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Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Buttery pull-apart dinner rolls are the perfect addition to any special meal.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep 35 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total 2 hours
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 263 kcal
Author Michelle


  • ¾ cup skim milk, warmed to 110 degrees F (6 ounces )
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • cups all-purpose flour (17½ ounces )
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces and softened (5 ounces )
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided (1 ounce )


  1. 1. Whisk together the milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, then whisk in the egg and egg yolk to combine.
  2. 2. In a stand mixer using a dough hook, mix the flour and salt briefly until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the milk mixture in a steady stream and knead until a dough begins to form, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and add the softened butter, one piece at a time, until incorporated. Continue to knead the dough until it is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, you can mix and knead by hand if you do not have a stand mixer with a dough hook.)
  3. 3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly to form a smooth ball. The dough might appear slightly sticky, but resist adding more flour while you are kneading. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn it so that the ball of dough is evenly coated in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free area until it has doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  4. 4. Brush a 12-cup muffin tin with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Punch down the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 36 equal pieces. (The easiest way to do this is by weighing them out on a kitchen scale, but you could also divide the dough into thirds, then roll each one out into an 18-inch rope and then cut each rope into 12 equal pieces). On a clean surface, roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place 3 balls, seam side down, in each muffin cup.
  5. (Make-Ahead Note! The assembled muffin tin can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.)
  6. Cover the muffin tin loosely with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, about 20 minutes.
  7. 5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. 6. Remove the plastic wrap from the rolls. Bake the rolls until golden brown, about 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Brush the rolls with the remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm.
  9. Note: Do not substitute 1%, 2% or whole milk for the skim milk in the recipe.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one roll

Nutrition Facts
Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 403mg18%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.