Amazing Orange Rolls with Sweet Cream Cheese Icing

These sweet orange rolls with sweet cream icing are a great summery treat that anyone will love! Keep reading to see how to make this yummy treat! If you want the sourdough version of these amazing sweet rolls, click here to get it! If you want the regular version, keep on reading!

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The orange flavor in these orange rolls is just the right balance with the sweet and tangy cream cheese icing. I love to make orange rolls for a fun get together or brunch. Mother’s Day is a great time. Easter, or really any time is the right time!


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Amazing Light and Fluffy Orange Rolls

How to make amazing orange rolls. The addition of sweet orange zest to these sweet rolls and the cream cheese frosting infused with orange create a buttery, creamy orangey treat you will want to make again and again! This recipe can easily be cut in half to make 12 rolls in an 9 by 13 pan~
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising time 2 hours
Course bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 397 kcal


Sourdough Orange Roll Dough

  • 6-7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 2 cups warm water I microwave mine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened and room temperature (or 1 stick)
  • 1 tablespoons salt


  • 1 cup salted butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoon orange zest

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Put your warm water, sugar, powdered milk, salt, 3/4 of the stick of butter, and 2-3 cups of flour in your stand mixer.
  • Mix with the paddle until the mixture come together. I use my KitchenAid
  • Add your eggs, 1 at a time.
  • Mix well, then add 1 cup of flour.
  • Once that flour has been mixed in, add your yeast slowly.
  • Once the yeast is mixed in, switch to a dough hook and add the rest of your flour slowly. This dough will be very sticky, but that is what you want!
  • I usually end up using 6 cups of flour. Yours may be different. But let me make something clear. Make sure you are not packing your flour down before using. I like to fluff mine up, or you can use a whisk to lighten it. Do not flatten and level off the measuring cup, this will give you an overage of flour. Keep the flour light and fluffy.
  • Once you have the rest of the flour mixed in, you want to let the dough knead for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Next, you can transfer the dough into a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit and rise until it doubles in size. This could take 30 minutes to an hour. This is the first rise.
  • Once it has risen to double its size, punch it down and let it rise one more time.
  • Once it has risen a second time, you are ready to roll out your dough to make your orange rolls.
  • Making the orange rolls is pretty easy. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface. You want your dough to be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I use my Roulpat to roll my doughs and bread out. It is an amazing kitchen essential.
  • In a medium bowl, add the butter, sugar and orange zest. Use a fork to mix it all together until everything is incorporated and forms kind of a paste. Spread the filling on the entire surface of the dough, try to spread it evenly without tearing the dough. Do this gently.
  • Starting at the long end of the dough, begin rolling it up. When you get to the end, brush a small amount of butter or water on the end of the dough. Take the end and stretch it over the roll all the way down the dough roll.
  • Use a piece of thread or unflavored dental floss to cut the cinnamon roll. Take the thread and slide it under the roll, bring it up and across, twisting the thread, cutting the dough all the way through. This gives you a clean cut and does not smash the dough.
  • Place your orange rolls on a greased sheet pan. I use the 12 by 18 size. This will hold 24 cinnamon rolls. 4 across, 6 down. If you half this recipe you can use a 9 by 13 pan to make 12 rolls.
  • Once they are all cut and in place, cover the pan with plastic wrap while the oven preheats to 350 degrees F. Let the dough rise for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are almost doubled in size.
  • Bake them in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Check them at 20 minutes. If you tap them and they feel squishy, they need more time.
  • You want them to be light golden-brown on the top, and when you tap them they are soft but somewhat firm.
  • Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a bit while you make the frosting.

Frosting Instructions

  • In a bowl add your cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and cream until competely smooth and incorporated. Add your orange zest, juice and 1 cup of powdered sugar.Mix this together and gradually add the rest of your powdered sugar until it is as sweet as you like it.
  • Apply the frosting while the rolls are still a bit warm but not hot. This allows the thick frosting to melt a bit into the cracks of the orange rolls.
  • Eat them warm, eat the cold. They are amazing! You can freeze these and eat them whenever you want!


Calories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 357mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cinnamon buns, cinnamon roll, cookie butter, cookie butter cinnamon rolls, sweet rolls
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These homemade orange rolls are so amazing. The flavor is spot on and the texture of the dough should be soft and fluffy.

  • Keep in mind that your dough may take more or less time to rise depending on many factors. Your yeast, flour and temperature of the space will effect this.
  • Try to let the dough rise in a warmer area
  • You will know the dough has risen the first and second time when it doubles in size. Go by look and not by time.
  • Make sure to let the dough knead for 4-5 minutes at the end to help develop the gluten. *Remember the dough will be more on the sticky side.
  • If you need, you can store this dough in the fridge after its first rise and leave it overnight. You can then roll out your dough and make these first thing in the morning!

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