A Family Favorite: Strawberry Rolls

Strawberry Rolls: Yeast rolls with a strawberry filling, topped with cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting

When I saw that strawberries were going to be this month’s theme for Twelve Loaves I was thinking of making a twisted roll. Lucky for you my sweet tooth was strong with me that day so I dreamed up a roll filled with fresh strawberries. Not jam. I wanted the flavor of spring to burst out of these rolls with a warm, delightful flavor that could be enjoyed for dessert, breakfast or brunch. Heck, you can eat these whenever you want. I am not going to judge you. In fact, we should have one with some hot coffee or tea right now. Can I pour you a little something to go with your strawberry rolls?

As with most berries, I have a childhood memory of strawberries. :) We didn’t grow our own, but we had a you-pick berry patch near our house. I snuck so many berries into my mouth even after I was told that the berries were weighed by the pound. I was six years old and had no idea that it meant we had to buy and then eat. I didn’t understand what the adults were so worked up about. And no matter how hard I tried, by hands were always stained red. Probably my clothes too.

I have baked these rolls non stop for the past month and I never tire of them. The buttery outer layer of the roll is almost crisp, but soft as it gives way to the soft and warm inside.

I am really enjoying these monthly themes as my fellow bakers and I come up with new treasures to share with you every month. It gives me a great excuse to play around with breads and rolls, baking each theme and loving every minute of it.

Strawberry Rolls: Yeast rolls with a strawberry filling, topped with cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Rolls Are Good Even Without Frosting

My other half and I enjoyed some of these warm strawberry rolls with the kiddos over the weekend. We dipped ours in coffee (Tay had her hot chocolate) and it was soooooo good without the frosting. They were perfect for brunch. And would be ideal to make as a hostess gift when we visit friends.

Strawberry Rolls: Yeast rolls with a strawberry filling, topped with cream cheese frosting.

These rolls rise in about 2 hours and they are worth the effort. Actually, they’re pretty easy to make. If I can make half a dozen batches over tax-prep-weekend, it must be easy! In fact, these rolls make an excellent dinner roll without any stuffing at all. Just rise, cut, form and bake. But the strawberries are an amazing addition.

The filling perfectly captures the flavor of strawberries in spring, in my opinion. Just a little butter, brown sugar and strawberries. (insert content smile here) I won’t tell you how many rolls I ate while I took these photographs. I wish, at the very least, that I could say I ate them gracefully. That definitely was not the case. 😉

These dessert rolls are worth bragging about. You’re going to love them when you give them a try. These were actually quite simple to make, even easier when I had help. :) Take a peek at the videos below to see my helper in action!

Strawberry Rolls: Yeast rolls with a strawberry filling, topped with cream cheese frosting.

Before you get too excited about these rolls, I’d love it if you would take a look at what my fellow Twelve Loaves bakers have made for you! A BIG thank you to Lora and all of my fellow bakers for always inspiring me and being such a great group to be a part of. 

#TwelveLoaves March: Strawberries. February was a delicious month of Chocolate breads! We are ready for spring and chose Strawberries for our March theme! Choose a recipe featuring strawberries. (Your bread of choice could be accented with fresh or dried strawberries, strawberry preserves) Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with STRAWBERRIES. Let’s get baking!

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this March, 2014, and posted on your blog by March 31, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Renee from Magnolia Days and this month the fabulous Alice of Hip Foodie Mom.


Strawberry Rolls
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Strawberry Rolls make an excellent dessert, with or without frosting, and they are also very popular as a brunch menu item. This recipe will make 12 rolls.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12

  • For the rolls:
  • ¼ cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature
  • ¾ cup milk, also at room temperature
  • 2 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp. alaea Hawaiian sea salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
  • For the filling:
  • 6 tsp. brown sugar, you’ll need ½ tsp. per roll add a little more if you want
  • 1 cup of diced strawberries
  • a few tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. butter, room temp
  • 1 tbsp. milk

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine butter, milk, sugar and salt. Stir together.
  2. Use a thermometer to test the temperature of your ingredients, making sure it is below 90 degrees fahrenheit before adding yeast.
  3. Add 2 ½ tsp. active dry yeast and stir together. Let the mixture rest for about 10-15 minutes. Yeast should look foamy.
  4. Next add 3 cups of flour, mixing together until ingredients are just incorporated.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes by hand or using a stand mixer. A bread machine will work too. Dough will be smooth and feel a little sticky when you touch it with your finger, but the dough will not actually stick to your fingers.
  6. Form into a ball and place dough in mixing bowl and cover the top of the bowl with saran wrap. Set in a warm place to rise for 2 hours or until nearly doubled in size.
  7. Butter one bread loaf baking pan.
  8. Remove dough from bowl and place onto a clean, dry, flat surface. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces using a knife or dough scraper, slicing it pizza style. Take one piece and turn it on its side. Fold pointed end under the wider end, then pinch wider end downward. Bring the sides down, almost making a round shape. Be careful not to flatten or “deflate” the dough completely. Repeat with all the sections. See video for example.
  9. Cover dough balls with saran wrap and let them rest for 20 minutes.
  10. Next, roll each ball into a round shape, about 4 ¾ inches across. I like to roll all 12 and stack them to create an assembly line.
  11. Dab about ¼ tsp. butter, ½ tsp. brown sugar and 1 tbsp. strawberries into the center of the rounds.
  12. If you need a little more space around the edges in order to wrap dough around the filling, grab opposite sides of the dough with your fingers. Tug the dough gently to stretch it just a little bit more. Try to keep the filling away from the edges.
  13. Grabbing opposite sides of the rounds (if you aren’t doing so already), pull the sides up and pinch together. Join the remaining edges of the dough by pinching together. Once all the edges are sealed, pinch corners together to form a round ball once again and place the roll seam side down into your buttered bread loaf pan. See video for example.
  14. Repeat until all 12 rounds are filled and placed into the loaf pan.
  15. Let rolls rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. They will almost double in height.
  16. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes or until tops are golden brown. While hot, brush tops with milk. This will keep the tops soft and beautiful.
  17. To make the frosting, combine ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk together until smooth. Scrape bottom of the bowl and whisk attachment and continue to mix for another 3 minutes. Spread over warm rolls. These rolls are so very good even without frosting but it adds a little something extra if you’re looking for a sweet dessert.
  18. Enjoy!


