The BEST Orange Sweet Rolls

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  • The BEST Orange Sweet Rolls topped with a delicious orange buttercream frosting. Super soft, fluffy and full of fresh orange flavor. This sweet roll recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch!

    While I love traditional cinnamon rolls and chocolate cinnamon rolls, I have to say that these orange rolls may be my new front runner! They are so flavorful and taste amazing. I can’t get enough of them!

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    Orange sweet rolls have to be one of my favorite things about Christmas! My mom serves them every year for breakfast and we all go crazy over them. They are the perfect Christmas treat. Let’s not even get started on the buttercream orange frosting. I could eat that straight from the bowl!

    It took me about 3 tries to get this sweet roll recipe perfected and I finally nailed it. They are soft, fluffy and taste like they came straight from a bakery! The orange frosting is filled with amazing orange flavor and makes these sweet rolls PERFECT! These are seriously the best orange rolls I’ve ever had!

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    How to make orange rolls

    Scroll down for the printable sweet roll recipe and video tutorial.

    1. Add warm water, yeast and sugar to a small bowl and let sit until bubbly.
    2. Whisk together butter, milk, sugar, egg and salt in large bowl, then add in yeast mixture and stir. Add 2 cups of flour and stir until smooth. Then add remaining flour (1/2 cup at a time).
    3. Knead for 5 minutes. Add more flour if dough is still too sticky.
    4. Once dough is soft, cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow to double in size.
    5. Mix together filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
    6. When dough has doubled, roll it out on a floured surface and form a 15×20 rectangle. Then use your silicone brush to spread on the filling.
    7. Roll the dough up horizontally and then cut into 1 inch pieces with floss (slide floss under dough and then pull it up).
    8. Butter a large sheet pan and then place the rolls on the pan, about 1 inch apart. Let rolls sit for another hour or until rolls have doubled in size.
    9. Bake orange rolls until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Once cooled, top with orange frosting.

    TIPS:

    • Once the dough has reached a consistency that is too hard to stir, I knead it with my hands for about 5 minutes. You want the dough to be soft but not too sticky. Almost like play dough, but not quite as hard. Add a little flour at a time until you get the right consistency!
    • If the dough isn’t rising, I like to turn my oven to 200°F and add a small pan of water on the oven rack. Once it preheats, then I turn it off and set my dough bowl in the oven to finish rising.

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    Orange frosting

    To make the orange frosting, follow the simple steps below. The orange extract adds the perfect amount of orange flavor to the frosting and the orange zest makes these rolls PERFECT!

    1. Add frosting ingredients to a medium-sized bowl.
    2. Beat together until fluffy. To reach desired consistency, add more milk or powered sugar if needed.
    3. Spread frosting on top of cooled orange rolls with a spatula. The more frosting the better! :)
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    The BEST Orange Sweet Rolls

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: orange sweet rolls
    Prep Time: 35 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Rise: 2 hours
    Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 594kcal
    Author: Jamielyn
    The BEST Orange Sweet Rolls topped with a delicious orange buttercream frosting. Super soft, fluffy and full of fresh orange flavor. This sweet roll recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch!

    Ingredients

    For the Dough:

    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
    • 2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
    • 3/4 cup warm milk
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg (whisked)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 cups flour (more or less as needed)

    For the Filling:

    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • zest of 1 orange
    • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

    For the Frosting:

    • 1/2 cup salted butter (softened)
    • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • zest from one orange
    • 1-2 teaspoons orange extract (taste as you add; or can use orange juice)
    • 1 Tablespoon milk

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, add warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, sugar, egg and salt. Add yeast mixture when ready and stir until combined. Add two cups of flour and stir until smooth. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little more flour. 
    • Once dough is nice and soft, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. 
    • Mix together filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. 
    • Once your dough has doubled in size, punch it down and roll out on a floured surface. You want to form a rectangle approximately 15×20 inches. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Spread filling onto the dough with a brush and then roll the dough up horizontally. I did not use all of the filling.
    • Cut the dough into 1 inch pieces with floss or a large knife. Place dough rolls onto a buttered baking dish, about 1 inch apart. Let rolls sit for another hour or until rolls have doubled in size.
    • Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
    • Beat together the frosting ingredients in a large bowl and then spread on top of the rolls. You can add more milk or powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency.
    • Enjoy!

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    Notes

    • Once the dough has reached a consistency that is too hard to stir, I knead it with my hands for about 5 minutes. You want the dough to be soft but not too sticky. Almost like play dough, but not quite as hard. Add a little flour at a time until you get the right consistency!
    • If the dough isn’t rising, I like to turn my oven to 200°F and add a small pan of water on the oven rack. Once it preheats, then I turn it off and set my dough bowl in the oven to finish rising. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 15.1% | Vitamin C: 0.9% | Calcium: 3.7% | Iron: 11.7%
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    Mmm…. I am still dreaming about these delicious orange sweet rolls. They are unbelievably tasty! I cannot wait to make them again and again. I served these bad boys up and they were gone within minutes! Put them on your baking list this weekend. You will not be disappointed! ;)

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    So let’s hear it… orange rolls or cinnamon rolls? I vote orange rolls! ;)

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