Recipe courtesy of Martha Tinkler for Food Network Kitchen

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 15 min (includes rising times)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls
Whole wheat is the key to these cinnamon rolls, adding a little extra delicacy, sweetness and nutty flavor to the dough. Instead of the traditional cream cheese or confectioners’ sugar frosting, a luscious, melted honey butter is poured over the warm rolls before serving.






Special equipment:
a stand mixer and dough-hook attachment
  1. For the dough: Add the warm water, vegetable oil, granulated sugar and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment. Mix a few rotations to combine, then add the yeast and start adding both flours, 1 cup at a time. Mix on low speed until a loose dough ball forms. Add a little more all-purpose flour if the dough is not coming together. Knead with the dough hook on medium speed until the dough is soft but not sticky, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Grease a large bowl with vegetable oil. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, shape into a neat ball and place in the greased bowl. Cover with a lid or clean dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on temperature outside and in your kitchen.
  3. For the filling: Meanwhile, grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter. Mix both sugars and the cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Transfer the risen dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out with a rolling pin into a 24-inch square about 1/8 inch thick. Spread the 1 stick butter over the surface of the dough, without leaving a border. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the butter to cover completely. Press the sugar mixture in a little with your hands to make sure it sticks to the dough. Tightly roll the dough into a log like a jellyroll. Cut it into 12 pieces, each about 2 inches wide (see Cook's Note). Add the rolls to the greased baking dish in a single layer. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise until the rolls are puffed and rounded, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Bake until the rolls are a deep golden brown and the sugar mixture is bubbling all over, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the rolls cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. For the topping: While the rolls are cooling, melt together the honey and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the honey mixture evenly over the rolls. Serve warm with a spoonful of "sauce" from the baking dish.

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.) To neatly slice the rolls, slip a piece of dental floss crosswise under the dough log, cross the ends over the log and then pull each end until the floss cuts through the dough. This is a great trick if you don’t have the sharpest knife; otherwise you can squish out your filling.