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If you love lemon, this easy Gluten Free Lemon Sweet Rolls recipe is going to be a keeper. These rolls are fluffy and sweet, with lemon curd swirled through the rolls. They are then topped with lemonade icing. This recipe is also dairy-free!

Baked lemon rolls topped with lemonade icing in a pan.

I have a lot of readers who love my gluten free lemon recipes, and I am excited to share this recipe! I combined my decadent, fluffy, Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls recipe with my love of lemon flavors. It is the best of both worlds!!

I use lots of lemons for this dessert recipe, from lemon zest to the gooey lemon curd filling! If you love lemon, this gluten free lemon sticky rolls recipe is for you. If you are not a lemon fan, try these Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with a Peanut Butter Glaze, my popular Gluten Free Orange Rolls, or these Gluten Free Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls!!

Many people are intimidated by baking rolls. I am ready to walk you through it every step of the way.

Why These Lemon Rolls Are Great:

  1. The lemon curd adds so much lemon flavor to every bite!
  2. If you use the suggested gluten free flour blend, these are so EASY to roll. The dough is made for shaping.
  3. The soft, fluffy gluten free bread part of the rolls provides a nice contrast to the tangy, sweet lemon filling.
  4. You can freeze the extras. They thaw p in the microwave in just 30 seconds.

Don’t forget to check out my most popular gluten free lemon dessert recipes!

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the lemon rolls ingredients.
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Bread Flour. It is far superior for making cinnamon rolls to any gluten-free flour blend. It is life-changing how you can easily roll and shape bread with it. You can also use my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend in this recipe, but you may need to add more flour.
  • Yeast- I only know of one yeast that contains gluten. Do not use Red Star Platinum.
  • Sugar – Use white sugar. Coconut sugar will discolor your rolls.
  • Eggs – Size large.
  • Milk – I used oat milk, but you can use regular or plant-based milk.
  • Oil – Use a light oil.
  • Water – I use filtered water. I recommend this because this helps your yeast grow better. Chlorine and other chemicals in water can kill your yeast, making your rolls denser.
A fluffy gluten free lemon roll on a small white plate.

Tips For Sucess:

  • If you use a flour blend other than the two I suggest, ensure the blend you use works in yeast recipes. It will say either on the back of the bag or on the website. Check both places because you don’t want to use flour that won’t work. Here are my recommendations for what flour to use in which types of recipes.
  • You only get one good rise from gluten free dough. It is important to shape, roll, and cut out the lemon rolls BEFORE you rise the dough.
  • Line your baking dish with parchment paper. The lemon curd is sticky and can be hard to clean off the pan after baking.

You may also want to try these yummy Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Rolls or these Gluten Free Nutella Rolls.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of steps 1 and 2 making the lemon rolls.

Step 1: Proof the yeast. Add yeast and sugar to a small bowl of warm water. Be sure your water is no hotter than 110º F. Let the mixture sit for five minutes to get bubbly.

Step 2: Add the yeast mixture, eggs, oil, and the rest of the sugar to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle or dough hook attachment. Mix until the liquid is combined.

Add the flour and mix on low speed. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until the dough is formed. (About 30-40 seconds.)

Photo of the dough on a silicone mat.

Step 3: Place the dough onto a silicone mat. Dust the mat with a tiny bit of gluten free flour blend. (Use a less expensive flour brand for dusting the mat.)

🔑 Sandi says: Do not rise the dough until the rolls are completely shaped!

Photo of the dough rolled flat. It has lemon zest and sugar on the dough.

Step 4: Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your hands. The thickness is a personal preference. My dough is about 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle sugar and lemon zest over the dough.

Lemon curd spread on the dough.

Step 5: Add lemon curd to the dough and spread it with a spoon. You can buy lemon curd as I did at Trader Joe’s or find it at your favorite grocery store. You can make lemon curd with a simple recipe like this dairy-free lemon curd from Noshtastic.

Carefully roll the dough lengthwise into a roll shape. Note this will be a little messy. The lemon curd will ooze out, and that is okay. I will show you how to add it back at the end.

Photos that show how to cut the dough into rolls with a piece of thread.

Step 6: Let’s cut out the rolls. The best way to cut out your rolls is to use sewing thread. (Using a knife will flatten your rolls!) Take a piece of sewing thread. Place the thread under the roll and cross the ends up.

Step 7: Pull the strands of thread, which cut the roll from the outside in. This helps keep your rolls circular.

Photos of the lemon rolls before and after the rise.

Step 8: Place the rolls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a small spoon to scoop up the lemon curd that ran out and put it on top of the dough rolls.

Don’t worry about gaps because these lemon rolls will rise and double in size.

🔑 Sandi says: A warm oven is the best way to rise the gluten-free dough. Warm your oven to 200º F and then turn it off. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Place the rolls into the oven for 45 minutes to rise.

