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This homemade Cherry Sweet Rolls recipe makes light-as-air yeasty breakfast buns with delicious cherry flavor. It also boasts a thick topping of almond cream cheese glaze. Be still my heart!!

A vertical closeup photo of two Cherry Sweet Rolls on a white plate with cream cheese almond glaze and fresh cherries as garnish.

If you love the marriage of cherry and almond flavors, then you’re going to fall head over heels for these cherry almond breakfast buns!

 

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making almond glazed cherry sweet rolls is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

This recipe was originally shared in 2014. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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A vertical photo collage of Cherry Sweet Rolls along with white icing and fresh cherries. A title text overlay graphic is also included.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How to pit fresh cherries:

While I was planning this recipe, I knew I’d need to find an easy way to take the pits out of the fresh cherries I’d just purchased.

I looked at the store for a cherry pitter but was unable to find one at my particular market.

When I asked the question on Facebook, “What common household item can I use for removing pits from cherries?” my friend Jenni, of Pastry Chef Online came to my rescue with something she’d seen recently about using a paper clip to remove the pesky pits.

Let me tell you, it worked like a charm, although it was a little messy!

You may want to use kitchen gloves if you’re going to use the paperclip method, or you can purchase an actual cherry pitter (that I’ve since purchased) that does the job quicker, cleaner, and a whole lot more efficiently.

Nifty ways to remove the pits from cherries:

Can frozen cherries be used in place of fresh in this recipe?

Yes.

Thaw and dry them completely on paper towels before chopping and continuing with the recipe as written.

How to store glazed cherry sweet rolls:

Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can these sweet cherry breakfast buns be frozen?

Yes.

Freeze them in a single layer (or individually) by wrapping them well with freezer paper, and then store them in an air-tight freezer container for up to 2 months.

Can vanilla extract be used in place of the almond extract in this recipe?

Yes. Please feel free to make that substitution if necessary.

Why this recipe works:

You’re going to love the flavor of these awesome breakfast rolls.

They remind me so much of the sweet rolls we sold at the corner bakery where I used to work… only better.

The fresh cherries gives these rolls a slight tartness that compliments their seasonal sweetness.

The almond cream cheese glaze is the perfect compliment to top them off as it’s sweet but not overly sweet.

How long will this recipe take to make from start to finish?

Because these sweet cherry breakfast rolls are a yeast product, there are two rise times involved in the making of this recipe.

Both rise times are for approximately 90-120 minutes making a total of 4 hours of (hands-off) time.

The rise times including the bake time and preparation time brings this recipe to a total of roughly 4½ – 5 hours from start to finish, so please plan accordingly.

How to make cherry sweet rolls with almond icing:

  • Prepare the cherries by pitting (if needed), drying, and chopping.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook or a large bowl with a wooden spoon, mix all the dough ingredients until the dough comes together into a smooth, elastic ball. *Note -this should take approximately 7 minutes on medium speed if using a stand mixer and longer if kneading by hand.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for an additional few minutes.
  • Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
  • While the dough is rising, stir together the cherries, sugar, and almond extract. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • After the dough had doubled in size, punch down to deflate and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into an approximate 10″x 14″ rectangle.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.
  • Drain the cherries and spread them evenly over the buttered dough.
  • Roll the dough, starting with the long side, to form a cylinder.
  • Slice both ends of the cylinder off to create even ends. Discard the ends.
  • Use a serrated knife to slice the cylinder of dough into 12 equal size portions.
  • Place the cut dough into a 9″ x 13″ pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. *Note – You may need to reform them slightly with your hands after they’ve been sliced, so they resemble their original circular shape.
  • Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise again until doubled (approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the sweet cherry rolls into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and almond extract in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Use an offset spatula to generously spread the glaze on top of the sweet cherry rolls, and serve.
Two Cherry Sweet Rolls on a white plate with a rose bud tablecloth and fresh cherries as garnish on the buns.

Additional cherry recipes:

*Traditional Cherry Cheesecake (shown below)

This Traditional Cherry Cheesecake is a delicious and creamy vanilla cheesecake with a tart cherry pie topping.

An offset horizontal photo of a Traditional Cherry Cheesecake on a glass cake stand with a cake server and a red napkin.

*Cherry Sriracha BBQ Sauce (not shown)

When you want an all-natural BBQ sauce that’s sweet, with a little heat, mix up a batch of this Cherry Sriracha BBQ sauce. Your taste buds will thank you!

