Lemon Lover’s Lemon Blueberry Candy Rolls

HI IT’S ME. The Cinnamon Roll Queen is right here to convey you an enormous, fluffy candy roll recipe stuffed with brilliant, lovely spring flavors.

Lemon lovers: these are for you! Say hey to my model new lemon blueberry candy rolls made with lemon-infused dough, a home made lemon blueberry filling, and a wonderfully candy lemon cream cheese frosting. In case you’re questioning, sure, I’m obsessive about all issues lemon + blueberry, as a result of the combo is simply *chef’s kiss* this time of 12 months.

For years now I’ve wished to make a citrus or berry model of my world well-known cinnamon rolls, and these beautiful rolls began out having ONLY lemon in them. Quick-forward many hours (and lots of iterations of this recipe) and I landed on probably the most excellent lemon blueberry candy rolls you’ll ever make. They’re a assured crowd-pleaser in your Easter or Mom’s Day brunch desk, plus every other events you will have developing like child showers, birthdays, or simply celebrating the weekend.

As a reminder, you’ll want to learn by all the submit to get all your questions answered. Take pleasure in!

lemon blueberry sweet rolls in a pan

Substances in these lemon blueberry candy rolls

You’ll (after all) discover that the dough for these lemon candy rolls is similar to that of my cinnamon rolls, however with just a few particular tweaks and an incredible blueberry filling. Right here’s what you’ll have to make them:

  • For the blueberry filling: that superb, jam-like blueberry filling is made with contemporary or frozen blueberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch to thicken, and contemporary lemon zest and lemon juice. I additionally like so as to add a bit of almond extract for a sugar cookie-like taste!
  • For the dough: the lemon candy roll dough is just like my well-known cinnamon rolls! You’ll want granulated sugar, heat milk, yeast (extra on this under), an egg and an egg yolk, salted butter, bread flour, and salt. We’re additionally including lemon zest into the dough for that true lemon taste.
  • For the lemon cream cheese frosting: a lemony tackle my go-to cream cheese frosting that’s SO straightforward to make! Get the complete recipe right here.

blueberry filling spread onto lemon sweet roll dough

Can I make them dairy free?

Completely! Merely use a dairy free milk of selection (I counsel unsweetened almond milk), vegan butter, and dairy-free cream cheese.

A word on yeast

It might be complicated to know in case your yeast is activated. First, it’s necessary to know that there are two forms of yeast to select from and that each will work:

  • Fast rise or on the spot yeast: one of these yeast does NOT should be activated, i.e. you do not want to “proof” it earlier than including within the dough elements. I at all times use one of these yeast in my yeasted bread and roll recipes (together with these candy rolls!)
  • Lively dry yeast: one of these yeast DOES should be activated / “proofed.” This implies you’ll need to dissolve it within the heat milk till little bubbles seem earlier than including the remainder of the dough elements. The dough could take longer to rise with energetic dry yeast as properly.

unbaked lemon blueberry sweet rolls on a floured surface

Suggestions for making excellent lemon candy rolls

  1. Don’t overheat your milk. It needs to be between 105-115 levels F. Something hotter is more likely to kill the yeast, which implies the candy rolls won’t rise. A easy tip is to dip your finger within the milk — it ought to really feel heat just like heat tub water however not HOT. In case you warmed it up an excessive amount of, merely wait a couple of minutes till it cools down sufficient to the touch.
  2. Use a room temperature egg within the dough: for those who use a chilly egg, there’s an opportunity it may have an effect on the yeast or combine with the melted butter and trigger it to coagulate. To convey your eggs to room temperature merely place them in a bowl of heat water for a couple of minutes.
  3. Use bread flour: bread flour is out there at most grocery shops and it makes ALL the distinction in reaching softer, fluffy, excellent cinnamon rolls. JUST TRUST ME.
  4. Thicken the blueberry filling. Be certain your blueberry filling will get good and thick like jelly, which can forestall it from spilling out of the rolls as they bake.
  5. Ensure you flour your work floor and the rolling pin: that is to forestall the cinnamon rolls from sticking to the floor or to the rolling pin.

unbaked lemon sweet rolls with blueberry filling in a square pan

Find out how to make in a single day lemon blueberry candy rolls

After inserting the rolls into the greased pan (after the primary rise), merely cowl them, place them in a single day within the fridge, after which bake them within the morning as directed. I prefer to convey my candy rolls to room temperature first by leaving them on the counter for 60-90 minutes earlier than baking (this is named the second rise).

