Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

No holiday table is complete without a basket full of warm rolls. Impress your dinner guests this Thanksgiving with buttery, soft, and delicious Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls!

Thanksgiving is on its way, which means it’s time to start planning some fun and festive recipes to serve at the holiday get together!  These Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls are adorable, delicious, and the perfect compliment to any special family meal you have planned in the coming months.

There’s no reason to get store-bought rolls that are full of unhealthy ingredients when you can make these from scratch! Whether they’re served fresh and warm or cooled down, they have a satisfying chewy texture. They’re also super easy to travel with if you’re bringing them to someone else’s house.

This recipe has only six ingredients, which you combine and let sit for an hour or so. In that time, you can continue with the rest of your holiday preparations, like setting the table, or getting dressed and made-up if you are headed elsewhere. Once the dough has expanded, simply divide it into twelve parts, then divide each part into three equal-sized pieces and roll each piece into tiny balls.

The balls are then placed, three at a time, into muffin cups, let to rise again for one hour before popping into the oven.

cloverleaf dinner rolls

Right when the cloverleaf dinner rolls come out of the oven, brush them with melted butter to give them a gorgeous shiny finish. You can also add your own touches to this yummy recipe. Top them with coarse sea salt, garlic salt, poppy, or sesame seeds.

If you’ve ever been intimidated by the idea of making bread, don’t be! Here’s a list of some important things to remember:

  • I used instant yeast. Instant yeast can be added straight to the dry ingredients; it doesn’t require any proofing.  If you want to use active dry yeast instead, activate it first. Dissolve it in 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or until frothy and bubbly, and add it to the remaining ingredients.
  • The dough will be soft and slightly sticky. Do not be tempted to add extra flour!
  • How quickly the dough rises depends on temperature and humidity. In a warm place, this takes about 1 hour; if your kitchen is very cold, it might take a little longer. Put your dough in a warm place to rise.
  • I used a kitchen scale to get equal size balls. Each ball weighed 17 grams (0.6 oz.).
These Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls are buttery, soft, tender, and so simple to make!

You will get approximately 12 dinner rolls. If you are having guests, double or triple the recipe as they will quickly disappear from the bread basket on your dinner table.

The best part is that you can easily prepare these dinner rolls ahead of time. Pop the pan in the refrigerator before the last rise. When ready to bake, remove the rolls from the fridge and let them sit on the counter for 90 minutes or until puffed.

You can also freeze these after baking. Allow the baked roll to cool completely, put them in a large ziplock bag, and seal tightly. To reheat, let them thaw on the counter and just popped them in the hot oven for a few minutes before serving. They will be as good as freshly baked!

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour 

A golden buttery crust, and a soft, tender interior. Can’t you just imagine these cloverleaf dinner rolls, warm from the oven?

Try this recipe and let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #aseasyasapplepie on Instagram. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Looking for more dinner roll recipes to serve this Thanksgiving? Check out my Homemade Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls and Pumpkin Dinner Rolls.

cloverleaf dinner rolls in a basket
5 from 13 votes
Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls
Prep Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 47 mins
Author: as easy as Apple Pie
Course: Bread
Servings:12 rolls

No holiday table is complete without a basket full of warm rolls. Impress your dinner guests this Thanksgiving with buttery, soft, and delicious Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls!

For the dough:
  • 3 1/2 cups+2 tablespoons (440 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup +2 1/2 tablespoons (275 ml) milk lukewarm
  • 4 tablespoons (55 grams) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
You will also need:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all of the dough ingredients and knead to make a smooth, slightly sticky dough that comes away from the sides of the bowl (about 6-7 minutes).

  2. Make a ball and place it in a lightly greased container covered with cling film. Let it rise until double in size (this will take more or less 60-90 minutes)

  3. Brush a 12-cup muffin tin with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and set aside.

  4. When the dough has doubled, punch it down and divide it into 12 parts.  Divide each part into three equal-sized pieces and roll each piece into tiny balls.

    You can use a kitchen scale to make equal size balls.

    Place 3 balls, seam side down, in each muffin cup. Cover the muffin tin with lightly greased plastic wrap, put it in a warm spot and let the rolls rise for another 60 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Remove the plastic wrap and bake the cloverleaf rolls until golden brown, about 22 minutes.

  6. Remove the rolls from the oven, and brush immediately with the remaining melted butter.  After 5 minutes, carefully transfer them to a rack. 

    Serve warm, or at room temperature.

  • To make the dinner rolls dairy-free replace the milk with water and the butter with extra virgin olive oil or vegan butter.

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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1 roll) — Calories: 172, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 300mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 4g

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28 comments on “Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls”

  1. Outstanding recipe. Super easy and treat to the eyes. Enjoyed reading and great to see your post after a long time. Will definitely make it. Thanks

  2. I think it will be very good. I’ll make it…
    Congratulations for your fantastic page!

  3. Oh, these are perfectly gorgeous! Love these beautiful photos too!

  4. These rolls are so pretty! I love that they can be made ahead of time. These will definitely be making an appearance on my Thanksgiving table!

  5. These look soo amazing! My mouth is watering. Gorgeous photos! And a perfect recipe with Thanksgiving just around the corner 🙂

  6. These are absolutely beautiful. It seems like the perfect visually appealing and delicious bread basket item for Thanksgiving ! Love the simplicity of the recipe, too.

  7. these looks soooo tasty! I’m gonna bring this to my mom-in-law’s thanksgiving dinner. I’m sure she’ll love it!

  8. These are just absolutely beautiful, Elena! I love the simplicity of the recipe and the fact that they are pretty is just a bonus!

  9. I have never tried to make my own dinner rolls, I honestly didn’t realize they would be this easy! I can’t wait to try them out.

  10. These are so easy and so cute! And I love that they can be prepared in advance. Anything I can do to be less stressed out when I prepare Thanksgiving dinner is a plus.

  11. Elena why are you doing this to me! These rolls are making me so hungry! They look perfect! I’m pinning this to my bread board to try later!

  12. These look soooooo pretty, I can hardly believe they’ll turn out this perfect if I follow the recipe. But I’ll give them a try!

  13. Ahh they look so fluffy! Just this weekend I was in the mood for a focaccia, but at the end made it with self-raising flour just to avoid the yeast as it is indeed intimidating! I’m glad you are so clear and explain everything so well: I love being in the kitchen but have so much to learn!

  14. I love the clover look to these rolls, but I was wondering if I could cut and roll into individual small rolls? Or larger rolls even?
    I love that the recipe is so simple. I’ve been doing all wrong with my recipe.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Gina! Yes, you can! Divide the dough into 15 pieces of approximately 50 grams (1.8 ounces) each, and shape each of them into a ball.
      Space the rolls out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
      Cover the baking sheet with clingfilm and let the rolls rise for 60 minutes.
      Happy baking! 🙂

  15. Could these be made without a stand mixer?

  16. My grandmother would make dinner rolls that looked exactly like these, but due to old age she found it too labor-intensive to continue making them. Tried your recipe tonight and they turned out great! I added a little bit of honey to the dough.

  17. I was wondering if I could do these with  white whole wheat flour? Or would the final product not be the same?


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