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Adjust Servings:
For the dough
Wheat Flour – 3 cups (375 g)
Sugar – 1 ⅓ tbsp
Baking Powder – 1 ⅓ tbsp
Salt – ¾ tsp
Butter – 6 tbsp Cold, unsalted
Buttermilk – 1 cup (240 ml) Well-shaken
For the filling
Butter – 8 tbsp Room temperature
Brown Sugar – 6 tbsp Light brown
Cinnamon – 1 tsp
Nutmeg – ¼ tsp Freshly grated
Sea Salt – 2 pinches
For the sauce
Condensed Milk – 14 oz (400 g)
Milk – 2 cups (480 ml) Half-and-half or whole
Powdered Sugar – ¾ cup (90 g)
Butter – 2 tbsp Unsalted
Salt – 1 pinch
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

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Southern Butter Rolls

Southern Butter Rolls

  • Vegetarian
  • 60 min
  • Serves 12
  • Medium


  • For the dough

  • For the filling

  • For the sauce



Are you a fan of cinnamon rolls just like us? Well, they sure are delicious but sometimes you just want to make something less complicated. A recipe that requires no dough rising. That’s when these Southern butter rolls will come in handy. The flaky dessert made with biscuit dough and baked in delicious bubbling custard will leave nobody indifferent.

If you’re looking for the ultimate indulgent treat that doesn’t require a lot of effort this old-fashioned butter roll recipe is just what you need. The recipe is also great for those times when you need to use up leftover biscuit scraps.



Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) with a rack inside.


Prepare the dough

Pour the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a big bowl and combine with a whisk. Add small pieces of the cold butter to the mixture and combine everything with your fingers until the breadcrumb texture. Pour in the buttermilk (or whole milk). Stir with a fork to form a soft dough.


Prepare the filling

Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and salt in a small mixing bowl.


Flour your work surface and place the dough on it. Roll the dough out into a 12x15-inch layer. Spread the room temperature butter on it. Sprinkle the spices over the butter layer.


Tightly roll up the dough. Pinch the ends and place the roll seam-side down. Cut the roll crosswise. You should get about 12 slices. Place the slices cut-side up into a 9x13-inch baking pan.


Prepare the sauce

Take a medium-sized saucepan. Pour the condensed milk, whole milk (or half-and-half), powdered sugar, unsalted butter, and salt in it. Place it over medium-high heat. Lightly stir until the sugar is dissolved. When it starts to bubble remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in the vanilla extract and stir. Pour the sauce over the rolls.


Bake the dessert from 40 to 45 minutes. The rolls should be golden-brown and the sauce bubbling and resemble caramel. Let the dish cool a little and serve to the table.

This no-yeast butter roll recipe is so decadent it's hard to believe that it's so easy to make. Do you have favorite Southern recipes? Feel free to leave your comments below!


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