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Old-Fashioned Butter Rolls

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Yummy butter rolls are like yeast free cinnamon rolls baked in a sweet custard-like sauce. The results are tender and delicious. Enjoy them hot for the gooiest, most delicious experience.

two butter rolls on plate with thickened milk sauce underneath.

Imagine if you can a cross between cinnamon rolls, flaky biscuits, and a self saucing pudding cake.  I know, it seems like a lot of things to put together. 

These yummy butter rolls find a way to turn them all into one yummy breakfast though.  The biscuit like cinnamon rolls bake in a milk sauce that thickens as it cooks. 

It’s almost like a layer of pudding-like frosting that bakes right under the rolls themselves. Luckily they are easy enough to put together that you don’t have to imagine them, you can make them to see for yourself!

raw cinnamon butter roll swirls in pan.

MiMi originally shared this recipe with us back in the spring of 2015.  The rolls themself kind of remind me of the bisquick cinnamon rolls I grew up with.

My mom had 6 kids to feed, so she didn’t always have time to wait for a yeast dough to rise to make cinnamon rolls. Those biscuity cinnamon rolls still remind me of childhood in the best kind of way.

However, these take it to the next level. They are baked in a sweet milk sauce that makes them so tender and fabulous.

saucepan pouring hot milk mixture over raw cinnamon rolls.

MiMi had adapted the recipe from a restaurant in Georgia. I adapted it even further today.

Her recipe used an odd sized pan and self-rising flour. While that might be a staple in some regions, I almost never have it in my pantry.

So I use all purpose flour instead. I assume you all have those stocked in your kitchen too.

A few quick notes about the recipe

Melting the butter and stirring in the sugar and cinnamon makes the mixture really easy to spread. I like to use the same method when making any kind of cinnamon rolls.

However, if you do tear the dough or mess it up, don’t despair. These rolls are really forgiving.

There is no real reason to strive to make them look perfect. The dough is going to expand and spread anyway.

These rolls is supposed to be rustic, that is part of their charm. So don’t stress over getting everything just so.

When you pour the milk over, it is going to look like you just ruined everything. I definitely thought that the first time I made them.

milk mixture and cinnamon rolls ready to bake.

The ratio of hot milk to rolls looks completely off and some of my rolls were completely covered with milk. Don’t despair, throw them in the oven and just wait for the magic to happen.

The rolls are tender and flaky with just enough cinnamon. The warm milk mixture thickens and makes almost a warm vanilla pudding under the rolls.

It all comes together into one delicious bite of old fashioned comfort food goodness. Just you wait and see!

lifting gooey cinnamon butter roll out of pan.

I haven’t tried it, but I have heard of people making butter rolls with pie crust or even crescent roll dough. If you make them that way, let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store extra butter rolls?

Tightly cover the pan with any remaining butter rolls, or move them to an airtight container, and put it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Rewarm the rolls in a low oven or microwave them for a few seconds before serving.

How do you serve butter rolls?

Because they remind me of cinnamon rolls, I tend to think of butter rolls as a breakfast option. However, it seems like they are a classic southern dessert. They are delicious, no matter the time of day.

pan of cinnamon butter rolls with one missing showing gooey milk mixture underneath cinnamon rolls.

Can I add nuts?

Yes. If you want to try sprinkling some chopped pecans or walnuts on the rolls you can. Just sprinkle them over the top before you put the pan in the oven. Or try sprinkling them in the pan before you add the rolls for more of a sticky bun feel.

If you like recipes like these, try checking out my collection of cinnamon roll recipes for more fun variations.

two butter rolls on plate with thickened milk sauce underneath.

Old-Fashioned Butter Rolls with Cinnamon

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Butter rolls have a sweet cinnamon mixture rolled inside and they are baked in a milk sauce that gives them their tender texture. The custard like sauce pairs so well with the rolls and they are wonderful when served warm. Enjoy them for breakfast or make them as a classic Southern dessert.
5 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • OXO Non-stick Rolling Pin
  • 8-Inch Square Glass Baking Dish with Lid 



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter cold
  • ½ cup milk cold


  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Milk Sauce

Makes: 8 x 8inch rectangle


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a square baking pan.
  • In mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cut in butter until it is in pea sized or smaller crumbles. You can use a pastry cutter or a couple of butter knives to cut it in. (Or do this step in your food processor.)
    1 cup butter
  • Stir in the cold milk until it just forms a dough, be careful not to overwork the dough.
    ½ cup milk
  • Put dough on a flour surface and roll into a large rectangle. 
  • Mix together the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Spread over the dough.
    4 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Roll into a tight log the way you would cinnamon rolls. Cut into 12 pieces and arranged in greased pan.
  • In a saucepan, warm milk and sugar over medium heat. Stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved and it starts to simmer.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
    2 cups milk, ⅔ cup granulated sugar, 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pour hot milk mixture over butter rolls. Bake for about 40 minutes or until they are golden brown and the milk mixture is thick and bubbly.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. They are best served warm.



Serving: 1rollCalories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 389mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

These rolls look so good and I bet taste delicious. Hope you have a Merry Christmas Carlee.


Saturday 9th of January 2021

You'll have to give them a try! Thank you and merry Christmas to you as well!


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Chloe is home for Christmas!! I suppose we should make these again!!


Saturday 9th of January 2021

It seems like the right thing to do!

Andrea Nine

Monday 21st of December 2020

Oh friend, these look just amazing and I love that there is no yeast involved! I just might make these on Christmas morning! Have a festive week my friend!


Saturday 9th of January 2021

It is really fun how they cook in the milk and it makes a sauce. I hope you enjoy them!