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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. 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.

How to raise faster: The warmer the environment the faster the yeast will rise. One of my favorite ways to get my rolls to rise faster is to place them in a warm oven. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Turn OFF the oven . Place the bowl in the oven to rise. 

This next tip is one I saw online, I haven’t used it yet, but wanted to share the idea. Fill a mixing bowl with hot water and place a plate over the top of the bowl. Next, place the bowl of dough on top of the plate and cover the dough bowl with a tea towel. The heat from the hot water will warm the plate which will then warm the bowl of dough.

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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4.91 from 31 votes

Orange Rolls Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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!
Servings: 12
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes

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

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Instructions 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients; set aside until ready to use.
  • 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.
  • Place cut side down onto a greased 10×15 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.
  • Combine the powdered sugar, butter, and extract in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency; spread one while rolls are warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 292mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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59 Comments

  1. Valeria Graves says:

    5 stars
    Sooo good! Love the brightness from the citrus!!!

  2. Regan says:

    5 stars
    amazing recipe, I used lemon juice instead of extract and added a little extra and it turned out great. I would note however that if you cut the rolls too thick the filling comes out of the bottom when you cook them.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Thanks for sharing that!!

  3. Krista says:

    I’M so excited to try thEse for mother’s day. For the glaZe, is it 1 And 1/2 teaspoons or is there an extra 1 and it is only 1/2 teaspoon for the lemon juice?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It is 1 1/2 tsps. Sorry, about that. I added a space in there to make it easier to see 🙂 Hope you like them!

  4. Erin K. says:

    5 stars
    This was my first time making orange rolls. They turned out great and were so delicious! I did the alternative of using orange juice instead of lemon extract but other than that followed the recipe exactly. Thank you!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are welcome!! Thanks for sharing what you did. I am so glad you liked them!

  5. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    IF your looking for something Other than a cinnamon roll…this is your recipe to trY. Sweet and full of orange flavor.

  6. kristina says:

    5 stars
    I love orange rolls but have never made them myself. This is an easy and delicious recipe and one to make over and over again.

  7. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    These Orange Rolls are an absolute favorite of mine. They are good any time of year! I like to make them as a special breakfast for family on the weekends.

  8. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    My kids love these! The refreshing taste of orange & lemon in the glaze, is a great way to start the day!

  9. Joy says:

    5 stars
    My family loves these for breakfast! The orange flavor is so refreshing & the icing is so smooth & yummy!

  10. Cessie says:

    Is this gluten free?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I am not 100% familiar with all things that contain gluten, but there isn’t wheat, though I am not sure about the yeast.