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Sweet Brown Molasses Rolls

These sweet molasses rolls are perfect for holiday dinners! With an earthy flavor and touch of sweetness, they'll win over the hearts of everyone!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, molasses, rolls, steakhouse, yeast
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 42 minutes
Servings 16 rolls
Calories 175kcal
Author Sheryl


  • 4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 4 C all purpose unbleached flour


  • Mix the yeast and the warm water in your KitchenAid and allow to proof for 10 minutes (it should result in a froth at the top - if it doesn't, then toss your yeast and buy new)
  • Add the egg, butter, honey, molasses, baking cocoa, salt, brown sugar and 2 C. of the all purpose flour - mix just until moistened in your mixer.
  • Add the remaining 2 C. of flour a little at a time until it's all mixed in.
  • Take your mixer up a notch and with the dough hook, knead the dough for 7 minutes - dough should be sticky and may pull away from the sides (you might need to add 1/8 - 1/4 C. additional flour).
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 4-5 times until it's a smooth ball.
  • Place that dough ball into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with saran wrap, and in a warm place in your kitchen for 60-90 minutes to rise, until doubled in size.
  • (If you wish, you can preheat your oven to 200 and then turn off 5-6 minutes later and allow to rise there).
  • Once the time has passed, punch down the dough, and divide into 16 equal pieces - shape into balls.
  • I shape by pulling the sides over and pulling under to meet at the bottom so the rolls are even on top.
  • Place in a greased casserole dish, and repeat with all 16 rolls.
  • Once again, place in a warm spot in your kitchen for another 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Once doubled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brush rolls with melted butter, and sprinkle with oatmeal and place in the oven to bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown - pull out and let cool.


Adapted from It's Always Autumn


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg