Sweet Rolls

5.00 avg. rating (96% score) - 4 votes

Sweet Rolls

From the Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge, Sturbridge, MA

Yield: 2 dozen


  • 2 cups milk, scalded
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope or cake of yeast
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Sweet Roll Butter:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Combine scalded milk, sugar, butter, and salt; let cool. Soften yeast in lukewarm water and add to the milk mixture, then pour into a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs and gradually add flour. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but not sticky. Place dough in a buttered bowl, brush with melted butter and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place 2 hours, or until it has doubled in bulk. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Prepare Sweet Roll Butter by combining all ingredients and stirring until combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare pans, place 1 teaspoon of chopped pecans into greased muffin tins and top with 1 teaspoon of Sweet Roll Butter.

Punch down dough and divide in half. Roll out dough with a rolling pin into an 18x4-inch rectangle. Sprinkle generously with the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Roll up tightly from the long side and cut into 12 1-1/2-inch slices. Place sliced rolls into prepared muffin tins. Let rolls rise until they are almost double in size. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes. Carefully invert onto a tray large enough to hold all rolls.

  • Anonymous

    Had a craving for Publick House sweet rolls but was unable to make the long drive to Massachusetts. I did a search and found this recipe. Didn’t find this hard to make at all; just took some time for dough to rise. It was worth every bit of effort, though, as this was one of those rare times that a restaurant recipe turned out tasting as good as I remember it from stays at the Publick House. And it saved me a 3-hr drive!

  • Anonymous

    A little time consuming but so worth it. These rolls take me back to a cold wintery morning in my grandma’s kitchen!


Leave a Comment

Enter Your Log In Credentials