Our favourite instruments to make candy rolls

  • Stand mixer. You’ll need to use the dough hook in your stand mixer to simply knead the dough earlier than rolling it out. Don’t have a stand mixer? No worries! You may as well knead the dough by hand.
  • Picket spoon. I like to recommend mixing your dough along with a picket spoon.
  • Rolling pin. For rolling out that lovely dough. Professional tip: for those who don’t have a rolling pin you can too flour up a wine bottle!
  • Serrated knife. Utilizing a serrated knife will allow you to reduce the candy rolls out after you roll the dough up. You may as well use floss.
  • 9×9 inch pan. I like to recommend utilizing a 9×9 inch baking pan or 9-inch round pan in order that the rolls match properly and bake correctly.

spreading lemon cream cheese frosting onto lemon blueberry sweet rolls

Storing suggestions

Be at liberty to retailer your freshly baked lemon candy rolls lined at room temp for 1-2 days, then switch them to the fridge for as much as 5 days. Merely reheat within the microwave to get them mushy and gooey once more!

Find out how to freeze candy rolls

  • To freeze earlier than baking: the dough needs to be frozen after the primary rise (as soon as they’re rolled up with the filling in and reduce). Place right into a pan and canopy properly, then place within the freezer. If you end up able to bake, let the dough thaw within the fridge — ideally in a single day, then put in a heat spot for half-hour to 1 hour earlier than baking to activate the second rise. Bake the rolls as directed.
  • To freeze after baking: permit the lemon candy rolls to return to room temperature after baking, then you may select to both freeze all the pan, ensuring they’re properly wrapped or lined in an hermetic container, or you may select to freeze particular person rolls. When able to eat, defrost the rolls at room temperature, then heat them within the oven at 350 levels F for 10-Quarter-hour or you may heat them up individually within the microwave for 20-30 seconds (as soon as defrosted). I desire to freeze them earlier than they’re iced, after which frost them when able to eat. The icing can also be freezer-friendly!

lemon blueberry sweet rolls on plates

Your lemon candy roll questions: answered

You should definitely learn by the complete submit for solutions to widespread questions on making these lemon blueberry candy rolls. A couple of extra widespread questions that I get:

  1. Can I take advantage of all function flour? The recipe will nonetheless work with all function flour however I extremely suggest sticking with bread flour as a result of, as I discussed, it’s what makes these candy rolls additional fluffy and scrumptious.
  2. Why did the middles come out of my candy rolls? This will occur for those who roll them a bit too tightly or your pan is simply too small. You should definitely reduce dough off of the ends of your dough log in order that the rolls all slot in your pan.
  3. Can I double the recipe? Yep! Simply keep in mind to make use of a bigger pan.
  4. What can I do if my dough is simply too sticky whereas kneading? Merely add a bit of extra flour, a few tablespoon at a time, till it’s simpler to work with.
  5. Can I take advantage of a bread maker? I haven’t examined this recipe utilizing a bread maker, however readers have made my well-known Cinnamon Rolls utilizing one so I feel it ought to work!

lemon blueberry sweet roll on a plate

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I hope you’re keen on these lemon blueberry candy rolls! In case you make them you’ll want to depart a remark and a ranking so I understand how you favored them. Take pleasure in, xo!

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Lemon Lover’s Lemon Blueberry Candy Rolls

lemon blueberry sweet roll on a plate

Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 40 minutes

Complete Time 3 hours

Serves9 servings

Completely to die for, large, mushy lemon blueberry candy rolls bursting with a home made fast lemon blueberry filling and topped with a luscious lemon cream cheese frosting. These lemon candy rolls are a wonderful new tackle my well-known cinnamon roll recipe and are excellent for brunch, dessert, and celebrating spring and summer time holidays!


  • For the dough:
  • Zest from 1 giant lemon
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (180g) heat milk (2% or entire milk most popular)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons fast rise or energetic yeast (from 1 (1/4-ounce) package deal yeast)*
  • 1 giant egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (57g) salted butter, melted (I desire salted, however unsalted works, too)
  • 3 ¼ cups (390g) bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the filling:
  • 1 ¼ cup (194g) contemporary or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon contemporary lemon juice
  • Optionally available however advisable: ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 batch lemon cream cheese frosting


  • Make the blueberry filling: Place a medium pot over medium warmth. Add in blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract. Use a picket spoon to stir the combination collectively. Deliver to a mild boil, breaking apart the blueberries with the again of a picket spoon as they prepare dinner. Prepare dinner combination, stirring ceaselessly, for roughly 5 to 10 minutes whole, till the combination is thick like jelly and coats the again of the spoon. The thicker it’s, the much less probably will probably be to spill out of the rolls whenever you roll them up. Set combination apart to chill fully.

