Lemon Sticky Buns

Sticky Lemon Sticky Buns. These soft and fluffy buns are filled with a lemon sugar butter filling and then drizzled with a simple lemon sugar icing. 


Lemon sticky buns aka my idea of the perfect weekend breakfast! What’s not to just love about a soft, buttery bun bursting with tangy lemony flavour and drizzled with sticky lemon icing? As much as I like cinnamon rolls, these lemon sticky buns will always be my top pick.

Making the dough is really simple and straightforward. Mix together flour, sugar, yeast, lemon zest and softened butter. When mixed through add the wet ingredients (warm milk  and the egg) and knead until soft and elasticated. Leave the dough in a bowl, cover it and then allow to rise.

Once the dough has risen fully roll out and spread with the yummy lemon sugar butter and then roll up and cut into the rolls. Place in a buttered dish and allow to rise again until joined up. Then all that’s left to do is brush with melted butter and bake until golden and delicious!


Your kitchen will be filled with the most gorgeous fragrant lemony smell! Plus, as soon as they leave the oven you will be dying to dig in and try one straight away!

But the best part comes next. The glaze is sweet, sticky and packed with zingy lemon flavour. Sprinkle with extra lemon zest if you like and enjoy! You won’t be able to resist these! If you like lemon desserts then this recipe is one for you to try!


(Makes 12)


Dough –

500g/1lb strong white bread flour, plus extra for rolling

14g fast action dried yeast ( 2 x 7g packets)

55g (1/4 cup) caster (superfine) sugar

85g (3 ounces) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

250ml milk (1 cup), warmed gently

1 free-range egg

Zest from 1 lemon

Lemon Butter Filling – 

45g (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temp

75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

1 lemon, zested

Lemon Icing – 

Juice of 1 lemon and zest for decoration

250g (1 cup) icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar), sifted


1. To make the dough: In a large stand mixer, add the flour, yeast, sugar and the zest. Mix gently on low speed just to combine. Then add the butter and rub in fully, until no lumps of butter remain. Now gently heat the milk in a small saucepan until it’s just warm and you can still poke your finger in without it burning. Then on a low speed, gently pour the milk in and add the egg, mix until a soft and sticky dough comes together. Then knead for another 5-7 minutes or until you have a soft and well elasticated dough. Now remove the dough from the mixer and knead gently on a board for about a minute just to bring it together into a ball. Place back in the bowl, cover fully with cling film and then leave somewhere warm for 1-2 hours or until it’s doubled in size.

2. To make the lemon filling: Roll the dough out on a flour surface to roughly 20cm x 50cm. Then for the filling melt the butter gently, then add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the zest and then brush this mixture all over the rolled out dough. Roll the dough up  from one of the longest sides. Then divide into 12 equally sized rolls. Now lightly grease a large baking dish with a little butter. Place the rolls in the greased tin, making sure they’re well spread out. Then cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes or until they’ve joined up and doubled in size.

3.To bake: Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Fan/180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, until they’re lightly golden. Allow to cool completely to room temperature in the baking dish. For the icing, just combine the icing sugar and lemon juice, mix until you have a smooth and drizzling consistency. Then drizzle liberally all over the baked buns. Finish with a little extra zest and then enjoy!



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46 thoughts on “Lemon Sticky Buns

  1. Ooh Jess I used to LOVE iced buns! I’m definitely keen on the idea of having a go at making these. Actually, there are loads of your recipes that I want to make. The best thing about these is that they really don’t look all that difficult to make 🙂

  2. Are you sure you don’t own a bakery? Or maybe your parents do? ‘Coz what comes out of your kitchen are nothing short of ah-mazing! Like these buns! This one is bookmarked, to be tried when the weather warms. Like you said, would be perfect for breakfast in the sun. Thanks for bringing these to the Fiesta!

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  6. Sweet buns are like my favorite thing ever. Don’t they make the perfect breakfast?? Yours look terrific, and the lemony touch is amazing 🙂

  7. Gosh. I’m a sucker for any kind of bakery sweet roll like this. Yours look so delicious 🙂 Glad I found your blog today – so much good stuff on here!

  8. These look AMAZING, I’d love to give them a try! Only one problem, I don’t have a stand mixer and being a uni student means I don’t really have the budget to buy one – is there any way to do this by hand or does it need to be machine mixed? Thanks!

    • Brilliant, thank you! I’ll definitely let you know – tomorrow I’m trying out your Terry’s Chocolate Orange cupcakes for a friends birthday, can’t wait to see how they come out 🙂

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