Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls

Lemon Sweet Rolls

I am always sometimes impatient. I want things to happen now. Yesterday! Jordan is just like me, but what’s funny is that she has more of a “hurry up and wait” attitude. Like, “I’m totally impatient and I want to be a rock star RIGHT NOW but I really don’t want to take guitar lessons and do I have to go to dance class today?”

Having only one kid, I only have one example, but have you noticed that your kids’ personalities are like they were from birth (or before)? That is totally the case with Jordan. She’s had that “hurry up and wait” attitude since she was in the womb.

We’ve never talked births here. {Don’t worry, I’m not going too.} The long and short of it is that I woke up, 10 days before my due date (and believe me, we knew my exact due date) running to the bathroom because my water was breaking. Hurry up mom! I want to get out of here and meet you!

By the time my husband got home from work (a 40 minute drive he had just completed the second I called him) and we got to the hospital, I was at, like, 1cm. Which is where I stayed forever, even with the drugs. Finally the nurses to pity on me at 4 cm and gave me an early epidural.

10 days early, starting with the water breaking (which, people, against what the classes tell you, does happen outside the hospital), and I got to be in labor for 20 hours, and push for 3. She finally decided she preferred the warmth inside and didn’t want to come out, but the doctor suctioned her out to force the issue.

So yeah, she’s impatient. And stubborn. From before day one. And she gets it from me.

Lemon Sweet Rolls

Something I’m also impatient about? Dough. I love a homemade cinnamon roll, but jeez. All that waiting drives me crazy when I want breakfast and I want it now!

It was one of those days I created these.

When I received my tons of lemons back at Christmas (I still have some in my fridge, FYI) I was turning out lemon stuff like it was going out of style. I wanted to make sweet rolls, like Sally does, or like Karly did, but I was too impatient to wait for the yeast.

So I used crescent rolls. The next best thing in 5 minutes flat. Seriously, that’s how long it took me to make these, not including the baking.

You simply unroll your crescent roll dough and press all the seams together. The filling is a little butter and a bunch of sugar and lemon zest mixed together. (Some of the best smelling stuff ever!) Roll, slice, bake. DONE.

lemon sweet rolls

Of course, I made a lemon drizzle for the top. It added some more sweet and tart to the sweet rolls. You can’t have sweet rolls without a drizzle!

These rolls are SO good. Tart, sweet, fluffy, and best of all, easy. And I love how lemony they were. Totally brightens up those cold, wintery January days.

lemon sweet rolls

Because, as usual, I’m impatient for January to be over. Patience really is a virtue…but when you don’t have any that’s okay. Make easy, no-rise sweet rolls. You’ll be happy you did!

Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls

Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls


  • 1 tube Crescent rolls (8 rolls)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Carefully unroll the crescent rolls, being sure to keep them in a rectangle. Do not separate them; press together the seams of all 8 rolls to form a large rectangle.
  3. Spread with a small amount of butter (light butter spread is fine too). Mix granulated sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the rectangle of dough, being sure to go right up to the edges.
  4. Starting at the short end, tightly roll the crescent rolls back into a roll, pressing together seams as needed. Slice into 8 equal sized pieces and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes, until browned. Prepare glaze while they are baking.
  6. Whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle onto hot rolls when the come out of the oven. Rolls are best warm.
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  1. Oh my gosh, love lemon! Great pics!
    Jenn recently posted..Red Velvet Crinkle SandwichesMy Profile

  2. these look SO good – and are the exact opposite of my 4 hour baguettes from today:)

  3. OMG these are one of our favorite breakfasts. The only difference is I have a jar (okay 3 of them) of Pampered Chef Lemon Sprinkle mix. SO easy and delish!!! Yours are so pretty!!
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  4. I am SO glad you posted these…such a fantastic idea to use crescent rolls! I NEVER have the time or patience to make regular cinnamon rolls, and the lemon in these looks amazing…making these tomorrow!! Thank you!!!
    Tonii recently posted..Valentines Doughnuts…the easy way!My Profile

  5. Ask my mom, I am also annoyingly impatient which is why I have never made cinnamon rolls or any kind of recipe that takes longer then an hour to make. I love the sound of these Lemon Sweet Rolls though and since they are made with crescent rolls, you can count me in!
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry recently posted..Apple Peanut Butter CrumbleMy Profile

  6. I love lemon and I love easy to make rolls. My mom-in-law makes orange rolls so I can’t wait to make these for her.

  7. These are SO tasty looking. I want five of them right now! And I mean NOW. :)
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Almond Sugar Valentine CookiesMy Profile

  8. I just bought a bag of lemons, so tomorrow…maybe Lemon Rolls! XOXO
    Susan recently posted..Vermont Cheese RollsMy Profile

  9. You are speaking to me here! I’m such an impatient baker so these are right up my alley!

    Isn’t funny how we know exactly what our kids are gonna be like just from the pregnancy and delivery! My oldest is a stubborn one too!
    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More recently posted..White Chocolate-Peanut Butter Covered Quaker Cereal SqauresMy Profile

  10. Yum! Love all the pretty lemons!

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes!
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  11. Citrus in the middle of winter sounds perfect!
    Sue {munchkin mnchins} recently posted..Sprinkled With Love~Mason Jar CookiesMy Profile

  12. Fun shortcut and yes, sometimes a can of crescent rolls is SUCH a lifesaver. Loving the lemon, too! And the lemon cookie linkbacks. I want to try some…one day…:) So many things I want to make!
    Averie @ Averie Cooks recently posted..Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk CookiesMy Profile

  13. Amazing. Is there anything better than Pillsbury dough? Idontthinkso.
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  14. my daughter borned like yours :-) these rolls seem so good… i’d like one…. no… any more ;-)
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  15. Did you shoot these in M as well Dorothy??? I AM SO IN LOVE with these photos!!! And this recipe too of course. I still have your lemon meringue pie fudge in my mind. I love lemon baked treats/desserts SO much!
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..chocolate chip cherry sweet rolls.My Profile

    • No, these were Aperture mode. Thank you Sally! Coming from you that means a lot. I think my new lens is helping, if I can figure out how to use it properly, lol. I totally thought of you when I made these. :)

  16. firstly, those look great and yummy how easy! Secondly, my birth story is close, but my kid was 2 weeks late, water broke at home then over 24 hours of labor never getting past 4cm. But I had to have a c section, my kid is always impatient unless it involves actual work. I am the same way actually, but I blame hubby for it.
    sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more recently posted..Wedding Sweet Table-Black and WhiteMy Profile

  17. I’m pretty impatient myself. As soon as I’ve decided I want something, I want it RIGHT THIS SECOND. It makes my husband insane.

    Gorgeous rolls!
    Karly recently posted..Homemade MarshmallowsMy Profile

  18. These are just too easy – dangerous!! (and with my third, my water broke at home. So I believe you – it totally happens!!) I’d love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!
    Deborah recently posted..Taste and Tell Thursdays – Easy Chicken Tortellini SoupMy Profile

  19. Thanks so much for linking me up! Lemon in the middle of winter…MIGHT get me through this bitter cold. And yes I’m impatient too. My daughter I fear is on the same road. Her Dad frequently says oh you got an attitude like your Mom…I want it NOW!
    Julie @ Julie’s Eats & Treats recently posted..White Chocolate Cranberry CookiesMy Profile

  20. Would you get a load of how darn cute these are?!!! Totally going to make these – love them!!
    ButterYum recently posted..Freezer Brown RiceMy Profile

  21. you never see lemon rolls, i love this! pinning!
    michelle recently posted..heart shaped and homemade hostess cupcakesMy Profile

  22. YUM!! I’m such a fan of lemon. And these little rolls are too cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Totally pinning!
    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork recently posted..The BEST Brownie Recipe EverMy Profile

  23. Your lemon sweet rolls sound delicious and can’t wait to try them; am with you re impatience and these are also wonderful when guests visit, fast. Wonder how it would be to use lemon curd as the filling?

  24. These look delicious! I love how simple they are :) I’m patient with baking, but not when breakfast is involved. I wake up one hungry lady! PS: I jumped over to your linked post about infertility. I’d never seen it before, and have such great respect for you as a mom. I have a friend who went through it all, and know how difficult it was for her.
    Baking Serendipity recently posted..Cinnamon Almond PancakesMy Profile

  25. My son is the same way. In fact my water broke 4 weeks before my due date only to be induce for 18 hrs. It’s not supposed to happen that way! I’m a little bitter still. But, anyway, the lemon sweet rolls look great. Can’t wait to try them out.
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  26. I am such an impatient person too…and I am seeing it in my kids. Not a good trait to pass on. The only way I make cinnamon rolls is the quick easy way or like you and use crescent rolls. All that rising and punching down of dough is too much for me :-) These sound like a great breakfast I can make up the day before for the kiddos!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Broccoli and Cheese Egg CasseroleMy Profile

  27. 6 ingredients? Bam! Sounds easy enough.
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen recently posted..Roasted Garlic Hummus + Tutorial to Make the Smoothest HummusMy Profile

  28. the more I read the more I wondered if you’re talking about my daughter. She’s always in a rush! I have no idea where she gets it from, since I’m probably the slowest person I know.
    Your rolls turned out great, love the lemon-y touch
    Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking recently posted..Flatbread with roasted tomatoesMy Profile

  29. I have a slight obsession with treats made with crescent rolls so I will definitely be making these!

  30. Yum, I just bought like 4 pounds of lemons. I’m so addicted to lemons, I use it in everything, cooking, baking, drinking. I’m always grateful to find another use for lemon. Love the sound of these plus I’m just starring at your lemon cream pudding cookies and I would love of those just about now. Thanks for sharing all these lemony recipes.

  31. Amazing! Love how easy this is!
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Avocado Bruschetta with Balsamic ReductionMy Profile

  32. LoverOfAnythingChocolate says:

    MMMM! Sounds good, but I’ll use my homemade dough- because it tastes better than store bought- but use your filling and topping! Bookmarked!
    Sounds good! Can’t wait! Thanks!

  33. I just made these and they’re sooooo good…. thank you!

  34. Great recipe!:) i love it and i love lemons..! so i’ll try it;)
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