  • Put together the dough: Within the bowl of an eclectic mixer, or if making by hand, a big bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Use clear fingers to rub the zest into the sugar for roughly 30 seconds to launch and infuse lemon taste into the sugar.

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, heat the milk by microwaving it for 45 seconds to 1 minute, till it registers 115°F on a thermometer and looks like very heat tub water (nevertheless it shouldn’t be too sizzling!). Add the warmed milk into the bowl with the sugar and sprinkle the yeast on high. Wait 3 to five minutes to activate the yeast; you’ll know it’s activated when it begins to bubble and foam on high. Add the egg, egg yolk and melted butter. Combine on medium pace till properly mixed, 30 seconds. (Alternatively, combine with a picket spoon till properly mixed.) Take away the bowl from the mixer and use a picket spoon to stir within the flour and salt till a dough begins to kind (it will forestall flour from flying all over the place!).

  • Knead the dough: Place the dough hook on the stand mixer and return the bowl to the mixer. Knead the dough on medium pace, 8 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, you should utilize your fingers to knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes on a well-floured floor.) Please know that this can be a sticky dough, but when measured correctly they are going to bake up fantastically!

  • Flippantly grease a big bowl with olive oil. Switch the dough ball to the bowl, then cowl with plastic wrap and the nice and cozy towel. Enable the dough to rise till doubled in dimension, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (This can be roughly time relying on the time of 12 months, the humidity, and the temperature in your house.) You’ll know the dough has risen sufficient whenever you poke your finger into the dough about an inch with out the indentation bouncing again instantly.

  • Generously mud a clear floor with flour. Switch the risen dough to the floor and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out right into a 10×14-inch rectangle.

  • Put together the filling: Unfold the blueberry filling over the dough, leaving a 1/4th inch margin on the far quick facet of the dough. Utilizing a spatula or spoon, evenly unfold the blueberry filling everywhere in the dough.

  • Ranging from the quick facet (the ten inch facet) with out the margin, very tightly roll up the dough. Seal the far fringe of the dough as finest you may by pinching the dough collectively simply barely, then be certain the dough log is seam-side down. Minimize a ½-inch off the ends of the dough, because the ends received’t have sufficient filling; be happy to discard (or bake individually as yummy extras). Use your fingers to offer the dough log a mild push inwards on each ends in order that it compacts barely, as it might have stretched out a bit through the rolling course of.

  • Utilizing unflavored dental floss or a serrated knife, reduce the dough into 9 1-inch slices.

  • Line a spherical or sq. 9-inch pan with parchment paper. Place the rolls within the ready baking pan. Cowl with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise once more till the rolls have overrated, are doubled in dimension, and contact one another within the pan, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  • As soon as the rolls have risen, take away the plastic wrap and towel and bake till simply golden brown on the sides, about 20 to 25 minutes. Not overbaking the rolls ensures that they are going to keep mushy within the center.

  • Whereas the rolls bake, put together the lemon cream cheese frosting: Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Beat on low pace to start out, then enhance to medium-high pace and blend till clean and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, whisk the frosting by hand.) Instantly unfold the frosting over the rolls so the frosting will get into each little nook and cranny of the roll after which serve. ENJOY!

  • To retailer: cowl the cooled cinnamon rolls with plastic wrap and foil or place particular person cinnamon rolls in hermetic glass containers or silicone luggage and retailer within the fridge for as much as 5 days. Reheat rolls individually within the microwave in 15 second intervals till heat. For freezing directions, see the weblog submit.

Recipe Notes

*In case you use fast rise or on the spot yeast you do not want to “proof/activate” it earlier than including within the dough elements. In case you use energetic dry yeast, you will need to dissolve it within the heat milk till little bubbles seem earlier than including the remainder of the dough elements. The dough could take longer to rise with energetic dry yeast as properly. Both will work.
To make in a single day lemon blueberry candy rolls: After inserting rolls into the greased pan (after the primary rise), merely cowl, place in a single day within the fridge after which bake them within the morning as directed. I prefer to convey my cinnamon rolls to room temperature first by leaving them on the counter for 60-90 minutes earlier than baking (this is named the second rise).
To make dairy free: Use a dairy free milk of selection (I counsel unsweetened almond milk), vegan butter and dairy free cream cheese.
Test the weblog submit for directions on the right way to freeze cinnamon rolls, plus further suggestions, tips and FAQs!

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