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Orange Rolls

These Orange Rolls are easy to make and are the perfect dish to serve at a holiday brunch! They bake up into golden rolls that are soft, chewy, and totally delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rising Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked goods, fruit
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 467kcal



  • 1 cup milk warmed to approx. 110 degrees
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour


  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • zest of 1 orange

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • zest of 2 oranges


  • Dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp sugar (from the 1/2 cup) in the warmed milk. Let stand until foamy.
    mixing bowl with milk and bubbly yeast
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the milk mixture, the eggs, butter, salt, remaining sugar, and flour. Start with 4 cups of flour and if the dough is still sticking to the bowl, add another 1/2 cup flour. If the dough is still sticking to the bowl after a total of 4 1/5 cups, add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time until it no longer sticks to the bowl. 
    adding bread ingredients to a mixer
  • Knead until smooth and elastic.
    kneading dough until smooth
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.
    Combine the orange zest and sugar.
    letting the dough rise in a bowl
  • When the dough is finished rising, turn it onto an oiled surface. (I just spray my counter with cooking spray.)
    Roll out into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter over the surface, then sprinkle evenly with the orange zest/sugar mixture.
    rolling out dough on the counter
  • Roll up dough (lengthwise so you end up with a 21" roll) and cut with dental floss or a bread knife, OR cut with a pizza cutter while the dough is still flat and roll up each individual strip.
    rolling strips of dough
  • Place rolls in a lightly greased 10x15 inch baking pan.
    If you want to make these the night before, follow the instructions up to this step, then cover and refrigerate your rolls before the second rise. In the morning, take them out of the refrigerator and allow them to rise before baking.)
    Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30-60 minutes.
    orange rolls in a pan ready to bake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until done and turning golden.
    orange rolls fresh from the oven
  • While rolls are baking, beat together the frosting ingredients.
    mixing frosting for orange rolls with a hand mixer
  • Spread frosting onto warm rolls and serve.
    pan of orange rolls covered in frosting


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 618IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg