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Butter Fan Rolls

Plan ahead for these rolls. The dough will need to rise twice; complete processing time star-to-finish is about 4 hours. The rolls are not difficult, but time consuming (worth it!).
Prep Time3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time3 hrs 55 mins
Course: Bread
Servings: 12 rolls
Author: Good Dinner Mom


  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces and softened, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • In bowl of stand mixer, combine milk, sugar, egg and yolk, and yeast and let sit until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add flour and salt. Fit stand mixer with dough hook and knead on medium-low speed until dough is shaggy, about 2 minutes.
  • With mixer running, add softened butter 1 piece at a time until incorporated. Continue to knead until dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer dough to greased large bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Grease 12-cup muffin tin. Press down on dough to deflate and transfer to lightly floured counter (do not overflour counter). Divide dough into 2 equal balls (about 1 pound each). Roll one dough ball into 15 by 12-inch rectangle with long side parallel to counter’s edge.
  • Using pizza wheel, cut dough vertically into 6 (2 1/2-inch-wide by 12-inch-long) strips. Brush tops of 5 strips evenly with 1 tablespoon melted butter, leaving 1 strip unbuttered. Stack strips squarely on top of each other, buttered to unbuttered side, finishing with unbuttered strip on top.
  • Using sharp knife, cut stacked dough strips crosswise into 6 equal stacks. Place stacks, cut side up, in each of 6 muffin cups. Repeat with remaining dough ball and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Cover tin loosely with plastic and let dough rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle-position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating muffin tin halfway through baking. Brush rolls with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Let cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes. Remove rolls from muffin tin and transfer to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.