Monday, June 29

Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls Taste Like Summertime

mom's blueberry sweet rolls

It's blueberry season. Glorious, juicy, sweet blueberry season.

If you're looking for one fabulous blueberry treat this summer, then you've got to make my Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls. She has been making them since I was a little girl, and my love for them has never waned.

Each bun has warm, juicy, cinnamon-sugar coated blueberries tucked inside of a pillowy soft sweet dough that is glazed with vanilla icing. There is something ambrosial about these buns: they're delicate and pretty enough for a ladies' summer tea party yet homey and comfy enough for a midday snack with a glass of milk.

So next time you go blueberry picking, save a pint of your best berries for Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls. Trust me, summer never tasted so good.

mom's blueberry sweet rolls
(You could eat these buns unglazed, but you wouldn't want to do that.)

Retraction: Please note that the original posting said that the dough could either be mixed by hand or processed. The dough should be hand mixed only.

Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Makes 9 rolls
Print recipe only here.

Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls are easy to make, but plan ahead since the dough has to be refrigerated overnight.

2 packets of yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup warm milk
1 cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose, or as much as it takes

1 tablespoon melted butter for brushing over dough

Blueberry Filling:
1 pint fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Vanilla Icing:

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
a few droplets of milk

Sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans, optional

1. Mix all of the dough ingredients in a large bowl, and knead lightly by hand until the dough comes together. Roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

2. In the morning, the dough will be hard. Let it rest on the counter until it's just cool or at room temperature. Roll it out into a large rectangle. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

3. Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter or coat with cooking spray an 8-inch square pan.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the blueberries, granulated sugar, flour, and cinnamon, until well coated, and spread evenly over the dough. Lightly press the berries with your hand so they stick into the dough. Starting with the long side closest to you, begin rolling the dough as tightly as you can, tucking in any stray blueberries as you go. Place the end seam side down, and tuck the ends of the roll under so the berries don't escape. Place the roll in refrigerator for 5 minutes to make slicing easier. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 9 equal size pieces.

5. Place the rolls in a prepared 8-inch square dish. Cover with a clean dish towel, and allow to rest on the counter top for 45-60 minutes, until risen and puffy. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the dough comes out clean. Place pan on a rack, and cool.

6. To make the icing, whisk confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth, but not too thin-- it should cling nicely to the back of a spoon. Once the buns are cooled, pull them apart (it helps to run a blunt knife between the buns first). Place buns on a wire rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath it. Drizzle with icing, and rest for about 1 hour, or until the icing has hardened. Serve at room temperature.

You might also like these summertime fruity desserts:

Peach and Blueberry Galette

Fresh Blackberry, Oatmeal, and Cashew Cake

Fresh Cherry and Peach Upside-Down Cake

Strawberry Cardamom Cake

Here are more delicious blueberry recipes you might enjoy:
Blueberry Cobbler from Melecotte
Blueberry Crumb Cake from Family, Friends, and Food
Blueberry and Strawberry Buttermilk Cake at Pinch My Salt
Blueberry Muffins at Obsessed With Baking

P.S. Congratulations to The Mama, aka Heather for winning the grilling kit from Fire and Flavor!


Karen said...

Blueberries are a wonderful addition to a nice sweet roll. I'll have to give these a try and I'm glad the recipe only fits an 8" pan, because I'm going to eat them all :)

Kristen said...

Oh my god these look absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh my goodness what an utterly divine bake! I don't think I could stop at one ;0)

Steph said...

That is such a wonderful idea! I never would have thought of adding blueberries. I have 2 tubs of blueberries so I might give these a try if I have time to play around with yeast.

The Duo Dishes said...

Never seen anyone do this with blueberries. Genius!

Kara said...

Oh no. I've been obsessed lately with trying every incarnation of homemade cinnamon rolls and now blueberry rolls? They look just too good to pass up!

Unknown said...

Oh my, these rolls are calling my name- they look awsome, Susan! I have a list of blueberry recipes to try, so I'd better get busy. I'm adding these lucious rolls to the list!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a gorgeous celebration of summer, Susan! I am in love with blueberries, and smitten with this recipe.

Cakespy said...

I think I could easily gain a sweet roll around my middle by eating an entire batch of these sweet rolls! But so worth it.

Creative Classroom Core said...