*No-Churn Chocolate Cherry Kahlua Ice Cream (not shown)

Chocolate and cherry lovers will go crazy for this creamy and delicious no-churn recipe for Triple Chocolate Cherry Kahlua Ice Cream.

*Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake (shown below)

This chocolate cherry bundt cake is a chocolate and cherry lover’s dream come true! It’s a rich, dense cake with a brownie-like consistency, and you have my promise that the chocolate and cherry taste will make you swoon with delight!

An offset photo of a double chocolate cherry bundt cake with fresh cherries piled in the center and mint.

*Almond Glazed Cherry Sweet Rolls (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical closeup photo of two Cherry Sweet Rolls on a plate with a small bowl of cherries in the background along with a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s sweet yeasted cherry buns.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Two Cherry Sweet Rolls on a white plate with fresh cherries on top as garnish.
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5 from 2 votes

CHERRY SWEET ROLLS WITH ALMOND CREAM CHEESE GLAZE

CHERRY SWEET ROLLS WITH ALMOND CREAM CHEESE GLAZE
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
rise time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast and Brunch, Breakfast Breads
Keyword: cherry almond sweet rolls, cherry breakfast buns, cherry sweet roll recipe, cherry sweet rolls, glazed cherry sweet rolls
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Renee – Kudos Kitchen

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk 110-115 degrees
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

For the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh cherries pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

For the cream cheese glaze:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract

Instructions

  • -In the bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook or a large bowl with a wooden spoon, mix all the dough ingredients until the dough comes together into a smooth, elastic ball. *Note -this should take approximately 7 minutes on medium speed if using a stand mixer and longer if kneading by hand.
  • -Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for an additional few minutes.
  • -Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
  • -While the dough is rising, stir together the cherries, sugar, and almond extract. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • -After the dough had doubled in size, punch down to deflate and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • -Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into an approximate 10″x 14″ rectangle.
  • -Using an offset spatula, spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.
  • -Drain the cherries and spread them evenly over the buttered dough.
  • -Roll the dough, starting with the long side, to form a cylinder.
  • -Slice both ends of the cylinder off to create even ends. Discard the ends.
  • -Slice the cylinder of dough into 12 equal size portions.
  • -Place the cut dough into a 9″ x 13″ pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. *Note – You may need to reform them slightly with your hands after they’ve been sliced, so they resemble their original circular shape.
  • -Loosley cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise again until doubled (approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours)
  • -Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • -Place the sweet cherry rolls into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
  • -Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • -To make the glaze, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and almond extract in a medium-sized bowl.
  • -Use an offset spatula to generously spread the glaze on top of the sweet cherry rolls, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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A square closeup photo of two Cherry Breakfast Buns on a white plate with fresh cherries as garnish.

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Recipe Rating




Wilhelmina

Monday 15th of February 2021

Love these sweet rolls! I am a huge almond fanatic and it goes so well with cherry. These were heavenly! I can't wait to make them again soon!

Renée

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I love almond and cherry together too. It's the best combo. Glad you love the rolls, Wilhelmina. Take good care, Renee

Lisa

Monday 15th of February 2021

A big hit with my family! I'll be making it again for our yearly Mother's Day brunch.

Renée

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Awesome idea, Lisa. I'm sure mom with love them! Take care, Renee

Anonymous

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

I just wasted 3 hours on this recipe. I'm guessing the egg in the first picture should have been included in the dough ingredients?

Renee Goerger

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Dear Anonymous! I am so sorry, and you're right, in my haste I forgot to add the egg into the ingredient list and instructions. While I do try my hardest to write my recipes without error, sometimes mistakes happen and they get past me. Sadly I have no editor so there are times when I'm working on a deadline, mistakes don't always get caught. I wish there was some way for me to give you your 3 hours back, or better yet, if I could go back in time to have written the recipe without error...I would. Unfortunately, I can't. Please know that I do feel awful about this and will try my hardest never to let such a mistake happen again. Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it.Renee

Felice Geoghegan

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

You had me at cherry, but the almond cream cheese frosting seals the deal. Your photos are a great resource for a novice like me - thanks!

Paula

Tuesday 17th of June 2014

Who needs a cherry picker when you have paperclips! Great tip for removing the pits and your rolls looks wonderful!

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