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Lemon Sweet Rolls

  • Author: Jen


These Lemon Sweet Rolls make a sweet treat that is perfect for spring or summer! 




  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 1 egg


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest from 2 medium lemons

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • zest for garnish, optional


  1. To start on the rolls, set aside 1/2 cup flour
  2. In a large bowl, toss in 2 1/4 cup flour and the sugar, salt and yeast (set aside)
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the water, milk and butter until the butter is completely melted and hot to the touch
  4. In a mixer, combine the butter mixture into the flour mixture
  5. Add egg and just enough of the reserved flour to make the dough soft (It will be ready when it begins to gently pull away from the sides of the bowl)
  6. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, then let rest for 10 minutes
  7. To make the filling, combine sugar, lemon zest and vanilla in a medium bowl, stir until combined
  8. After 10 minutes, roll the dough out into an 8×14 rectangle
  9. Spread softened butter over dough and sprinkle the sugar mixture over the top of the butter
  10. Roll up dough tightly and cut into about 11 even pieces
  11. Lightly spray pie pan with non stick cooking spray and arrange the rolls in pan
  12. Cover with foil and allow to rise 60-90 minutes
  13. After the rolls have doubled in size, heat the oven to 375 and bake for 25-30 minutes
  14. Cover rolls with foil after about 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning
  15. While the rolls are cooking, start on your frosting! Add cream cheese to a mixer and whip
  16. Add in powdered sugar and lemon juice
  17. Frost rolls just before eating and top off with a touch of lemon zest if desired