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Old Fashion Southern Butter Roll is rich, moist and decadent. Like many other Southern classics, this favorite dessert economical to make.

Old Fashion Southern Favorite Butter Roll dessert
A light biscuit-type dough is layered with butter and sugar then covered in a milk mixture and baked until golden.
The milk mixture makes a wonderful, sweet and buttery sauce.
Old Fashion Southern Favorite Butter Roll dessert

Old Fashion Southern Butter Roll

This is the type of dessert that you tell yourself ‘just one bite’ then you’ll stand over it and eat spoonful after spoonful straight from the pan.

Old Fashioned Butter Roll has been a Southern favorite for years! In fact, I had an old newspaper clipping from long ago that I have passed over time and again and never made it. Saturday I wanted something sweet, but easy. There the clipping was again, begging to be made. The directions were simple enough so I gave it a try.

Wow, I wish I had not passed it over so many times before. I love it!! It was economical, quick, easy, and delicious!!

mixing dough

Cut shortening into flour
mixing ingredients
Add milk and stir
Roll out into a rectangle, spread on sugar and cinnamon
butter roll
Slice into rolls and add to baking dish
Pour milk mixture over rolls.
I know, weird, right?
I saw Big Daddy eyeing it like it was the weirdest thing he’d ever seen.
butter roll
He didn’t think it was so weird after he tasted it! 😉
Old Fashion Southern Butter Roll


Old Fashion Southern Butter Roll

Old Fashion Southern Butter Roll

Old Fashioned Southern Butter Roll is rich, moist and decadent. Like many other Southern classics, this favorite dessert economical to make.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9 servings


Butter Roll

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Milk Sauce

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut shortening into flour with a fork. Sir in milk. On a floured surface, dump out dough and press together with hands to form a ball. Roll into a rectangle (about 8x10). Spread softened butter over dough, sprinkle 1/4 c sugar and cinnamon over top. Roll up and press together lightly. Slice and place in an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  • In a saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until bubbles just begin to form. Pour milk sauce over rolls. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly brown. Allow to sit and cool slightly. Great with vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this “OLD FASHIONED SOUTHERN BUTTER ROLL ” recipe, it seems so delicious. will surely gonna try this one. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. 5 stars
      If you add strawberries it is not a butter roll. This desert do not require changes. You are not making butter roll you are making a strawberry roll.

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  3. Paula,
    I have looked all over and can’t find the ingredients nor the instructions

  4. My mother made the tastiest butter roll. For many years I’ve tried to come up with a butter roll that compares to hers, but no luck. I am elated! that I’ve come across your recipe. The one thing that my mother did with her roll was to just leave it rolled, and then cook. She would cut servings from the roll.

    1. Right exactly my mom left the rolls uncut as well, and the consistency seem to be more custard/buttery rather than cake like. I’ll try this style.

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