Sweet Orange Rolls

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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 🙂 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 virtually thumb through! The lovely Heidi is helping me get it together. She is the stuff. Forreals. So glad I’m doing this with her 🙂 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!  Makes for a great breakfast, snack or dessert!

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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-

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons quick rise yeast 2 packets
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 cups all purpose flour give or take 1 cup, see NOTES below
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons salt

For the filling-

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

For the icing-

  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar


Make the Dough-

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir warm water together with yeast an 3 tablespoon sugar until mostly dissolved. After 10 minutes, mixture should be foamy. (If nothing has happened, throw it out and try again OR buy fresher yeast.)
  • Add in remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of flour and start to mix with the machine on low to medium speed with the dough hook attachment. Stir in melted butter and salt. Add in another 1-2 cups and let the machine work to knead it into the dough, about 2 minutes or kneading on low to medium speed. Add in remaining 2 cups of flour (if needed) bit by bit, letting the machine knead in the flour for several seconds before adding in more flour. Only add in enough flour to get a dough that is mostly smooth, has cleaned the sides of the bowl, the bottom is still sticking and when you touch it with your hands, it is tacky but not sticky enough to stick to your hands. This whole process should take about 10 minutes.
  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl and into a well greased large bowl. Roll it around to coat in oil, over and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight.

Filling and Cutting Orange Rolls-

  • In a medium-size bowl, stir sugar, orange zest and cinnamon together until combined. Set aside. 
  • Flour a clean surface and dump risen dough onto the board. Sprinkle the dough and rolling pin in more flour and start to roll a 24"x18 rectangle (approximately). As you roll, be sure to move the dough around to ensure no sticking. Add more flour as needed.
  • Using your fingers, spread the soft butter over the entire piece of dough, leaving a 1 inch border along the top of a longer 24" side. Sprinkle the orange sugar mixture over the butter evenly.
  • Roll dough neatly into a tight swirl, towards the border of dough without sugar. Bring entire log of dough towards you, moving the seam side down to hold in place. Using a serrated bread knife, cut into 1 1/2" rolls (approximate is fine) and place onto buttered parchment paper on a lightly colored half sheet pan. (You should end up with 16 nice cinnamon rolls and 2 small end pieces that you can squeeze onto the sheet pan too or just toss.)
  • Cover rolls with plastic wrap and rise 1 hour or until puffed and pretty. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

For the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a small bowl, measure out all ingredients for frosting. Mix slowly until incorporated and then increase the speed to whip until completely smooth and light.
  • Spread frosting overtop warm orange rolls.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


Don't let the 6 cup increment of flour fool you! This is an approximation. Only add enough flour to get you a dough that:
  • has cleaned the sides of the mixing bowl
  • still sticks to the bottom of the mixing bowl
  • is mostly smooth
  • is tacky when touched but isn't sticky enough to leave a residue or stick
When in doubt, leave the dough a little on the sticky side and then refrigerate. You can always add in more flour later as you're rolling out the rolls to compensate.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2mg
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! 😉

  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!

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