1-Rise Lemon Candy Rolls – Sally’s Baking Habit


Let me educate you easy methods to make the softest, fluffiest lemon candy rolls lined in a tangy lemon cream cheese frosting. These rolls use my fast candy roll dough, which solely requires 1 rise! You recognize what they are saying: when life provides you lemons, it’s best to positively make lemon candy rolls.

This recipe is dropped at you in partnership with Purple Star Yeast.

spatula removing a lemon sweet roll with cream cheese icing from the pan.

Is there something higher than the odor of heat cinnamon rolls baking within the oven? Clearly not! (Although the case could possibly be argued for the odor of heat chocolate chip cookies.) At the very least that’s what I thought earlier than I smelled the sunshine-sweet aroma wafting via my kitchen as these fluffy lemon rolls baked.

These are merely springtime in a pan. Happiness in a fluffy spiral. Lemon cream cheese frosting, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and smooth buttery dough… multi function pan!

So A lot to Love About These Lemon Candy Rolls

  • Rolls are smooth and fluffy, with a gooey lemon-vanilla sugar swirl that *caramelizes* on the underside… tastes like candied lemons!
  • Topped with creamy lemon cream cheese frosting
  • Just one rise time!
  • Straightforward sufficient for yeast newcomers
  • Nice make-ahead, freezer-friendly recipe
close-up of lemon sweet roll with lemon slice on top on a white plate.

Yeast Inexperienced persons, Rejoice: Just one Rise!

In case you are a yeast newbie, I’ve excellent news for you! These lemon candy rolls use my quick-method candy roll dough, which I examined extensively to create my simple cinnamon rolls. A typical selfmade candy roll recipe requires 2 rises. My favourite raspberry swirl candy rolls require a primary rise of about 1–2 hours, after which a second rise for an additional 2 hours. (However one chunk of that fluffy dough and juicy filling and also you’ll agree that the prep time is price it!)

Nonetheless, I’ve since developed a faster dough recipe. A dough recipe with all of the smooth, fluffiness you’re craving however with only one rise time. Due to this shortcut, my selfmade candy roll dough is ideal for the baker who desires to discover ways to work with yeast for the primary time. Plus, it’s an ideal start line for any kind of candy roll you wish to make… like blueberry candy rolls or cinnamon roll cake.

Key Components to Use for the Dough:

ingredients on marble counter including flour, salt, egg, vanilla, butter, lemons, sugar, and milk.

Right here’s my #1 tip: I like to recommend utilizing a powerful and reliable yeast. Platinum Yeast from Purple Star is a premium instantaneous yeast, which cuts down on rise time. Its cautious method incorporates pure dough strengtheners and makes working with yeast easy. And easy is all the time good, proper? See recipe Notice if utilizing lively dry yeast as a substitute.

Right here’s the remainder of the lineup of components for this wealthy dough:

  1. Flour: Flour supplies the dough construction. All-purpose flour is finest for these lemon candy rolls. You would additionally use bread flour—the rolls will probably be chewier.
  2. Sugar: You want white granulated sugar within the dough, each for taste and to feed the yeast.
  3. Salt: For taste, and to steadiness the candy.
  4. Entire milk: Entire milk is good for the richest-tasting candy rolls. Buttermilk works simply as properly with none adjustments to the recipe. Many readers have efficiently substituted nondairy milks. In a pinch, you should use low-fat milk, however keep away from utilizing nonfat milk.
  5. Butter: This can be a wealthy dough, that means it has fats to assist assure softness.
  6. Egg: Like butter, an egg guarantees a softer, richer dough. It additionally works to bind components collectively.

New to Baking With Yeast?

Should you’re a bread newbie, reference this Baking with Yeast Information for useful, easy-to-understand solutions to many yeast FAQs. And/or get on the quick observe to baking bread like a professional with my free Newbie’s Information to Yeast e mail sequence.

