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pouring lemon glaze onto blueberry sweet rolls

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Who’s with me in that?

Pastries, jumbo muffins, buttermilk pancakes, cinnamon rolls, french toast, crumb-filled coffee cake, granola parfaits, buttery croissants, veggie omelets, coffee, coffee, and more coffee. And when it’s breakfast-for-dinner night? Forget about it. It feels like Christmas and my birthday all in one day. Does it get any better?

Most of the time I’m a fruit and yogurt gal. (Did I mention coffee too?) There’s not much time for anything else in the morning as Kevin’s running out the door and I’m catching up with my inbox and planning out the day’s work. However, when we both have time to sit down together, I love to whip up some homemade sweet rolls. You could say… I’m addicted.

blueberry sweet rolls with lemon glaze in a glass pie dish

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Today’s fruity sweet roll comes from my easy cinnamon rolls recipe. It’s an easy yeasted roll recipe that is perfect for the baker who wants to learn how to bake with yeast for the first time. What makes them so easy? Well, they only require one rise!

You’ll find that the typical sweet roll or homemade bread recipe requires two rises – a first rise of about 1-2 hours, then a second rise for another two hours or overnight. I developed a sweet roll recipe that bypasses the first rise all together. With a growing to-do list everyday, I am always looking for ways to cut down time on recipes without sacrificing taste or texture.

Let’s discuss the filling. It’s a simple mixture of frozen blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Make the filling before you make the dough so the blueberries have to absorb the sugar and cornstarch. Using frozen blueberries is important. Fresh blueberries won’t release their juices like frozen blueberries do. If you have a plethora of fresh blueberries to use up, I suggest making skinny banana blueberry muffins.

Using frozen blueberries means that you can bake these glorious sweet rolls in the dead of winter, too!

blueberry sweet rolls in a glass baking dish

Since the blueberries are frozen, they will make the dough cold after you fill it, cut into rolls, and allow to rise. Even though this recipe is developed from my cinnamon rolls dough, today’s rolls will take longer to rise since the dough is cold as a result of the blueberries. Does that make sense? The rise time is about 2 hours. Still much shorter than most typical recipes.

The rolls need a warm, draft-free environment to rise. Here’s what I do: Heat the oven to 200F. Turn off the oven. Place the rolls inside for 2 hours. That’s it! You can review my Baking with Yeast Guide if you need a refresher and more tips on baking with yeasted doughs.

When the rolls are rising, the frozen blueberries release their juices and fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of sweet blueberry juice. As the rolls bake, the blueberry juice thickens and bakes up into the bottom of the roll. A layer of thick blueberry goo at the bottom of the pan. I mean, it’s practically heaven.

blueberry sweet rolls with lemon glaze in a glass pie dish

After the rolls have risen and you’ve baked them, it’s time for a glaze. I made an easy sweet lemon glaze to pair with the fluffy dough and juicy blueberries. A drippy, zesty coating that pairs perfectly with the doughy rolls. I love lemon and blueberry together! The glaze is a simple mix of powdered sugar, a touch of cream, and the juice of a lemon. There’s really no science behind it. You truly can control its lemon flavor and thickness– use more/less lemon juice, more/less sugar, and more/less cream. I use half-and-half, but heavy cream or milk will do the trick.

Completely drench the rolls with the glaze right before serving. 😀

Other sweet rolls you’ll love:

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Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Sweet Lemon Glaze

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 1112 rolls 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft & fluffy homemade sweet rolls filled with juicy blueberries and covered in a sweet lemon glaze. These are unbelievable!


Ingredients

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Rolls

  • 2 and 3/4 cups (344g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet Platinum Yeast from Red Star or any instant yeast (1 packet = 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

Filling

  • 1 and 1/3 cups (225g) frozen blueberries, not thawed*
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Sweet Lemon Glaze

