Easy Lemon Pull Apart Rolls

I love just about any recipe that uses pre-made bread dough! I started drooling when I found this recipe. They were so light and refreshing- perfect for breakfast for a Sunday brunch! They were a nice change from the usual pull apart or cinnamon roll.  A few of the sisters were over when I made these and we all loved them! I seriously had to avoid going into the kitchen because I would keep nibbling on them. I promise that you will love them!

Easy Lemon Pull Apart Rolls
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  • Ingredients
  • 12 Rhodes? Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • zest from 2 whole lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Citrus Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Mix lemon zest with sugar. Cut rolls in half and place in a 12-inch sprayed deep dish pizza pan or 9x13-inch sprayed baking pan. Drizzle 1/4 cup melted butter over rolls. Sprinkle with lemon zest/sugar mixture, reserving 1/2 of mixture to sprinkle on just before baking. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap. Sprinkle on remaining mixture. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes. Remove immediately from pan and place on cooling rack. Combine glaze ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over pull-aparts.



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25 Responses to “Easy Lemon Pull Apart Rolls”

    • You cut them in 1/2 when they are thawed but still cold. They have not yet started to rise. Space them out in the pan and they will all connect together when they begin to rise and double in size. I have a pair of kitchen scissors and that works the best for snipping them in half.
  1. Diana S. Michalak Bowles
    Not a big lemon fan so I am going to try orange juice & zest. I also was thinking about pineapple . Maybe bits of pineapple with the orange juice. What do you think? Thank you for this easy quick breakfast roll. Will make my family happy to have these for a quick bite in the morning before church. Then brunch afterwards. Fist time visiting your site. Not the last. : )
  2. Polly
    Looks delish, but I am confused. The picture seems to show the rolls sitting in the baking dish with the glaze pooled around them, but recipe says, "Remove immediately from pan and place on cooling rack. Combine glaze ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over pull-aparts." If they're on a rack, won't the glaze just run off?
    • We left them in the pan for the picture. You can leave them in if you wish or let them cool on a wire rack. We let them cool slightly, then drizzle the glaze over the top. It runs down the side and it's delicious! Hope this helps!
  3. Polly
    Wonder how well this would work using canned refrigerated biscuits instead of the yeast rolls? Of course the baking time would be shorter... prep/waiting time would be much shorter, too, always a big plus at my house! :)

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