How to make incredible homemade orange rolls!

Around here, we love orange rolls. Cinnamon rolls are good, but orange rolls are the best! So for church today (I make the snacks for between services), I made orange rolls and took some pics for you along with the recipe.

Jessica’s Incredible Ooey-Gooey Orange Rolls

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed OR 1/2 Grandmother Bread Recipe, just after the first rise. You can add another 1/3 c. sugar to the bread recipe as you make it or leave it as is. I add the sugar, unless I’m making the other 1/2 of the recipe into regular sandwich bread.
2 TBL plus 2 tsp. butter, softened
4 TBL sugar
2 tsp. orange juice (I use Simply Orange)
1 tsp. orange extract OR grated orange peel

Orange Glaze:
1 c. confectioner’s sugar
2 TBL orange juice
1/4 tsp. orange extract or grated orange peel

Roll one loaf of bread dough into approximately a 9×6 rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Let the dough rest (leave it alone) while you mix up the FILLING. Just use a fork to combine filling ingredients and spoon the filling onto the dough, spreading the filling out to touch 3 sides, leaving the long edge closest to you free of filling. This is to help it stick when you roll it later. Once filling is spread out evenly, begin to roll the dough towards you, jelly-roll style. Once dough has become a long cylinder, pinch the edges of dough together. Slice dough in 3/4 inch increments. Grease a 9×9 square pan and place the rolls inside, touching each other. Cover with plastic wrap or towel and let rise in a warm location for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Alternatively, you can now put them in the fridge to rise overnight instead of letting them rise in a warm place.
Once ready to bake, set temperature on oven to 350 and bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. While baking, mix up the glaze. Once they are out of the oven, glaze immediately. You can pour or spoon the glaze over the rolls. Serve warm or cooled, your choice. Enjoy!

Grandmother Bread Recipe after first rise:

Orange Filling:

Grandmother bread, once punched down…see how shiny it is? This dough will still be slightly sticky at this point, and that’s okay:

Once kneaded a few times, it loses it’s shine, b/c of the floured surface:

The Grandmother bread recipe, now split in half. You could put one of these in a loaf pan to make sandwich bread or you can freeze the other loaf for use later or whatever:

Rolled into a 9×6-it’s never perfect, no worries!

With the orange filling spread on it:

Rolled into a log:

Sliced up nicely:

Orange rolls in greased pan:

Risen rolls after an overnight rise in the fridge:

Whisked up glaze:

Ooey-Gooey Orange Rolls, fresh outta the oven:

I made a double recipe of this-using one whole Grandmother Bread recipe b/c I was cooking for a crowd. Sometimes I make 1 loaf into orange rolls, and one loaf into cinnamon rolls on the same day.


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  1. Hey, I love making homemade bread, but don’t have a breadmaking machine. Can I make these pitas without a bread machine? How would you recommend adapting the recipe?
    Love your blog.
    –Hannah (

  2. Hannah,

    I probably should’ve mentioned, I didn’t use a bread machine for these. I used my kitchenaid mixer to mix the dough, then followed the recipe as stated. I added all the ingredients at once, then pretty much did everything else by hand. You should have no problems mixing this by hand or with a dough hook on your mixer.

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  4. I’m going to try making these rolls with a recipe for high-moisture no-knead challah. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  5. They were yummy!

  6. I’ve just finished cutting my “log” into rolls and am waiting for them to rise. It took me approx 30 minutes to stretch the dough into a rectangle. Everytime I rolled it out it would shrink right back to the original size. I’ve had the same happen trying to make pizza once. What am I missing? Thanks.

    • Nina,
      That means your dough is too dry. Add more water during the mixing process. You want you dough as moist as possible, without being too sticky.

  7. that sounds so good, I will make these once the weather gets cooler. I keep seeing the photo of them on PH and wanted to see how they were made. You must add more recipes to your blog.


  8. yummy,thank you.

  9. Howdy! This blog post couldn’t be written much better!

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    Many thanks for sharing!

  10. time saver

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