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Orange Sweet Rolls

Orange sweet rolls are a family favorite. The sweet orange filling is wrapped in a soft dough and smothered with orange frosting.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange sweet rolls, orange rolls
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 24 sweet rolls
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Dawn



  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups flour
  • 2 packages yeast 4 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs

Orange filling

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest from one orange

Orange Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 dab butter softened
  • 5 to 5 1/2 tablespoons orange juice


  • In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, 1/2 cup of sugar, and salt, and mix together. In a microwave-safe bowl heat the milk, water, and butter until the temperature is very warm around 120 to 130 degrees F.
  • Once the milk mixture is heated add to the flour mixture and stir in. Add the egg and mix in.
  • Gradually added enough flour to make a soft dough, that is slightly sticky. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Grease the bottom of the bowl, turning to grease the top.
  • Cover and let rise for about 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  • While the dough is rising make the orange filling.
  • In a medium bowl add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 cup sugar, and orange zest from one orange.
  • Mix until well blended. Set aside.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size divide it into two equal parts.
  • Grease the work surface with shortening. Pat out the dough using the palm of your hand into a rectangle about 12x9 inches.
  • Spread 1/2 of the orange mixture on top of the rectangle. Start with the shorter side and roll up tightly. Pinch the edges to seal.
  • Cut into 12 slices. Placed in a greased 13x9-inch baking pan. (You will need 2 pans). Cover and let rise in a warm place until the rolls have doubled about 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Once out of the oven let the rolls in the pan for a few minutes. Remove and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  • While the rolls are cooling make the orange frosting.
  • In a medium bowl add the powdered sugar, dab of butter, and dash of salt.
  • Gradually add enough orange juice to desired consistency. Beat until the frosting is creamy.
  • Frost the cooled rolls.


  1. Make sure that your yeast is fresh. 
  2. Don't overheat the liquid for the rolls. You want it between 120 to 130 F. Anything warmer could kill the yeast. 
  3. I like to use scissors to cut the slices/rolls. It works really well.
  4. These rolls freeze well. Just make sure to have them in an airtight container.
  5. Thaw frozen rolls on the counter until thawed.
Nutrition information is an estimate and may vary with the brands of ingredients used.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 52.4g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28.1g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg