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Southern Butter Rolls



  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp fine salt
  • 6 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk or whole milk


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt


  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Start by making the dough, add all dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
  • Add butter with your hands, don't overwork it, but incorporate it all the way through.
  • Add the milk, again don't overwork it, but fold it in.
  • When all ingredients have come together, let it rest a little to rise.
  • Once the dough has risen, place on a board to roll out. Spread flour under, around and over the dough to help with the rolling process.
  • Use a rolling pin to stretch the dough into a rectangular shape about 12"x15".
  • Take room temperature butter and smear it all over the top side of your dough spreading it to the edges.
  • Combine the sugar mix ingredients in a small bowl and then sprinkle on top of the buttered dough.
  • Roll, tuck first on one side to start the roll. This doesn't need to be tight. Don't press, just let it do its thing.
  • Close the edges of your roll off by curling your hands around them and pressing. This will look like a log.
  • Mix your custard together in a small pot. While occasionally stirring, bring the custard mixture to a boil, then immediately take it off the stove.
  • Cut your butter roll log into 2" sections. You should be able to get 8-10 cuts.
  • Spray your pan or lather it up with butter. Make sure to get the sides.
  • Place the rolls into the pan, they shouldn't touch but it's ok if they do.
  • Take the custard (it should still be warm) and drown the rolls with it. It should cover more than half of their height.
  • Place in the oven at 350° for 45 minutes.