Friday, December 23, 2005

Butter Roll Dessert Recipes

We've had several responses to our request for this recipe.

Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #1

"My aunt Marylou use to make this dessert for us children back home in Courtland Alabama.

She rolled out biscuit dough like she was going to make a pie shell; she cut the dough into wide strips and spread it with butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg(creamed together). She rolled the dough into a roll (she made several rolls, depending on how large her pan was)and placed them into a baking dish. She covered the dough rolls with milk, eggs, sugar and bake. This is all I can remember. It was a long time ago. I am 57 now, and that was when I was about 8 or 9.

I hope this information will be of some help."

Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #2 from Julia

"My grandmother and Aunt Ivy used to make this when I was little and it is wonderful! I have made it and although it was good somehow is was not the same if not served in a huge white metal pan covered with a clean dishcloth!

Dough, rolled out thin. Then pat butter and sprinkle with sugar. Roll up. Place in large pan and pour boiling water over it. Then you put more butter and vanilla in the water and bake in the oven! It is so good and very rich! This is an East Texas tradition that is becoming a lost art. "

Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #3 from Christie

The butter roll recipe was something my grandmother loved cooking.

Store bought biscuits or homemade biscuit dough cut to size

Place biscuits in greased baking dish
Dot butter
Sprinkle on cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar
Pour milk over all (approximately 1 to 1 ½ cups for large baking dish)
Bake until biscuits are brown.

There were never any measurements for this recipe all done by taste and sight.

Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #4 found by Donyetta
Butter Roll from

2 c. flour3 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 tbsp. shorteningHot water1 c. butter1 1/2 c. sugar1 1/2 tsp. vanillaMilk (enough to cover rolls)
Mix flour, baking powder, salt and shortening. Add enough hot water from the faucet to make mixture like biscuit dough. Roll dough out like pie dough. Put butter and sugar on crust. Roll up and pinch ends. Lay rolls in deep pan. Add vanilla to milk and pour over rolls. Bake in hot oven until brown (400 degrees).


Anonymous said...

My family makes it thus:

Biscuit dough:

4 handfuls self rising flour (White Lily) and 2 handfuls sugar

1 fistful of lard rubbed into flour

"enough" buttermilk to make a dough stiff enough to roll out.

Roll out about 1/4 inch thick in a big rectangle, spread with soft butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon
and sugar. Roll like a jelly roll and cut into slices (about an inch thick). Arrange the slices in a greased pan.


1 quart sweet milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
4 eggs

Combine everything but eggs in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar. Beat eggs with a whisk and whisk in about half the hot milk milk mixture to temper the eggs. Stir egg mixture back into hot milk, add a spoon of vanilla and pour the custard over the rolls in the pan.Sprinkle a little cinnamon over all and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, till brown.

Anonymous said...

Interesting recipe. almost like cinnamon rolls with a custard.

My Granny made a recipe once that
was also called Butter Roll.

It came out looking sort of like
a peace cobbler without the peaches,
no custard with with cinnamon, and
a sugar syrup.

Please let me know if you are familiar with a recipe like this.


Brian A. McGee
Chicago, IL