  • juice from 1 large lemon*
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 12 Tablespoons (15-30ml) milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Make the filling first: Combine the frozen blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Gently toss around and let sit while you prepare the dough.
  2. Make the dough: Set aside 1/2 cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss the remaining flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together. Set aside.
  3. Heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch. About 115°F (46°C)-120°F (49°C). Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough. I only needed 1/3 cup, but you may need the full 1/2 cup. Dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl and has an elastic consistency.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 5-6 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl (I used non-stick spray) and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Fill the rolls: After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14×8 inch rectangle. Pour the sugared blueberries on top and gently spread them to cover the dough surface. Roll up the dough tightly. Cut into 11-12 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan. I used a pie dish, lightly sprayed with nonstick spray.
  6. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 2-3 hours. Here is what I do: heat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Turn oven off. Place rolls inside oven and allow to rise.
  7. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. I covered the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning.
  8. Make the glaze: Right before serving, top your blueberry rolls with glaze. Mix all of the glaze ingredients together. If you prefer a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar and then add salt to cut the sweetness, if desired. If you’d like it thinner, add more lemon juice or cream. Pour over sweet rolls.
  9. Rolls are best enjoyed the same day, but stay fresh in a covered container for 5 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Overnight Instructions: This dough can be made the night before through step 5. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and let rise, about 1 hour. Continue with step 7.
  2. Yeast: If you replace Platinum Yeast from Red Star with an active dry yeast, the rise time may be 50% longer.
  3. Blueberries: You must use frozen (not fresh) blueberries in this recipe. Do not thaw.
  4. Lemon Glaze: Leave out the lemon juice if you do not prefer lemon glaze. Replace with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract instead.
  5. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: blueberry sweet rolls

Can’t get enough! Dare I say better than regular cinnamon rolls??

blueberry sweet rolls with lemon glaze on a cream plate with a fork

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Is it possible to put blueberry extract in the glaze instead of the lemon or vanilla? I’m mad about blueberries. 🙂

  2. Hi Sally,
    I’m a novice baker and I’d like to try your recipe. Quick question, I can’t find Red Star Platinum Yeast where I’m from. Am I able to use what’s available in stores, and if so, how many times should I let the dough rise? Thanks for your help 🙂

    1. Hi Vanessa! Try to find another instant active yeast instead. The dough may take another 30 minutes or so during the rise.

  3. I was reading through your roll recipes and for the Orange rolls, you did a double rise while in this one, banana, and easy rolls you only did a 10 minute rest followed by a longer 60-90 minute rise. What makes you decide between a rest and longer rise and two longer rises?

    1. Hi Lys! The two dough recipes are completely different. The Orange Roll recipe is one of my grandmother’s and when I wanted to make cinnamon rolls, I decided to revamp the recipe a little to make them a bit quicker. It took some trial and error to develop a new dough recipe.

  4. Hey there! I have been dying to make these, and I finally happen to have all the ingredients except one.. cornstarch! Will not using cornstarch in the blueberry filling make a big difference? Thanks!

    1. Hi Shanell! The filling for these rolls won’t really stick together, if you know what I mean. The cornstarch binds the berries together. You can use flour instead though!

  5. These where so GOOOOOD! Made them tonight for desert, the family loved them. And the daughter and I had fun making them

  6. Wow, these were incredible. I loved the overnight process. The taste was beyond what i thought it would be. This couldnt be any easier. If i can make these anyone can.

  7. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I did the overnight rise method and they are fantastic! We will definitely do these again 🙂 Thank you for posting the recipes

  8. Can I do this with frozen strawberries? This looks amazing, and I have a TON of frozen strawberries.

  9. I made these last night, with regular active dried yeast, rising over night on the counter. I loved the simplicity of the recipe. I am usually hesitant to make yeast rolls due to my lack of counter space to roll out dough. NO worries with this dough or lack of space. My only changes were adding more blueberries, doubling the glaze and making it orange instead of lemon all for family preference.

    They were a huge hit! We will be making these again. Next time, I think I will add orange zest to the dough.

  10. I made these rolls today and they came out wonderful!
    I’m currently an Au Pair in Germany and I wanted the kids to be able to eat these with their hands – I cut my rolls thinner (32 rolls) and made the frosting into a lemon a glaze. The kids were able to pick them up like cookies and because of the glaze they were not overly sweet which is more traditional in Germany!

    Thank you for your post,

    Vanessa

  11. Sally, what do you think about adding cinnamon to the filling as well? My boyfriend loves blueberries so I was thinking of trying these out today, but wondered if cinnamon might be good too or if it’d be to much. I’d probably do regular cream cheese frosting, you think it’d be any good? Love your blog, and just got your cookbook for my birthday!

    1. Hi Alex! You can certainly sprinkle cinnamon on the dough with the blueberries. Here is a cream cheese frosting you can use: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/12/24/overnight-cinnamon-rolls/

  12. These look amazing!! Do you think I could make them ahead and freeze them? 

    1. Yes, definitely! Freeze up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

  13. Love the recipe!! Once you toss the blueberries with sugar and cornstarch, are you supposed to set them aside in the freezer to keep them frozen? Mine thawed while sitting on the side. You mentioned to not use thawed blueberries. 
    Thanks for your help!

