour
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Or you can use a dairy-free alternative.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Just a small amount to add extra flavor and depth to the rolls.
  • Egg: For the egg white wash. Or use melted non-dairy butter if you’re vegan.

I really hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious rolls. Before I go – here are a few more easy and tasty bread recipe recommendations for ya. Enjoy!

Easy Honey Butter Sandwich Bread Recipe

Savory Cheddar and Garlic Drop Biscuits

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vegan Bagels Recipe

Even More Easy Homemade Bread Recipes For You to Try

easy whole-grain cheddar rolls

Easy Whole-Grain Cheddar Rolls

If you’re looking for super fluffy, moist and cheesy dinner rolls – these are it!
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 34 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 136.85 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (around 110 degrees) (also the back of the yeast packet will tell you the exact temperature for the water)
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp melted butter/or a non-dairy butter alternative
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 – 1 1/4 tsp salt (start off with 1 tsp, and add an extra 1/4 tsp if desired)
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 extra tbsp and 1 tsp extra/add up to a 1/2 tbsp more flour if needed..
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese/or a non-dairy shredded cheese alternative
  • 1 tsp (extra virgin) olive oil
  • 1 egg white for the egg white wash


  • To a large bowl, add your warm water, sugar, yeast, and melted butter. Stir well.
  • Add in the salt, flours, and cheese. Combine with a fork until a soft dough forms.
    Add the dough to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. *After 5 minutes, knead the olive oil in* The dough should only be lightly sticky, but workable. If you absolutely have to, sprinkle a little more flour over it and continue kneading.
    *I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure you can use a bread machine if you want to – for the 10 minutes knead time – just don’t forget to add in the olive oil after the 5 minutes*
  • Oil or grease the large bowl, then add the kneaded dough back into it. Cover the bowl (not tightly!), and let it sit for 45 minutes until the yeast rises or doubles in size.
  • After the 45 minutes, on a floured surface; divide the dough into 12 pieces.
    After rolling each piece into a ball, place the balls close together on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Just close enough where the edges are touching each other..
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover the pan, and allow the balls of dough to sit for 25 minutes. This will allow them to double in size, and become fluffy and light.
  • If you’d like to add more shredded cheddar on top, brush the tops of the dough lightly with an egg white wash (egg white + 1/2 tsp water), then sprinkle with the cheese.
    *For vegans – just use a melted non-dairy butter alternative to brush the tops of the dough (balls) before sprinkling with the cheese*
  • Bake the rolls for 22-24 minutes until browned to your liking.
    If you’d like – brush the tops of the dough with a little more melted butter after you take them out of the oven. This will give a nice shine to them.
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