1 Hours Orange Rolls

LAST UPDATED: Apr 24, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 25, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

A recipe for incredibly delicious, thick, light and fluffy Orange Rolls! These easy sweet orange rolls covered in cream (to make them extra moist) are topped with an orange glaze for a truly memorable treat! Perfect for breakfast and brunch and great if you are feeding a crowd!

An orange roll served on a white pate with a text overlay 'orange rolls'

I adapted my better than the bakery cinnamon roll recipe and to be honest, I’m not sure which one you’re going to love more. Do we have to choose? I don’t think so!

These amazing Orange Rolls are light and fluffy. They have a refreshing citrus flavor that pairs incredibly well with the sweet orange glaze. They’re perfect for New Year’s, Easter and Mother’s Day brunch, but truth be told, we enjoy them all year!

This recipe for easy orange rolls is great for brunch and will have everyone talking! If you love everything sweet orange, you’ll also love Mandarin Orange Cake (Made From Scratch) and Orange Bread.

Orange Rolls are so beautiful, even before they go in the oven! I love the sparkling sugar crystals zest pouring out of the rolls. They taste even better than they look! These babies (also known as orange buns) are good to the last bite (which you can always count on me eating) – they’re so moist!

One bite and you’ll never buy canned or frozen orange rolls again!

Ingredients to Make Orange Rolls

  • Milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt, yeast and egg – The dough for these rolls comes together quickly and easily with the aid of a stand mixer. Use unsalted butter for this dough, if you do use salted, you may want to decrease the amount of salt added.
  • Sugar and orange zest – Sprinkled on to the dough to give the rolls a slightly sweet and wonderfully rich and vibrant orange flavor.
  • Heavy cream – This is poured on top of the rolls before they are baked in the oven. The secret ingredient (and step) that make these Orange Rolls stand above the rest! Covering them with heavy cream makes these thick, fluffy rolls so moist!
  • Powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla – These rolls are topped off with a sweet and tangy vanilla orange glaze that seeps into the rolls for the best flavor and prettiest drizzle!

Need help with yeast? I’ve got a complete guide that will take you through the steps of baking with yeast! Don’t miss these fabulous tips and tricks!

The rolls in a baking dish before baking

How To Make Orange Rolls

These delightful, light and fluffy sweet orange rolls with orange glaze are made start to finish in less than an hour. The best part? 50 minutes of that you’re just patiently waiting while they rise to the occasion!

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 c flour, 1/4 c sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  3. Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in up to 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread melted butter on top. Paint butter on top with a pastry brush & sprinkle with sugar & orange zest. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 10 strips. Roll & place in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
  6. Turn oven off. Cover rolls with a damp towel & allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven, preheat again to 350 degrees. Cover rolls in 1/4 c heavy cream. Bake 15 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  7. Top the orange rolls with icing & serve.
    A sweet orange roll with orange glaze on a white plate

The Easiest Orange Glaze Frosting

No brunch rolls are complete without a delicious glaze, and these orange rolls are no exception. The 3 ingredient glaze comes together in a matter of minutes and is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Use fresh orange juice for the glaze if you can, and you can use lemon juice in its place if you prefer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make These in Advance?

The beauty about these rolls is that they do come together quickly, you just need a little patience to let them rise. If you are organized and want to get ahead with things, once the rolls have risen, you can cover them with plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge overnight. In the morning preheat your oven, pour over the cream and bake.

You can bake these rolls ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge. Gently reheat them in the oven and spread over the frosting before serving.

A piece of the sweet bread on a white plate with a fork

Top Tips To Make Orange Rolls

Butter your baking dish before adding the rolls to it, so that once baked they are easy to remove and won’t stick.

It’s best to use fresh orange juice when you make the glaze for a really fresh and tangy flavor.

How to Store

If you have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. You can then reheat them in the oven or microwave to serve.

An glazed bun on a white plate

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orange glaze over an orange roll

1 Hour Easy Orange Rolls Recipe

Julie Blanner
Incredibly delicious, thick, light and fluffy Orange Rolls! These easy sweet orange rolls covered in cream are topped with an orange glaze for a truly memorable treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
resting time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 538 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups flour + up to 1 c additional
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yeast package active quick rise
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange zest zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon orange or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 c flour, 1/4 c sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  • Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in up to 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
  • Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread melted butter on top. Paint butter on top with a pastry brush & sprinkle with sugar & orange zest. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 10 strips. Roll & place in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
  • Turn oven off. Cover rolls with a damp towel & allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven, preheat again to 350 degrees. Cover rolls in 1/4 c heavy cream. Bake 15 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  • Top with icing & serve.

Notes

  1. Butter your baking dish before adding the rolls to it, so that once baked they are easy to remove and won’t stick.
  2. You can bake these rolls ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge. Gently reheat them in the oven and spread over the frosting before serving.
  3. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for 3 days. They can be eaten cold or warm them in the oven or microwave.
  4. It’s best to use fresh orange juice when you make the glaze fro a really fresh and tangy flavor.

Nutrition

Calories:538kcalCarbohydrates:91gProtein:5gFat:18gSaturated Fat:11gCholesterol:69mgSodium:286mgPotassium:91mgFiber:1gSugar:62gVitamin A:610IUVitamin C:5mgCalcium:48mgIron:1.7mg
Keywords brunch for a crowd, easy brunch rolls, orange rolls recipe
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This recipe was originally posted March 2015.

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