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These old fashioned butter rolls are similar to a cinnamon roll, but with more of a pie crust texture. They're baked in a sweet milk sauce.

Butter Rolls

These old-fashioned Southern Butter Rolls turn out ooey gooey and hard to resist! These look similar to a cinnamon roll, but the dough is more like a pie crust or biscuit - no yeast needed!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipes, easy breakfast recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 398kcal


For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon more as desired

For the milk sauce:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


To make the dough:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 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.

To fill the dough:

  • 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.

For the milk sauce:

  • 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.

To bake:

  • Pour the milk sauce over the rolls.
  • Bake until browned, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before serving.



While we haven't tested it ourselves, readers have mentioned using store-bought pie crust in place of the homemade dough. Might be fun to try!
We just use a light sprinkling of cinnamon for flavor in these rolls. For a stronger flavor, use more cinnamon.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg