Recipe: Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

Orange Rolls photo #2
I remember back when I was a little kid when my mom used to make Sweet Orange Rolls, and as a kid I never really liked them, but as I’ve gotten older they are one of my favorite things, even though I only have them about once a year. My mom always bought the ones in the refrigerated section, and I never really had made from scratch ones until just a few years ago. Let me tell you, if you’ve never made homemade ones, you MUST make this to die for recipe!

There will be a few steps for this recipe with their own ingredients, so make sure you look at each section if you’re going shopping before making them!!!

Ingredients for bread dough:

  • 2 cups warm water (Make sure it’s warm for the yeast, not TOO hot!)
  • 2 TBS yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups flour (add at end)

Directions for dough:
In a large bowl combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, eggs, butter and salt.
Mix well then add (one cup at a time) 6 cups flour.
Warning it will be sticky!
Cover with a tea towel and set aside till doubled in size. ( If you are in a hurry let rise 20 mins other wise let it rise 40 mins).
Punch down dough, roll out onto a floured surface.

Orange Rolls shared photo #1

Ingredients for Orange filling mixture:

  • 3/4 of a brick of cream cheese softened (save other 1/4 for frosting)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Directions for filling:

In an even layer spread orange filling mixture over the dough.
Start on one end and roll tightly (not too tight to squeeze the filling out).
Cut into 1-2 inch sections.
Place in a greased ย 9×13 baking pan (recipe makes 2 pans).
Set in a warm sunny spot and allow to rise again (15-20 minutes).
Bake 400 degrees, 10-15 minutes till tops are golden brown.

Orange Rolls shared photo #2


Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/4 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions for frosting rolls:
Mix with a mixer until well blended.
Spread over cooled rolls.


I hope you like them as much as I do!!!


  1. laurie nykaza says:

    These look so amazing to make I’m going to try them for Easter to take to my moms they will love them. Thanks for posting the instructions I love being able to follow the pics. Have to post on Pinterest too.

  2. You have made my mouth water looking at these, oh my….I have to try this. I use to love just baking homemade breat and Amish cinnamon rolls. This would be a different twish and everyone would love these

  3. What a recipe and nice pictures, too! I love everything in these rolls, and combined, it is magnificent. I think I would make these early in the morning to bring to a nice breakfast – for sure they would be a hit! Better make two batches – one to keep!

  4. Julie Wood says:

    This is such a great and yummy recipe to try for Easter! Instead of making my usual Cinnamon Rolls, I am going to be making these yummy Orange Rolls. I just love this recipe.

  5. I need to pin this for later. I’m glad I’m grocery shopping in the morning. I have to try these. They sound great.

  6. Deborah D says:

    I am also pinning this. The roll just looks amazing. Now I have to go to the grocery store!

  7. Michael Lambert says:

    They look really good, they are some of my wife’s favorite. I will have to see if I could make these for her.

  8. Jessica Medina says:

    Fantastic! This is a must try recipe!

  9. What kind of flour do you use? All-purpose or bread flour?

  10. These look so amazing, I will have to let my mom know so she can make these

  11. I have never had orange sweet rolls, they certainly look delicious. I can’t wait to try them, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  12. Tammy Marie Markham says:

    i love anything orange, so this looks really good and it also looks like it would be very easy to make. thank you for the post.

  13. Wow these look really delicious. I will pin for later. Thank you for sharing this one with us all.

  14. Kyle Pierce says:

    These look so delicious. Going to try to print this out to share with my hubby! thanks!

  15. Sarah Elyce says:

    I love the Orange Sweet rolls from the store so I can’t wait to make my own at home! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. gianna borden says:

    oh my goodness! i have had these before but i never knew how to make them! YES thank you!!!!

  17. Rebecca Wilson says:

    These sound so amazing! I will definitely save this recipe for later! I haven’t made homemade sweet rolls (though not orange) in years, I think it is time to do it again ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Those look so delicious! My daughter just got all excited and said, “You should pin it! Yummy dessert delights!” haha So now I’m following her advice, because I really want to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Bernardita says:

    These look really good! Might want to give them a try.

  20. These are lovely. I will let you know when I make them.

  21. It doesn’t say if bread or all purpose flour is used. I guess, I’ll try it with the all purpose flour.

  22. These sweet rolls are delicious looking.I have made different breads and rolls but this is a new one for me.I love the cream cheese frosting on it too.Thanks for sharing this.

  23. These look sooo good!! I can’t wait to try them. I will definitely be pinning this one! I will also share it with my sisiter!

  24. Paula Morgan says:

    Almost anything Citrus goes over big time with my family!! Orange and Lemon especially. These Orange Rolls sound heavenly!! Definitely going to have to try them!!

  25. Melissa Marinho says:

    Yuumm. My husband is going to LOVE these! These kinds of rolls are his favorite thing to eat in the morning. I have yet to make homemade rolls, but I am now! I love the orange maramalade with it! Thanks so much for posting the recipe and delicious photos!

