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Jan 23

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

Yield: 8 rolls

Easy lemon sweet rolls made with crescent roll dough - no rising or yeast! Have them on your table in minutes.


  • 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.
  5. Slice into 8 equal sized pieces and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes, until browned. Prepare glaze while they are baking.
  7. 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.

Other Lemon you might love:


Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge


Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge by | A tart lemon fudge with a lemon shortbread crust topped with a marshmallow fudge swirl!


Lemon Cream Pudding Cookies


lemon pudding cookies

Sweets from friends:
Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Domestic Rebel
Zinger from Something Swanky
Lemon Drop Cupcakes from Julie’s Eats and Treats

75 comments on “Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls

  1. Oh my gosh, love lemon! Great pics!

  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!!

  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!!!

  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!

  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. :)

  8. I just bought a bag of lemons, so tomorrow…maybe Lemon Rolls! XOXO

  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!

  10. Yum! Love all the pretty lemons!

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes!

  11. Citrus in the middle of winter sounds perfect!

  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!

  13. Amazing. Is there anything better than Pillsbury dough? Idontthinkso.

  14. my daughter borned like yours :-) these rolls seem so good… i’d like one…. no… any more 😉

  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!

    • 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.

  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!

  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!

  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!

  20. Would you get a load of how darn cute these are?!!! Totally going to make these – love them!!

  21. you never see lemon rolls, i love this! pinning!

  22. YUM!! I’m such a fan of lemon. And these little rolls are too cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Totally pinning!

  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.

  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.

  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!!!

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  28. 6 ingredients? Bam! Sounds easy enough.

  29. 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

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

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  34. 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.

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    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!

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

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

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