Mini Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls

by Erin

The Meyer lemon craze continues!

After trying out mini rolls while reviewing the Petite Treats cookbook, I fell in love with the concept and decided to make these rolls mini too. They are incredibly adorable but also very easy to lose track of how many you’ve had. I’m pretty sure I ate 5 in one sitting but that’s the equivalent to a little over one big one, right? Work with me here people.

In other news, many of you have today off from work! Even though I technically do too according to the university calendar, there is always work to be done. Especially when I am desperately trying to get all my data finished up for good. A few hours of extra work means a few hours closer to being finished – assuming it works. Oh, research. Someone once told me that if it always worked the first time it would just be called “search”. Nerdage.

Mini Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls

One year ago: Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque


Makes 24 mini rolls



1-1/4 tsp active dry yeast

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp warm milk (about 100-110 F)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 Meyer lemon, zested

1 egg, at room temperature


1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

zest of 1 Meyer lemon

1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice

1 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature


2 oz. cream cheese, softened

Juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 Meyer lemon, zested (optional, for garnish)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, sprinkle the yeast over the warmed milk and let it sit for a few minutes.  Add the butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, lemon zest, and 1/2 cup of the flour and mix briefly to combine.  Add the egg and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft yet sticky dough.  Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  (Alternatively, you could turn the soft dough out onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for 7-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.)
  2. Lightly grease a large bowl with cooking spray.  Add the dough and turn to coat.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot.  Let the dough rise until nearly doubled, about an hour.
  3. To make the filling, mix the sugar with the nutmeg, then work in the lemon zest with the tips of your fingers until the sugar resembles wet, soft sand. Stir in one tablespoons of lemon juice.
  4. Lightly grease two 9 inch round baking dishes with cooking spray.  On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle that is approximately 10×8 inches.  Cut into two 5×8 inch rectangles.  Spread the softened butter evenly over both doughs, then sprinkle the lemon-sugar filling mixture over top.  Starting with a long end facing you, roll the dough up tightly.  Pinch the dough at the end to seal the seam.  Repeat with remaining rectangle.  Cut each dough roll into 12 even rolls (24 total), and place them, cut side up, in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise for an hour or until puffy and nearly doubled.  (You can also refrigerate the rolls at this point. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake the rolls, remove the pan from the fridge, and let them rise for an hour.)
  6. Heat the oven to 350.  Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly browned and a thermometer inserted into the center of a roll reads 190 F.
  7. While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze.  Whip the cream cheese (using a mixer or even by hand with a whisk) until light and fluffy.  Add the lemon juice and blend until well combined.  Mix in the powdered sugar until the glaze is smooth and creamy.
  8. When the rolls finish baking, smear them with the cream cheese glaze, and, if desired, sprinkle the lemon zest over the top to garnish. Serve while warm.

Source: Halved from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.


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Kara January 29, 2013 - 3:38 pm

I have got to do some baking with Meyer lemons this weekend, it has been too long! These look great!

Mel January 22, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Mmmm… Erin, these look great! What a great way to use meyer lemons!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 22, 2013 - 11:43 am

I have never tried lemon sticky buns but they sound fantastic!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm

I am in love with all things lemon! I made lemon rolls this week too. :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 21, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Love anything mini – and this version with lemon sounds amazing!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 21, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Great recipe! I love mini treats! They are my favorite! Making them lemon is such a great idea! I heard of orange but not lemon, I love it! Very creative!

sally @ sallys baking addiction January 21, 2013 - 12:33 pm

lemon sticky buns! I feel like i’ve seen or heard of every fruit combination for sweet rolls but never lemon. Erin I love these! You are not disappointing with the meyer lemon recipes. :)

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee January 21, 2013 - 12:05 pm

ooo lemon!!! I love lemon. I would eat all of these.

Valentina at The Baking Fairy January 21, 2013 - 11:56 am

Oh man, oh man, these look and sound delicious! I love how yummy and flaky they are. I have yet to find Meyer lemons around here, but I may have to go hunting for them just so I can make these!

spiffycookie January 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

I hope you can find them! I have seen them at Trader Joes and Fresh Market. But you can always use regular lemons.

Nicole, RD January 21, 2013 - 10:48 am

These sweet meyer lemon recipes will be the end of me!!! YUMMM!!!!!

Tracey January 21, 2013 - 7:03 am

Oh man, I totally bought Meyer lemons at the store this weekend and had plans to make something else but I really just want to run to the kitchen and whip these up. I love your minis!!

spiffycookie January 21, 2013 - 10:08 am

YES, you gotta try the mini versions! What else were you planning to make?

Tracey January 21, 2013 - 10:34 am

Scones and/or pudding cake. Maybe both! :)

spiffycookie January 21, 2013 - 10:49 am

I vote pudding cake!


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