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Orange Rolls

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Rest time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 2 minutes
Servings 12 rolls


Orange Roll Dough:

  • ½ cup warm milk between 100-110°F
  • cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • ½ cup butter very soft
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom or cinnamon, optional

Orange Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 oz cream cheese very soft
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • ½ tbsp orange zest


To make the orange rolls:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine warm milk, orange juice, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, egg, and orange zest. Add flour and turn mixer on low speed.
  • Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase speed to medium. Mix until all ingredients are combined and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be soft and tacky, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands. If the dough is too soft, add a spoonful of flour at a time until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel or place inside the oven with the light on (and the oven off). Let the dough rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.

To make the filling:

  • Mix together the butter, sugar, and ground cardamom until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with baking spray.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch by 18-inch rectangle. Trim off uneven edges if necessary. Spread filling over dough. Starting with a long edge, carefully roll up the dough.
  • Using unflavored dental floss, trim off the very ends of the roll, about ½” to 1”. Cut the dough in half. Then cut the halves in half to create four pieces. Cut each fourth into thirds for a total of twelve rolls.
  • Arrange the rolls in the prepared pan. Cover with a towel or return to the oven for the second rise, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top.
  • Remove from oven and let the rolls cool slightly while you prepare the glaze.

To make the glaze:

  • In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest until smooth.
  • Using a spoon or offset spatula, spread glaze over wam orange rolls. Serve and enjoy!
  • Store rolls covered at room temperature.


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