Homemade Butterfly Dinner Rolls 

 Originally Written: November 15, 2013

By  Hanna Trafford

butterfly dinner rolls 001Delicious and easy to make – these butterfly rolls will be a hit at your dinner table! You can also change the recipe a little and make cinnamon rolls – just brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Drizzle with confectioners’ sugar glaze and you will have a real treat!

Homemade Butterfly Dinner Rolls


  • 4-1/2 -5 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 packages of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup of milk, scalded and cooled
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, melted and divided
  • 2 eggs. slightly beaten

For the glaze:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of milk


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Stir milk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter and eggs into flour mixture.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic – about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Shape dough into a ball.
  6. Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning to coat.
  7. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 400F.
  9. Grease 24 three inch muffin pan cups.
  10. Punch down dough and then divide it in half.
  11. On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll one dough half into 1/8 inch thick rectangle.
  12. Brush with some of the reserved butter.
  13. Cut dough into 1-1/2 inch wide strips.
  14. Stack 6 strips on top of each other.
  15. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough stacks into 1-1/2 inch pieces.
  16. Place dough pieces, cut side up in prepared muffin pan cups.
  17. Repeat with remaining dough and butter.
  18. Cover and let rise for about 15 minutes.
  19. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
  20. Brush tops of rolls with egg glaze.
  21. Bake until golden – 12 – 15 minutes.
  22. Transfer rolls to wire rack to cool slightly.
  23. Serve warm.


Hope you will enjoy these delicious rolls – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!




Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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