Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

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These strawberries and cream sweet rolls are a delightful way to start off your Valentine’s Day! Everyone knows the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and these strawberries and cream sweet rolls are an easy recipe to get you there. They come together in just an hour and a half, and the steps are so simple even Cupid could make them.

About These Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

The base sweet dough of this strawberries and cream sweet rolls recipe is the same dough I use when I make homemade cinnamon rolls. I was dreaming up strawberry recipe ideas and thought it sounded like such a yummy idea – so I made it a reality! They’re hard to resist, and these yummy treats were devoured in no time at my house.

These easy strawberry sweet rolls are a fun and tasty addition to your Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch. The pretty pink strawberry frosting and freeze dried strawberries sprinkled on top of the sweet rolls just SCREAM Valentine’s Day. They would also be perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration, a girls’ brunch, or even a baby shower! 

Ingredients for Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

You may have most of the ingredients for this recipe on hand already, but if not they are pretty easy to find in most grocery stores:

  • warm milk

  • instant yeast

  • egg

  • unsalted butter, melted

  • granulated sugar

  • salt

  • all-purpose flour

  • strawberry jam

  • cream cheese, softened

  • vanilla extract

  • powdered sugar

  • freeze dried strawberries

How to Make Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

This recipe is pretty quick and simple to make, coming together in just an hour and a half! Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Mise En Place!

The first thing we’re going to do is gather all of our ingredients and equipment for this recipe. You’ll want to measure out all of the ingredients for each part of the recipe separately. Measuring everything out ahead of time ensures a smoother prep/cooking process. If your oven has a bread proofing setting, set it to 100°F 🙂

Step 2. Prepare the Dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment, combine the warm milk, yeast, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar, and salt.

 
With the mixer running at low speed, add the flour a little at a time until it’s all mixed in. Continue mixing until it forms a cohesive dough.
 
 
Lightly spray the dough with nonstick spray, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size. This should take approximately 30 minutes using your ovens “bread proof setting”. If your oven doesn’t have that setting, no worries! You can also proof the dough at room temperature, it just may take longer to double in size (usually about 1 hour instead of 30 minutes).

Step 3. Form the Rolls

Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out into a large, long rectangle on your counter (make sure to generously sprinkle the counter with flour first so your dough doesn’t stick).

Gently spread the strawberry preserves evenly on the dough, then roll the dough up into a log. At this point, you can push in the ends a bit to make sure each strawberry roll will be about the same size.

Cut the dough into 12 even slices, and place the slices into a greased 13×9-inch baking dish.

string cutting into strawberries and cream sweet rolls

Brush each roll with melted butter.

Step 4. Let your Rolls Rise

Cover with plastic wrap and let proof for another 30 to 60 minutes (30 minutes at 100°F or 60 minutes at room temperature).
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 5: Bake Off

Once finished proofing, bake until golden brown. After they’ve finished baking, let the rolls cool for 10 to 15 minutes before frosting.

Step 6: Make Your Strawberries and Cream Icing

Add the unsalted butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and cream together until smooth.

Slowly add in the powdered sugar with the mixer on the lowest setting, then crank the speed up and mix until combined.

Sprinkle in the crushed freeze dried strawberries and mix until fully incorporated.

Step 7: Assemble your Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

Spread the strawberry cream cheese icing evenly over the baked rolls.

Sprinkle with additional crushed freeze dried strawberries as desired.

Step 8: Snatch one up before they’re gone!

Make sure to enjoy one of these easy strawberry sweet rolls before your loved ones eat them all!

Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls FAQ

There are a few questions I wanted to answer ahead of time for this strawberries and cream sweet rolls recipe:

What if I can’t find freeze dried strawberries?

If you can’t find freeze dried strawberries at your local grocery store, you will likely be able to order them online. Here is a link to some I found on Amazon.

Can I use a different kind of berry?

You can use other kinds of berries for this recipe if you’re not a fan of strawberries. It’s excellent with raspberries or blueberries!

Can I make this gluten free?

I have tried to make the sweet dough for this recipe with 1 to 1 gluten free baking flour, and it turns out pretty well! The rolls turn out looking a little more crackly then their gluten filled counterpart, but overall this recipe is pretty good when made gluten free too. Make sure you are being careful to avoid cross contamination/contact when baking for someone who needs to eat gluten free.

Storing Leftover Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

Store any leftover strawberries and cream sweet rolls in the refrigerator for up to one week. Make sure to either wrap them up tightly with plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container to preserve freshness. 

When eating your leftovers, you can enjoy them cold OR heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds for a nice hot strawberries and cream sweet roll!

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Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 12 rolls

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Rolls

  • 8 oz warm milk 1 cup
  • 2.5 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 oz unsalted butter 4 tbsp, melted, divided
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12.75 oz all-purpose flour 3 cups, plus more for dusting
  • 11 oz strawberry preserves about 1 cup, I used an 11 oz jar

Frosting

  • 2 oz unsalted butter 4 tbsp, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4.5 oz powdered sugar 1 cup
  • 2-3 tbsp freeze dried strawberries crushed, plus more for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment, combine the warm milk, yeast, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar, and salt.
  • With the mixer running at low speed, add the flour a little at a time until it's all mixed in. Continue mixing until it forms a cohesive dough.
  • Lightly spray the dough with nonstick spray, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size. This should take approximately 30 minutes using your ovens "bread proof setting". If your oven doesn't have that setting, no worries! You can also proof the dough at room temperature, it just may take longer to double in size (usually about 1 hour instead of 30 minutes).
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out into a large, long rectangle on your counter (make sure to generously sprinkle the counter with flour first so your dough doesn't stick).
  • Gently spread the strawberry preserves evenly on the dough, then roll the dough up into a log. At this point, you can push in the ends a bit to make sure each strawberry roll will be about the same size.
  • Cut the dough into 12 even slices, and place the slices into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let proof for another 30 to 60 minutes (30 minutes at 100°F or 60 minutes at room temperature).Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Once finished proofing, brush the rolls with 2 tablespoons of melted butter and bake for 24 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • After they've finished baking, let the rolls cool for 10 to 15 minutes before frosting.

Frosting

  • Add the unsalted butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and cream together until smooth.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar with the mixer on the lowest setting, then crank the speed up and mix until combined.
  • Sprinkle in the crushed freeze dried strawberries and mix until fully incorporated.

Assembly

  • Spread the strawberry cream cheese icing evenly over the baked rolls.
  • Sprinkle with additional crushed freeze dried strawberries as desired.
  • Make sure to enjoy one of these easy strawberry sweet rolls before your loved ones eat them all!

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