How come Ive never heard of these before??? They sound AMAZING! I will be bookmarking this one to make for sure!

Deborah said...

I woke up this morning thinking about cinnamon rolls, but now I'm going to be thinking about these blueberry rolls!

Snooky doodle said...

oh my! what a nice treat! these look so nice! I m drooling just by looking at the pic

Rita said...

Hi Susan
This looks wonderful, I have a question about the dough, is it 1 cup of butter, melted (2 sticks melted and that's it) or is it melted butter that is then measured in a liquid measuring cup? I want to make those for the long wekend, the look sooo yumy!

Soma said...

with something looking as beautiful as this, love for it can never wane! gorgeous.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Blueberries are my favourite and tucked into a sweet roll...mmmm

Patsyk said...

those sweet rolls are incredible! I love the addition of blueberries, but then don't they make just about anything taste better?

Thanks for the shout-out on my Blueberry Crumb Cake post!

Manggy said...

Goodness, I couldn't even focus on the text as I was dizzied by the wonderful rolls! Love 'em! :)

Nicole said...

Susan these look absolutely amazing!! Never would have thought to combine blueberries and cinnamon rolls but I can't wait to give it a try!

Kristen said...

Oh Susan, you've done it again. What a fantastic idea for a roll...never would have thought to do that. They look delicious!

kellypea said...

What a fabulous idea. Blueberries are something I've enjoyed more fresh than baked unless in a muffin. These sound wonderful.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

These do look good, so I'm not surprised you love them so. I heard about these on Twitter too. :)

Deeba PAB said...

I fell in love with these when I saw the post in my reader. WOW. For the nth time in my life, I wish we got blueberries here.I'm literally stuck to the screen Susan!!

Parita said...

Oh these look gorgeous Susan! I have got to find some fresh blueberries! a doubt how much is 2 packets of yeast? can you pls let me know in tsp of grams?

Unknown said...

I don't think I've ever seen blueberry sweet rolls...they always seem to be cinnamon. those look fantastic!!!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh gosh! These are even better than cinnamon rolls. And much prettier too! Perfect for a brunch with friends :) Bookmarked!


Juliana said...

Wow, your blueberries rolls loos absolutely fantastic...could not look yummier! And you are right, why not use blueberries while in season? Love the pictures.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

OMG!!!!!! I will def be making these with fresh blueberries! Or should I just use frozen?...decisions, decisions....I love these rolls Susan!

Abby said...

SUSAN. You are SO talking my language right now. I have SO many frozen blueberries from my dad's garden that it's ridiculous.

I know what I'm making this weekend.

Johanna GGG said...

now this is my sort of yeast baking - you are truly a temptress!

eatme_delicious said...

I was just thinking about making cinnamon rolls today but now you've convinced me I must make these! They look gorgeous. I can't wait to get my hands on some local blueberries.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

karen-Don't be surprised if you do! ;)

kristen-You're so welcome!

rosie-Oh, thank you!

steph-They pair perfectly with the sweet dough.

duodishes-Genius. That's my mom! :)

kara-Move over cinnamon rolls!

lynda-Make sure they go at the top of that list! ;)

tw-They have that effect on people. :)

cakespy-I'm feeling a little roly-poly myself! ;)

finsmom-It's the sweetest secret. ;)

deborah-They are worth day dreaming over!

snooky-Thank you, my dear!

Rita-It's melted then measured into a cup. Good question! I hope you enjoy them! :)

soma-Thank you so much!

val-Mmm... indeed!

patsy-Oh, you're quite welcome, my dear!

mark-Dizzy, huh? I'll take that as a good sign.

nicole-You aren't going to be disappointed. The flavors are divine!

kristen-That's my mom for you-- always thinking of terrific baking ideas!

kellypea-I'm so happy you like them!

aparna-Did you? I have been away for a few days, so I'll have to check it out!

deeba-Whaaat? You don't get blueberries?! That warrants a trip to The States then!

parita- Oh, sure. One packet of yeast is 7g or 1/4oz, so 2 packets is 14g or 1/2 oz.

danielle-They're so amazing, especially in the summertime.

wanm-Perfect indeed! Thank you so much!

juliana-Oh, thank you. I enjoyed taking them too.

