Sweet Rolls with Jam or Nutella

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I love these sweet rolls, they are perfect for a Saturday or Sunday morning.  I woke up this morning around 6:30 and was in the mood for something sweet like cinnamon rolls, but I didn’t have any, so I decided to make my own sweet rolls. My husband was still sleeping so by the time he woke up the house smelled like home made sweet rolls and freshly brewed coffee. It was great, that’s the reason I love weekends. These sweet rolls are wonderful and so versatile because you can practically fill them up with anything you like. For example, you can fill them with the jam of your choice, or if you love Nutella like me, fill them all with Nutella. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Nutella, so I need not go on. Anyway this recipe will make about 48 rolls, so you’ll have plenty to share with your friends and neighbors.

I’ve made these a few times now, and every time I make them my husband keeps telling me I make the best sweet rolls.

In a small bowl or cup add 1/4 cup of milk. Warm it up in the microwave so that the milk is lukewarm, just for a few seconds. To the milk add a teaspoon of sugar and the yeast. Stir it well and let it sit for a few minutes, so that the yeast bubbles up.

In the meantime, in the bowl of your mixer add the melted butter and sugar and mix it well for a couple minutes. Add the eggs to the mixer and continue mixing.

Add the yeast mixture, milk and salt and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated. Add the flour gradually and continue mixing. If you need to add additional flour, do so, the dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your hands. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and rub some oil all over the dough.

Cover the dough with a clean damp kitchen towel and let it rest for an hour or two in a warm place, until it doubles in size.

Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and roll each one into a ball.

Working with one ball at a time, roll out each ball into a 12 to14 inch circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 equal triangles.

Drop a teaspoon of nutella at the top of each triangle and roll each one like a croissant.

Place the rolls on an ungreased baking sheet, about an inch apart. I could fit 24 rolls on each of my baking sheets. Brush egg wash over each roll.

Let the rolls rest for another 30 minutes then bake them in a preheated oven at 375 F degrees for about 20 minutes or until nice and golden brown.

Trust me when I say you cannot stop at one roll. As you can see one is missing from the baking sheet, that’s because I couldn’t wait to eat one until I took all the pictures. Mmmm…so good. You’ll thank me for this recipe. :)

Sweet Rolls with Jam or Nutella
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Serves: 48
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (500 ml) of milk
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5½ to 6 cups of flour
  • nutella or jam of your choice
  1. In a cup warm about ¼ cup of the milk until it's lukewarm, in the microwave. Add the yeast to the milk and a tsp of sugar and mix well. Let the yeast mixture sit for about 5 min until it froths up and bubbles.
  2. Melt the butter in a sauce pan or in the microwave. In a mixer add the melted butter and sugar and mix until the sugar and butter are well incorporated. Add the eggs and continue mixing until the mixture is light. Add the yeast mixture, milk and salt and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Start adding the flour half a cup at a time and mix well. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your hands. Add additional flour if you need it.
  4. Let the dough rise until double in size, make sure you cover it with a clean towel or plastic wrap, about an hour to an hour and a half. Meanwhile you can relax and drink your coffee.
  5. At this stage, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Once the dough has doubled in size, on a floured surface cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball. Set aside and cover with wrap, we'll work with one ball at a time. Now this step is really a lot of fun, it's like making pizza. Roll out a ball into a circle that's about 12 to 14 inches in diameter. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into either 6 equal pizza slices or 8, depends how big your want your rolls. Drop a teaspoon of jam or Nutella at the top of each slice, you can spread it around or just leave it as one big dollop. Starting at the top roll out each piece and shape into a crescent. I love making these it's so much fun.
  6. Repeat with the remaining balls. Put the sweet rolls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Before you put them in the oven, brush them with egg wash so they will turn out nice and shiny. You may also sprinkle some sugar on top of them if you wish, but it's not necessary.


They turn out so nice and fluffy and everybody will just love them.

Enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee!

Tip: If you realize your dough isn’t rising, it could be because you’ve used old yeast that has already expired. Proof your yeast ahead of time, as I mentioned above by testing it in warm milk with sugar and see if it starts bubbling and rising. If it doesn’t then your yeast is no good. If you haven’t proofed your yeast, you can still salvage your dough, by adding some baking powder to it, and it will help the sweet rolls rise in the oven, it won’t be the same, but at least you’re not wasting all this dough. Other than that, make sure the dough is in a warm spot so it can rise, and just be patient, sometimes it may take a good 2 or 3 hours for the dough to rise. Good luck and have fun while you bake.

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  1. itzi says

    Hi, I just wanna tell you that I made this and they turn out beautufull! thaaaank you very much!! My family love them and my dog was crazy about the smell poor thing 😉

  2. Nandini says

    I would like to try this recipe. Would you please give the measurement of flour and milk in gm and ml also?
    Thank you for your help.

  3. Anne says

    Hi Jo ,
    I think your sweet rolls look awesome,
    But i was wondering how much butter to use, you’ve mentioned a stick, but how
    Much does it weigh, as we don’t get sticks of butter here, thank you so much.

  4. says

    tried these … and they turned out perfect :) thanks a ton jo … it was a hit with people… made some with mixed fruit jam and some with nutella… also made some cheese buns with the remaining dough… :)

    • says

      Hi, I’m glad. The dough is very versatile you can literally fill it with anything. I have made it with jam before and it was great. Glad you liked it. :)

  5. lyly says

    Dear Jo, I try your recipe again with your advice and it came out good. Thank you for your recipe. Wish you the best.

  6. lyly says

    Dear Jo, Thank you for your time replying to me. The reason I throw dough out because I’m affraid of dough can not rise since I add more flour. Should I add more yeast if I add more flour?

    • says

      Hi Lyly, you don’t need to add more yeast, assuming your yeast is not expired it should be fine. I’m glad you’re experimenting, you’ll only get better with practice. :)

  7. lyly says

    Hi Jo, I did add 1 3/4 cup of milk to the egg and sugar bowl then add 1/2 cup flour at the time but the dough become very sticky (wet) so I have to throw it away. Should I add more flour next time? Please advise. Thanks.

    • says

      Oh, you shouldn’t throw dough out, if it’s too sticky all you have to do is add more flour, it’s it’s too stiff, add more liquid.

  8. lyly says

    Hi Jo, I really enjoy reading your blog. I have question about this sweet roll with Jam. In your recipe I don’t see that you have to knead the dough before let it rise in double. Do we have to knead the dough or just mix it until incoporate? Please advise. I woulk like to try to make it for my sons. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Lyly, you don’t really need to knead the dough, obviously it doesn’t hurt if you do. You can also do all this in a mixer and just let the mixer, using the dough hook, knead it for a couple minutes and that should be enough. Hope this helps.

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