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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Rolls
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.