1n a large bowl add yeast to water and let sit for 30 seconds. Add melted butter, spices, buttermilk, salt, and sugar. Gradually stir bowl with a little butter and add dough. Cover and let rise in warm kitchen area until doubled in bulk (approximately 45 minutes). Fold dough over, punch down, and knead 1 minute.
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease muffin pans.
Make 36 small balls about 1-inch each. Fill greased muffin tins with 3 balls each. They will look like a cloverleaf. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with butter.