Cloverleaf Rolls

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Learn how to make Cloverleaf Rolls – tender and butter yeast bread rolls that will be a beautiful centerpiece at your table. Serve with butter and they just melt in your mouth.


  • 1/2 cup milk, heated to 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, plus an additional 1-2 Tablespoons for brushing on the hot baked rolls


  1. Combine the warm milk and water with the yeast, sugar, egg and egg yolk (discard the 2nd egg white).
  2. Add the flour and salt a cup at a time, until a dough starts to form and most of the flour is incorporated.
  3. Add the 8 Tablespoons of butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, on medium-low speed, until all the butter is incorporated into the dough.
  4. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  5. Place the dough into a buttered or oiled large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a 12 cup muffin pan with 1 Tablespoon of melted butter or oil.
  7. Divide the dough into three parts and then divide each part into 12 sections.
  8. Roll each of the sections into little balls and place 3 of the little balls into one muffin cup. Let the rolls rise for 20-30 minutes until they double in size.
  9. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  10. When you take the rolls out of the oven, brush them with the remaining 1-2 Tablespoons of melted butter while they are still warm. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  11. Store them at room temperature, covered. They freeze really well too.

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