Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Rolls

These sweet yeasted Danish-like rolls are wrapped around a layer of fresh blueberries and lemon zest. A sweet and tangy glaze finishes them off. Serve them as a dessert or enjoy with coffee for breakfast or brunch.

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
Nutrition Profile:



  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon water

Filling & Glaze

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • Zest of 1 large lemon (2 teaspoons)

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • Juice of 1 large lemon, plus more to taste


  1. To prepare dough: Combine milk, butter and honey in a small saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat until steam rises and there are bubbles around the edges. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to 110°F. Stir in yeast and set aside until bubbly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk all-purpose flour and pastry flour together in a medium bowl. Separate 1 egg, reserving the yolk for the egg wash. Combine the egg white with the whole egg in a small bowl and beat well, then whisk into the yeast mixture. Sprinkle 2 1/2 cups flour mixture and salt over the wet ingredients. Mix with a flexible spatula until a dough forms; it will be sticky.

  3. Dust a clean work surface with some of the remaining flour mixture and turn the dough out onto it. Dust the dough with more flour and knead, adding additional flour mixture as needed, until you have a smooth, elastic dough, about 5 minutes. Lightly coat a large clean bowl with cooking spray. Add the dough and turn to coat. Cover with a kitchen towel and set in a warm, draft-free place to rise until tripled in volume, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle, with the longer side facing you.

  5. To prepare filling: Mix granulated sugar, softened butter and lemon zest together in a small bowl, forming it into a paste. Spread evenly over the dough rectangle, making sure to spread to the edges. Sprinkle with blueberries. Beginning with the edge closest to you, roll the dough up fairly tightly.

  6. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the log into 12 equal portions. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking the next day.)

  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  8. Mix the reserved egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash lightly over the tops of the rolls. Bake, rotating the pan from front to back halfway through, until the rolls are puffed and golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack set in a large rimmed baking sheet.

  9. To prepare glaze: Mix confectioners' sugar and about 1 tablespoon lemon juice (adding more to suit your taste and until the glaze is drizzling consistency) in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls. Let cool for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
8g Fat
57g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 roll
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 25g
Added Sugars 21g 42%
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 269IU 5%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Vitamin D 15IU 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 71mcg 18%
Vitamin K 5mcg 4%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 173mg 4%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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