The right way to Make Lemon Candy Rolls

Step one is to combine your dry components collectively in a giant bowl, and this contains the flour, sugar, and salt. After that, heat the milk and butter collectively, after which whisk within the yeast till it has dissolved. Then you understand it could possibly begin working its magic in your dough! Pour this combination over the dry components, add the egg after which combine all the pieces collectively. You don’t want a stand mixer for this recipe, although you might actually use one if desired.

ball of dough in glass bowl.

Switch dough to your work floor, after which knead by hand for 3-5 minutes till a smooth, clean dough varieties.

Let the dough relaxation for 10 minutes as you put together the filling—this offers the dough’s gluten an opportunity to settle and loosen up, which is able to make rolling out a lot simpler.

Lemon Vanilla Filling

Seize these components:

  1. Butter: Use super-soft butter for the filling—not too arduous, not too melty. Should you forgot to get it out of the fridge earlier, right here’s my trick for easy methods to soften butter rapidly.
  2. Sugar: Use white granulated sugar on this filling, which sweetens with out overpowering the fragile flavors of lemon and vanilla.
  3. Contemporary Lemon Zest: Zest 1-2 medium-size lemons to yield 1 packed Tablespoon of zest. (Put aside the lemons since you’ll want lemon juice for the icing.)
  4. Vanilla Extract: A bit vanilla extract provides impeccable taste. You probably have it, you should use vanilla bean paste as a substitute.

Combine collectively the sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla in a small bowl. It is going to type a sandy combination. The sugar will assist the lemon zest excrete some liquid, so the combination will probably be pretty moist. This lemon-sugar combo leads to probably the most unimaginable caramelization on the bottoms of the rolls after baking!

Roll out the dough, unfold with softened butter, and sprinkle the lemon-vanilla-sugar combination all around the high.

dough in shape of rectangle covered in softened butter.
lemon zest and vanilla sugar in bowl and being sprinkled on top of buttered rolled-out dough.
hands rolling up filled dough, cinnamon roll style.

Roll the dough up tightly, use a pointy knife to slice the log into 10–12 rolls, and organize them in a calmly greased pan (I sometimes use a 9-inch pie dish sprayed with nonstick spray). Loosely cowl the pan of lemon candy rolls, and let rise for 60–90 minutes till about doubled in dimension.

4 photo collage showing rolled up lemon sweet rolls before and after rising, and after baking.

Simply wait until you odor them baking!

Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

When you’re ready for them to bake, distract your self by making the lemon cream cheese frosting to slather all around the heat rolls. You want:

  • Cream Cheese: Use the block-style cream cheese, not the spreadable type that is available in a bathtub. (Save that for selfmade bagels!)
  • Butter: To assist clean out the cream cheese. Between the dough, filling, and icing, this recipe requires 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) of butter complete.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: Simply sufficient to steadiness out the tart lemon and tangy cream cheese.
  • Lemon Juice: Give 1 of the zested lemons from earlier squeeze!

Beat the components along with an electrical mixer, then slather the icing all around the high of the baked rolls whereas they’re nonetheless heat. The creamy frosting will soften into each nook and cranny of those scrumptious lemon candy rolls.

lemon sweet rolls with lemon cream cheese icing in glass dish.

See extra candy rolls recipes. I’ve lots revealed like these pumpkin cinnamon rolls and chocolate candy rolls. However if you happen to love lemon, these are a should make!


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spatula removing a lemon sweet roll with cream cheese icing from the pan.

Lemon Candy Rolls

  • Creator:

  • Prep Time:
    1 hour, 40 minutes

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    25 minutes

  • Whole Time:
    2 hours, 5 minutes

  • Yield:
    10-12 rolls

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These smooth and fluffy lemon candy rolls are like a spring and summer season model of basic cinnamon rolls. You’ll love the caramelized-like lemon sugar inside and below the baked rolls! Coated in a easy lemon cream cheese frosting, these rolls use my fast candy roll dough—only one rise.



