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Orange Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

This simple sweet roll recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch. These rolls are soft and citrusy with creamy homemade frosting.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword citrus frosting, citrus rolls, cream cheese frosting, orange frosting, Orange Sweet Rolls
Prep Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


Roll Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour sifted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • .25 oz package of active yeast
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup hot whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter flavored shortening


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softedned
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • will also need 1 tbsp of melted butter to brush on the rolls


  • Add the active yeast into the cup of HOT water, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl add the all purpose flour, the tsp of salt, 2/3 cup sugar. Whisk all the ingredients.
  • Add in the shortening, egg, hot water/yeast mix, and hot milk. Mix the dough.
  • On a floured surface knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough will be soft.
  • Let the dough rest in a covered container for at least one hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  • Flatten the dough on a flat flour surface.
  • Brush on 1/4 cup of butter, then sprinkle on the sugar, next add the orange zest.
  • Roll the dough like a pinwheel.
  • Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch wide sections.
  • Place the rolls into a buttered bake pan, and cover.
  • Let the rolls sit for about 45 minutes or until they almost double in size.
  • Preheat the oven on 375 F.
  • Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes, and remove from the oven. Brush a little butter onto the rolls, then place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes.
  • Frosting
  • In a large mixing bowl add the softened cream cheese, and softened 1/4 cup butter. Mix.
  • Add the confectioners sugar, and mix until smooth.
  • Next add in the orange juice and the vanilla extract, and mix.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven, and let cool.
  • Frost the rolls, and serve!