Southern Sweet Rolls


One homemade dough, five scrumptious ways.

Customize this base recipe to create your own ultimate homemade sweet rolls, from classic cinnamon to oozy gooey Nutella S’mores.  Check out our January-February issue for all 5 delicious recipes!

Sweet Roll Dough
Serves: 10 rolls
  • 3 1⁄2 to 3 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1⁄4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  1. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour and yeast.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sour cream, butter, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reads 120° to 130° on a candy thermometer. With mixer on low speed, add milk mixture to flour mixture. Add egg. Beat until dough forms. Turn off mixer.
  3. Switch to dough hook attachment. Beat at medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes. (Dough should pull away from sides of bowl but stick to bottom.)
  4. Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough in prepared bowl, turning to coat top. Cover, and let rise in a warm draft-free place (85°) until dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Cast-Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls: The ultimate breakfast treat, these classic rolls are also perfect for dessert.

Coconut-Pecan Caramel Rolls: Covered in caramel, coconut, and pecans from top to bottom, these gooey sweet rolls are a knockout. (Recipe in our Jan/Feb issue)Coconut-Pecan-Caramel-Rolls

Nutella S’mores Sweet Rolls: Filled with gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread and topped with toasty marshmallows, these campfire-inspired rolls are over the top. (Recipe in our Jan/Feb issue)Nutella-S'mores-Rolls

Orange Sweet Rolls: Fresh orange zest and juice add bright citrusy flavor to these rich sweet rolls.(Recipe in our Jan/Feb issue)Orange-Sweet-Rolls

Sweet Rolls with Cherry Preserves: Dressed up with a pop of lemon zest, store-bought preserves make a quick and easy filling for these rolls.(Recipe in our Jan/Feb issue)Cherry-Preserves-Sweet-Rolls


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