Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Orange Rolls

These are a great variation of cinnamon rolls and my husband always requests them. The orange flavor is light and clean and is the perfect dessert on a Sunday afternoon!


1 recipe for rolls *(you can use your favorite, or a frozen bread dough from the store or here is my favorite that I do in the bread maker but can also be done by hand)
1/4 cup tub butter (i love Brummel and brown)
zest from 2 good sized oranges
1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons tub butter
1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons orange juice(just juice the oranges that you zested)

1. Prepare your dough. Let it rise and then roll out into a large square about 1/4 inch thick. Mix the tub butter, zest, and sugar together with beaters. Beating the mixture will make it light and creamy, perfect for spreading. *Now everyones butter is a bit different so if the mixture is a bit stiff add a drop or two of orange juice. If it seems too runny add a bit more sugar to get a good spreading consistency.
2. Spread the mixture all over your dough but leave a clean 1/4 inch space around the dough because when you roll these babies the filling will spread.
3. Start rolling and when you have rolled the dough into a log, pinch the end to the rolled dough to seal the rolls.
4. Now I make 6 big rolls but you can make these what ever size or quantity that you want. Find the center of your dough and score it with a knife. (I always use floss to cut my rolls, it is so much easier. I just keep a container of floss in my utensil drawer for times just like these :) Ok, Cut about an inch off the log to start with a nice clean even roll. Save the little bit you cut off and put it to the side. Now score the rest of your rolls with your knife so they are all the same size. Remember to leave about an inch to be cut off on the end too, for even rolls. Grab your floss and cut each roll and place it into a 9X13 greased pan.
5. Place your rolls into a warm oven or in a warm spot to rise, about 35-45 minutes.
6. Once they have risen, bake them for 10 minutes at 365, then cover them with foil and cook for 6-8 more minutes. You want the center to be cooked so you don't have a doughy roll.
7. While they are cooking, mix all your glaze ingredients together to form a nice spreading consistency and as soon as the rolls come out of the oven frost those babies! The glaze will melt inside and out and keep them nice and soft. Let them cool for a few minutes and then eat and enjoy with a glass of milk!!


  1. I have been craving an orange roll ALL DAY. How did you know? And how can I get one off the computer screen and into my mouth?

  2. oh those look so good. My husband loves orange rolls

  3. I am trying your cinnamon version for the first time on my own. I am so excited that the last 10 minutes seems like a long time. I think Brian is excited too. He is going through bills and paperwork like a man on fire. :) Hey, there is the timer.