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Orange Rolls with Orange Creme Icing

These Orange Rolls are a refreshing twist on the classic cinnamon roll. A homemade sweet dough with orange zest is filled with orange sugar and topped with orange creme icing.

orange roll

Inspired by orange rolls that are served at All Steak in Cullman, Alabama, I created my own version for sweet rolls that are light and fluffy and bursting with citrus goodness. A sweet cream cheese icing was the perfect way to top them.

How To Make Orange Rolls

To make these sweet rolls, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 10 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice

The dough for these rolls can be made in a bread machine or using a stand mixer. (Recipe cards for both are below in this post.)

To make them using a stand mixer, start by warming milk in a microwave at HIGH power for 40 seconds. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and yeast and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes for the yeast to bloom.

Place flour and salt in the mixer bowl. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining honey, and egg. Mix at low speed until combined.

Increase the speed and knead for 3 to 5 minutes until the dough forms a ball and has become smooth and elastic.

Remove the dough ball from the bowl and spray the bowl with nonstick spray. Place the dough back in the bowl and spray the top of the dough with nonstick spray.

Cover and place in a warm environment and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, make the orange sugar by combining sugar and orange zest together. If you like your rolls really sweet, you can double the filling. You can also substitute brown sugar for white if you’d like.

bowl of orange sugar

Once the dough has risen, divide in half and roll each half out into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread softened butter over each rectangle being careful to leave about 1-inch around the border without any butter.

Sprinkle each rectangle with half of the orange sugar.

dough with orange sugar on top

Starting at longer end, roll the dough up tightly. Cut into 12 slices and place cut-side down in a round pan that has been coated with non-stick spray. Repeat with other half of dough.

unbaked orange rolls

Let them rise until they doubled and then bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden.

pan of baked orange rolls

Once they have cooled, make the orange creme icing to drizzle over the top.  It is made with some cream cheese and freshly grated orange rind.  

squeezing icing on rolls
If you drizzle the icing on the rolls while they are still warm, the icing will melt into the rolls. If you wait until the rolls have completely cooled, the icing will look more like what is pictured below.
orange rolls in a pan with icing

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Orange Rolls (Mixer Directions)

Orange Rolls with Orange Creme Icing are a refreshing twist on the classic cinnamon roll. You might be surprised how easy they are to make from scratch.
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, orange, rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 171kcal
Author Lynda

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Baking Pans

Ingredients

  • cups milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 1 egg

Orange Sugar Filling

  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Orange Creme Icing

  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  • Warm milk in a microwave at HIGH power for 40 – 50 seconds. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and yeast and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes for the yeast to bloom.
  • Place flour and salt in the mixer bowl. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining honey, and egg. Mix at low speed until combined. Increase the speed and knead for 3 to 5 minutes until the dough forms a ball and has become smooth and elastic.
  • Remove the dough ball from the bowl and spray the bowl with nonstick spray. Place the dough back in the bowl and spray the top of the dough with nonstick spray.
    Cover and place in a warm environment and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
  • Divide risen dough in half and roll each half into a large rectangle.
  • Slather 2 tablespoons of butter on each rectangle and sprinkle with half of the orange sugar.
  • Starting at longer end, roll the dough up tightly. Cut into 12 slices and place cut-side down in a round pan that has been coated with non-stick spray. Repeat with other half of dough.
  • Allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and then drizzle with icing.

Orange Sugar

  • Combine orange zest and sugar.

Orange Creme Icing

  • Mix cream cheese and butter in a large mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth, adding additional orange juice if needed.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g
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Orange Rolls (Bread Machine Instructions)

Orange Rolls with Orange Creme Icing are a refreshing twist on the classic cinnamon roll. You might be surprised how easy they are to make from scratch.
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, orange, rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 171kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • cups milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 1 egg

Orange Sugar Filling

  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Orange Creme Icing

  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  • Heat milk in microwave for 40 – 50 seconds. Place in bottom of bread machine pan followed by remaining ingredients. Set machine for dough cycle.
  • When the cycle has finished, remove dough and place on lightly floured surface.
  • Divide dough in half and roll each half into a large rectangle.
  • Slather 2 tablespoons of butter on each rectangle and sprinkle with half of the orange sugar.
  • Starting at longer end, roll the dough up tightly. Cut into 12 slices and place cut-side down in a round pan that has been coated with non-stick spray. Repeat with other half of dough.
  • Allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and then drizzle with icing.

Orange Sugar

  • Combine orange zest and sugar.

Orange Creme Icing

  • Mix cream cheese and butter in a large mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth, adding additional orange juice if needed.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g

These rolls are great for breakfast, with a cup of coffee, or even dessert.

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