Old Fashioned Butter Rolls - The Southern Lady Cooks


These Old Fashioned Butter Rolls are delicious! They are unique as they are made with milk poured over them. The bread soaks it up for a wonderful texture and taste. These butter rolls will quickly become a family favorite! These are perfect for Christmas morning.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour


Baking powder

Shortening (I used Crisco)


Filling ingredients for butter rolls:

Granulated sugar (can use brown sugar)

Ground cinnamon

Butter, divided

Topping ingredients:

Evaporated milk

White or brown sugar

Vanilla extract

pinch nutmeg (optional)

As you can see these are very common ingredients and most people would have these ingredients on hand. You could easily add nuts before rolling them up or sprinkle on top before you add the topping mixture. From the photos we made these small rolls but you can easily make them larger and have half the amount.  Full recipe in printable recipe card below.

“This is just like my mother used to make, which she learned from her mother. Mother grew up on a farm, and she said the ingredients were always to hand. Even though I grew up in the city, I always preferred this to cake for my birthday. The only difference in Mother’s recipe, would have been that she used whole fresh milk with some half and half instead of canned milk. This is SO satisfying and takes me home. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!”- Karen

“Love these!! I lost my mom’s recipe years ago. She made hers chocolate and vanilla sometimes. I loved them as a kid. There is nothing like a good butter roll. So glad I found your recipe.” – Melinda


Old Fashioned Butter Rolls - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Old Fashioned Butter Rolls

This is an old fashioned recipe that has been around for years. You'll want to save this one!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 20 rolls


Ingredients for butter rolls:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup shortening I used Crisco
  • 3/4 cup water

Filling for butter rolls:

  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar can use brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons butter divided

Topping for butter rolls:

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch nutmeg optional


  • Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder, cut in the shortening until mixture is like coarse crumbs, add water and make into a ball. Put out onto floured surface and cut in half. Roll each half into an oblong about 6 x 10 inches. Add filling ingredients.

Filling Instructions:

  • Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon and spread half over each rolled out piece of dough. Cut six tablespoon butter into small pieces on each piece of dough. Roll each one up as in photo below and cut into 1 inch cinnamon rolls. I got 10 from each one. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish and add butter rolls. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until rolls are done and brown on top. Remove from oven and add topping.

Topping Instructions:

  • Whisk together ingredients and pour over butter rolls. Put back into oven for about 15 minutes or until mixture is thick and bubbly. Makes 20 rolls.


You could add raisins or nuts on top before pouring on milk.
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