Orange Rolls

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One of our favorite morning treats! A sweet roll recipe made with an orange filling and an irresistible lemon glaze. Everyone loves these delicious Orange Rolls!

There are so many sweet roll variations aside from the classic cinnamon rolls. These orange rolls are one of our favorites! We also like to make maple bacon rolls, and even ones filled with nutella! Whether you eat them for breakfast or dessert, they are amazing.

Orange Sweet Rolls in a sheet pan

Orange Sweet Rolls

Remember that amazing Nutella Cinnamon Roll recipe I shared last week? Did you try it yet? I hope so, cuz I know you’ll love them. This week, I’m bringing you another delicious sweet roll recipe. This sweet breakfast recipe is for Orange Rolls!

My cousin, Alicia, has been making them for years and years and always makes them for Christmas Eve. We wanted to give them a go ourselves and we were not disappointed!

They were soft and sweet and sooo good!! The orange filling actually has grated orange peel, and it adds the perfect amount of zest! The glaze on top of the rolls is a lemon glaze, and let me tell you… It is PHENOMENAL!

It sounds like a lot of citrus, but these rolls are SO sweet and not at all tart. If you would like to try these Orange Sweet Rolls for your family get togethers (especially during holidays!), I highly recommend them. You just can’t beat sweet breakfast rolls. 😉

dough for homemade orange rolls in a metal bowl

Don’t let the long prep time or yeast scare you away from making these orange rolls! I can PROMISE you that using yeast in your bread dough isn’t as scary as it sounds, and the long prep time is only because the dough has to rise two different times.

But it is sooo worth the wait!!

Recipe tips and tricks:

Incorporate more orange flavor. If you would rather have a pure orange roll, you could substitute the lemon extract in the glaze for orange extract, or even orange juice (using the same measurement as written).

What if you don’t have grated orange peel? If orange zest is hard to come by, I would suggest using orange marmalade for the filling or just replacing the orange zest with orange extract.

Cutting the dough: Use string or floss to easily cut the dough into individual rolls. Place the string under the log of dough, cross the ends of the string and pull to cut nice even slices.

Do you cover the rolls while they’re rising a second time? Each time it is rising, let the dough rise while being covered in a warm, draft-free place. This can be accomplished with plastic wrap or a clean thin dish towel.

For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, butter, and extract in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency, and spread on while rolls are warm.

Orange Rolls rising on a sheet pan

Overnight rolls

You can easily make these rolls and assemble them the night before. Follow the recipe up until the rolls need to rise for a second time. At this point you can refrigerate them until the morning.

Once you remove them in the morning, allow them to rise before baking them. This allows the yeast to still be effective and yields deliciously soft rolls.

Freezing the rolls before finishing the recipe doesn’t yield great results. By freezing the rolls you kill some of that yeast that was previously there, and ruin the gluten that was developed.

You would be better off baking them and freezing them after they were fully made. After they are baked and cooled, but before adding glaze, put rolls on a sheet pan and freeze until hardened, then transfer to a freezer bag or container. They will keep well in the freezer for a few months.

Close up of Orange Cinnamon Rolls

I’m really wishing I had one of these orange rolls right about now!

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Orange Rolls Recipe

4.41 from 5 votes
One of our favorite morning treats! A sweet roll recipe made with an orange filling and an irresistible lemon glaze. Everyone loves these delicious Orange Rolls!
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 422 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm milk 2%
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2-3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 tbsp orange peel grated

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5-6 tsp butter softened
  • 11/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 4-5 tsp milk 2%

Instructions

  1. Dissolve dry yeast and warm water in a large bowl. Add milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 3 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour, enough to form a soft dough.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Should take about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients; set aside until ready to use.
  4. Punch dough down and roll into long rectangle. Spread your filling and roll up, starting with a long end. Cut into even pieces, about 12-14.
  5. Place cut side down onto a greased 10x15 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375°. Always check during baking. Rolls should be light golden brown.
  6. Combine the powdered sugar, butter, and extract in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency; spread one while rolls are warm.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Author

Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these for the first, definitely not the last, time yesterday. Oh my gosh! They were very, very delicious, and turned out perfectly! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. I actually use canola oil instead of butter/shortening. I find that it makes them incredibly soft and light and they stay softer longer.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!!! Will be added to my baking rotation. Highly recommended! (Only slight modification was 1/4 tsp orange extract and 1/4 tsp lemon extract in the glaze for even more orangey flavor. )

  3. These are my favorite orange rolls!! They are sooo soft and the flavor is perfect! I want to make these for breakfast for guests that we have coming and I was wondering if I could freeze them in the pan before baking and take them out earlier in the morning to defrost, rise, and then bake. Have you ever tried this? Would it still work?

    1. I personally haven’t tried, so I wish I knew for sure that they’d turn out. I’m guessing that would work? I’m sorry that I’m not sure. Let me know if you try it. Thanks 🙂

    2. I tried doing freezing the rolls (after cut, placed on pan, before second rising) twice this holiday. Unfortunately, neither time was that successful. One batch rose higher than the other, but the outcome was not nearly as good when made fresh. Both times I put them in a warmed oven to rise for 45 minutes before baking. Though they did rise, they never filled out the pan like they normally would.

      My own Question:
      Have you or anyone substituted the butter (assuming unsalted) for salted butter in the glaze and/or filling with better taste results?

      1. Thanks for letting me know how it turned out after freezing! I still have never tried that because I was too nervous it wouldn’t turn out right, so thank you!
        I always use salted butter in the glaze and filling. They turn out delicious!

      2. Just so you know if you cover with plastic wrap when youtake out of Freezer and set where not to warm just room temp it works. Thanksgood luck

  4. 4 stars
    Made these last night, put them in the fridge overnight and let them rise this morning for an hour or so. They were soft and wonderful! The only thing I recommend is cutting down on the sugar. One cup of sugar is a crazy amount for filling! I used a 1/4 cup and they turned out sweet and delicious. I also squeezed orange juice into the glaze instead of milk and extract. Tasted fantastic.

  5. I’ve made these several times. My husband and grandkids love them(as I do too)!! I make lots of bread so I doubled the bath and the first batch was terrific and the second batch didn’t raise as much. Any idea why??

  6. 3 stars
    I would have given it a 5 but the butter sugar filling drained into the bottom of the pan and made the rolls glue to the pan…