Lemon Cream Cheese Icing


  1. Make the dough: Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt collectively in a big bowl. Put aside.
  2. Mix the milk and butter collectively in a heatproof bowl. Microwave or use the range and warmth till the butter has melted and the combination is heat to the contact (about 110°F/43°C, no greater). Whisk within the yeast till it has dissolved. Pour combination into the dry components, add the egg, and stir with a sturdy rubber spatula or wood spoon OR use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium pace. Combine till a smooth dough varieties.
  3. Switch dough to a calmly floured floor. Utilizing floured fingers, knead the dough for 3-5 minutes. You need to have a clean ball of dough. If the dough is tremendous smooth or sticky, you’ll be able to add slightly extra flour. Place in a calmly greased bowl (I take advantage of non-stick spray), cowl loosely, and let the dough relaxation for about 10 minutes as you get the filling components prepared.
  4. Fill the rolls: After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14×8-inch (36×20-cm) rectangle. Unfold the softened butter on high. Combine collectively the sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Sprinkle it all around the dough. Roll up the dough to make a 14-inch log. Lower into 10–12 even rolls and organize in a calmly greased 9- or 10-inch spherical cake pan, pie dish, or sq. baking pan.
  5. Rise: Cowl the pan with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clear kitchen towel. Permit the rolls to rise in a comparatively heat surroundings for 60–90 minutes or till double in dimension. (For a tiny discount in rise time, see my reply to The place Ought to Dough Rise? in my Baking with Yeast Information.)
  6. Bake the rolls: After the rolls have doubled in dimension, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake for twenty-four–25 minutes, or till calmly browned. Should you discover the tops are getting too brown too rapidly, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil and proceed baking. If you wish to be exact about their doneness, their inside temperature taken with an instantaneous learn thermometer must be round 195–200°F (91–93°C) when executed. Take away pan from the oven and place pan on a wire rack as you make the icing. (You can too make the icing because the rolls bake.)
  7. Make the icing: In a medium bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on excessive pace till clean and creamy. Add the butter and beat till clean and mixed, then beat within the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice till mixed. Utilizing a knife or icing spatula, unfold the icing over the nice and cozy rolls and serve instantly. If desired, calmly garnish frosted rolls with lemon zest.
  8. Cowl leftover frosted or unfrosted rolls tightly and retailer at room temperature for as much as 2 days or within the fridge for as much as 5 days.


  1. Make Forward & In a single day Directions: This dough can be made the night time earlier than via step 4. Cowl with plastic wrap and let relaxation within the fridge in a single day. The following morning, take away from the fridge and permit to rise in a heat surroundings, about 1 hour. Proceed with step 6.
  2. Freezing Directions: Baked rolls might be frozen as much as 2–3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and heat up earlier than having fun with. You can too freeze the unbaked rolls and right here’s how: bake the rolls in step 6 for under about 10 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Cool utterly, then cowl tightly and freeze. To serve, take the pan of rolls out of the freezer and put into the fridge a number of hours earlier than serving. Then, end baking them for the remaining 15–18 minutes.
  3. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Rolling Pin | Citrus Zester | Citrus Juicer | Vanilla Beans | 9-Inch Spherical Cake Pan or 9-Inch Spherical Pie Dish | Immediate-Learn Thermometer | Icing Spatula
  4. Yeast: I extremely suggest instantaneous yeast. Should you solely have lively dry yeast, you should use that as a substitute. Energetic dry and instantaneous yeast can be utilized interchangeably in recipes (1:1). Energetic dry yeast has a reasonable price of rising and instantaneous dry yeast has a sooner price of rising; lively dry yeast will take longer to boost the dough. Reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to widespread yeast FAQs.
  5. Milk: This recipe used to name for 1/2 cup (120ml) water and 1/4 cup (60ml) milk. The rolls style a lot richer utilizing all milk, and that’s what I like to recommend. Entire milk and even buttermilk are perfect for this dough. If wanted, you’ll be able to substitute 3/4 cup (180ml) lower-fat or nondairy milk.

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