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Freshly frosted orange sweet rolls.
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Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

These orange rolls are the best! My family goes crazy for them!
prep time 45 mins
cook time 24 mins
total time 1 hr 9 mins
servings: 12 sweet rolls
calories: 638kcal
author: Salt & Baker



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temp
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Orange Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter, and yeast. Mix. Let sit for 15 minutes. Add salt, eggs, and flour. Mix for 8-10 minutes. After mixing, allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. 
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a small bowl add the sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. Stir to combine.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet. Or you can use parchment paper. Roll out dough on a greased countertop. (I lightly spray my counter top with cooking spray... I used Bakers Joy). Roll the dough into a 13 (or 14)"x18" rectangle. Using the back of a spoon, smear the softened butter over the top of the dough. Sprinkle the orange sugar filling evenly over the softened butter.
  • Roll the dough up. Making sure to start rolling on the longer side, so that then resulting cinnamon roll measures 18" in length. Cut into 12 large rolls.* Place the rolls onto the prepared baking sheet. 3 rolls across, and 4 rolls down. Lightly cover the orange rolls and set them in a warm place to rise for 20 minutes. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top, and cooked throughout.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand held mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. Beat until well incorporated.
  • When the orange rolls are finished baking, remove from the oven, and let them sit for 3 minutes or so. Frost the rolls when warm. **
    Best when served warm and eaten in the same day. However, you can store these in an airtight container for 3 days. 


** This frosting recipe makes a lot of frosting. You don't have to use all of it! However, we enjoy a good smear of frosting on our sweet rolls :) 
Recipe Source: adapted from my Cinnamon Rolls recipe 
Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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