    1. You can place them back in the freezer if you find they’re thawing quickly 🙂

  14. Hello Sally,
    I love your recipes!!
    I do have a question to ask in regards to the blueberry buns.. is it alright to use the kitchenaid mixer or is it just not neccessary?
    Do you use the mixer for these or do you do it all by hand?

  15. Hello Sally,
    I absolutely love your recipes!! Having said that I need some expert advise. I made your rolls several times, especially these blueberry rolls.
    But I always have a problem with too much liquid from the berries, so what happens when I’m rolling, is the juices spill over, and lots of it. Should I strain all that liquid so I don’t get pooling when rolling up? Do you have this problem? Please tell me what to do.
    Thank you
    Diana

    1. Hi Diana! The blueberries should be frozen when sprinkled on the dough. Then the dough should be rolled up immediately after. Are the blueberries melting/letting off their juice that quickly? I’m so sorry you’re having trouble! If you notice a lot of liquid, though, strain as much as you can.

  16. Hi Sally!
    I heated the oven to 200 degrees and then turned it off. I covered the rolls with aluminum foil and then placed them in the oven to rise. I noticed the rolls looked twice their size after about 30mins but I was too nervous to take them out. After an hour of of being in the, they had risen so much they started looking like one big roll. Should I have taken them out after I noticed them rise after 30min?

  17. Hello Sally,
    I love you web site. I have made so many of your baked goods.
    If i freeze your Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Glaze Do i leave off the glaze and add when defrosted.Also when defrosted what is the best way to reheat them.

    1. Hi Joyce! You can freeze these sweet rolls with or without the icing on top. To reheat, I simply place them in the microwave until warm. If you want to reheat in the oven, it’s probably best to not freeze with the icing on top as we don’t want to bake/cook the icing too much. Heat them at 300F for about 15 minutes.

  18. Hi Sally! I just made this and it was so awesome! My hubby & I really love it! I made cream cheese frosting instead as he prefers that. I made it at night and bake them the next day after second rise in the fridge. The only thing is…I used frozen blueberries but while setting them aside after making the filling their juices start coming out & by the time I put the filling on the dough & rolling it up, there was lotsa purple juices flowing out. My rolls were already purple even before the second rise. Other than that, I think it was a decent attempt. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! 🙂

  19. can i make this dough the night before and then take it in a cooler for 3.5 hours in the car. I was going to take it to my family for a famiy weekend. basically wanting to know how to make it ahead of time and travel with it and make it there.
    Thank you, LIsa

    1. Hi Lisa, You can try following the overnight instructions in the recipe notes where you prepare the recipe the night before through step 5. In the morning transfer it to your cooler and when you arrive let rise about 1 hour and continue with step 7.

  20. This was fairly easy to make and delicious! Loved the overnight prep/proofing to make it quicker in the morning. I didn’t need any milk for my glaze. The lemon juice was enough. I also exchanged some of the white sugar for brown in the dusting and dough. I will definitely make these again!

  21. I made these last night and baked this morning after sitting in the fridge overnight and finishing the rise this morning. Outstanding!!! I love cinnamon rolls but the fresh fruit flavors in these hit the spot for spring. My husband devoured them too.
    I used active dry yeast instead of instant with no problem, and added a little lemon zest to the blueberry mix, rather than putting lemon in the icing, as I like a more subtle lemon touch. This is easily one of the simplest yeast recipes I’ve ever followed. I will make these again and again!

  22. I kneaded my dough into a ball and then placed it in the refrigerator overnight to rise. How do you suggest I proceed? Let it rest for and hour, roll it out, fill with filling, and then have it rise in the oven for 2 hours?

  23. These were delicious. I decided to do vanilla glaze instead of lemon & topped it with fresh berries. Would make again for sure! Also, would any kind of berry work for these? I’d be curious to make a strawberry vanilla version or cherry with chocolate frosting!

  24. Great recipe! Easier than i thought and came out delicious. I let the dough sit for only an hour (i used rapid rise yeast) and baked for a total of 23 min. They were perfect!

  25. They are so good! I’m not that used to make stuff with yeast because i usually get desperate with the waiting times, but these are worth the waiting time! They are soft and full of flavour! Love them!

  26. Hey Sally! My dad loves blueberries and I want to make him this for father’s day. Would it be possible to make everything (besides the glaze) the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning? Would that affect the rise, or how the fruit interacts with the dough? Excited to try this!

    1. Hi Izzy! See recipe notes for our recommended overnight instructions. Hope your dad loves them!

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