Orange Sweet Rolls

Orange Sweet Rolls
I’ve made homemade cinnamon rolls before, and that wasn’t too hard, so I thought I’d try my hand at orange sweet rolls.

They turned out to be more like GIANT orange sweet rolls. Like billowing out of the pan & how do I fit this in my mouth GIANT.

No one really minded their extra large size – it meant more deliciousness for breakfast.

Orange Sweet Rolls
I’m a novice when it comes to baking with yeast. So I did a little pre-reading about how to work with yeast before I started.

Here are some things to note:

1. Your yeast needs to be fresh – so about less than 4 months old.
2. Yeast needs a warm, draft-free place to rise. I turned my oven on to 150 degrees F for 3-5 minutes. Then I turned it off, waited several minutes and than put my dough in to rise.
3. Yeast likes warm water, not hot. I didn’t use a thermometer, just used my best judgement between warm and hot.
4. Your dough may be a little sticky, and that’s fine. You want to add flour to your yeast mixture just until the dough is slightly pulling away from the sides of your bowl. If you add to much flour it will result in dry dough.
5. Let the dough rise in a large bowl (like very large bowl unless you want to clean up a spilled over doughy mess). Spray the bowl with cooking spray and if you’re covering it with plastic, spray that too.

Orange Sweet Rolls
Now we’re all experts in yeast – ha, yeah just kidding – I was the one who googled “baking with yeast for dummies”.

Orange Sweet Rolls
Ginormous, right? What can I say, they were a lot bigger than I expected them to be!

Orange Sweet Rolls
And in comes the flood of orange glaze!

Orange Sweet Rolls

Orange Sweet Rolls


    For the dough
  • 3 (.25 ounce) packets active dry yeast (2 & 1/4 tbsp)
  • 1 & 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 - 6 cups flour, plus more if needed (this all depends on how sticky your dough is)
  • For the filling
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp juice from oranges
  • For the glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp juice from oranges
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (more as needed to reach desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (optional, for added orange flavor)


  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees F for 3-5 minutes, then turn it off. You want a warm oven to help the dough rise. If you choose not to use your oven, pick a warm, draft-free place.
  2. In a bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble.
  3. Add the honey, melted butter, salt and eggs. Use a whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly add 4 cups of flour and mix/beat to combine. Mixture will be wet. If you have a stand mixer, you can use the dough paddle.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl but is still slightly sticky. This will be a wet dough, so don't add too much flour. Your finger should stick to the dough but shouldn't pull any dough away with it.
  6. Put the dough in a large bowl, sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the warm oven. (Oven should be off).
  7. Allow the dough to double in size, which will take about 45 minutes.
  8. After the dough has risen, knead it and roll it in to a large sheet, approximately 16x24 inches.
  9. Spread the filling (see below for instructions) over the dough, then tightly roll into a jellyroll, rolling the long side around itself.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut it into 1-inch pieces and place them into a buttered 9x13 pan.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Drizzle glaze (see below for instructions) over the top of the warm rolls.
  14. For the filling - combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Spread evenly over rolled dough.
  15. For the glaze - combine all ingredients until smooth. Glaze should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Recipe adapted from Lemon Sugar.

Orange Sweet Rolls
Perfectly soft, sweet and orangey!

But not too orangey for those non-orange likers out there – be adventurous and give them a try.

Orange Sweet Rolls
Top these sweet rolls with orange zest and serve with a side of glaze – ta da, a breakfast of champions!

Tomorrow I’ll have to have shredded wheat for breakfast to balance this out :-)

Orange Sweet Rolls

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82 Responses to “Orange Sweet Rolls”

  1. Megan — October 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    These look amazing! Found you at the link party at I Should Be Mopping The Floor. :)

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you Megan! :-)

  2. Maureen — October 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I think, from the pictures, that you did a wonderful job working with this yeast dough. They look so delicious that I’m saving the recipe for a Christmas breakfast. Just to check – is the amount of yeast in tsp or tbsp? Thanks!

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Maureen! Thank you! The recipe calls for 3 packets of yeast (.25 oz each) which turns out to be exactly 2 and 1/4 tbsp.

  3. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet — October 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Oh my gosh. That icing dripping down over the sides of your dish make me salivate. So yummy!

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Hahaha, thanks for coming by Lauren!

  4. Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon — October 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    You did an excellent job and they look absolutely delicious.

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Madonna!

  5. shamenemedeiros — October 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Wow these look really delicious! pinning this!

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      And so gooey and warm and delicious!!

  6. Aida @ TheCraftingFoodie — October 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Beth, these look so good! I love fruit and pastry, and I’ve never tried any orange flavors with my pastry. Gotta give these a try! Thanks for the great idea!

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm


  7. Ash-foodfashionparty — October 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    They look beautiful, just love the flavors that go around it. I am glad I am following your blog, you have some great stuff here.

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Aww Ash, you just made my day!!

  8. northern cottage — October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    serious yum here!! i am droooling over these babies!! Happily pinned it here:

    would ♥ to have you help spread the word re: my brand new etsy shop just opened!

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks friend! I’ll stop by your page and take a look!

  9. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls — October 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Oh Yum! Those look mighty delicious!

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thanks for coming by Lisa :-) Have a great Tuesday!

  10. Felecia Cofield — October 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Hi Beth! These are ginormous orange rolls and they look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings from Bama!

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Have a great evening Felecia!

  11. Erin — October 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Oh wow, these look sinful! I’m not sure how it is I’m just now finding your blog but you’ve got some wonderful inspiration! I’d love for you to share this recipe with my link party Life Created Tuesdays! We’re pinning and featuring posts each week, and this week’s party is now live! Hope you’ll join us :)


    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Erin! I will definitely come by!

