Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

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Creamy European-style butter is the secret to these Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls — it’s in the base, filling, and glaze!

These sweet rolls start with a soft, sweet dough, filled with lemon-infused sugar and blueberry filling; they’re topped with a sweet lemon glaze. 

Overhead image of the lemon blueberry sweet rolls

Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls

We make and eat cinnamon rolls so often at my home, that a few weeks ago I decided it was time to change up the flavor profile a bit. After a couple weeks of testing and perfecting, Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls hit the table and my boys haven’t let me go back to making plain cinnamon rolls since!

These sweet rolls are incredible! They’re sweet, buttery, tart, fresh, and vibrant. They’re bursting with juicy sweet blueberries and covered in a sweet-tart lemon glaze.

Today I’ve included step-by-step photos, a full video tutorial, and very detailed instructions so you can make and enjoy these Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls even if you don’t have much baking experience. 

 

 

Process shots-- images of the milk, yeast, and sugar being mixed together in a pot over heat, then being added to the stand mixer, eggs, butter, and vanilla being added and it being mixed to combine. Then flour and salt being added

How to make Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Step one: Warm milk and proof the yeast.

  • Warm the milk to 100 degrees F and remove it from the stovetop. If you have a candy thermometer or meat thermometer, you can use that for accuracy.
  • Next, we proof the yeast, which means that we activate it. To do this, add the yeast and sugar on top of the warm milk, give it a quick stir, and let it stand for 5-10 minutes. (See the pictures above for how the yeast looks before and after it’s proofed). 

QUICK TIP

Activated yeast will have a bubbly foam on the surface. If you don’t get the foamy yeast you’ll need to start again or you’ll end up with dense lemon blueberry sweet rolls. The two most common reasons for the yeast not activating is old/bad yeast, or the milk was too hot.

Step two: Combine butter, vanilla, and egg.

  • While the yeast is activating, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and let it cool back to room temperature – it’s important the butter isn’t hot so when it’s added to the egg, the egg doesn’t cook.
  • Whisk together the butter, egg yolk (reserve the whites and use it in this Egg Wrap recipe!), and pure vanilla extract.

Step three: Add everything to the stand mixer.

  • Now add that butter and egg mixture to the base of your stand mixer.
  • Add the activated yeast mixture (see quick tip above) right on top.
  • Mix everything together in the base of the stand mixer.

QUICK TIP

Making bread (or rolls) requires a sturdy mixer. This isn’t the place for a hand mixer.

Process shots-- images of he dough being mixed together, rising, and being rolled out, and the sugar being spread over

Step four: Add in dry ingredients.

  • Add the flour and salt right on top of the wet ingredients in the bowl of the stand mixer.
  • Mix on low speed with the dough hook until thick and slightly sticky (~2 minutes), scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed.
  • Knead on medium speed until the dough gathers around the hook, (~5-6 minutes).
  • If the dough is not gathering around the hook, very slowly add in some extra flour. We want the dough to be slightly sticky and tacky, so resist the urge to add too much additional flour; this will take away from the softness of the dough.

QUICK TIP

Humidity, altitude, and other factors can play a huge role in dough structure; you may need an extra 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup extra flour! Add flour gradually (and slowly) until the dough gathers around the dough hook and can be kneaded into a ball without being too sticky.

Step five: Let the dough rise.

  • Gently form the dough into a ball and place in a large, greased bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled– about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, give it a punch to release the air! (Kids can be very helpful here.)

Step six: roll out the dough

  • Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the dough. Form a rectangle shape that is approximately 15×12 inches (with the 15-inch side facing you). Avoid overworking the dough at this point.
  • In a separate bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Rub the zest and sugar together with your fingers until the zest is broken down and fragrant. Stir in the lemon juice; this is our sweet filling for these sweet rolls.
  • Spread the softened butter, lemon sugar mixture, and fresh blueberries over the dough.
  • Starting on the long end, tightly roll up the dough jelly-roll style. You should end up with an even-sized cylinder.
  • Cut the dough cylinder into 12 even slices (use your measuring tape for perfect accuracy!). Use a sharp knife so that you don’t squish the dough as you cut.

Process shots-- images of the blueberries being added on top of the sugar layer, the dough being rolled together, and it being cut into dough rolls and put in a pan and then heavy cream being added on top. Images of the lemon blueberry sweet rolls being baked and the glaze being added on top

Step seven: Let the rolls rise again.

  • Generously grease a 9×13-inch pan and place the sliced rolls onto the pan.
  • Cover the rolls and allow them to rise for 20-30 minutes or until nearly doubled
  • Once the rolls have risen, brush warmed heavy cream evenly over the rolls. This makes the Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls gooey, delicious, flavorful, and also slightly caramelizes all the edges. 

Step eight: Bake and glaze.

  • Place the pan of rolls in the oven and prepare the lemon glaze while they’re baking.
  • Once the sweet rolls are out of the oven, let them cool for 5-10 minutes before spreading the glaze evenly over the rolls.
  • Enjoy while warm and gooey!

