Orange Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

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Orange Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

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These Orange Cinnamon Sweet Rolls are a delightful treat, perfect for breakfast or brunch. With the zesty aroma of oranges and the warm embrace of cinnamon, they’re a comfort food that will brighten your day. These rolls are a simple pleasure, and making them from scratch adds that extra touch of homemade goodness.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Loaf


  • Stand Mixer with Dough Hook
  • Baking dish
  • Dental floss (for cutting the rolls)
  • Zester for orange zest
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk


  • For the Dough:
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 118 grams warm water
  • Zest from one orange
  • 124 grams fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 29 grams butter
  • 360 grams all-purpose flour
  • For the Filling:
  • 50 grams brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 60 grams butter softened
  • For the Glaze:
  • 130 grams powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Prepare the Dough:
  • Bloom the yeast in warm water with orange juice.
  • In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt) and whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients (yeast mixture, orange zest, egg, butter) and knead until the dough is smooth.
  • Let the dough rise until it doubles in size.
  • Prepare the Filling:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Soften the butter.
  • Assemble the Rolls:
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Roll the dough out into a 12 x 16-inch sheet.
  • Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon brown sugar mixture over the butter.
  • Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 12 buns using dental floss.
  • Place the buns in a prepared baking dish for the second rise.
  • Optional: You can add warmed heavy cream over and around the rolls for gooey cinnamon goodness.
  • Baking:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Bake the rolls for approximately 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches over 200°F.
  • Glaze:
  • While the rolls are still warm, prepare the glaze.
  • In a bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls.


These sweet rolls are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when they are warm and gooey.
You can customize the glaze by adjusting the sweetness or adding more orange zest for extra flavor.
Keyword Orange Cinnamon Sweet Rolls, Homemade sweet rolls, Breakfast pastry, Citrus-flavored rolls, Cinnamon bun recipe, Baking from scratch, Glazed sweet rolls
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