Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

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Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls are soft sweet rolls that are bursting with fresh blueberries and covered in lemon cream cheese frosting. They are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch.

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Famous Sweet Rolls

My dad’s Cinnamon Rolls are hands down the BEST cinnamon rolls on the planet. I hope you have all made them. If you haven’t, add them to your to do list NOW! They are our family’s favorite and everyone that tries them falls in love. They are absolute perfection.

My dad came to visit a few weeks ago and we made a spin off of his famous cinnamon rolls, Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls. My dad is always up for baking with me. We’ve made Raspberry Sweet Rolls before and they are amazing so we decided it would be a good idea to invite lemon and blueberries to the party. Lemon and blueberry always make a good team and I knew they would be amazing in my dad’s famous roll dough.

I was right, these Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls are so divine! We were all swooning over them! They are definitely a new favorite.

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls Recipe

Tips for Making Sweet Rolls

My dad’s sweet roll dough is perfect in every way. It comes out perfect every time and the dough is satiny, smooth, sweet, soft, tender, buttery, and melt in your mouth good! The dough was perfect for the lemon and blueberry combo!

  • My dad uses active dry yeast for the dough.
  • My dad also uses shortening (Crisco). I normally don’t use shortening in any of our recipes, but I stick to my dad’s recipe and use it here because the rolls are so perfect. If you don’t want to use shortening, you can use butter.
  • You will need about 9 cups of all-purpose flour for this recipe. You might need to add a little more if the dough is too sticky.
  • We use our KitchenAid Mixer with the dough hook to knead the dough at first and then we knead it by hand. If you don’t have a mixer, you can knead it all by hand. You will get a good workout:)
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place and allow the dough enough time to rise. You don’t want to rush the dough. The dough needs to rise twice, once before you roll it out and once after you form the rolls.
  • Use dental floss or thread to cut the dough into rolls for best results.
  • Fresh blueberries are best for this recipe.
  • Let the sweet rolls cool for about 10 minutes before you frost them. You want the rolls to be warm, but not hot.
  • You can make the sweet rolls in advance. After the rolls are in the pan, cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge overnight. Remove from the refrigerator in the morning and let rise.

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch

The Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch. They do take some time to make, but they aren’t hard. We like to make them on weekends or for special occasions. Make them for Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, Christmas, or just because!

Enjoy a Lemon Blueberry Sweet Roll with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. They are SO good served warm. You will want to lick the plate to get every single bit of that lemon cream cheese frosting. And when you get a bite with a juicy blueberry, you will be in heaven! Enjoy!

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Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls are soft sweet rolls that are bursting with fresh blueberries and covered in lemon cream cheese frosting. They are the perfect treat for special occasions or weekend breakfasts or brunch!
4.69 from 19 votes


For the rolls:

  • 2 packages active dry yeast, 4 ½ teaspoons, dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 6 tablespoons shortening or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 8 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, divided

For the Frosting:


  • Add yeast to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir with a spoon and set aside for about five minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and beat for 30 seconds. Let cool to lukewarm temperature. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix until well combined. Mix in the beaten eggs.
  • Gradually stir in the remaining flour and mix with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Knead by hand, add a little flour if the dough is still sticky. Knead until dough feels satiny and smooth.
  • Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Divide dough in half. With a rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a rectangular shape. Spread dough evenly with 4 tablespoons of softened butter. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Sprinkle half of the lemon sugar mixture over the butter. Reserve the other half for the next round of dough. Place 1 cup of the blueberries evenly on the sugary dough.
  • Gently roll up dough into one long roll. Cut rolls, using a piece of dental floss or thread, about two inches thick. Place rolls into a greased 9X13 baking pan, leaving a little space in between each roll so they have room to rise.
  • Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough, using the remaining ingredients.
  • Place rolls in a warm spot and cover with a towel. Let rolls rise until double in bulk, about an hour. Bake rolls at 350 degrees F for 25-32 minutes or until golden brown on top. The insides should be soft, but not doughy. Remove pans from oven and let cool until slightly warm on a wire rack.
  • While the rolls are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread frosting on rolls and serve.

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    1. Store in an airtight container on the counter or cover with plastic wrap.

  1. 5 stars
    I love this dough! It has a lot of ingredients and steps but is well worth the time and effort!
    I didn’t use Crisco, I used coconut manna instead. And I added some cream cheese inside to. They came out divine!! My whole family loved them. I’m also going to try it with raspberries that grow on the property. I think peaches might be good to! Making them again today!

  2. Just wondering if you have ever halved the recipe successfully?  We are a small family of three and I don’t want these lingering around too long or I will eat them all!!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh! My daughter sent this recipe to me from your Instagram page with the drooling face emoji 🙂 I had everything I needed to make them so I figured why not?
    This is the first time I’ve ever attempted making sweet rolls and I have to say, no one was disappointed. My family was literally standing at the oven waiting for them to come out!
    I followed the recipe precisely with the only exception being when I got to the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice mixture, I added a cup of the vanilla sugar I have had in my mason jar for about 9 months and a half a cup of regular sugar. I had read that if you added your used vanilla bean pods to regular sugar that after a few weeks you would have vanilla sugar, seriously yummy!
    Needless to say these were a huge hit with my family and my co-workers. I will be making the raspberry sweet rolls next! You have a fan for life now!
    Thank you!!!

  4. Have you tried baking these the day ahead? Would I then be best not frosting them until right before serving?

  5. 5 stars
    Looks awesome. The secret to the best sweet rolls is to pour a little cream or milk if you don’t have cream, over the rolls a couple minutes before you bake them. 1 usually use about 1/4 cup for an 8×8 so maybe 1/3 for a 9×13? I thought it sounded like no big deal at first, then I tried it, it is insane how much difference it makes. You will not regret giving it a try and your dad is going to love it too!

  6. Hi- I’m wanting to make these but all I can find at any store is RapidRise Instant Yeast. Every store in Colorado is sold out of Dry Active Yeast. Can this recipe be modified to use the instant yeast? Crazy times, eh?

  7. Do you think I could use frozen thawed Blueberries? Or would that make it to wet?
    Would love an answer.
    Thanks in advance

    1. If you want to use frozen blueberries, I wouldn’t thaw them. They will have more liquid and you might need to bake a few minutes more, just check them and see.

  8. 5 stars
    Really good. Followed recipe exactly. My only issue was the dough was quite sticky and added more flour.It was around 80F which may have impacted consistency but this recipe is a keeper. Well done!

    1. Can you freeze half the dough? If so, would you do so before or after you let it rise?

  9. I love lemon and blueberry together. Could you add lemon zest to the dough for an extra punch of that lemon flavour?

  10. 5 stars
    How long can you refrigerate them before second rise and baking them? I’ve made these many times and they are so delicious. They freeze very well and when you microwave they are still super soft and moist. I just freeze them individually in zip lock bags wrapped in parchment so the frosting doesn’t stick to the ziplock.

    1. I wonder about that too. I have an out of town guest coming and I would like to make them a few days in advance. I have made these before and they are delicious.

    2. I made these the day before (AM), and let them rise in the fridge until I baked them at noon the next day. They turned out beautifully for me.

  11. 3 stars
    I tried. These sounded divine. Lots of work but figured worth it!! I mean … blueberries! Lemon! I tried making them GF so my daughter could enjoy. Epic fail 🙁

  12. This is the worst recipe ever!!! If you follow her recipe, your dough will be super thin, sticky runny and won’t rise properly! Do yourself a favor and search “best cinnamon rolls” recipe and just use that, add lemon zest and a little lemon extract to the dough then use this filling recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      Honestly…. I have no idea what you are talking about?! They turned out beautiful and so damn yummy!

  13. How delightful – the bread was soft and the subtly sweet, the filling was had the just right amount of sweet and tang – and the topping was decadent! Making it was a bit time consuming, but not overly difficult. It does make a lot! I froze half of the dough for another time. Thank you for sharing your father’s beloved recipe, it is a winner in my book! Easter Brunch 2022

  14. I can’t wait ti try these recipes. I am also looking forward to tasting them as well, thank you for sharing.

  15. Is this for real?!? 9 cups of flour and you need to add more?!? Obviously meant to feed a major crowd. I have the same kitchen aid model and would never use that much flour in it to risk breaking it. Even half the recipe is a lot.

    1. It makes 2 big pans. You can half the recipe. We like making a lot to share and freeze!

  16. 5 stars
    These are amazing. I started making them for family & friends now they are all hooked. They all are always asking when am I going to make them. Thank you so much for the recipe.