Image of the lemon blueberry sweet rolls fresh out of the oven without the glaze

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Roll tips

  • Give yourself plenty of time to make these sweet rolls. This recipe takes a good amount of time! Even though a lot of the time is hands-off, it’s still time and labor intensive. Give yourself plenty of time; there can be a lot of variance in how the dough rises and how the sweet rolls bake, depending on the altitude where you live, the humidity, and other factors.
  • While this recipe is very precise, the flour measurement can greatly vary, again due to many factors. Ultimately, you are looking for a slightly sticky and tacky dough that gathers around the hook and doesn’t stick to the side of the stand mixer.
  • Avoid metallic baking pans. Metal pans and lemon don’t mix well; I’ve found when baking lemon treats in a metal pan, the treats end up tasting metallic. Use a ceramic or glass pan for best results.

Image of one of the lemon blueberry sweet rolls on a plate with a fork about to be eaten

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Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

5 from 1 vote
These sweet rolls start with a soft, sweet dough, filled with lemon-infused sugar and blueberry filling; they’re topped with a sweet lemon glaze. 
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Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

5 from 1 vote
These sweet rolls start with a soft, sweet dough, filled with lemon-infused sugar and blueberry filling; they’re topped with a sweet lemon glaze. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12 lemon blueberry sweet rolls
Calories 324kcal

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup whole milk (I wouldn't recommend a lower fat)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (not instant)
  • 1/3 cup + 1/2 teaspoon white granulated sugar, separated
  • 4 tablespoons Danish Creamery European Style Butter (unsalted), melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 and 3/4 cups white, all-purpose flour, plus additional flour if needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons Danish Creamery European Style Butter (unsalted), softened
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon (~1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, slightly warmed

For the Frosting/Glaze

  • Zest of 1 large lemon (~1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Danish Creamery European Style Butter (unsalted), melted
  • 1 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Instructions

Make the Dough:

  • Heat the milk in a medium pot over low heat until it reaches 100 degrees F. Remove from heat and add in the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Give it a quick stir. Let sit until foamy, which should take roughly 5-10 minutes. (If the mixture doesn't foam you may need new yeast or you could have killed the yeast with milk that was too hot. Start over or the rolls won't rise).
  • While the yeast is proofing, melt the 4 tablespoons butter and let it return to room temperature. Once cooled, whisk in the vanilla extract and egg yolk until smooth. Pour this mixture into the base of a stand mixer along with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Pour the activated yeast and milk mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix everything until combined. Add the flour and salt on top.
  • Mix on low speed with the dough hook until thick and slightly sticky (~2 minutes), scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Knead on medium speed until the dough gathers around the hook, (~5-6 minutes). If the dough is not gathering around the hook you can slowly add additional flour (1/4 cup up to 3/4 cup extra). You DO want the dough to be slightly sticky and tacky. Resist the urge to add too much additional flour as this will take away from the softness of the dough, but the dough should gather around the dough hook and be slightly sticky and tacky, but not stick to your fingers.
  • Remove the dough and shape into a ball (again it will be a little sticky!). Grease the mixing bowl with cooking spray or butter and return the dough to the bowl, turning to coat with the spray or butter. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let rise until doubled. This takes roughly 45 mins to 1 hour 15 minutes. Placing the dough in a warm(but not too warm)environment will make it rise a bit faster.
  • Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the dough. Try to get a rectangle shape that is approximately 15 x 12 inches (with the 15 inch side facing you). Avoid overworking the dough.

For the Filling:

  • With a table knife, spread dough evenly with 4 tablespoons of softened butter (leaving a 1- inch border on the dough). In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant and zest is broken down. Add the lemon juice and mix. Sprinkle this lemon sugar over the butter. Sprinkle and gently press the blueberries evenly over the lemon sugar mixture.
  • Using a very sharp knife (I use a bread knife), cut the roll of dough into 12 equal slices and place (cut side up) in a well-greased 9x13-inch ceramic or glass pan (avoid metal pans if possible; metal pans will sometimes make the sweet rolls taste metallic and react with the acid in the recipe).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cover the rolls in the pan and allow them to rise until nearly doubled, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Warm the heavy cream for 15-20 seconds in the microwave (you don't want it hot, just not cold/straight from the fridge).
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the heavy cream over the risen rolls and allow it to soak down in and around the rolls.
  • Bake cinnamon rolls at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown at the edges and the center of the rolls are cooked through.

For the Frosting/Glaze:

  • While the rolls are cooling, prepare the glaze. Whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, melted butter, powdered sugar, and salt.
  • Allow sweet rolls to cool at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and then spread the glaze evenly over the rolls. Enjoy warm!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1Sweet Roll | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 8.2g | Cholesterol: 25.9mg | Sodium: 63.9mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 39.3g

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  1. 5 stars
    Chelsea,
    These lemon rolls are fabulously paired with blueberries. Loved reading your entire post. Awesome clicks and your step-by-step instructions are very helpful. My girls will fancy making this after I handover your recipe to them. Thanks!
    Hasin

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