Southern Butter Roll Recipe

Southern Butter RollsOld Fashioned Southern Butter Roll Dessert
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Enjoy these Old Southern Butter Roll recipes. Sweet butter roll is a delicious comfort food beloved by generations of Southerners. The old fashioned dessert is thought to have originated as a way to use up scraps of biscuit dough. Treat yourself to a family favorite tonight.

Ollie Mae's Butter Roll Recipe

Submitted by a Reader

Grandma's Hint

Butter roll can also be sliced, and the rolled slices laid in rows in a greased pan.

This is the Southern recipe for Butter Rolls my Grammy used, and I'm glad to share the recipe with you. She passed away two years ago, so help her live on by enjoying her butter rolls!

Biscuit dough:

4 handfuls self-rising flour (White Lily)
2 handfuls sugar added to flour
1 fistful of lard rubbed into flour
"Enough" buttermilk to make a dough stiff enough to roll out

Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick in a big rectangle, spread with soft butter, and sprinkle with nutmeg and sugar. Roll like a jelly roll and pinch edges to seal, then place in a greased pan.


1 quart sweet milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
As much nutmeg as you like

Combine everything in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar. Sprinkle a little nutmeg over all and bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes, or until nicely brown.


Butter Roll... Yum!

My great-grandmother used to make Butter Roll. Sounds just like the recipes mentioned above. Somehow the recipe never got passed down. I asked around for years and people thought I was crazy!! No one believed me that this was a real dessert! — Anonymous

Butter Rolls Remembered

When our kids were young, my husband worked in a small East Texas town and we ate at this awesome restaurant called Joe's and at lunchtime they had "butter rolls" which was a dessert. No cinnamon or nutmeg, and they were made of yeast rolls with a buttery sweet, almost custard- like sauce cooked in.  — Roxann

Southern Butter Roll Recipe

Submitted by Cory

Grandma's Hint

You can also use crescent rolls instead of pie crust dough for the recipe.

Butter Roll Sauce:

Melt in a warm pan over warm heat...

2-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups sugar
Some cinnamon and nutmeg, however much you like
1/2 stick of butter

Butter Rolls:

1 to 2 packages of pie crust from the refrigerator section (the ones that are in the form of a roll, not the flat ones in the pie plate shape)
Baking paper
1 stick butter
Some cinnamon and nutmeg, however much you like
1 cup of sugar


Roll pie crust dough 1/4 inch thick in a rectangle. Take the pie crust and place it on the nonstick baking paper flat and spread a stick of butter for each crust you use, then sprinkle sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon over the butter. Then roll the pie crust slowly until it is completely rolled, then pinch the ends.

Remove the roll from the baking paper and place it in a glass baking dish. Preheat the oven to 375°F and bake the roll for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and risen.

Pour the sauce mixture over the roll and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. If sauce is completely absorbed, add a bit more milk (1/2 cup) and let sit in oven with the oven off for 5 more minutes.

Recipe Close to My Granny's

This recipe was close to my granny's, except she cut her pie rolls like cinnamon rolls and lay them in a glass dish and proceeded as the rest of this recipe is listed. Try it next time. — Sissy

Sweet Butter Roll

My Grandma used to make this Southern Butter Roll recipe too! I always knew how to make it, but just cook by sight when it comes to measurements. Thanks for posting b/c the measurements and description in your recipe sound similar to how my Grandmother and I make Butter Roll. — Elaine

Mom's Southern Butter Roll Recipe

Submitted by Sherial

Evaporated Milk

To substitute 1 cup evaporated milk, gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.

I am very thankful that my mother is still around to help me with all of her Old Southern recipes. This Sweet Butter Roll recipe is definitely one of my favorite recipes. I love it and it's so funny that I made this today.

Dough Strips:

1 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
1/4 Cup milk

Mixture Ingredients:

Butter (about 1/2 tablespoon)
Sugar (about 3 tablespoons)
Nutmeg (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a hole in the bottom of the bowl ingredients so that the flour is around the sides. Add the vegetable oil and milk. Gradually go around the bowl adding the flour a little at a time until the dough comes together and is no longer wet.

Take the ball of dough and separate it into 3 parts. Roll each dough ball out and add a slice of butter, sugar, and nutmeg to each rolled out strip of dough.

Close the strips of dough and pinch the sides. Place them in a glass cooking bowl and pour a can of evaporated milk over the mixture.

Baked uncovered for about an hour or until the top of the strips of dough are browned.

Enjoy my Mom's Sweet Butter Roll Recipe!

Made Butter Rolls Last Night

Thanks for the recipe. I have been trying to figure out the ingredients since my Granny passed away. I made it last night, and it tasted almost like Granny's. — Miz Jackson

Thanks Sherial

I have been looking for a recipe for butter rolls dessert like my grandma used to make. I am a Georgia born and bred man and old Southern recipes are hard to come by. I haven't tried it YET, but it sounds like you hit the nail right o, the head. Thanks. — Ron D.

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