  26. Cream cheese and orange with more cream cheese on the top. Swoon.

    slehan at juno dot com

  27. artizzanne says:

    These look absolutely delicious ~ I haven’t had these for years. My grandmother used to make them for special occasions, they were so good.

  28. I’ve never thought of adding orange to sweet rolls. What a great idea!

  29. michelle salais says:

    Mmmm. Looks so sweet. I would love to try this as a dessert or for breakfast.

  30. Thank you for the recipe because I forgot how to make cream cheese frosting, lol The sweet rolls look very yummy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I want to try and make these. They really look like something you would be served in a restaurant

  32. Dianna Thomas says:

    yum– boy that is a rich bread dough with 3 eggs– do you do a mail order these are making me hungry for these–and I just ate dinner with peach cobbler for desert ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I like the basic recipe. I’m not fond of orange marmalade. I think I may try peach or raspberry instead.

  34. Oh, these look yummy! I really want to try them. They’d be beautiful served on Easter morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. These look delicious, my husband was walking by as I was reading the recipe and he saw the pictures and told me he wanted me to make them for him ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Oh my gosh my mom used to make these when we were growing up…flashback to wonderful memories! Thanks for the recipe!

  37. Cassandra M. says:

    These look so yummy! Reminds me of cooking with my Grandmother, she had a very similar recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Anita Jones says:

    These look and sound so delicious!! Can’t wait to give them a try.

  39. I tried these with peach jam and a cinnamon sugar topping. It turned out pretty good.

  40. The idea is great I will have to give it a go and mix up the flavors too


  42. Samantha Wilson says:

    Mmm! These look amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ll definitely have to save this recipe for later because I really want to try these now!

  43. These look so delicious! My hubby loves orange rolls, I think I will have to try them this weekend

  44. I love orange rolls, I even prefer them to cinnamon rolls. This recipe looks so yummy and easy to make, thanks for sharing!

  45. nancyfancypink says:

    OMG these look so delicious! Wouldn’t they be nice with Easter breakfast?

  46. Nancy Loring says:

    I want these now. Another great recipe thank you.

  47. I would prepare them during easter

  48. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These look so good, but I wonder if it would work just as well with apricot jam. Maybe I shall make both and see for myself

  49. Dandi D says:

    These look delicious! They would be perfect for Easter breakfast!

  50. I saw it earlier and forgot about it, then saw it on your post and it reminded me that I wanted to make these for Easter. I hope the family likes them. Thank you for sharing this.

  51. I will definitely give this one a go. I also make homemade donuts out of biscuit dough and its quick and easy. I like that style of cooking

  52. I will definitely give this one a go. I also make homemade donuts out of biscuit dough and its quick and easy. I like that style of cooking. And I have not idea why the last post of mine went through as staringagin must have been something residual in the entry fields !!!

  53. I tried this recipe as written. It’s actually pretty good. I was afraid that it would be bitter, it wasn’t.

  54. My mom made orange sweet rolls a lot when I was a kid, my dad loved them – she did them from the Pillsbury can though! (and that isn’t a criticism, I am intimidated by yeast, so canned is my method also). I will say though, that this post has made me think maybe I should give it another try!

  55. I tried this recipe with seedless strawberry and raspberry jam. They turned out delicious this is a very good base recipe and you can switch of the fruit filling….

  56. Melissa says:

    I ate these growing up too, because they’re my mom’s favourite, but we only ever had the Pillsbury canned ones. I can’t wait to see my mother’s face when I give her home made orange rolls!

  57. Hello!! How delicious do these look. I’m buying the ingredients Tomorrow for this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. SOUNDS delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I am making this one for sure!

  59. Alicia Morris says:

    They look so good I will print this one and male some for Easter
    It looks easy to make

  60. nancyfancypink says:

    I still haven’t tried these, but every time I get to this page and see the picture, my mouth waters!

  61. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    Oh boy, do these rolls look good! I love a good roll with my coffee!

  62. maria carrasco says:

    This looks so delicious. I love sweet rolls. This recipe its perfect and easy to do. Thank you for sharing it.

  63. rochelle haynes says:

    This looks good i love sweet rolls i will try this sometimes

  64. Carlene R. says:

    These look amazing. I am so hungry !!

  65. Sally T. says:

    this recipe looks amazing~would be great for Easter morning.

  66. My son would love these ๐Ÿ™‚ I will have to try this recipe !

  67. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    these look delicious! They are definitely on my to try list, I can almost taste them already ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Yum, looks delicious! I tried an orange cake at Christmas that came out just plain awful, so I’m glad to find another recipe to try!

  69. valerie guerrero says:

    this looks so delicious and easy i so want to try this out

  70. Tamra Phelps says:

    Those look so good! I can feel my blood sugar rising just looking at them. Pinned it!

  71. They look amazing ! Making my mouth water lol . Will try to make them soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Lauryn Rescoe says:

    Orange sweet rolls are my absolute favorite! I always eat them from the can though and have never tried homemade! They look delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thank you!

