Citrus Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

I came across today’s recipe in a round about way.

One of my blog readers emailed me asking about this recipe, thinking it had come from my blog.  After emailing me she realized it hadn’t but told me it had come from Barbara Bakes (a blog I also follow)  I of course had to check out the recipe she was talking about and am I ever glad I did!  The recipe originally comes from Cooking Light and I remember seeing it and drooling over it but had never tried it.

We now have a new family favorite!

citrus cream cheese rolls

There are two things about this recipe that make it a great addition to any breakfast or brunch.  Number One – it can be done the night before.  A huge plus when it comes to breakfast.  Who wants to get up at 4 a.m. to get something started.  Number Two- it uses frozen rolls!  It makes it quicker and easier to prepare plus for all of you out there that are scared of yeast, this is perfect!

I have made this twice since discovering the recipe and I can’t wait to make it again!  It is so yummy!

citrus cream cheese rolls

The recipe uses a citrus flavored sugar which you sprinkle on top of the rolls that gives it a lovely sweet flavor in addition to a nice crunchy top – yum!!

citrus cream cheese rolls

I have only used the overnight variation and it has worked perfect everyday.  You just need to get up about an hour before you want to serve!

What breakfast isn’t made better by the addition of a nice sweet, gooey bread or roll?!

citrus cream cheese rolls

Citrus Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls
  • 1 package frozen roll dough — (25-ounce)
  • (LA Note: I used 10 rolls for one pan full and cut everything in half since I was only making one pan.)
  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine — melted
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries — (such as Craisins)
  • OR ½ cup dried apricots — chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar — divided
  • ⅔ cup ⅓-less-fat cream cheese — (6 ounces) softened (I would use the whole 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Thaw roll dough at room temperature 30 minutes. (It usually takes longer for them to be soft enough to cut.)
  2. Cut rolls in half
  3. Place 24 halves, cut sides down, in bottom of each of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray
  4. Brush butter evenly over rolls
  5. Cover; let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, 30 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with dried cranberries
  7. Combine ¼ cup granulated sugar, cream cheese, orange juice, and egg; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended
  8. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over rolls
  9. Combine ¾ cup granulated sugar, and rinds
  10. Sprinkle evenly over rolls
  11. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size. (It usually takes longer to double in size.)
  12. Preheat oven to 350º.
  13. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes
  14. Cover with foil
  15. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until rolls in center are done
  16. Remove from oven; cool 15 minutes
  17. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice
  18. Drizzle over rolls
  1. After pouring the cream cheese mixture over rolls, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 hours Gently remove plastic wrap from rolls; sprinkle with rind mixture
  2. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. (Depending on the temperature of your kitchen it may take longer to double in size.)
  3. Proceed with recipe as directed
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I have a great recipe for you to try – it’s a Blueberry French Toast Casserole. We love it! It hasn’t made its way to my blog yet so I don’t have any pictures of it, but it is definitely one that eventually will be posted there! It’s one that I got from a friend, who got it from a friend, who got it from a friend…. so I don’t know its source to give proper credit.

    Blueberry French Toast Casserole

    1 ½ to 2 loaves soft French bread, cubed (1-2” cubes)
    3 eggs
    3 tbsp sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 1/4 cups whole milk
    1/2 cup flour
    6 tbsp brown sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon (I use A LOT more than this… I sprinkle is all over)
    1/4 cup butter, softenend
    1 c frozen blueberries (I just use the whole bag)

    Grease 9X13 inch pan. Cube bread; layer in bottom of pan. Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in Milk. Add to bread. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight if you’re wanting it ready for breakfast the next morning).

    Topping: In bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter. Turn bread in pan again (this is where I sprinkle it all over with more cinnamon). Scatter blueberries, then put topping on bread. Bake 40-45 minutes at 375. Serve with syrup and enjoy!

  2. says

    Oh yes, I’ve enjoyed breakfast week. In fact, I think I’ve gained a few pounds just from reading all these recipes and looking at the amazing photos.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Yum.

  3. Camie says

    I just made these rolls and you should hear the sounds coming from my kitchen. My family LOVES these. My husband said, “Wow- these are even better than the sour cream apple bars!” which he thought were “incredible”.
    Thanks for another great recipe and a new tradition for General Conference Sundays!

  4. says

    Looks like we are going with this recipe, cinnamon rolls and your Quiche Lorraine recipe for our Conference weekend breakfasts. Can’t wait to try them!

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