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Sweet orange rolls… need I say more?! Seriously a dream boat! With summer just around the corner, these orange rolls are the perfect summer treat! I’m telling you… you’ll get little bites of heaven when these come out of the oven. These are definitely a crowd pleaser. Mmm….

Sweet orange rolls


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs whipped
  • 2 Tb. yeast 2 small pkg's
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 51/2-61/2 cups bread flour or all purpose start with 5 1/2 and add more if dough is still sticky
  • 3 tsp. orange zest grated orange
  • For filling:
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened, not melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange zest 1 orange
  • 1 Tb. orange juice
  • For glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 TB of fresh orange juice (more if needed)


  1. FOR DOUGH: Combine milk, sugar, oil and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add 2 cups of flour and beat well. In a separate bowl whisk the 2 eggs. Add the egg mixture to the large bowl and stir until combined. Dissolve the yeast in 1/3 cup warm water for five minutes and then add the yeast mixture into the large bowl. Slowly add in 2 1/2 cups of flour and 3 tsp. orange zest. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Slowly add the other cups of flour and beat on medium speed. You want the dough to be smooth, not sticky. You may need to add more flour to get a smooth consistency. Pour 1/2 Tb oil around the sides of the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until double in size.
  2. Once the dough has risen, roll out the dough, forming a circle. Combine butter, sugar, orange juice and orange zest in a small bowl and then spread on the dough. Cut dough like a pizza and then roll each slice into a crescent.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  4. FOR GLAZE: Beat powdered sugar and 3 TB of orange juice for 1 minute. Add more powdered sugar or juice to reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze on top. Enjoy!

*Please note- you may need to add extra flour if your dough is still sticky. Try adding 1/2 cup at a time until your dough doesn’t stick to your hands.

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Butter…sugar…orange zest…things are getting good around here!

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Spread it on nice and thick!

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These bad boys fresh out of the oven drizzled with glaze. YUM!!

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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36 Responses to “Sweet orange rolls”

  1. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box

    I expected these to be made with puff pastry – and therefore packed with butter – but they are not, which is great! I’m loving citrus flavours at the minute. Can’t wait to try these. Liked and pinned!

  2. Vicki Bensinger

    Where on earth did you come up with this recipe? I love it. I’ve never had a roll like this but I know it has to taste fantastic. I can’t wait try it!

    • Jamielyn

      They are absolutely fantastic!! I had tried something similar at a bakery and they were amazing! I used on my my favorite cinnamon roll recipes as a starting point and played around with the glaze. :) Have a great weekend! xo

  3. Maria

    These look DELICIOUS!!!! I bet they are so good right out of the oven!!! I love anything with orange flavor, and these look sooo good (and so pretty too!)

  4. Amalia

    These look amazing! My littles would love them…they love anything with a glaze!!! How much water do you use to dissolve the yeast? Thanks for sharing the recipe…I’m thinking of making them for my daughter’s First Communion party!

  5. Jenn

    Orange rolls are one of my favorite things! This recipe is pretty similar to one that I make and I love them!

  6. Melanie

    If these are anything like your Lion House rolls, they’re to-die-for! Can’t wait to try them! Found these featured over on Lil’ Luna today and I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party and add me to your weekly list of linkies for Tuesdays!!


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  7. Kiriel

    Ok, I’m not sure what I did wrong with this. I followed all of the instructions and my dough is so insanely sticky that I ended up having to increase the flour to 8 cups and it was still really hard to work with. I got about half of the dough rolled for the second rising, but I gave up with the rest of it because it’s just sticking to everything and not rolling at all. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get at least a few rolls out of this because they look so yummy in the pictures!

  8. Sharon Jensen

    I am in the midst of making these and got stuck with the dissolving the yeast in warm water. You did not list how much water…so I guessed at 1/3 cup. Anyway, I ended up using 7 1/2 cups of flour before the dough was mostly not sticky…I sure hope that they are not a heavy roll…

    Please adjust the recipe…or instruct to warm the milk and sugar a bit and dissolve the yeast in that.

    Thank you,

  9. Melissa

    I’m having the same issues. My dough was still sticky. I didn’t add extra flour so it’s probably going to flop lol. Did you use dough attachment on your mixer? It would be nice to see a picture of your dough before and after its risen. Also how long to rise? One other picture of cut dough in folding process would be nice. I can make great cakes and cookies but just starting the bread recipes. Fingers crossed it turns out.

    • Melissa

      They turned out great! The dough was still a little sticky after rising so I generously floured my counter and folded the dough a few times. It did the trick. Now, I just need to get the rolling down a little better.

    • Jamielyn

      My dough was a little sticky, but if it was then I added more flour. I will note to take pictures next time I make them. Hope they turned out okay. Enjoy!

  10. Hazel

    I cannot wait to make these . they look so delicious .so glad to have found your blog . it is fantastic ,

  11. Jessica

    3 tsp. orange zest grated orange
    2 tsp. orange zest 1 orange
    1 juice of orange
    I’m a beginner at cooking and baking and I’m real confused about that part.
    I know to get orange zest you can grate the outside of the orange so I get that first part but the second call for 2tsp of orange zest I don’t get.
    I know I’m probably being a real prude by saying this but, 1 juice of orange? 1 what?
    Please explain this better for me I want to make these for my fiance.

    • sarah

      Those are exactly my questions….how many oranges does this recipie require? and am I supposed to buy a bottle of orange juice to useas well? so confused…did she ever answer this question..looks like it was almost a year ago.