  73. I like that it uses orange marmalade for the filling. I like the bits & pieces in there.

    slehan at juno dot com

  74. Vennie M. says:

    The Orange Sweet Rolls look so tempting! Wouldn’t it be great to have the served warm in bed? I like to daydream! ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Delicious! Thanks for sharing. I am looking for something to make for Mother’s day for breakfast. this will be great!

  76. Patty C. says:

    mouthwatering!! now im hungry. lol

  77. katrina c. says:

    Wow! these look amazing! I love the idea of simply adding orange! So decadent! Thanks for sharing.

  78. I still need to make these. They look so good.

  79. Nothing I attempt to bake ever comes out looking as nice as it does in the photos.I’m just not a good cook.

  80. Beanybopp says:

    These sound sooo good and would be wonderful for breakfast! Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I can never get dough to rise…I check the yeast and everything!! I just dont get what I do wrong…my mom can make bread like it’s going out of style but me….it’s a flop! Maybe I have to get a lesson from my mom because I would love to make these!!!

  81. These look so delicious. I have never made homemade sweet rolls, but it is worth it for your beautiful finished product.

  82. I think these would be great for Sunday brunch tomorrow. I like all the flavors in them.

    slehan at juno dot com

  83. nancyfancypink says:

    I didn’t get a chance to try these for my Easter guests, but still plan on making- the pictures make my mouth water!

  84. Lindsay Giedosh says:

    I love the orange twist to this recipe! I’m definitely going to try making these

  85. Pinning this for later. My hubby will love this recipe and I can’t wait to try it this weekend.

  86. M.Clark says:

    Yum!! I would love to try this with other flavors as well such as strawberry or chocolate. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  87. This would be nice to make on a rainy day. Something sweet to enjoy. I like the idea of making them with chocolate.

  88. These look so yummy. We like to make sweet rolls in the morning on special occassions. Thanks so much for the recipe on them. Easy to make is what I like

  89. This looks delicious! I love the orange flavor add to a sweet roll. Thanks for sharing!

  90. These sound amazing. Would be great for bake sales too!

  91. Sherrie C. says:

    Those rolls look delicious! Gonna pin this recipe so I can make these for my hubby. He loves Orange Rolls. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Terri S says:

    These look so incredible!!! I will be making these. Thank you for sharing.

  93. Sarah Hayes says:

    Im sooo glad I found this!! My dad loves these but im not sure hes ever had them homemade. Id love to make him some for fathers day. so excited to try them!! thank you for sharing this!

  94. These look so tasty! I might just have to make them for my husband for father’s day!

  95. Dorothy Boucher says:

    wow such an easy recipe and looks so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ will definitely have to try this for hubby ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

  96. I wish that I could bake. I tried to make these and they didn’t quite survive. I did something wrong on my part.I’ll have to carefully follow the instructions and try again.

  97. Cream cheese frosting is the best. I bet it was amazing on these orange rolls!

  98. Melissa S says:

    These sound wonderful. I have never had orange rolls, though I have made cinnamon rolls before. I think these would disappear quickly here.

  99. Edna Williams says:

    These sound amazing! I will have to pin to make these later!

  100. I cannot wait to make these! I love sweet rolls! Thank you for your post!

  101. Terri S says:

    These look soooo good!! I love orange! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  102. Annette Cruz says:

    These look really tasty. The filling sounds delicious. I think this would be great to make for company when I have visitors.

  103. Oh wow, I’ll have to convert these to gluten free soon!

  104. jenn huey says:

    These are my favorite; I buy them from the bakery all the time but have never tried to make them at home. I wonder if I could have a mommy daughter cooking lesson

  105. I love the recipe. I wish I were a better cook. Baking takes some skill that I lack.

  106. Linda H says:

    I love orange rolls! They look so good! I really like the filling recipe, I’ll have to try it soon

  107. Cream cheese in the filling?! That looks so good. I love orange sweet rolls!

  108. Kelly Faber says:

    I just finished dinner and I shouldn’t be looking at this recipe!! I want to make it now!! It looks so goo! I love cinnamon rolls, but these bring a new twist with the orange! MMm

  109. These sound so good and not to hard to make. Thank you for sharing

  110. These are so good. I enjoy having one with my coffee in the mornings. Thank you again

  111. I absolutely love sweet rolls and orange is a particular favorite. I like having them on weekend mornings when I can relax and enjoy myself. Thanks for sharing.

  112. This is pretty good. I don’t bake, or cook, so I usually end up buying pastry at the store. The problem is that’s never as good as freshly baked.

  113. Those look positively delicious. I have not had them in so long. Now I am gonna crave them.

  114. These sound and look so good. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!!!!

  115. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These are so good. I plan on making these again over the Holidays. Thank you so much for sharing

  116. clojo9372 says:

    I have never had anything like this before. Baking with oranges or orange marmalade is not something I grew up with or tried myself. I am intrigued… thank you! I will pass this on to my Mom who is a better baker than me before I attempt this myself. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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