Sweet orange rolls are my favorite kind of breakfast treat. Soft and pillowy, topped with swirls of sweet orange frosting, you’ll love this homemade orange rolls recipe!
The soft and tender citrus-flecked rolls are simply irresistible warm from the oven. Fragrant with fresh orange filling and frosting (made with fresh orange zest and juice), bake a double batch for the weekend or Easter brunch and start a sweet new tradition!
The Best Orange Rolls
Dough – I use my basic sweet yeast dough recipe for these rolls. It’s simple to make and is ready to use after a 40 minute rise.
Orange Filling and Frosting – Made with fresh orange zest and juice, the orange filling also doubles as the frosting once the rolls are baked. Sweet, creamy, and so delicious, you’ll love how easily the filling comes together in a stand mixer.
Rolling and Filling – Once the dough rises, roll out into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread half of the filling/frosting over the dough with an offset spatula, leaving a 1/4-inch border at the edges. Roll up dough into a tight log, then score dough into 12 equal slices and slice dough crosswise into rolls.
Second Rise – Place the rolls cut side up into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rolls rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
Bake Rolls – Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then spread remaining orange frosting over the warm rolls before serving.
Make Ahead Orange Rolls
To make these sweet rolls ahead, work up to step 6. Place rolls in prepared baking pan, cover with plastic, and refrigerate up to 16 hours. On baking day, remove the chilled rolls from the refrigerator and let rise in a warm place until puffy (about 45 minutes). Bake as directed.
Sweet orange rolls with a delicious orange filling and frosting make the BEST breakfast! You’ll love this homemade orange rolls recipe!
- 3 1/2 cups (490 g) flour, divided
- 1 package (7 g) instant yeast
- 1/4 cup (48 g) sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup (240 g) low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup (56 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
Orange Filling & Frosting
- 2 cups (240 g) powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp (84 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 Tbsp (6 g) fresh orange zest
- 1/4 cup (58 g) fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp (4 g) vanilla extract
- Combine 2 cups (280 g) flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixer bowl; mix on low speed until incorporated. Heat milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until very warm (120-130°F). Add warm milk, butter, and egg to flour mixture and mix until combined; mix in remaining 1 1/2 cups (210 g) flour. Switch out the flat beater for a dough hook, and knead dough for 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic. The dough is ready when it feels tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers (if necessary, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time while kneading).
- Place dough in a large bowl coated with nonstick spray and cover with plastic. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
- For the orange filling/frosting, combine powdered sugar, salt, butter, orange zest, juice, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl. Beat on low speed until combined, then beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- To check if dough has doubled, lightly flour two fingers and press them down into center of dough. If indentations remain, gently press down dough; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan (or two 8-inch round pans) with nonstick spray.
- Turn dough out on a lightly floured board and roll into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 6 tablespoons of filling over dough with an offset spatula, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Carefully roll dough up into a tight log and pinch edges to seal.
- Trim off uneven ends and score dough into 12 equal slices. Use unflavored dental floss to slice dough crosswise (slip a long slice of floss under log of dough and cross on top to cut slices cleanly). Place rolls cut side up into prepared baking dish. Cover loosely with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- While the rolls rise, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Spread the remaining frosting over the warm rolls before serving.
Make ahead rolls: Work up to step 6. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 16 hours. On baking day, remove the chilled rolls from the refrigerator and let rise in a warm place until puffy (about 45 minutes). Bake as directed.
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