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Oatmeal Molasses Rolls

These soft and buttery homemade Oatmeal Molasses Rolls are the perfect match for any soup or dinner. 

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In a quest to make another delicious bread recipe during the past weekend, I turned to my beloved Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. That cookbook has some amazing recipes in it and it doesn’t lack an abundance of bread recipes. It was Sunday. I was making clam chowder for dinner (recipe to come later this week) and I wanted a hearty roll to serve with the soup.

As you can see, my cookbook did not fail me, nor did my quest to make a delicious, hearty roll. These rolls have a subtle, sweet flavor and a rich, dark color that comes from the molasses and maple syrup. These dinner rolls are sure to leave a smile on your face and make your tummy satisfied. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Oatmeal Molasses Rolls

Recipe: Oatmeal Molasses Rolls

Yield: 16 rolls
Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes


  • 2 3/4 - 3 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/3 C molasses
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 C rolled oats plus more for sprinkling on top


  1. In the bowl of a stand up mixer, combine 2 C all-purpose flour and the yeast.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the milk, butter, molasses, maple syrup and salt over low heat until the butter is melted. Set aside and allow to cool to 115 degrees (this ensures that the mixture does not kill the yeast when added to the flour/yeast mixture)
  3. Add the milk mixture and eggs to the flour mixture and beat on speed 4 with the flat attachment until combined.
  4. Add the whole wheat flour and oats and beat until combined.
  5. Replace the flat attachment with the dough hook and set to speed two. Gradually add the remaining all-purpose flour until the dough is elastic like and no longer sticking to the sides. Knead for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Place the dough in a greased, floured bowl and swirl to coat. Cover and let rise for 1-2 hours or until double in size.
  7. Punch the dough down and then roll into a log shape on a greased, floured surface, Cut half of it into 8 pieces (or all of it if you want two pans of rolls) and then cut the remaining into four pieces and shape into hot dog buns (we were having hot dogs so I made hot dog buns with half of my dough)
  8. Roll the pieces into a ball shape and place into a 9 inch cake pan (as in the first picture posted in this post) If making hot dog buns, place the hot dog bun dough into a separate baking pan. If making 16 rolls, use two 9 inch pans.
  9. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in size.
  10. Sprinkle the rolls with oats and then bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Spread melted butter on top and then allow to cool on a wire rack.

Soft and Buttery Oatmeal Molasses Rolls | This Gal Cooks


A couple more bread recipes that you may enjoy:

Whole Grain Bread

whole grain bread4


Honey Butter Dinner Rolls

Honey Butter Dinner Rolls

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27 comments on “Oatmeal Molasses Rolls”

  1. These look amazing! I could eat the whole pan right now!

  2. My favorite rolls are a honey yeast roll that I make but the one thing I don’t like is it is completely all-purpose flour. Love how this has whole wheat AND oats! Definitely will have to give this a try!

  3. These rolls look so soft and delish! I am such a bread lover! So, now I can’t wait until you post your clam chowder!

  4. Those rolls look scrumptious, Julie! I have a big weakness for bread and rolls. I’ll be maple butter would be fantastic on these! Thanks for sharing the recipe, and it goes without saying that I’m pinning. :)

  5. I’m always looking for a good dinner roll recipe and I can’t wait to try these! Love the addition of molasses and maple syrup! :)

  6. Pretty sure I could make a meal out of eating just these rolls! They look so good!

  7. Wow – you are getting so proficient in the bread baking business! These look wonderful and I bet taste fantastic!!

  8. I saw your link on Time To Sparkle Tuesday Link Party #3. I love rolls. Your recipe looks wonderful. My post is #91.


  9. These rolls look amazing! I could go for one now! Thanks so much for sharing it on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker . I hope to see you again on Monday night.

  10. Yum! I’m gluten and dairy-free, but it looks so darn good! Visiting from SITS…Love the overall aesthetics of your site and your photos are beautiful.

  11. These really look good! Thanks for sharing, I’ll see to get the cook book as well.
    Coming by from SITS, enjoy your day!

  12. {Melinda} Those rolls look amazing! I adore bread … maybe even more than chocolate. Wait … did I just say that?! :)

    Have a very happy SITS Day! :)

    • LOL, I love bread too! I tend to prefer savory foods over sweets so I would probably choose bread over chocolate 95% of the time!

  13. Beautiful looking bread. I recently found out I was gluten-intolerant and haven’t been able to eat oats for years. This summer I’m going to try and get a handle on gluten-free baking. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  14. These rolls look so good! Wish I had one to go with my coffee right now. Happy SITS day to you Julie – enjoy!

  15. Sounds and looks delicious. I love oatmeal anything so, I must try this recipe. Thanks and Happy SITS day!

  16. OMG. Those look delicious! It is a good thing I don’t know how to make bread otherwise I would gain a lot of weight (and probably use this recipe frequently!).

  17. I’m really intimidated by bread. Not sure why. What would you recommend as a good starter recipe?

  18. These rolls look amazing! I’m trying these soon! Happy SITS Day!

  19. A BIG fan of molasses being from Newfoundland, Canada…and since I’ve moved to Toronto, I’ve never quite had a reason to pick it up at the grocery store…UNTIL NOW! This recipe seems like the perfect thing to try….Mmmmm. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. How yummy! Happy SITS Day!

  21. Mmmmmmm. This sounds divine. Does it end up tasting like a bread-y molasses cookie? Either way, I want to try it!

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