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Orange Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

This easy sweet roll recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch. Soft rolls with sweet homemade cream cheese frosting.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword 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!