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Best Homemade Orange Rolls are sticky, lush, and doughy. They’re easy to make , fluffy and frosted in a delicious orange cream cheese glaze.

Orange Roll being held up by a metal spatula above a pan full of orange rolls.

Can I make Orange Rolls without a stand mixer?

You can knead the dough by hand! Start out by stirring with a spoon until you can’t do it anymore. Then knead by hand. Just keep on kneading until all the flour is incorporated and/or the dough is soft to the touch and only slightly sticky. It’s a bit of a workout, but it’s worth it!

Butter Tip:

The butter should be room temperature and smoosh easily to the touch. If you soften the butter in a microwave, be sure to work in small increments of time so you don’t get any melted pools of butter.

Milk Temperature:

The milk should be warm to the touch (between 100 and 110 degrees). You can use 1% up to whole milk. I’ll never recommend using skim milk for anything.

Can the salt be reduced for a low sodium diet?

Reducing the salt will not affect the rising. The only thing it will impact is flavor. You can also swap out the salted butter for unsalted to reduce the sodium content even more.

Are orange rolls vegetarian?

Yes, these rolls are vegetarian but they aren’t vegan.

How much flour should I use?

The amount of flour you use when making bread doughs can vary so it is best to go by how the dough feels. The dough should be slightly sticky, but still very soft and pliable. It should just barely not be sticking to the bowl. If you add too much flour and the dough stiffens, your rolls will also get a little stiff. You can feel a soft roll just by touching the dough. Start with less flour, as you can always add more as necessary.

Gluten-Free Instructions:

This recipe can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend that is meant to be a directed substitute for all-purpose flour. “Cup for Cup” is an example of a flour blend that will work. Results may vary based on the blend you choose to use.

Bird's eye view of Orange Rolls in a glass pan.

Make Ahead Instructions:

Orange rolls can easily be made ahead. For best results, choose one of the following two methods:

OVERNIGHT INSTRUCTIONS: After you’ve rolled and cut your cinnamon rolls and placed them into your lightly greased baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and place in your refrigerator. The next day, remove them from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature (about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature of your house) before baking.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Roll and cut your cinnamon rolls and place them several inches apart on a baking sheet to freeze rolls individually. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag. When ready to bake, place in a lightly greased baking dish and allow to come to room temperature before baking.

Storage Instructions:

Due to the cream cheese glaze, you will want to store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Orange Roll being held up by a metal spatula above a pan full of orange rolls.
Best Homemade Orange Rolls are sticky, lush, and doughy. They’re easy to make, fluffy and frosted in a delicious orange cream cheese glaze.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Orange Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, orange juice, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add in flour. Using a dough hook, turn the mixer on to a low speed.
  • Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to medium. Add more flour as necessary so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough mixture should be soft and tacky, but not stick to your hands. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13 pan. On a clean surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch by 18-inch rectangle.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and orange zest. Spread in an even layer on top of the dough, leaving 1/2 inch on the top edge. Roll up tightly lengthwise so you have one long roll. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the dough into 12 even slices.
  • Place the slices into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Cover and let rise 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for about 20-25 minutes, until just kissed with brown on top.
  • While the orange rolls are baking, make the cream cheese glaze by using a hand mixer to whip together cream cheese and butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Whip in powdered sugar and orange extract. Add enough orange juice to achieve a soft, easily spreadable consistency.
  • Frost the rolls while still warm. Serve immediately or cool and store. Stays good for 4 to 5 days.
Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Rolls

Orange Roll being held up by a metal spatula above a pan full of orange rolls.
Best Homemade Orange Rolls are sticky, lush, and doughy. They’re easy to make, fluffy and frosted in a delicious orange cream cheese glaze.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Orange Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, orange juice, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add in flour. Using a dough hook, turn the mixer on to a low speed.
  • Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to medium. Add more flour as necessary so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough mixture should be soft and tacky, but not stick to your hands. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. On a clean surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch by 18-inch rectangle.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and orange zest. Spread in an even layer on top of the dough, leaving 1/2 inch on the top edge. Roll up tightly lengthwise so you have one long roll. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the dough into 12 even slices.
  • Place the slices into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Cover and let rise 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for about 20-25 minutes, until just kissed with brown on top.
  • While the orange rolls are baking, make the cream cheese glaze by using a hand mixer to whip together cream cheese and butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Whip in powdered sugar and orange extract. Add enough orange juice to achieve a soft, easily spreadable consistency.
  • Frost the rolls while still warm. Serve immediately or cool and store. Stays good for 4 to 5 days.
Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Rolls
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