Made with frozen dough, these Lemon Pull Apart Rolls couldn’t be easier! They have a crunchy lemon sugar topping, and a drizzle of lemon icing. People can’t get enough of these lemon sweet rolls!
SUPER EASY LEMON ROLLS
I am a big fan of lemon baked goods, and these lemon rolls are one of the easiest recipes in my lemon collection. You only need five ingredients!
I love the taste of lemon, especially during the hot summer months. These lemon rolls start with frozen dough, so they are super simple to make. But don’t tell anyone, and they will never know. They look and taste like you slaved in a hot kitchen for hours.
The lemon zest is what gives them amazing flavor, so don’t leave it out. These would be perfect for a summer brunch, or at a baby or bridal shower. They look just as good as they taste!
Looking at the photo of these lemon pull-aparts makes me want to bake up another batch. They are sooo yummy!
HOW TO MAKE LEMON PULL APART ROLLS
- frozen dinner rolls (I use Rhodes rolls.)
- fresh lemon zest
- granulated sugar
- powdered sugar
- fresh lemon juice
- Take the rolls out of the freezer, cover them and let them thaw at room temperature. It usually takes 1 1/2 – 2 hours, but it depends on the temperature of your kitchen.
- Cut rolls in half and place cut side down in a greased 9×13″ pan. (I like to use kitchen shears, but a really sharp knife will also work.)
- Zest and juice your lemon; set aside.
- Melt the butter and pour it over the rolls. Mix together the granulated sugar and lemon zest and sprinkle just HALF of it over the buttered rolls.
- Cover the rolls and let them rise till doubled. Mine took about 2 1/2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle the remaining half of the lemon sugar mixture over the top of the raised rolls. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes.
- Whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar and drizzle over warm rolls.
We think these sweet rolls are best served warm, but if you have any leftovers, you can store them at room temperature. Just cover them tightly with plastic wrap and they will last for 4-5 days.
- To get the most juice out of lemons, roll them on the counter while pressing down firmly. This breaks up the fibers and releases more juice.
- For best flavor, you must use fresh lemon zest, not dried. Frozen zest works great. Fresh lemon juice is also a must.
- If you are in a hurry and need your rolls to raise faster, heat your oven to the lowest setting. (Mine is 170°.) Turn the oven off, then place the covered rolls in the warm oven. The texture isn’t as great as if they raise at room temperature, and you have to watch them closely, but it does shave off a fair amount of time.
LOVE LEMON? TRY THESE RECIPES:
- Lemon Drop Cakes
- Lemon Brownies
- Lemon Butter Cookies
- Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
- Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
- Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
MORE TASTY SWEET ROLLS:
- Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
- Strawberry Cheesecake Rolls
- Raspberry Rolls
- Nutella Rolls
- One Hour Cinnamon Rolls
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LEMON PULL APARTS
- 12 Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed but still cold (you can find them in the freezer section)
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (more or less)
- Cut rolls in half and place cut side down in a greased 9x13" pan. Drizzle with the melted butter.
- Mix lemon zest and sugar together in a small bowl. Sprinkle HALF of the lemon sugar mixture over the rolls.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let raise till doubled. Since the dough is still cold, it can take 2-3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle remaining lemon sugar mixture on top of the rolls.
- Bake at 350° for about 20-25 minutes.
- Whisk together glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over rolls while still warm.
-If you can't find frozen roll dough in your area, you can use homemade dough and it works just fine.
-If you like lots of icing on your rolls, double the icing recipe.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g
(originally published 6/13/2011, updated January 2021)
If you love lemon baked goods, you must try these lemon pull aparts. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a wonderful lemon treat that will have everyone begging for more!