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

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

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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

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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.

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!

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

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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Nancy M

Sunday 10th of January 2021

My kitchen tends to be cold (Including the inside of my oven) and I don’t have a warm place to let the dough rise. Would you suggest putting the dough in my oven at a low temperature or placing it near a heat register and covering it with towels?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

What I would do is turn your oven on 200 for about 30 minutes and let it warm. Then turn it off and place the bread in the oven. Be sure to cover it with a damp warm towel on top as well and that should help.


Saturday 9th of January 2021

I have made 12 loaves so far. It is a great recipe. I also, slice it and put in toaster. Then I add a little butter with cracker barrel pumkin spice good.

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 10th of January 2021

That sounds delicious! We keep this bread on hand all the time.


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hi Jennifer, thank you for sharing your recipe. I just made it tonight and it was deliciousđŸ˜‹.

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Glad you liked it. It is one of our favorite recipes.


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I have made this recipe twice and another very similar recipe once. I like the taste of this recipe better. The other one added espresso powder that I did not like. However, this bread was too dense. I substituted bread flour for the all purpose flour, and that lightened up the loaf quite a bit. I also did the kneading by hand for about 10 minutes or so. I let the first rise go for a little longer than 2 hours. The second rise went for an hour. I baked the dough in 2 loaf pans because I wanted slices for sandwiches. The loaves baked for 30 minutes and the internal temp measured 205. Next time I will check the temp for doneness after 25 minutes. I am looking for 190 - 200 degrees. I also increased the cocoa powder to 1 tbsp., just because I wanted a little bit darker color and did not want to buy dark cocoa powder. Finally, I substituted olive oil for the melted butter. That did not change the taste of the bread compared to the first time I made it. I love this bread served at the Cheesecake factory and now I can make it all the time at home with no additives, conditioners or preservatives. Thank you very much for posting your recipe.

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 1st of January 2021

It was probably too dense because of all the changes you made to it. In order for you to talk about whether the bread was okay or not is to make it exactly like the recipe states. Hope you will try it again sometimes!

Kyle Anne

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Made this for the first time today...had to add an additional 1/2 c or more flour as the dough was very wet. They came out okay a bit on the heavy side but tasted good. Will try it again.

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 25th of December 2020

The reason they were on the heavy side is because you added the extra flour. The dough is meant to be a little wet and when you knead them, then you add just a tad more flour. If you add too much while mixing it, the dough becomes dense. Give it another try and trust the process. Your loaves will come out better.

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