Everyone will jump out of bed for a fresh batch of Easy Lemon Sugar Buns! With the bright burst of lemon zest rolled up inside, these sugar-coated treats are ideal for spring. Pair with coffee or your favorite mimosa!

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

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Good morning, good moooooooooorning!

Now, most of you know I am not a morning person. Like, at all.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

I used to be one though! The alarm would go off and I would jump out of bed, ready to take on the world.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

However, as I get older, I seem to be hitting the snooze button more and more often. I don’t know if it’s because the Man has the same habits of hitting snooze or if I am simply being hit with exhausted from my 30-something years on this Earth…

All I know is that it takes something exciting to get me out of bed in the morning.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

These little easy lemon sugar buns are exactly the thing to get me excited to start my day.

I LOVE pastries like these. Whenever we travel, I’m constantly looking in coffee shop windows, hoping to find a sweet pastry treat to go alongside my caffeine fix.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

Half the time it’s how I decide whether or not a coffee shop is worth stepping into.

Judgmental? Perhaps. Illogical? Absolutely NOT.

Now you can turn your own home into you very own little coffee shop!

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

These sugar buns are so stinking easy to make. You only need 5 ingredients! Most likely you probably already have those ingredients in your house, if you’re anything like me.

The best part is, there’s no fiddling with making pastry from scratch. As much as I LOVE baking, making puff pastry is a whole lot of work.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

I took a French pastry class a handful of years ago, and it taught me one important thing. Buying puff pastry is 100% OK.

We all don’t have hours to make it at home, let’s be real.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

So go ahead and “cheat” by buying the frozen sheets in the store. 😉

In just a few simple steps, you’ll have these sugary, bright buns in your kitchen alongside your coffee or favorite mimosa.

They also travel well, so be sure to bring them to your next brunch or breakfast gathering! Everyone will swooooooooooon.

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

This Recipe’s Must-Haves

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls are what every kitchen needs. With all the different sizes, you can easily make anything you need to!

I loooooooooove my Fox Run Marble Rolling Pin and Base! It’s the prettiest rolling pin and the most functional one I’ve ever used. The rolling pin stays cold, making it easier when you are working with pastry. In addition, it’s nice and heavy so you don’t have to put a lot of strength whenever you are rolling out your recipes.

This USA Pan Bakeware Cupcake and Muffin Pan is perfect for these sugar buns (as well as any cupcakes, muffins, and more). It’s heavy duty and it will last you for years!

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

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Easy Lemon Sugar Buns
Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

Easy Lemon Sugar Buns

Yield: Makes 12 sugar buns

With a burst of lemon zest, these bright and light sugar buns are the best way to start the day. Only 5 ingredients and a few steps are required!


  • 7 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temp


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon zest, and salt.
  3. Sprinkle a clean, flat work surface with 1 Tbsp granulated sugar. Place one sheet of puff pastry on top.
  4. Spread the puff pastry with 2 Tbsp softened butter. Sprinkle with half of the lemon sugar.
  5. Use a rolling pin to lightly roll the puff pastry evenly. This will help the sugar stick on both sides!
  6. Tightly roll up the puff pastry from its longest side.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  8. Cut each long into 6 even rounds.
  9. Place each round into a muffin cup, cut side up.
  10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Carefully remove buns to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  11. Add remaining granulated sugar to a small bowl. Toss each bun in the sugar to coat.
  12. Serve warm.

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