Butter Rolls

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls recipe


Have y’all ever heard of Butter Rolls?

From what I’ve been able to find online, these little bites of pastry heaven are not all that well known. I lucked out and came across these by mistake on allrecipes.com and I’ve been hanging on to the recipe for months, waiting for the perfect time to whip these up.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls recipe

Ugh. I hate when I do that. All this time I’ve had the recipe and not made it was just a waste. I wasn’t fully living my life without eating butter rolls at least once. Now, thankfully, my life is complete. I can die happy. Preferably with one of these rolls in my face.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls recipe

These rolls are less cinnamon roll and more pie crust. There is an abundance of butter involved, a good deal of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon (you could totally up the cinnamon here). The pastry dough gets rolled up and cut to form a beautiful spiral, gently placed in a pan, and then doused in a sweet milk sauce. As the rolls bake, the milk sauce thickens up a bit into a fabulous custard.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls recipe

I can totally picture an old Southern grandma making these rolls for her family. And, since it’s my goal in life to be an old Southern grandma in the kitchen, these rolls made me happy.

I’m a huge fan of the dough. It’s very similar to a pie crust, but baking it in the sweet milk sauce softens it up a bit. All in all, this butter roll recipe is one that I plan on keeping and passing down to my kids.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls recipe

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Butter Rolls

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold
1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups milk
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 7x11 baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. When you have coarse crumbs, add the 1/2 cup of water and stir. Use your hands to press the dough together. Place dough in fridge for 10 minutes to make it a bit easier to work with.
Generously sprinkle your workspace with flour.
Roll the dough out into a 12x10 rectangle. Spread the softened butter evenly over the pastry. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up the dough, jelly roll style. Cut into 12 even slices.
Place in the prepared baking dish.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk and remaining sugar just until it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour all of this mixture over the rolls.
Bake until browned, about 30-40 minutes.

lightly adapted from allrecipes.com

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37 Responses to “Butter Rolls”

  1. Susan April 22, 2013 @ 6:24 am (#
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    Oh my goodness — you just made my day! My mom used to make these every Christmas morning. Haven’t had one in more than 30 years. So much fun!

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    Karly Reply:

    Yay! I love that! I was so hoping someone would find this recipe and remember a mama or grandma making it for them. :)

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  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 22, 2013 @ 6:48 am (#
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    WHAAA??

    I have never heard of these but omg they look phenomenal!

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  3. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen April 22, 2013 @ 6:50 am (#
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    I love how soft and melty they look!

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  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks April 22, 2013 @ 7:16 am (#
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    Butter.
    Rolls.
    Two of my fave things in one :)

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  5. Tieghan April 22, 2013 @ 7:25 am (#
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    Oh wow. Butter rolls! They look so good, but the name alone makes me want to make them!

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  6. Belinda @themoonblushbaker April 22, 2013 @ 7:29 am (#
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    Wow a rivial for the infamous crack pie. Got to love that butter

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  7. Liz April 22, 2013 @ 7:33 am (#
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    These sound amazing Karly! I’m afraid to make them though – in case I like them too much! Ah well, you only live once, right?! :)

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  8. Kate April 22, 2013 @ 7:49 am (#
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    These rolls sound like they were made for me! I’ve never met a stick of butter that I didn’t like. I love that you said that you want to be an old Southern grandma one day because I do too! =)

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  9. Ruthy @ omeletta April 22, 2013 @ 8:34 am (#
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    Holy incredible-ness! This look amazing. And totally fat free, right? :)

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  10. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie April 22, 2013 @ 9:42 am (#
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    These sound awesome! That sauce looks super yummy and decadent!

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  11. lisa@cookingwithcurls April 22, 2013 @ 10:41 am (#
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    Those look scary good, like eat the whole pan good!

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  12. Anne @The Cooking Campaign April 22, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#
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    I have never heard of these, but you had me at butter ;)

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  13. Teresa April 22, 2013 @ 12:16 pm (#
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    YEAH!!!! My daughter hates cinnamon, I love it, but I love pie crust more, so win-win!!!
    Thanks, I think, Karly!

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  14. Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 22, 2013 @ 12:16 pm (#
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    I have never heard of them! I’ve been missing out all this time. That’s coming to an end, must make these!

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  15. Becky April 22, 2013 @ 12:27 pm (#
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    No leavening at all? That’s strange – cause they look really light!