Step 9: See how much the rolls rose in the oven. They doubled in size.

Step 10: Bake the gluten free lemon sweet rolls at 350º F for 20-25 minutes until they look done. The actual bake time will vary by the size of your pan and the size and thickness of your rolls.

Step 11: Make a simple lemonade icing with lemon juice and powdered sugar. Drizzle or spread it onto the lemon rolls while they are warm. Enjoy!

If you love sweet-tart rolls like these gluten free lemon rolls, try my recipe for Gluten Free Cranberry Rolls, too.

Recipe FAQ:

Why didn’t the rolls rise?

If your rolls didn’t rise, check the expiration date of the yeast you used. Also, ensure you rose the rolls in a warm spot. If you rose them on the counter, your yeast may take much longer to rise. You can read more about this in my Gluten Free Bread Troubleshooting Guide.

Can you make these gluten free lemon rolls ahead?

You can easily make these ahead. Make and shape your rolls. Wrap the pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate the rolls. You can bake them the next day.

Can you omit the lemon curd?

You can omit the lemon curd, but increase the amount of lemon zest and sugar you use in the spirals.

How do you store lemon rolls?

Store the baked rolls in an airtight container in your refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 3 days. I recommend freezing the rolls in a freezer bag if you are not eating them the same day. They will thaw out wonderfully.

The top view of a lemon roll on a small plate next to the pan of rolls.

More Gluten Free Lemon Desserts:

Baked lemon rolls topped with lemonade icing in a pan.

Gluten Free Lemon Rolls

Sandi Gaertner
How to make fluffy gluten free lemon sweet sticky rolls.
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4.96 from 22 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 252 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Yeast Proofing:

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons yeast * Do not use Red Star Platinum
  • ¾ cup warm water * see note

Dough:

  • 3 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see notes, Steve's Flour only: 507 grams.
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk * see note
  • 3 tablespoons light oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • cup lemon curd
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Icing:

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice add more or less for thickness of icing you want

Instructions
 

  • Add yeast and sugar to a small bowl of warm water. Be sure your water is no hotter than 110º F. Let the mixture sit for five minutes to get bubbly.
  • Add the yeast mixture, milk, eggs, oil, and the rest of the sugar to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle or dough hook attachment. Mix until the liquid is combined.
  • Add the flour and salt, and mix on low speed. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until the dough is formed. (About 30-40 seconds.)
  • Place the dough onto a silicone mat. Dust the mat with a tiny bit of gluten free flour blend. (Use a less expensive flour brand for dusting the mat.)
  • Do not rise the dough until the rolls are completely shaped!
  • Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your hands. The thickness is a personal preference. My dough is 1/2 inch thick.
  • Mix the sugar and lemon zest mixture and sprinkle it on the dough.
  • Add lemon curd to the dough, on top of the lemon zest mixture, and spread it with a spoon.
  • Carefully roll the dough lengthwise into a roll shape. Note this will be a little messy. The lemon curd will ooze out, and that is okay. I will show you how to add it back at the end.
  • The best way to cut out your rolls is to use sewing thread. (Using a knife will flatten your rolls!) Take a piece of sewing thread. Place the thread under the roll and cross the ends up.
  • Pull the strands of thread, which cut the roll from the outside in. This helps keep your rolls circular in shape.
  • Place the rolls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a small spoon to scoop up the lemon curd that ran out and put it on top of the dough rolls.
  • A warm oven is the best way to rise the gluten-free dough. Warm your oven to 200º F and then turn it off. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Place the rolls into the oven for 45 minutes to rise.
  • Bake the gluten free lemon sweet rolls at 350º F for 20-25 minutes until they look done. The actual bake time will vary by the size of your pan and the size and thickness of your rolls.
  • Mix up the lemonade icing. Drizzle or spread it onto the lemon rolls while they are warm. Enjoy! 

Notes

  1. I tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Bread Blend flour. It is the best for making cinnamon rolls and shaped bread. Light years better.
  2. Do not use the gram weight measurement unless you are using Steve’s blend.
  3. If you choose to use a different blend, you WILL need to add more flour. Use my photos in the post to guide you in what your dough should look like. Be sure to choose a flour blend that works with yeast; many blends do not. You can read my suggestions on what flour to use. Many like to use Cup4Cup, it will work, but you will need a LOT more flour using this blend due to the dried milk powder.
  4. Use warm filtered water to proof the yeast. Check the temperature of the water to ensure it is no warmer than 110º F.
  5. I used oat milk, but any non-dairy or regular milk will work.
  6. Store the baked rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1rollCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 4gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an old May 2018 post with more recipe details and a completely improved recipe.

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18 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    These taste amazing, the only thing I was confused about was why they turned out so hard? When I finished baking them, the texture was very hard and when I made the dough, it was extremely sticky so I had to add more flour. Does anyone know why this happened?

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