These meyer lemon sweet rolls are everything you need for breakfast in bed! Filled with sweet and tangy meyer lemon curd and topped with crunchy sugar – these morning buns are the perfect cross between a flaky pastry and a doughy cinnamon roll.
Oof. Guys. I told my mom I would have this meyer lemon sweet rolls recipe up last week and here it is, Mother’s Day, and I’m only just getting it out. Not exactly doing my best in this quarantine life. Especially for the woman that birthed and raised me, listens to me complain on a daily basis, and sent me Easter baskets all the way through law school.
My mom found a way to make every day memorable. Whether it was filling plastic easter eggs and staying up until 2 am to finish wrapping “Santa” presents. Or even just a family pizza night, where she was rolling out individual-sized crusts for us and letting us make our own bad decisions on pizza toppings.
She taught me that any night can be made a “special” night by merely declaring it to be so, and filling it with family and good food and mildly vicious games of Sorry. But she taught me a lot more than just how to slide your last little plastic figure into Home and how to say sorry when you’re not sorry at all…
She taught me how to measure flour properly. How to read a recipe. How it is okay to fail and it is okay to keep trying.
She taught me how to snuggle puppies, how to swim, how to sell (and hoard) girl scout cookies, and what the heck a “stack-and-wack” means. She taught me the difference between a green blue and a purple blue. #quilter
For 18 years, she listened to me complain about clothes that were too scratchy or too tight or had too big of a tag, while she tried to teach me how to wear grown-up clothes. (I’m sure she was laughing on the inside when I told her I wanted to be a lawyer and she thought of all the uncomfortable suits in my future.)
She taught me acceptance, in listening to every worry, every woe, every uncertainty, and every moment of indecision without even a hint of judgment.
She taught me infinite patience, after watching 17-year-old me back her Ford Expedition into the garage door, causing it to screech like a banshee when it tried to go up or down.
She taught me strength when she held me tight through the loss of numerous hamsters. When Dakota was gone. When Dad was gone. Even when I know she must have been hurting as much as I was.
She taught me how to find joy in the pursuit of knowledge in every trip to the library, every visit to the museum, and every night spent reading on the couch. The infinite wisdoms and escapes and experiences to be discovered through literature.
She taught me how to be an intelligent woman in a man’s world. How to be confident in my own skill, and the meaning of quiet strength. And how to never settle for anything less than the respect I earned.
She taught me what it means to be an incredible mom. What it means to be selfless. What it means to be supportive and loving and exceedingly kind. In every soccer game she side-lined in nothing less than blizzard conditions. In the sheet pans of nachos she made for the tornado of teenagers invading her house every Friday night. In every 10th, 100th, and millionth pile of dirty socks she picked up off the stairs. In every over-the-top science project. In all the cookies and pool days and birthday parties and every single hug and kiss good night.
So while I know that every day and all days should be an ode to moms everywhere, today, I especially want to say Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I wish I was there to make you a pile of these sweet rolls. Love you always.
What are meyer lemon sweet rolls?
These sweet rolls are right between a doughy cinnamon roll and flakey pastry. They have a slightly crisp exterior with crunchy sprinkles of lemon sugar, and a soft, fluffy middle with swirls of lemon curd throughout. They’re not as sticky as lemon sticky buns and not as flaky as a lemon danish braid. Somewhere in the middle
How do you make meyer lemon curd?
This recipe for meyer lemon curd is my go-to lemon curd recipe. It has never failed me and you can easily substitute lemons or limes for a different flavor.