Lemon Rolls Recipe

Lemon Rolls

These delicious lemon rolls are an incredible alternative to cinnamon rolls. They are perfect for a spring breakfast or brunch, for Easter breakfast or Mother's Day breakfast. 
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients

Rolls

  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • 2 packages of rapid rise dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups of very warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour

Filling

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 package Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding Mix

Frosting

  • 1 package (8 ouncePHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 sticbutter softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure lemon extract
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-5 TBSP milk

Instructions

Rolls

  • Mix yeast and warm water until dissolved.
  • Combine cake mix, salt and flour in a large bowl.
  • Add warm water/yeast mixture and vanilla to cake mix, salt and flour mixture. Mix well. This may require kneading with your hands a bit to completely combine ingredients.
  • Cover tightly. Let rise for one hour. Punch down and let rise again for another 30-60 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll one half of dough into a rectangle shape, approx 1/4? thick.
  • Once dough is rolled out, brush with half of softened butter.
  • Combine white sugar, lemon zest and JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding Mix in a bowl, stirring until well combined.
  • Sprinkle half of the sugar, lemon zest and JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding mix over buttered dough.
  • Starting at end opposite from you, roll the dough towards you until all dough is rolled into one long piece.
  • Slice dough into 12 equal sized pieces. Place 12 rolls into a 13x9 inch pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking oil.
  • Repeat process with remaining dough to make the second pan of lemon rolls.
  • Cover and let both pans rise until almost doubled in size, approximately 30 minutes. Don't worry if rolls don't completely double in size, they will continue to rise while baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • While rolls are baking, prepare your frosting.
  • Remove from oven and either frost immediately if you would like frosting to melt into rolls, or wait until rolls have cooled, then frost.

Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese, softened butter and lemon extract in a bowl until light and fluffy. Mix until well combined. Add in your confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add in three tablespoons milk, and mix until very well combined. If you desire a thinner frosting, add additional two tablespoons of milk, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Store rolls in refrigerator.
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