When I was growing up, every now and then my mom would make some time for butter buns. We would wake up in the morning and eat way too many (it was kind of a competition) for breakfast. They are the best! I recently made a batch with some of my homemade nectarine-strawberry jam in the middle. It was to die for. :)
Be prepared for the time these take. You have to refrigerate the dough for 8+ hours, then let the assembled buns rise for another hour before baking.
4 cups flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp if you have a jar of it)
1 cup milk
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water with 1 tsp sugar. Mix in flour, sugar, & salt. Cut in butter. Add eggs (already beaten) and milk. Mix well with a fork. Set in the fridge overnight, covered. In the morning, divide dough into 4 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball out into a circle and cut into 8 as you would a pie. Put 1/4 tsp of jam, or a couple chocolate chips, at the wide end and roll up. Let them rise for 1 hour. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit on greased pans.
Just before serving my mom would always drizzle them with a little icing. To make the icing, mix a tiny bit of milk & a dribble of vanilla extract with some powdered sugar. It should be drizzle-able, but not too runny. We would always eat ours warm and cut them in half and butter the cut side, but I realize that may be a little excessive. (But I swear we were not fat children! It was a rare treat!)
These also freeze well! Just don't put the icing on until you are ready to serve them.