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Orange Rolls and Tag

by Laura

This recipe for Orange Rolls is one of my absolute, all time favorite roll recipes. The recipe comes from my mom. I’m not sure where she got it, but she’s been making them as long as I can remember.

These rolls too often make it to the Thanksgiving and Easter dinner table. So, if you are looking for something to make for a holiday dinner, these would be wonderful. I just made these orange rolls a few weeks ago for Easter dinner. Now ,these rolls aren’t hard to make. However, they do take time letting the dough sit in the fridge and letting the rolls rise. Let me tell you though, they are well worth the wait. These rolls turn out so tender and delicious, you’ll be in heaven!

This recipe is good to use for a holiday dinner because you make the dough the night before and put it in the fridge. Then in the morning you can roll them, put on your orange mixture, shape them, and leave them. These babies have to sit for 3-4 hours to raise. I can usually cook them after 3 hours.

These orange rolls are also great to serve at a luncheon, baby shower, or breakfast. The aren’t quite as tender the second day but they still taste fabulous.

Additionally, I’ve been tagged by Stephanie at Fun Foods On a Budget!

This is something new and fun. It’s the Seven Random Things tag. So here are The Rules:

Link the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links.
Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  1. Years ago, I lost 40 pounds by doing weight watchers. It hasn’t been easy keeping the weight off with my love for cooking. However, I may go up and down slightly but for the most part I have learned proper portion control and a few lifestyle changes, I can keep the weight off.
  2. At one point in my life, I worked part-time for a local newspaper covering city government.
  3. My youngest child and only daughter has a genetic disorder called turner syndrome. In addition to that, she was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism and ADHD. Every day is a challenge with her but there is also not a day that she doesn’t bring joy into our lives.
  4. I love the Twilight books and movies.
  5. Utah has been my home my entire life.
  6. I am a huge Country music fan. My favorites include Rascal Flatts (been to their concert), Keith Urban (been to his concert), Diamond Rio (been to their concert), Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.
  7. I love Dancing with the Stars. If I could be anything else in this life, it would be a Professional Ballroom Dancer. I love to dance and think that it would be a blast. However, I would never trade being a mom to my kids for that. I’ll just have to follow my other passion for cooking.
I am tagging:

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Orange Rolls

  • Author: Laura


  • 2 pkg yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • rind of 1 orange
  • Frosting:
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp fresh orange juice


  1. In large bowl, combine water and yeast and let sit.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan and mix in sugar and hot water.
  3. Combine butter mixture with yeast mixture. Then add in eggs and flour until well combined.
  4. Cover bowl and let dough sit in refrigerator overnight.
  5. Divide dough into two balls. Roll each ball out into a 9x13rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Mix together filling ingredients and spread mixture over both rectangles.
  7. Roll up dough from one long side to the other long side.
  8. Cut each roll into 12 pieces and place in greased muffin tins.
  9. Let rise 3 to 4 hours.
  10. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly.
  11. In small bowl, mix together frosting ingredients and spread on top of warm rolls. Makes 24 rolls.
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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This is what the dough looks like before it goes in the fridge. I also always mix it by hand with a wooden spoon.

Here is what the look like after baking.
Here’s the finished product, icing and all.


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Mik November 22, 2009 - 1:59 pm

Can I make this dough 3-4 days ahead of time? Can I freeze it?
I want to save some time because I have to cook every Thanksgiving meals so I want to make it on Sunday instead of day before. Please let me know if it’s possible. Thanks.!

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Brindi November 20, 2008 - 6:21 pm

First, love your new look! I’m sorry they did away with your cherries. Second, currently on WW and glad to hear of your success! Third, so in love with Twilight (just a recent convert by my students). I have decided that my next husband will have to be a good vampire. Nice to learn some new things. The orange rolls sound yummy!

Maria November 20, 2008 - 3:55 pm

I love orange rolls! They are always so sweet and delicious!

Deanna November 20, 2008 - 2:08 pm

Those look so yummy. I am doing our traditional gingerbread house making day next week (Yes, we are a little early, but my niece is a junior now and has too much scheduled for December.). I am going to do this for the morning that we do that.

Sara November 20, 2008 - 1:58 pm

Oh, I will be making these rolls soon. They sound and look just heavenly. Thanks for the tag.

Melanie November 20, 2008 - 1:29 pm

Yum, the rolls look divine! I liked reading all the facts about you. You are an amazing mom, I can tell!

Joan November 20, 2008 - 10:59 am

Those rolls look so good! A must for this holiday season.
Great Post!

darla November 20, 2008 - 10:26 am

Those rolls look fabulous! I am definitely trying this recipe!!


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