Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
These soft and fluffy Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls are a delicious, easy to make yeast bread recipe that are hard to resist. A milk based dough is what makes these rolls so soft then 3 little balls of dough are tucked into a muffin tin and brushed with butter to make these a family favorite dinner roll recipe.

Homemade Cloverleaf Rolls from scratch is a must have side dish holiday dinner table but tasty enough they are worth the effort to make anytime. They are a must have in our house along side our Cheesecloth Roasted Turkey at Thanksgiving  or served along side Beef Tenderloin at Christmas.

A side shot of Cloverleaf Dinner Roll on a white plate with a pat of butter on top.

Homemade bread was always a staple in my house growing up and Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls happened to be the first style of rolls I learned to make and still one of my favorite recipes.

I find such comfort in a good roll, and love having lots of different options dependent on my mood.

Cloverleaf Rolls are so easy to shape, and I love breaking them into pieces for easy buttering or dipping into gravy.

These dinner rolls are slightly sweet, soft, and fluffy, perfect to go with soups, stews or your holiday meal.

The kids love to devour the leftovers for breakfast with a little jam or honey.

I always use my mixer to knead the dough, but the kneading could be done by hand if a mixer with a dough attachment isn't available until the dough is smooth and elastic.

A few of my other favorite roll recipes are French Bread Dinner Rolls for when I'm in the mood for something crusty, Best Garlic French Bread Dinner Rolls, soft tender Potato Dinner Rolls, these Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls from Savory Experiments and Hawaiian Dinner Rolls when I'm craving pineapple sweet rolls from the grocery store.

Here's how to make these delicious Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls:

Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls recipe  yeast, sugar, and water mixed together in a mixing bowl.

In a large bowl combine: 
  • 1/4 cup Warm Water (Under 110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (1 packet).

Mix until yeast is dissolved and allow to rest 5-8 minutes until yeast is bubbly and active.

Milk and Butter heated in a stainless steel saucepan until butter is melted.

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup Milk and 1/4 cup Butter. Heat until butter is melted.

Allow to cool until under 110 degrees.

Melted butter mixture added to yeast mixture in a stainless steel mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook.

Combine yeast mixture with butter and milk mixture. Stir until combined.

Add 1 Whole Beaten Egg and mix until well combined.

Flour and Salt added to yeast mixture in a stainless steel mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook.

  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Salt

Knead on medium-low speed until mixture forms dough.

Turn speed to medium and continue to knead for 5-6 minutes until soft and smooth.

A stainless steel mixing bowl with Cloverleaf Dinner Roll dough in it.

Place cloverleaf roll dough in a greased or buttered bowl. Grease top of dough and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.

Allow dough to rise in a warm draft free place for 1-1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Risen Clover Leaf Dinner Roll Dough in a stainless steel bowl.

Cloverleaf doughs ready when you poke the center and the dough doesn't spring back quickly.

3 Cloverleaf Dough Balls put into a muffin tin to form a Cloverleaf Roll.

Divide dough into 48 equal sized ping pong balls.

Butter a standard sized muffin pan. 

Tuck 3 pieces of dough into pan to form a cloverleaf and repeat with remaining dough.

Cloverleaf dough balls shaped in a muffin tin risen and brushed with butter.

Cover dough, and allow to rise until doubled in size; or cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Allow dough to come to room temperature before baking if refrigerated.

Brush with melted butter and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls baked and cooling in a muffin tin.

Brush baked Cloverleaf Rolls with additional melted butter.

A basket full of baked Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls.

Enjoy Cloverleaf Rolls warm with butter, jam or honey but be warned they never last long.