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  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 22, 2013 @ 2:33 pm (#
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    I can’t even… just omg. These look amazing!

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  17. Kari@Loaves n Dishes April 22, 2013 @ 3:36 pm (#
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    I’ve never had Butter rolls but they look divine! Flaky pastry and custard…Yummo!

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  18. Joanne April 22, 2013 @ 7:08 pm (#
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    Okay so these are essentially cinnamon rolls MADE OF PIE CRUST!?! Where have these been hiding all my life!

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  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 22, 2013 @ 7:11 pm (#
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    “Less cinnamon roll and more pie crust.” I’m hooked. I want. BAD.

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  20. Renee @ Awesome on $20 April 22, 2013 @ 11:45 pm (#
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    Ah, these look splendid. Rich and sweet and flaky. I can’t wait to give them a try.

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  21. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork April 23, 2013 @ 10:50 am (#
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    I’ve never heard of these!! But my stomach is grumbling! YUM!!

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  22. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik April 23, 2013 @ 11:33 am (#
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    ok these need to happen asap!

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  23. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats April 23, 2013 @ 6:21 pm (#
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    Oh these look heavenly! I better not hang on to this to and not try it!

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  24. I have never heard of these, but I really want them in my life now! Look at all that glorious sauce!

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  25. Pie crust tasting rolls!? UM amazing.

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  26. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 24, 2013 @ 10:39 am (#
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    Oh my! I’m all over these!! Pie crust-like butter rolls?! Droooool!

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  27. FELICIA April 27, 2013 @ 5:31 pm (#
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    I made these for the first time 2 years ago, took it home to my family in Tyler, Texas at Thanksgiving and they were BLOWN away. My granny used to make these all the time and nobody knew how to make it. THESE ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Katie C May 4, 2013 @ 4:54 pm (#
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    It’s so funny that you posted this…outside of my husband’s family, I’ve never known anyone who made these. His grandmother (a true Southern gentlewoman) made them sans recipe and since her passing he’s been tweaking and perfecting the recipe. The only difference seems to be that she never used cinnamon, but rather a healthy sprinkling of vanilla extract (like hold your thumb over the bottle opening and sprinkle).

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  29. Ashton May 4, 2013 @ 7:47 pm (#
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    I can’t stop thinking about these…. I just asked my husband for these to be my Mother’s Day breakfast!!! I. cannot. wait.

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  30. Judy Trammell May 23, 2013 @ 10:52 am (#
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    Oh my goodness! I had these only one time years ago & thought they were the best thing I ever had!!! Hope they live up to what I remember!! Can’t wait to make!!! Thank you

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  31. Kim Munroe January 9, 2014 @ 1:07 pm (#
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    This probably a crazy question-but I don’t do very well with dough making-could you possibly use Crescent Rolls or premade pie dough?? They sound HEAVENLY!!!!

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  32. Jo Shabazz February 8, 2014 @ 3:49 pm (#
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    Yes Crescent roll makes them. Very yummy. Try nutmeg if you don’t like cinnamon. I am an old southern great grandma.

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  33. Marilyn Viner February 24, 2014 @ 5:20 pm (#
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    My mom talked about butter rolls her mom made when mom was a kid. She said they were too good. Her mom knew when she said that that was all that she would eat. Mom said there were only two things that were too good…#1..a rich milk shake, #2..her mom’s Butter Rolls. I’ll have to try them. I wish I wasn’t a diabetic because I believe I could eat the whole pan of them.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Marilyn Viner,

    I hope you enjoy them as much as your mom did!

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  34. Shirley May 1, 2014 @ 1:27 pm (#
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    My mom always made these with extra pie dough. She would make her pie
    shell and trim them, any cut off dough was saved till she was done and she would re-roll, spread the butter,sprinkle cinnamon and sugar ,roll and slice,
    put them in a pan. Bake them same time as the pies. That was always a treat
    for us.

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  35. OrahLee June 6, 2014 @ 5:16 pm (#
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    I’ve gotta tell you all how well these went over at my club pot luck. They were “Ooooooo, mmmmmmm, sho goood” with the fork still in the mouth GOOD! And before the next bite, “I’ve gotta have the recipe!” And I admit to cheating, I used a ugh, refrigerated pie dough instead of the scratch ingredients listed (I am afraid of pie-like dough for some reason).
    This hit so manyyummy sensors I couldn’t believe it!!!
    I am now a follower!

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