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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread

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If you have ever been to the Cheesecake Factory to eat and have scarfed down basket after basket of their delicious honey wheat bread, then you will be excited to hear about my newest recipe — Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread.

This is my ALL time favorite bread on the planet and being able to make it from the comfort of my own home is perfect.

It uses just a few simple ingredients and before you know it — you will have a huge batch of this bread.

The best copycat bread from Cheesecake Factory

This post was originally published on May 12, 2016, and had been recently updated with new photos and recipe suggestions.

The best part? It freezes well so if you make a double batch, you can have fresh bread for weeks.

Fresh rolled bread. Waiting for the final rise before baking

It is super easy to throw together and bake during the day so that when you serve dinner that night, you will have a very aromatic and scrumptious bread to have with dinner.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread fresh out of the oven.

Beware though, because this bread is SUPER addicting. You will not be able to eat just one piece. You will want to eat the entire thing.

The entire thing — seriously.

Copycat Cheesecake Honey Wheat Bread

Sliced cheesecake factory honey wheat bread with butter

Your house will fill with the smell of molasses and fresh-baked bread. You will definitely thank me for making this recipe for you. If you really want to kick it up for dinner, make sure to make my Mongolian Ground Beef Noodles, or if you're feeling spunky, try making my Sushi with Eel Sauce.

Once it comes out of the oven though, slice you a piece off and top with a pat of real butter. Oh my goodness! Your mouth will water from the first bite!

Sliced cheesecake factory honey wheat bread

For me, baking bread is so therapeutic. I love baking and being in the kitchen. It brings a sense of peace and calms to my soul and the best part? I get to make recipes like this, and homemade bread is my favorite.

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Absolutely nothing beats the smell and taste of a warm freshly baked bread right off the oven that is covered in homemade butter. It’s heavenly and amazing!

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Yield: 3 loaves

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread

If you love that delicious brown bread that they serve at Cheesecake Factory, you will love this copycat version. Nothing beats a slice of warm bread with homemade butter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • rolled oats for topping


  1. In your KitchenAid stand mixer, combine all the flours, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and yeast. Set aside.
  2. Now, mix together the warm water, butter, molasses, and honey. You can do this in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. In the middle of your dry ingredients, make a hole so that you can pour the water mixture in. You can do this in the stand mixer bowl with your KitchenAid mixer. Mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and begin to knead by hand. Do this for 5-8 minutes. If you want though, you can do it in the mixer but I like being able to knead the bread some. You may need to add some flour to your surface for kneading if the dough is too sticky.
  5. Take another bowl and oil it with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the ball of dough inside and roll it around in the oil coating all sides, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 2 hours.
  6. Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll each piece out into about a 9-inch log. Take a baking sheet and line with parchment paper and place the loaves on the baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle a bit of rolled oats on top of each loaf. At this point, you can take a sharp knife and score the top of each loaf. Do not do it deep. Just a slight score is all that is needed.
  8. Cover with more plastic wrap and set the loaves aside to rise for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake the loaves for 30 minutes. When done, cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g

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Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Like others I found it needed around 3/4 cup more flour. Mixing the stated amount made a "batter" that was looser than peanut butter cookie dough.

Another point of interest is using the instant rise yeast that is mixed with the dry ingredients. "Warm" water is insufficient when poured onto the dry ingredients. I nuked all the liquid ingredients just long enough for them to be 117° or so. Barely kneaded as was so stiff I worried I had added too much flour. The first hour of raising didn't produce much of a rise. Raised another 1 1/2 hours. Shaped, let rise at least 45 min, maybe an hour-I lost count.

30 min baking time? I checked at 20 and it was quite done.

The taste and texture were MARVELOUS!

PS, I ALWAYS add vanilla!

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Thanks for sharing your tips. As you know, climate and other things can change cooking times and different ways recipes turn out. As stated in the reading part of the recipe, I said the dough was wet. As you are kneading it, you add more flour so as NOT to make the dough too stiff. It is better to start out with less and add more than to add too much and not be able to take any out. I am glad your bread turned out for you!

Carole Durante

Friday 21st of July 2023

Ok, I made this recipe. I had to add more flour, about a cup. Very sticky. I was not sure hoe I felt about the dough but after 2 hours it tripled in size. I re rolled and shaped and formed 3 loaves which was easier than I thought. When I placed in oven, they did not look that great. When I baked them, they came out looking amazing. family loves them. It's a keeper!!!

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 23rd of July 2023

So glad you trusted the process! It is an amazing recipe.


Sunday 19th of March 2023

The bread came out dense and crumbled a bit did I do something wrong?

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 19th of March 2023

I don't know. Not sure what steps you took. Did you change anything at all about the recipe?


Friday 20th of January 2023

I’m making mine now :)

I can’t wait to try a slice. I bet this bread would make some delicious turkey sandwiches ;) Also, some homemade butter, Yum!!

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 21st of January 2023

I bet you're right!


Thursday 19th of January 2023

hi there! i made this tonite, but have a question..should loaves sound hollow when you tap on them or is this a totally dif type bread? im worried its not baked all the way! lol smells so good though, cant wait to try it😊

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 21st of January 2023

It's a denser bread so it will not have a hollow sound to it.

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