Lemon Rolls

Do you love breakfast and coffee on a slow morning, watching the birds flutter around? Yah, I love watching that Hallmark movie too because let me tell you, that is not real life! 😂 But, I have the perfect treat for you – heavenly Lemon Rolls! Dach bite will make you think you are sitting on a wrap-around front porch watching the birds on a slow morning. These delightful pastries are not only a feast for your taste buds but also a heartwarming addition to your coffee time with your sweet friends. So make some rolls, and enjoy them with a new friend and some coffee!

Lemon rolls are a divine fusion of fluffy dough infused with zesty lemon goodness. They offer a burst of citrusy flavor that can brighten even the cloudiest of days. Made with love and a few simple ingredients, these rolls are a breeze to prepare. Trust me!

Imagine waking up to the heavenly aroma of freshly baked lemon rolls on a peaceful Saturday morning.

As you sip your coffee, the soft, pillowy texture of the rolls melts in your mouth, bringing sheer joy to your senses. The tangy lemon glaze drizzled over each roll adds a delightful sweetness that perfectly complements your cup of joe.

Sharing these lemony treats with your church friends can create moments of pure bliss and deepen your bond as a community. Whether it’s Sunday brunch or a coffee meet-up, these rolls will undoubtedly be the highlight of your time together.

You don’t knead much! (see what I did there!) Just flour, yeast, milk, butter, sugar, and, of course, fresh lemons, and you can create a batch of these delectable rolls in no time. The dough comes together effortlessly, requiring just a bit of patience as it rises to perfection.

As you knead the Lemon Roll dough and zest the lemons, take a moment to reflect on the blessings of community and the joy of breaking bread with fellow believers.

Let the aroma of lemon fill your kitchen and your heart, reminding you of the goodness and zest for life that faith and friendship bring.

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Lemon Rolls

  • Author: Abby Turner Kuykendall
  • Total Time: 2-5 Hours
  • Yield: 18 Rolls 1x



For the Pastry:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk, I would not sub for less fat
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 tsp granulated white sugar (to bloom the yeast)
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft (30 seconds in microwave)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest

For the Lemon Filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft (30 seconds in microwave)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk

For the Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cold
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. To start, bloom your yeast. Mix your active dry yeast, sugar, and warm milk together and let sit for 10 minutes. Do not mix.  Pour your sugar and warm milk together and then top with the yeast.  I find when you mix – the yeast doesn’t bloom enough and you have a denser roll.
  2.  Next mix in a separate bowl flour, salt and sugar together.
  3. Then add the whisked eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and softened butter and mix.
  4. Add in the yeast mixture and mix until everything is blended.
  5. Next knead on medium with dough hook until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl, forms a ball and springs back when pressed.
  6. Form the dough into a ball. Place the dough in a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and place in a warm place to rise, until it doubles in size.  This is anywhere from 1-3 hours for me.  You will need to monitor it. (I usually like to make these rolls before I make dinner so I can watch them while we eat dinner and clean the kitchen after dinner)

For the Lemon Filling

Mix everything in a bowl and set to the side.

Assembling and Baking the Lemon Rolls

  1. Grease your casserole dish and put it to the side.
  2. Once the dough has had a chance to rise, remove it from the bowl, punch the dough to release the air, and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into about an 18 x 12 inch rectangle. It should be about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Next, microwave for 20 seconds the filling mixture so it is spreadable.  Spoon it  over the dough and spread it evenly.
  4. Roll it up like you would with Cinnamon Rolls and cut with thin string or a serrated knife.
  5. Place the rolls in the casserole dish and let them double in size.  This can be anywhere from 1-5 hours. I usually let mine rise overnight and bake them in the morning.
  6. Pour the heavy cream in between each roll making sure not to drown the rolls.
  7. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes on 350.
  8. Top with your cream cheese frosting and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

So, this weekend, embark on a baking adventure. Delight in the warm company of your friends as you share these heavenly Lemon Rolls. With each bite, let the tangy sweetness and the spirit of togetherness fill your soul. It will remind you of the joyous journey you all walk together in faith. Happy baking and happy fellowship!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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