Prepare to be swept away by the irresistible taste of Lemon Cheesecake Rolls!

These delightful pastries boast a light and fluffy pastry shell, enveloping a luscious Meyer lemon cheesecake filling. The finishing touch? A delicate lemon glaze that adds a touch of sweetness and brightens every bite. This combination is guaranteed to become your new favorite breakfast treat or a delightful dessert option anytime you crave something special.

Lemon Cheesecake Rolls with a Light Lemon Glaze

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Why You’ll Love these Lemon Cheesecake Rolls

Here are some reasons why you’d love these lemon cheesecake rolls:

  • Effortless indulgence: These rolls are surprisingly easy to make and can be whipped up quickly in the morning or prepped ahead of time the night before, making them perfect for busy schedules or weekend brunches.
  • Flavor explosion: Each flaky bite bursts with incredible flavor, thanks to the luscious cheesecake filling and the bright tang of lemon.
  • Versatility reigns supreme: While we use Meyer lemons in this recipe for their unique flavor, they’re not essential. Feel free to experiment with different flavors, such as raspberry, orange, or even chocolate, to create your own personal favorites
Lemon Cheesecake Rolls

If you want more or less of the lemon flavor, you can either drizzle a thick coat of the lemon glaze on top or do what we do and just brush the tops to give it a little more flavor.

Ingredients for Lemon Cheesecake Rolls

  • refrigerated crescent dough – using a higher quality crescent dough is recommended or even making your own, but any crescent dough will work.
  • cream cheese – you can definitely use a low fat or fat free cream cheese here.
  • granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • all purpose flour – I am sure that other types of flour could be substituted since it’s such a small amount required, but please know that consistency could be affected.
  • eggs – we use large eggs in this recipe
  • lemon zest – don’t skip this, it adds a lot of lemon flavor
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice – I strongly recommend using fresh lemon juice, since you need the zest, you have what you need.

Pro Tip #1: I do not recommend using lemon juice out of a bottle… the flavor is vastly different. Definitely opt for freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Pro Tip #2: While the big name brand crescent dough is fine to use, for best results, try to find a brand that comes out more like croissants…. in fact, we often purchase puff pastry dough and cut it into triangles ourselves. I strongly suggest this method for a flakier, more flavorful pastry.

If you can find Jus-Rol (formerly Wewalka) doughs in your local grocery store usually where refrigerated dough is located, I highly urge you to try one of their doughs with this recipe.

A bite of Lemon Cheesecake Rolls

How to Make & Store Lemon Cheesecake Pastries

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips for Lemon Cheesecake Pastries:

Planning ahead?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Lemon Cheesecake Filling: This can be made up to a day in advance. Simply prepare the filling as instructed, then refrigerate it overnight in an airtight container. Before using, give it a good stir to ensure even consistency.

Storing leftovers:

  • Refrigeration: These pastries are best stored in the refrigerator due to the cheesecake filling. Place them in an airtight container to maintain freshness and prevent them from drying out. They will last for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing: While possible, freezing these pastries is not recommended. The freezing process can affect the texture and flavor, compromising their flakiness and the smooth consistency of the filling. If you do freeze them, understand that they won’t taste or have the same texture as fresh pastries when reheated.
Eating Lemon Cheesecake Rolls for breakfast

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Overhead view of Lemon Cheesecake Rolls

Recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Pastry Rolls

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Lemon Cheesecake Pastry Rolls

Nicole Cook
A light fluffy pastry, filled with delicious Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Filling and brushed with a light lemon Glaze, these Lemon Cheesecake Rolls will quickly become your favorite breakfast!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pastries
Calories 204 kcal


  • 8 ounces refrigerated crescent dough

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large egg for egg wash

For the Lemon Glaze

  • cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Unroll and separate crescent roll triangles. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugar, flour and cream cheese together.
  • Add egg yolk and beat until combined.
  • Add lemon zest and lemon juice; and blend it all until totally combined.
  • Take your freshly made lemon cheesecake filling and spoon by heaping tablespoons onto the wide end of each crescent triangle.
  • Roll the crescent triangles tucking the smallest end underneath to hold everything inside.
  • Brush the top of each pastry with your egg wash.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until they are puffed up and golden. 
  • Remove the baking sheet, and transfer the pastries carefully to a wire rack to cool. 

For the Lemon Glaze

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. 
  • Brush the top of each still hot crescent pastry with the lemon glaze. Add more or less depending on taste.
  • Allow to set a few minutes and enjoy!


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 277mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy breakfast recipes
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