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Old Fashion Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Old Fashioned Cloverleaf Dinner rolls are is a classic dinner roll recipe. These yeast dinner rolls are easily made using a muffin tin. We have had this Classic Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls Recipe for years and years.

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We think this recipe was very popular in the early sixty’s when ladies were always looking for different ways to serve dinner. Remember the thousands of ways to serve Jello?  We think it was in the era that the housewives created new and different ways of using one tried and true bread recipe but baking it and serving it in ingenious ways.   The easy way the rolls are made to come apart after baking was and is still very appealing.   They are easily made using a muffin tin, and the rolls will separate into three or four pieces.   The trick is to make small pieces of dough and place 3-4 pieces into each cup of the tin.  I remember my girls used to help me by rolling up the balls of dough and placing it in the cupcake pans.  They loved making the little balls of dough and then pulling apart the cooked rolls and smearing them with butter.
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This Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls Recipe would be great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter Dinner, but don’t wait till a holiday to try these babies, they will make any dinner a special occasion. And if you made them with four parts, wouldn’t these Cloverleaf rolls be just perfect for St Patrick’s Day Dinner?   This classic dinner roll recipe is always our go-to recipes for all our celebrations.

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5 from 16 votes

Old Fashion Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

Vintage style of dinner rolls
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rising Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls
Servings: 12
Author: Evelyn



  • Mix 2 cups of the flour with the sugar, butter, salt and yeast in a large bowl
  • Add the water, milk, and egg and beat on low speed then keep adding flour until dough is easy to handle
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic about 5 minutes
  • Place in a large greased bowl, cover and place in warm place. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour
  • Punch down dough and shape into 1 inch balls. Place 3 balls in each of the 24 greased muffin cups or cupcake pans
  • Cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 18 minutes, brushing with extra butter at the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.


Recipe Rating


Sunday 24th of November 2013

I love the idea of baking these from scratch. We normally go the lazy way and buy them, but I think I'll give these a try this year. Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread (not even turkey, in my opinion:)


Friday 22nd of November 2013

You can't beat this Homemade bread hot out of the oven with melted butter - Yes!! They are amazing.


Wednesday 20th of November 2013

These are so good and especially lotsa butter!


Thursday 14th of November 2013

I love that your favorite holiday is TG. Your rolls are beautiful. I've never attempted cloverleaf...or any other design for that matter!


Tuesday 12th of November 2013

yum! There is just nothing better than the smell of these yeast bread or rolls in the oven.