Lemon Sweet Rolls Recipe

Lemon Sweet Rolls Recipe

How To Make Lemon Sweet Rolls

Let the smell of warm lemon sweet rolls fill your kitchen by whipping up this easy recipe! It’s filled with lemon-vanilla bean filling for a tangy treat.

Preparation: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes



For Rolls:

  • cupsall purpose flour,spooned and leveled
  • 3tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1tspsalt
  • tspred star platinum yeast,(1 package), or any instant yeast
  • ½cupwater
  • ¼cupwhole milk
  • tbspunsalted butter
  • 1large egg

For Filling:

  • ¼cupunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar
  • 2medium lemons,zested
  • ½vanilla bean,scraped seeds, or ½ tsp vanilla extract

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4ozcream cheese,softened to room temperature
  • 1cupconfectioner’s sugar
  • 2medium lemon,juiced
  • lemon zest,extra, for garnish, optional



  1. Set aside ½ cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss the 2¼ cups of flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed. Set aside.

  2. Heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave to about about 115 degrees F until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch.

  3. Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for about 10 minutes.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla. Stir it around until the mixture becomes sandy.

  2. After the dough has sat for 10 minutes, roll it out into a 14×8-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread the softened butter on top.

  3. Sprinkle the lemon-sugar filling all over. Roll up the dough tightly. Cut into 11 to 12 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan.

  4. Sprinkle the uncooked rolls with additional lemon zest at this point, if desired.

  5. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 60 to 90 minutes.

  6. Turn the oven off. Place the rolls inside oven and allow to rise.

  7. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.


  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.

  2. Add the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and beat on medium-high until creamy.

  3. Frost the warm rolls and sprinkle with additional lemon zest. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 336.85kcal
  • Fat: 11.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.61g
  • Trans Fat: 0.28g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.93g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.65g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.83g
  • Fiber: 1.65g
  • Sugar: 28.95g
  • Protein: 5.22g
  • Cholesterol: 46.83mg
  • Sodium: 261.10mg
  • Calcium: 32.10mg
  • Potassium: 101.13mg
  • Iron: 1.73mg
  • Vitamin A: 105.13µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.18mg
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