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Lemon Pull Apart Sweet Rolls

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Guys, these lemon pull apart sweet rolls.. delicious.

And definitely worth the time.

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There is a little bit of “labor of love” involved, but I did my best to make the directions clear, even including some process pictures to help along the way.

After you make this recipe one time, you’ll be a pro.

Lemon Pull Apart Sweet Rolls | thefirstyearblog.com
I love sharing adaptable recipes because I know that not everyone has the same palate.

So if you want to substitute orange zest and juice for the lemon or try your hand at using blueberries to create a blueberry sugar mixture for the filling, I say give it a try!

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Lemon Pull Apart Sweet Rolls

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 12 sweet rolls


  • 2 & 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 & 1/4 tsp instant yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Lemon Sugar Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest (I also added a touch of orange zest)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Mix together 2 cups of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. In the microwave or over the stove, heat the milk and butter until the butter is melted. Remove the pan from the stove if using that method and add the water and stir. Let it cool for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each.
  6. Add the remaining 3/4 cup flour and mix until the dough is smooth yet sticky and loose.
  7. Using some extra flour, sprinkle some over a work surface and slightly knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, adding an additional 1-2 tbsp of flour if it is extra sticky.
  8. Grease a large bowl, put the dough in there and cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, the dough will grow in size. (*I like to turn my oven on to low for a few minutes, then turn it off, wait a few minutes and place the dough in there.)
  9. Lemon Sugar Filling
  10. While the dough is rising, combine the sugar and lemon zest until you have a wet sand-like mixture.
  11. Assemble the sweet rolls
  12. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center of the oven. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  13. On a lightly floured surface, cut the dough in half, wrapping one half in plastic wrap. With the half you have out, flatten into a rectangle-ish shape long enough to cut the dough into 15-18 pieces, about 3/4 to 1 inch wide, right now it doesn’t matter how tall they are.
  14. Using some flour and a rolling pin, roll each piece to be about 6 inches long and 2.5-3.5 inches wide. They don’t all need to be the exact same size.
  15. Using a pastry brush, spread the 4tbsp of melted butter from the lemon sugar filling over each piece of dough.
  16. Using only half of the lemon sugar filling mixture, sprinkle some on each piece of dough.
  17. To make the sweet rolls, take one piece of dough and lay it so the longest side is parallel to your body. Place 4 more pieces on top (or 5 if you have 18 to start with).
  18. Cut the stack of dough in the middle, resulting in one stack on the left and one on the right (2 sweet rolls total).
  19. Pinch together the edges that are closest to your body, this will be the bottom of the sweet roll.
  20. Place the dough, pinch side down, into the muffin cup. Adjust each layer of dough, pulling them slightly apart, so they aren’t all laying on top of one another.
  21. Repeat this process of stacking, dividing, pinching and reshaping until the dough is gone, including the other half you set aside.
  22. Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with any extra lemon sugar topping.
  23. Bake for 15-19 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let the rolls cool in the pan before removing.
  24. Lemon Glaze
  25. Combine the confectioners sugar, milk and lemon juice in a tall cup. Mix with a fork until its combined. Top each sweet roll with icing and serve warm. You can warm the rolls in the microwave before serving.

Recipe adapted from Seasons and Suppers.


The pictures below will guide you through assembling the sweet rolls.

Lemon Pull Apart Sweet Rolls

See? Now you’re a pro.

Saturday morning breakfast just got a whole lot better.

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Don’t forget the glaze.

I like to drown mine in glaze, but I refrained for the pictures.

They are best when warm, so pop them into the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy the lemony goodness.

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  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!! Can’t wait to taste these :)

  2. These look so lovely!! I love using lemon in baked goods :)

  3. They look so good! And your pictures are absolutely amazing! But it seems to be some work until you get there… Well done. :)

  4. These are so beautiful! I would love to eat these for breakfast out on the patio on a summer morning :)

  5. Yum!!! I love the drizzle on these lemon rolls. I would drown mine too :-)

  6. They look awesome Beth! Love the flavor of lemon!

  7. These rolls look delicious! I love having something lemon-flavored in the morning — the bright flavor wakes me up!

  8. Wow Beth these look delicious! I love your photos and can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than with these!

  9. They look delicious Beth, I love to drown my sweet treats in glazes too, yum!!

  10. They look amazing!!

  11. Love all of that lemon and orange zest! So full of spring time and summer. :) Your sweet rolls look so pretty as well as delicious!

  12. These are worth any effort! They look fabulous! Love the pic with the icing drizzle!

    • I am so glad you agree, because I think they are worth the effort!!

  13. Beth these are the cutest! I love that they are lemon!! I’m going to be featuring these for SNF this Saturday. Oh, and gorgeous, beautiful photos!!

  14. Oh, Beth…these look ah-mazing! I hope you’ll be linking them up to my new Creative Ways Link Party! It’s live on the blog right now. Have a terrific week!

  15. Wow, these rolls look amazing Beth! Awesome step-by-step and pics – I love anything lemon and would totally drown mine in the glaze too :)

  16. These look amazing….and they have lemon in them, so they are totally healthy, right? Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays.

  17. LOVE. these!!! :)

  18. Oh my goodness … these look and sound absolutely divine!

    Making soon!

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