Grandma's Clover Leaf Rolls


My grandma's cloverleaf rolls recipe was always requested at family get-togethers. They're delicious, and I cherish my memories of baking them with her.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
12 clover rolls


  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and a large bowl. Set them aside.

  2. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles begin to form. Stir in sugar, shortening, and salt; set aside until cooled to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).

  3. Sprinkle yeast over warm water and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.

  4. Beat egg in a large bowl, then stir in yeast and milk mixtures until combined. Stir in 1/2 of the flour until no lumps remain, then stir in remaining flour, a little at a time, until a smooth dough forms. Place into the prepared bowl, turning once to grease the top of dough. Cover the bowl and let dough rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  5. Deflate dough and transfer to a well-floured work surface. Divide dough into 36 equal pieces and shape into balls. Place 3 balls into each prepared muffin cup. Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough balls double in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
6g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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