Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 11:47 pm
Strawberry Rolls are stuffed with fresh strawberries and lemon-infused jam filling, baked until golden, then smothered with cream cheese icing. Serve with coffee or tea for a terrific breakfast or snack!
Strawberry Rolls with Homemade Strawberry Filling
Strawberry Rolls are entirely made from scratch, but they cannot be easier! For instance, there’s no kneading involved, and the filling and icing come together in minutes. Not only are these rolls seriously good, but they’re made of wholesome, easily accessible ingredients.
It’s worth making these rolls just for the smell alone. It’s going to fill up your house with the heavenly aromas of strawberries and fresh, homemade bread! Finally, it tastes AMAZING. Full of pure strawberry flavor with a hint of lemon, stuffed into the softest rolls and soaked in creamy icing. You HAVE to try these ASAP!
What are strawberry rolls?
They’re a fruity riff to everyone’s favorite Cinnamon Rolls! Instead of classic cinnamon sugar, we’re stuffing them with fresh strawberries and jam, then drizzling all of it with homemade cream cheese icing.
These are richer than your average rolls because not all roll recipes add milk and butter to the dough— but we do! That richness complements the fruit and the lemon flavors beautifully.
What You Need
For the dough:
- Dry: Measure out some regular flour, a tsp. of salt, and a small packet of yeast (2 ¼ tsp.)
- Sweetener: Just a half cup of sugar gives our dough a subtle sweetness that goes with the fruit.
- Wet: No hard-to-find ingredients here— just regular melted butter, a cup of room-temp milk, and a couple of fresh eggs!
For the strawberry filling:
- Jam: Use your favorite brand, or make your own. We like ours seedless so the filling is perfectly smooth.
- Lemon: To brighten things up, we’re using both the tart zest and juice.
- Diced fruit: A full cup and a half of fresh, diced fruit goes into these treats!
- Cornstarch: A little cornstarch will bind the filling and bring it together.
For the icing:
- Cream cheese: Your cheese should be at room temp, so it blends with the butter without issue.
- Butter: Soften this by letting it stand on the counter for a couple of hours.
- Sweetener: A couple of cups of icing sugar gives our icing the perfect level of sweetness! It also giving the icing body, so it’s not overly soft.
- Flavorings: We’re using a combo of vanilla plus lemon zest and juice, then a pinch of salt to wake up all the flavors.
How to make homemade strawberry rolls from scratch
- Make the dough. Start by mixing the yeast together with a tbsp. of sugar plus the lukewarm water, then leave it for 5 mins. Meanwhile, combine your flour and salt.
- After 5 mins., add your wet plus the rest of the sugar to the yeast mix. Combine that with the salt-flour mix, then stir. Let this rest for 10 mins. covered in plastic wrap.
- Put the filling together. Take your diced fruit, then cook on medium for 4 mins., until the juices start to come out.
- Add the rest of the filling components except for the jam, and continue warming up until thick. Finally, stir in the jam, and chill everything.
- Prep for baking. Roll out your dough flat. Spread the chilled fruit filling, then make a log shape by rolling it up. Cut into 2-inch slices. Leave it for 10 mins. to rest.
- Bake. Place in a 350F oven for up to 25 mins. until golden.
- Finish with icing. Beat the cheese and softened butter, then add the rest of the icing components. Pour all over the freshly-baked rolls.
- Serve. Enjoy fresh with more strawberries!
Recipe variations and substitutions:
- Blueberry: Use blueberry sauce or a blueberry-strawberry combo.
- Other jams: Love persimmon or peach jam? How about blackberry or plum? Feel free to experiment with your favorite fruit flavors.
- Spices: We love adding a hint of cinnamon into the filling!
- Other toppings: Top with crushed nuts, chocolate chips or chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, more fruit chunks, or even softened Nutella.
- Frosting: For a more decadent treat, covered in cream cheese frosting!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will fresh strawberries work for this recipe?
Yes, use the freshest, sweetest, and juiciest ones you can find! It’s hard to beat fresh fruit, especially in this recipe. You can even use them to make homemade jam as well using our easy recipe.
What do you eat with Strawberry Rolls?
Pair a piece with a hot mug of coffee or tea for a wonderful breakfast. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, serve it with Egg Bites, Asparagus Frittata, or a nice omelet. Lastly, these go really well with a refreshing smoothie.
More breakfast recipes to try:
Cool these down, then seal them up in an air-tight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. They’re delicious cold, but even better if you warm them up in the microwave for a few minutes!
- 1/3 cup water (warm)
- 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast (1 package)
- 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 cup milk (lukewarm)
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup seedless strawberry jam
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
Cream Cheese Icing:
- 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Make the dough:
- Whisk 4 cups of flour and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Add instant yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and lukewarm water to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs, milk, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and melted butter to the yeast mixture and whisk until well combined.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour mix and using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir until well combined.
- The dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes, preferably in a warm place.
Make the Filling:
- Warm the strawberries in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly for 4 minutes until the strawberries begin to release juices.
- Add the granulated sugar, lemon, lemon zest, and cornstarch, and continue to stir for another 2 minutes. At this point, the mixture will thicken.
- Remove from the heat and in the strawberry jam into the mixture. Chill until ready to use, the filling needs to be chilled before being added to the rolls.
Prepare the Rolls:
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Place an oven rack into the middle of the oven.
- Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray it with baking spray.
- Flour a flat surface and roll the dough. You will need a good amount of flour, use it liberally on your hands, rolling pin, and also sprinkle the dough with some.
- Roll the dough until it's about 16 inches long by 13 inches wide and it should be about 1/4 inch thick. It is important for the dough to not be very thin, as it won't be able to hold well the filling.
- When rolling, make sure the dough doesn't stick to the surface.
- Spread the filling over the surface of the dough.
- Starting at the long edge, away from you, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
- Cut the dough into 12 two-inch slices and place the rolls into the prepared baking pan.
- Let the rolls rest for 10 minutes, during which they will rise a bit.
- Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Make the Cream Cheese Icing:
- Add the cream cheese and butter to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt and mix until smooth. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
- If the icing is too stiff, add 1 tablespoon of milk.
Icing the Rolls:
- Once the rolls are done baking, remove them from the oven and immediately ice the rolls.
- Preferably serve warm with strawberries on the side, but they are great at room temperature as well.
- For foolproof icing, soften your butter and cream cheese. This way, they incorporate easily and don’t leave lumps in the icing.
- Feel free to adjust the sweetness of the icing by reducing or adding sugar.
- Chill the filling BEFORE spreading it onto the dough, or you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands.
- We love fruit chunks in our filling, but for a shortcut, you can also use lemon-infused jam alone.