Recipe Box, Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

I know Easter was different this year…

I tried to keep things as normal as possible

even though part of our family was missing

and we watched church on TV…

One of the boys found an Easter egg floating on a frisbee in the pool!

We had cream cheese filled lemon rolls for an Easter breakfast treat

They are simple to make, all you need is

Lemon, cream cheese, bread or roll dough and 3 kinds of sugar

with an optional splash of vanilla

Mix the cream cheese with brown sugar and lemon zest

I also added a touch of butter vanilla or vanilla

I used Pillsbury french bread dough in a can

It is a sticky dough, so keep it well chilled

until you are ready to unroll it on to a sheet of parchment paper

The parchment paper will aid in rolling up after filling

Sprinkle the filling layer with granulated sugar and roll up starting with the long side

Wrap parchment around dough log and return to refrigerator until cutting if possible

Cut dough into about 12 slices and place in a greased baking dish with space between rolls

{I put 8 in one pan and the remaining 4 in another smaller pan}

Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, checking after 20 minutes

Make icing while rolls are cooling by mixing lemon juice and powdered sugar

Let rolls cool a bit before icing so it doesn’t run off

Drizzle glaze over rolls and garnish with lemon zest

A little bite of heaven!

This recipe is adapted from Plain Chicken


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls


  • 1 can 11 oz. Pillsbury refrigerated french bread dough*
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1-2 tsps Butter Vanilla or Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon zested
  • Icing
  • 2 T lemon juice {or more if needed}
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Mix brown sugar with cream cheese, vanilla and 1/2 of lemon zest until smooth.
  • Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper and unroll dough onto paper forming into a large rectangle. Gently spread the cream cheese filling over dough, leaving about 1/4 inch border. Sprinkle dough with white sugar. Carefully roll dough into a log, starting with the long side and using the parchment paper to aid rolling.
  • If time permits, cover log with parchment paper and place in refrigerator to make slicing easier.
  • Slice dough log into 12 even slices. Place slices cut side up in a greased baking dish leaving space between rolls for expansion. {Use 2 pans if necessary} Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until dough is cooked through and golden.
  • Let rolls cool 10-15 minutes before icing.
  • Icing: Add lemon juice to powdered sugar and stir. If mixture is too thick add more lemon juice. If icing is too thin add more powdered sugar. Drizzle icing over rolls and garnish with remaining lemon zest.
  • Rolls can be assembled the night before and refrigerated until baking in the morning.


*substitute crescent roll dough, crescent roll sheet, or any refrigerated dough and adjust baking time
Keyword breakfast rolls, brunch, danish, lemon rolls,, sweet rolls

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24 Responses to “Recipe Box, Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling”
  1. Rita C. says:

    Yum, saved! And I have all the ingredients.

  2. Michelle says:

    These sound delicious!

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are making me wish I had one of these this morning! These rolls sound scrumptious! It looks like your grands had a fun Easter egg hunt. They are so blessed to have you as a grandmother. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I definitely want to try it. Enjoy your day!

  4. These look really good and pretty easy. And anything with lemon is my favorite! (Brilliant egg hiding on the frisbee in the pool!)

  5. Jenna, I need something sweet and these look so delicious. I always love anything lemon. The egg on the frisbee in the pool is too cute. A trip to the beach or anywhere would be fabulous right about now. Have fun with the boys!

  6. These look really lemony and delicious!!! YUM!

  7. Oh Jenna… I could go for one of those lemon rolls with my tea this morning. Stay healthy!!

  8. lghiggins says:

    Sounds delicious. I love things with cooked cream cheese. They remind me of cheesecake!

  9. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Those rolls sound delicious. I could eat the entire pan.

  10. Mary says:

    Yum, sounds delicious Jenna!

  11. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my! These look so good, I love lemon. Next trip to the store, I’m buying a lemon and will make these. My mouth is watering already! Lol.♥️🍋thank you!

  12. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh boy, got to save this recipe Jenna. I would love these with coffee and Connor would love the entire pan! I can’t wait to make these……..

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