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Yield: 16
Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls recipe are slightly sweet, soft and fluffy yeast bread from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 30 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 3 Hour


  • 1/4 cup Warm Water, (Under 110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar Or Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Plus up to additional 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Salt
  • Additional Butter For Greasing Bowl, Pans, and Buttering Tops Of Rolls


  1. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Mix until yeast is dissolved. Allow to rest for 5-8 minutes until mixture becomes foamy.
  2. In a small saucepan heat milk and butter until butter is melted. Allow mixture to cool until under 110 degrees.
  3. Add butter mixture to yeast mixture, and beaten egg. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add all of the flour, and sea salt. Knead on low speed until combined. Turn speed to medium and knead for 5-6 minutes until smooth yet soft.
  5. Place dough into a buttered bowl, and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a warm draft free place for 1-1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
  6. Butter 16 standard sized muffin tin cups.
  7. Divide dough into 48 equal ping pong sized pieces. Place 3 ping pong sized balls into each muffin cup to form a cloverleaf.
  8. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size or refrigerate until ready to use. If refrigerating allow 1 hour to come to room temperature and doubled in size.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Brush rolls with butter, and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
  11. Brush rolls with additional butter when removed from the oven.
  12. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts




4.51 g

Sat. Fat

2.61 g


24.98 g


0.89 g

Net carbs

24.09 g


3.98 g


3.98 g


206.37 mg


22.38 mg

Calories are estimated.

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A basket full of Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls with white text at the top that says Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls.
2 Cloverleaf Dinner Roll photos the top photo is a Cloverleaf Roll with a pat of butter on top and the bottom photo is a basket full of Cloverleaf Rolls.


  1. Store bought bread is banned in my household.. only home made is allowed so this recipe if perfect for me! Never made dinner rolls like these before, must try the recipe as they look so cute and delicious!

  2. These rolls look awesome for dinner and snacking! They turned out beautifully!

  3. I love these little rolls and how you shaped them. So cute and nice and easy to pull apart for dipping in your beef stew :)

  4. Looks like a pretty easy recipe. Very pretty photo as well.

  5. I haven't made my own rolls in years and thanks to your beautiful photos and wonderful directions, I am intrigued to try!

  6. Oh I have o make these, I love rolls! Nettie

  7. These look delicious and your directions are written so perfectly, I think I might be able to make them, being baking challenged and all.

  8. These rolls look amazing and I am sucker for bread! The clover-leaf shape and the pull-apart factor make them irresistible!!

  9. I love my making my own bread. The smell of yeast and rising bread is intoxicating.

  10. These look so good! I love fresh homemade bread with a nice hot bowl of soup! Yummers!

  11. Thanks for sharing this! Have you ever frozen the dough balls to use later?

    1. Hi! I haven't ever frozen the dough but if I find time to try it out I will let you know how it works!

  12. Just made a double batch of these rolls for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. This is now my favorite roll recipe! They have a lovely golden color and texture is perfect. I like the idea that these are made with butter instead of shortening and milk instead of water. So glad I picked this one to make and I will be making these often for my family. Thank you,Serena! Susan from Goshen,IN

  13. I love this recipes .. I just love it .. these rolls looks so, so, .. beautiful .. Alice

  14. Hi Serena. I tried your recipe yesterday and they were good, except they were a little dense, not as fluffy as your picture. Followed the ingredients religiously but when I tried rolling into balls it was a little sticky so I sprinkled a little flour on my hands. Would that be the culprit ?? Otherwise, they were good. Comments please

    1. Hi! I'm assuming the amount of flour you used on your hands was minimal? Did you use more than the 3 1/2 cups in the dough? Had you already used the additional 1/4 cup when mixing or would that account for the additional flour on your hands? Was your yeast pretty active through the first rise? If you had under 3 3/4 cup flour I'm guessing the yeast might have been slow to rise during the final rise and needed more time to rise. Sorry for so many questions but there's so many variables to problem shoot in bread baking. Thanks, Serena

  15. Thank you for your reply. WE will try the variables. i.e. flour , yeast , rising time etc . Will try the French rolls and the Hawaiian rolls next/ Thank you

  16. I would love to try this recipe. My family likes a sweeter roll, but can I increase the sugar amount and it won’t affect the texture?

    1. Increasing the sugar could make them rise faster and possibly more because the yeast will eat the sugar, so depending on how much sugar it could affect the texture. Thanks, Serena


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