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Cheddar-Squash Cloverleaf Rolls

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 19, 2022
My rolls started out as a basic bread recipe, and I adapted it to our tastes. They’re perfect with a meal anytime, especially in fall. Although our son-in-law (we have two grown kids) can’t stand squash, he loves these! —DeDe Waldmann, Monona, Wisconsin
Cheddar-Squash Cloverleaf Rolls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed cooked winter squash
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sesame seeds, optional


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir gently. Let stand until light and foamy. Stir in milk, 3 tablespoons butter, salt, squash and cheese. Add enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until the dough is no longer sticky, about 5 minutes. Form into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly grease 24 muffin cups. Punch down dough. Break off small portions and roll into 1-in. balls. Put 3 balls into each cup. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Brush tops of rolls with remaining butter; sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Bake at 375° until golden, 16-18 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 roll: 120 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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