Peter-Fresh! Fresh! Of course, frozen is fine too.;)

johanna-A temptress, huh? I like that!

ashley-That's right. Move on over, cinnamon rolls, cause blueberry rolls are in town!

abby-Yay! I'm so happy to hear that!

Sharon said...

You're certainly right - please add lots of the glaze! These are gorgeous.

veron said...

Hubby is obsessed with blueberries and I am sure we will love this!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

My husband would flip for these. Lately he's been baking blueberry muffins obessively. Now if only I could get him to clean the bathroom...

Sha said...

Can't resist to blueberries... I can't find them so much in France. Hopefully I'm gonna come back to Scotland soon ! And make these rolls :)

Ivy said...

I love cinnamon rolls and pity we can't get any blueberries in Greece. These sound amazing.

Pille said...

What a brilliant idea!! I think I'll use my regular cinnamon bun dough, but using blueberries (or bilberries, which grow wild here) instead of cinnamon.
Beautiful summer sweet!!

sunita said...

Mom's the best! Those rolls look so beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Susan.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sharon-I LOVE the glaze!

veron-Then he'll love these, I promise!

michelle-Make a deal. He cleans the bathroom, he gets Mom's blueberry sweet rolls. ;)

sha-I'm surprised at how many people can't find blueberries where they are.

ivy-Oh, that is so sad. :(

pille-You'll love it!

sunita-Moms are the best. :)

Anonymous said...

And I didn't think sweet rolls could get any better. I will definitely be trying these.

Jennifer said...

Oh my!!!! BLUEBERRY ROLLS?!?! You have just won my heart! These look and sound AMAZING!!!!

Sarah Caron said...

Oh my goodness. Blueberry Sweet Rolls sound divine! I love sweet rolls and love blueberries, so that sounds like an amazing combination. Can't wait to try them!

Cynthia said...

The lighting of the photographs makes these even more heavenly!

Anshika said...

Once in a coffee shop I has this blueberry cake and I fell in love with the wonderful taste of blueberries.

Anonymous said...

Susan - I made these over the weekend. They are incredible!!! My husband said I could sell them, although I don't think I could bake them fast enough to have any left to sell!!! Thanks for a great recipe. Jo-Ann

Memória said...

What is the point of preheating the oven if the dough is going to sit in the refrigerator overnight? Shouldn't that step come after refrigeration? *scratches head*

Anyway, I plan to make these rolls ASAP. I love the addition of blueberries, and I have some sitting in my freezer right now.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sliceofsueshe-I know! :)

jennifer-Yay! I'm so happy you love them!

sarah-Hope you enjoy them! Thanks.

cynthia-I appreciate that!

lone acorn-They're easy to fall in love with.

jo-ann-Yay! I'm so happy you and Lou loved them! Thanks so much for letting me know! :)

memoria-Yup, the preheating comes the next morning. Thanks. Hope you enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan, I made these blueberry rolls for my 4th of July breakfast, and they were awesome! My kids gobbled them up and want to know when I'll be making more! Thanks for a great recipe. Mary from Maine.

Lauren said...

I am making these tomorrow for my boyfriend! They look so good and he loves blueberries. I'll be sure to report back after :)

Rachelle S said...

Those look and sound SO good! Funny you posted this. The other week I was thinking, why make cinnamon rolls? Why not add fruit instead, like a danish?

Ta da! =)

lisaiscooking said...

Just saw these on blogher, and now I have to try them! These look insanely good.

Lenetta said...

Mmm, I love blueberries! I linked to this on my weekly roundup, post is here. Thanks!

Cancemini4 said...

I've always been terrified to attempt yeast breads, but you've inspired me! I've never seen a more delicious looking sweet roll.

Deanna said...

I made these and blogged about them at They were wonderful!! Try them with a drizzle of cream cheese icing...oh my!

Maria said...

Susan-these are fabulous! I can't wait to make them.

Melissa said...

I just found this website and these rolls look divine! I want to make this for a bigger gathering. Can I just double or triple this recipe?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

melissa-I haven't done it before, so I don't know for sure how it would turn out. My inclination would to do separate batters. I find working with a really large amount of dough to be tricky. Hope you enjoy them!

Mar said...

I made your recipe and the wonderful result!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm..I am loving these! I have a bunch of blueberries in my fridge. I think I know what I want to make! :)