These melt-in-your-mouth buns are baked in the oven and tossed in melted butter and dusted with sugar and lemon zest, and they make an irresistible breakfast treat!
I’ve got some hot buns.
Not THOSE kind of buns, although my husband would kindly say otherwise. He’s been trained that way and after 20+ years of marriage, he knows what side his bread is buttered on.
But these yeasty bites have no need for butter to spread. Because they’ve already been tossed, toiled and drizzled with the melted golden goodness.
Butter. It’s the eau de parfum of springtime buns.
I’ve seen a flurry of cinnamon rolls of late. And citrus.
I’m a cinnamon roll making virgin. It’s on the list but I haven’t quite made the leap. But sticky buns in 1/10th the time? THAT I can do.
Sugar + butter. In food speak that’s the makings for a delicious caramel glaze. Sweet, lemon infused, and sticky with each and every bite. A mini pull apart treat.
Shortcuts Are Perfectly Okay
This recipe comes by way of one of my mom’s long time friend, Ruth. My mom says she’s famous for her rolls and buns. After one bite, it’s obvious why.
Following Ruth’s lead, I took a shortcut with these buns and used bake and serve frozen rolls.
Sure, I could have made a from scratch version, but honestly? The clock was ticking and this mama needed a break and just wanted her buns. Where’s the shame in that? Not here. And besides, my favorite brand is local so I’m all good.
About the Recipe
If you’d prefer to make all in one pan, you could easily make this recipe in a 9 X 13 pan. I wanted to play with the shape so I decided to make cloverleafs in a muffin tin. Except there are only two leafs. Not quite a clover, but you get the idea.
This time around I didn’t have the patience to wait for the buns to thaw so I jumped to another short and did a quick thaw in the oven. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F, boil some water and place on the bottom rack of the oven, then place the buns in a sprayed muffin tin and put them in the warm oven for about 1/2 hour or until they’re softened.
The buns are cut into two, rolled into their own little orbs then tossed in melted, naturally made butter tagged with the REAL® Seal logo and a lemon zest infused sugar. Use one hand for transfer, and one hand for buttering and sugaring. Otherwise you are a sticky mess too.
Two mini rolls go into each tin. Be sure to generously spray each muffin tin so extraction comes with ease. Allow the rolls to barely cool then run a knife around each tin and pry the rolls from the tin. If you wait too long, the caramel will set and it’s a lot harder to get those little jewels out of the tin and into your mouth.
- 1 dozen frozen bake and serve rolls
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2-3 lemons, zested and juiced
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon REAL® Seal butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray (spray really well) and place the frozen rolls into the tins. Thaw the rolls until softened on the countertop covered with plastic wrap for 1 hour, or, place the rolls in a 200 degree oven for 15 minutes with a pan of hot water.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt ¼ cup of the butter and place in a small bowl. Mix the granulated sugar and zest of two lemons in a small bowl.
- Cut the softened rolls in half and roll into two balls. Dip each ball into the butter then roll in the sugar and lemon mixture and place two balls into each muffin tin. Repeat with the remaining balls.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking, melt the butter and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the sifted powdered sugar until smooth then raise the heat to high and bring to a boil, whisking continuously.
- Glaze the rolls immediately after coming out of the oven. Zest a bit more lemon on top of the rolls. Cool for 1-2 minutes then sse a slender knife to circle around the rolls in each of the tins and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Rolling In the Dough
While my brunchy sticky sweet lemon buns took a short cut in the way of frozen dough from the store, if you’re feeling baker-y, this list of to die for sweet treats will put your flour dusted apron to work.
Chunky Monkey Sticky Buns
All the way from Homemade, USA, say hello to a riff on Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream in sticky bun form.
Get the recipe | The Candid Appetite
No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns
Give your forearm muscles a rest, these brown buttered babies require a spoon to stir, and that’s it!
Get the recipe | The Sugar Hit
Cardamom Rolls with Pistachio Rose Frosting
Cinnamon rolls in pimped Indian/Bollywood/Ayurvedic style.
Get the recipe | The Baking Bird
Overnight Spiced Sugar Buns
Flaky, sugary and spiced. What better way to start the day the night before?
Get the recipe | Top With Cinnamon
Strawberry Rolls with Vanilla Glaze
Pantry staples make these rolls simply too easy to make, not to.
Get the recipe | Baker by Nature
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