Lemon Twist Bread

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Transform traditional crescent rolls into a lemon and cream cheese filled, flaky breakfast treat. This semi-homemade Lemon Twist Bread has a streusel topping and lemon glaze.

lemon crescent roll bread

Lemon Bread Recipe

If you love lemons and breakfast danishes, you’ll love this lemon twist bread. Serve with a cup of coffee, a few eggs and a slice of bacon for an easy breakfast or brunch to serve to guests!

What is crescent roll dough?

Crescent rolls are a flaky, croissant style dough. It’s soft. It’s buttery. And versatile! Although you can make crescent roll dough from scratch, most recipes call for refrigerated crescent roll dough to make them quick and easy. No kneading,  no rising…just pop open the tube and you’re ready to start making this twisted bread.

Is crescent roll dough the same as puff pastry? 

No. For this recipe we used crescent roll dough. Although puff pastry may work for this recipe, we’ve not tried it so can’t give hints for that.

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

One of my favorite breakfast treats are cream cheese danishes. This lemon bread recipe is a close second because it is filled with cream cheese and lemon pie filling. The pie filling will sweeten the cream cheese a bit, but add two tablespoons of sugar for just the right amount of sweetness.

How do you make streusel topping?

The traditional flour, butter, sugar streusel goes both inside the bread and on top. When you make the streusel, be sure the butter is cold. We use a pastry cutter to cut butter into flour and sugar. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use two knives and chop/mix the butter in.

How do you make lemon glaze?

Streusel and glaze? You bet. Powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest make up this simple glaze. Use a fork or a whisk to get out any little powdered sugar lumps and mix until it is smooth. Delicious.

loaf of lemon twist bread on a cutting board

How to Make Twist Bread

  • Crescent rolls come in sheets now. If you use regular crescent rolls with the perforated marks, roll the perforations to seal them up.
  • Mix the filling and spread it on the dough.
  • Make the streusel and sprinkle half of it on the dough and reserve the other half for topping.
  • Roll the dough up from the long side and seal the ends.
  • Make a circle and seal the ends together.
  • Twist the circle to make a “figure 8” as shown below.
  • Top with the additional streusel and then bake it for about 30-35 minutes or until it is golden brown.
  • Mix up the glaze and allow the bread to cool at least 20 minutes before drizzling the glaze overtop the bread.

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 Other Lemon Recipes

Tools to Make This Recipe

  • Pastry Cutter: I use this tool all the time. It cuts butter into flour perfectly for streusels, crusts and other pastries.
  • Silpat: For all of your non-stick, cookie-making needs. This is in the top 3 must-have kitchen tools. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
  • Baking Sheet: I like to use flat baking sheets for easy removing baked goods easily.
  • Pastry Mat:: This silicone mat keeps your cupboard clean and makes rolling out pastries so easy.
lemon twisted bread
lemon twisted bread

Lemon Twist Bread

5 from 3 votes
Transform traditional crescent rolls into a lemon and cream cheese filled, flaky breakfast treat. This semi-homemade Lemon Twist Bread has a streusel topping and lemon glaze.
Servings 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

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  • 1 crescent roll dough sheet or regular crescent rolls


  • 4 ounces cream cheese (cold)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canned lemon pie filling




  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Spray some non-stick spray onto the parchment paper for easy transfer when it’s done.
  • In a small bowl, use a pastry cutter to combine and mix the streusel ingredients until crumbly. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon pie filling. Mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until well combined and creamy. Set aside.
  • Unroll your crescent roll dough sheet, if you are using regular crescent rolls then unroll the sheet and seal together all of the perforations.
  • Evenly spread the filling mixture onto the rolled out sheet of dough. Top the filling with half of your streusel mixture. From the long side, roll up the dough into a log and seal the end. Then, take each end, connect together and seal the ends to create a circle.
  • Carefully, twist the circle to create a figure eight. Transfer to your prepared cookie sheet, brush with melted butter and top with the remaining streusel.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, until golden brown on top. Cool for 20 minutes. While cooling, combine the glaze ingredients and drizzle on top once cooled.
  • Tip : The bread is delicate like a pastry, gently cut with a perforated knife to prevent squishing.



Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 194

three slices of crescent roll lemon twist bread

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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8 months ago

5 stars
Outstanding, hard to make into circle without the seams coming apart, when it was finished baking it looked like it exploded, but forget about the looks, the taste was all that mattered and that was outstanding. Now what to do with the leftover lemon pie filling.😂

6 years ago

Do you think the recipe would work using your recipe for the Buttery Soft Rolls (https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/buttery-soft-rolls/) for the bread product? Thanks

6 years ago

5 stars
I need this in my life. Like super need it. This is my kind of pastry. I love the lemony flavor and that struesel….YUM. I could eat this all day. Definitely pinning for later!

Alma Vorrei
6 years ago

5 stars
Wow, this bread is good! It tastes like a delicious lemony pastry, and I would be happy to eat it for breakfast pretty much anytime.