  12. Patti — October 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm


  13. How how lovely! I just LOVE citrus, whether it’s lemon, lime, orange…these just look amazing…beautiful photography! Found you at Creations by Kara’s Linky Party!

    • The First Year Blog — October 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Thanks for your kind comment Rhonda!

  14. AnnMarie — October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    My husband and son will love you for this recipe if I try it! I usually buy the canned version from the dairy and they are fine with that but these……I want to eat them! Pinned! Visiting from The Scoop!

    • The First Year Blog — October 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Those are some lucky guys you have, I hope everyone likes them!

  15. Lisa @ Wine & Glue — October 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, Beth! These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing them at Wake Up Wednesdays! Pinning!

  16. Megan - The Emotional Baker — October 24, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Oh my goodness, do these look amazing! Visiting from All Things Thursday. Pinned.

    • The First Year Blog — October 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Enjoy your Thursday Megan!

  17. Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less — October 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Oh my word, these look absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering looking at these pictures! Thank you for sharing the recipe and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

  18. Britni Newton Vigil — October 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    These look incredible and thank you so much for putting the actual amount of yeast you need in there rather than just three packets. And thanks for linking up to the Weekend re-Treat Party. Pinning these for Sunday morning breakfast.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 7:38 am

      You are very welcome Britni, glad that helped you!

  19. Chelsea — October 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

    oh my goodness girl! These look AMAZING! I’m pretty sure I’ll have to try these this weekend! Thanks for sharing :)

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Let me know how they turn out! :-) Happy Friday!

  20. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — October 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

    These look gorgeous and sound delicious! I’m pinning to try later. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Enjoy your weekend too Nici!

  21. Kat_iwantcrazyblog — October 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Beth, these sweet rolls look so amazing! I love the specks of orange zest that is all over them…yum!! Thanks for linking up at TGIF link party! :)

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Oh Kat, thank you for coming by to leave a comment!

  22. lovebakesgoodcakes — October 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Oh my! These sound divine, Beth! Pinned and I shared this on my Facebook page. Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week! Have a great weekend :)

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      You are fantastic Jamie!

  23. consuelohoneyandfigs — October 27, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Wow at the size of these! Amazing! These would make a perfect breakfast indeed! :-)

  24. Jelli — October 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

    How pretty and delicious looking. I love that blue pan too! I have some pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls still hot from the oven and just tried to take some photos of those. Your photos are MUCH more incredible looking and I’m pinning this recipe stat. I just can’t get enough of sweet roll goodness, especially on a Sunday morning. Thank you for sharing, Beth. Pinning stat!!

    • The First Year Blog — October 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Jelli! Thanks so your kind comment, and for pinning this recipe!

  25. Marlene — October 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I want to try these they sound so good. I found you thru Create. Craft. Love.

    • The First Year Blog — October 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks for coming by Marlene!

  26. Deb — December 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Beth: This is a perfect recipe not only for the weekend but everyday–how easy and simple! I stopped here from the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Delicious!–Deb (

    • The First Year Blog — December 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I know!!

  27. cynthial1956 — December 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    No one in my home will be complaining about extra big sweet rolls! These look delicious. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing you next week.

  28. Cath @ Cath's Cookery Creations! — December 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    These look fantastic! I have made numerous batches of Cinnamon Rolls (which I love) and very much looking forward to having a go at these beauties.

    Found you via Sweet Sharing Monday. Have a great week!

    • The First Year Blog — December 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      These are big and orangey and so so good! Enjoy!

  29. organizedisland — December 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    These look so good! Sweet rolls are a favorite in our home. Stopping by from Inspiration Monday.

    • The First Year Blog — January 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for letting me know where you are coming from!

  30. Carrie From Carrie This Home — January 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    These look incredible, Beth! I’ve had orange cinnamon rolls before & they’re really good—now I’m craving some! Thanks for sharing this with my Frugal Crafty Home readers!

    • The First Year Blog — January 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Have a wonderful day Carrie! Thanks for coming by to comment!

  31. imnotatrophywife — January 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Beth- Would love for you to link ANY OF YOUR AMAZING RECIPES to for Favorite Fridays! I got lost in your blog just clicking on each photo/recipe! We love chemistry majors !!!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Laura! You are so sweet! Woot woot for chemistry! I will come by :-)

  32. foodtasticmom2013 — February 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Found you at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. These sound great. Makes me long for Florida, and sun, in the midst of all this winter :) Going to try!

    • The First Year Blog — February 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Haha, makes me long for Florida too being in central cold/snowy IL!

  33. Your recipes always look so amazing! Orange sweet rolls are so yummy! I love the pan these are in!

    • The First Year Blog — February 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much! I inherited this pan from my aunt and I love the color!

  34. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls — February 18, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Wow, those are massive! They look really delicious Beth. :)

    • The First Year Blog — February 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you Lisa!

  35. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — February 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Extra large orange sweet rolls? Count me in! These look gorgeous and absolutely wonderful for a Sunday Breakfast. <3 So glad I found this over on Time to Sparkle today! :D

    • The First Year Blog — February 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Oh yes, a must for Sunday breakfast!

  36. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Beth, these pictures are just too die for with the glaze running down the side. Love the orange citrus addition to regular sweet rolls. These would go perfect with a cup of coffee on a saturday morning. YUM! :) Pinned

  37. Chrissy — February 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Wowie! Those look like heaven. I’ve made a few variations of sweet rolls in my day but never orange. Gonna have to try these… soonish.

    I’d love it if you would link this recipe up at my Pinterest Link-up Hop sometime!


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