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  1. Your rolls look heavenly and I enjoyed watching your videos on how to fill them. So great. I love it when I learn something new :) Thanks
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  2. I think it’s a little bit impossible to bring kids to a U-pick and not have them shoving berries in their mouth. They must account for that ;). Your rolls are absolutely mouthwatering!

  3. hipfoodiemomhipfoodiemom03-04-2014

    Oh my gawd, I love these strawberry dessert rolls!!! that first photo is killing me, it looks so good… totally bursting with flavor. . oh my goodness, yum!

  4. Tina MuirTina Muir03-04-2014

    Whoa! This sounds incredible! I would HAVE to add the frosting as I am such a sweet tooth, but they sound divine! I love coming back to sweet rolls after my runs in the afternoon! Especially ones that are STRAWBERRY and have FROSTING on top! You have made me very hungry!

  5. Oh, my gosh, you have me drooling, Dionne!!! The rolls look terrific, and adding that cream cheese icing pushed them over the top!!!

  6. cake duchesscake duchess03-04-2014

    I haven’t visited a u-pick in so long. Your rolls are just incredible, Dionne. I would take a couple with my coffee now and then later again!:)) Thanks for bringing your incredible breads to the group.

  7. RavieNomNomsRavieNomNoms03-04-2014

    These look amazing!! I am seeing so many fresh strawberry recipes and it is amazing, yum!

  8. BakingyummiesBakingyummies03-04-2014

    They look beautiful! the cream cheese frosting just makes them extra special!

  9. Your rolls look so buttery soft, and just filled with those lush strawberries – I wouldn’t be able to resist. I love that you added a how-to video, which is so welcome to a newcomer to bread baking.

  10. HollyHolly03-04-2014

    These are so pretty I wish I could pluck one off the screen and eat it! I have strawberry picking memories as a child too– my grandmother had a small patch and we’d anxiously wait for the strawberries to grow big enough to pick. I am going to call my grandmother now and see if she remembers too– thanks!

  11. Karen H KerrKaren H Kerr03-05-2014

    Those look really good Dionne! What a wonderful concept! How cool that you added videos too!

  12. Donna CurrieDonna Currie03-05-2014

    Everything's better with cream cheese icing, right? Love these sweet rolls!

  13. StacyStacy03-05-2014

    Gorgeous rolls, Dionne! I can imagine bringing a whole pan of these along to a party and then hovering around to make sure I get my share. :)

  14. Ok, so I’m learning to like strawberries. You know, Im still not sure I love them. I dig the flavor, but oooh berries freak me out. In a bread though, that could be dangerous. Perhaps even a cure to my anti berry troubles.

  15. Isabelle @ CrumbIsabelle @ Crumb03-06-2014

    What a great idea! I can’t wait for strawberry season to start… just four more months. (Four long, cold, depressing months. Sob sob sob.) I bet they’d be great with a strawberry-rhubarb combo, too.

  16. I love the videos at the end. That pinching technique is great! I can remember going to the u-pick farms on Pioneer Ave where you live in the early 1990s. Such good times.

  17. Lady LilithLady Lilith03-06-2014

    They look great. A roll with a pocket of strawberry goodness.

  18. Kate@DiethoodKate@Diethood03-06-2014

    WOW… those look damn good!!

  19. atasteofmadessatasteofmadess03-07-2014

    I haven’t made anything with strawberry in so long! That has got to change. This looks SO good!

  20. Taking On MagazinesTaking On Magazines03-07-2014

    I need breakfast right about now so could I please have a frosted one? No, wait, make that two! :)

  21. Renee DobbsRenee Dobbs03-08-2014

    What marvelous rolls! Oh that cream cheese frosting. Yummy. And I very much enjoyed your videos too.

  22. Kim - Liv LifeKim - Liv Life03-08-2014

    Oh MY heavens!!!! Simply awesome!

  23. Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin03-17-2014

    Thank you! I am grateful to Tay for letting me video her while she filled them and shaped them. Have a good start to your week!

  24. Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin03-17-2014

    You're right about that!

  25. Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin03-17-2014

    Thank you! Yes, the videos are great since they give a visual to the description and it was just way too cute watching her make these. :)

  26. These are the best looking rolls! I’ll take them over a traditional dinner roll any day!

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