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Sweet, light, chewy, fluffy, and simple to make! These mouth-watering Orange Rolls will hit the spot any day of the week.

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As I sit here trying to figure out what to write, the door bell rang.

This is odd for a few reasons: {1} We have no friends and therefore no one ever comes to our house {2} We go through the garage and have no need to ring the bell {3} It’s 8pm at night {4} We have no friends.

Can you guess who it was?

No, not the milk man.

No, not my neighbor, Carlos.

{I really do have a neighbor named Carlos.}

It was UPS!! And he came bearing gifts ๐Ÿ™‚ Obvs…I can’t spill all the beans on what exactly I got, but it was 3 big boxes full of baby related stuff! YESH. I heart baby things. Except for when I have a baby in my belly and not my arms. My little guy is still cooking–as he should be, but now I’m getting impatient. Come April though, things will be full speed ahead and before I know it I’ll wish he was still inside me so I could sleep longer than 3 hours at a time.

Also happening in April: My ecookbook!! It will be finished and beautiful and ready for all you lovely people to virtuallyย thumb through! The lovely Heidi is helping me get it together. She is the stuff. Forreals. So glad I’m doing this with her ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent 6 hours yesterday cooking and photographing. I really didn’t get that many recipes completed because I have a 4 year old, but I managed to fit these little dudes in and I’m so glad I did! These are small little orange rolls that will make everything right in the world.

orange rollsYes you have to wait for the dough to rise and yes you have to fill them and then wait again, but after all of that, I promise it’s worth it!

Chewy, sweet and warm orange rolls! ย Makes for a great breakfast, snack or dessert!

Orange Rolls

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5 from 1 vote

Sweet Orange Rolls

Sweet, light, chewy, fluffy and simple to make! These will hit the spot any day of the week.
servings 24
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins


For the dough-

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 envelope quick rise yeast {2 1/4 teaspoons}
  • 1/4 cup melted butter at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

For the filling-

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the icing-

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice


  • For the dough: In a large bowl, stir warm milk together with yeast and half the sugar. Stand 5 minutes to let yeast proof. Stir in melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, salt, and half the flour. Stir until incorporated, then add remaining flour by 1/4 cup until dough comes together. Knead 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and feels sticky but won't stick to your hands. Place dough into buttered bowl and flip to coat dough completely in grease. Cover bowl and rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Spray a 9x13 pan and a pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Punch dough down and roll into 2 foot by 1 foot rectangle on a floured board. Spread melted butter over entire rectangle. Stir orange zest and cinnamon into sugar and stir to combine. Sprinkle sugar over butter, spreading evenly where necessary. Roll dough longwise and cut off uneven ends. Cut into 24 1-inch rolls, approximately. Place into prepared pans. Cover and let rise another hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake rolls 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. While rolls are cooking, stir powdered sugar and orange juice together until smooth to create icing. Once rolls come out of the oven immediately drizzle with icing. Cool 10 minutes and serve.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange, rolls, sweet
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  1. Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds

    Mmmm orange rolls are my weakness. I made a bread machine version of these a couple of weeks ago and had my hubby mad at me for baking something so sweet and tempting while he’s trying to lose weight.

  2. Leslie

    Lauren, I would LOVE to have one of these orange rolls! I’ve been seeing this kind of sweet roll recipe more and more, and I just need to break down and make these things!!! I am salivating over the pictures now.

    I also love when my packages come hand delivered!! I have one coming, although I’m sure facial moisterizer isn’t nearly as exciting or fun as what your boxed were filled with! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Hi Lauren!
    These sweet orange rolls look great! and wow! can’t wait for the ecookbook! congrats! I love heidi from Foodie Crush! very cool!

  4. Kate

    Made them and loved them! I made 12 big rolls and used a orange cream cheese icing. They were perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Allison Koehler

    I grew up having orange rolls (not the homemade kind) on Christmas morning. I am so excited to make this recipe this since my parents will be visiting for the first Christmas together in 9 years. My kids have never spent Christmas with grandma and grandpa, and this year the orange rolls will be extra special. Thanks!

  6. Desiree

    THESE are a Thanksgiving morning tradition at my house! On Thanksgiving Eve I make the dough and fill it, then pop it in the fridge until morning. It isn’t the perfect thing to snack on during the Macy’s parade!

  7. Peggy

    5 stars
    These are sooo good! I threw the dough ingredients in my bread maker and set the dough function. I just finished them and this recipe is great. The dough wasn’t super sticky and it was easy to work with. It had just enough of an orange flavor! This is my new favorite roll dough to use!