Recipe By nicole-hopper
Published Dec 15th
Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Prep 45m Cook - Additional 2h 5m Ready In 170m
Servings 12 Calories 536 kcal

These orange-flavored cinnamon rolls come our wonderfully tender, sweet, and sticky.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 0.75 cup warm whole milk (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 0.5 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 0.25 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3.5 cups all-purpose flour, divided, or more as needed
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • cooking spray
  • 0.5 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 0.5 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 0.25 teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pour warmed milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for the dough. Sprinkle yeast evenly over the surface of the milk. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. 2 Add egg and egg yolk, butter, honey, orange zest, and orange juice to the yeast mixture. Beat on low until combined, about 45 seconds. Add 2 cups flour; beat on low until a wet dough forms, about 1 minute. Turn off mixer; switch to the dough hook attachment. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and salt, beat on medium until dough is soft and elastic, 7 to 10 minutes. If necessary, add an additional 1/2 cup flour, tablespoon by tablespoon, using as little as possible to achieve a soft dough. The dough should be quite sticky.
  3. 3 Gather dough into a ball and transfer to a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. 4 Combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest for the filling in a bowl. Mix with a spatula until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  5. 5 Punch down the dough and transfer to a well-floured surface. Roll dough into a large 10 x 18-inches rectangle. Spread the filling over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border along the top long edge.
  6. 6 Roll the dough away from you to create a log, and pinch seam to seal.
  7. 7 Cut dough log into 12 equal rolls (about 1 1/2 inches wide). Transfer rolls to a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to rise at room temperature until puffy and almost doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. 8 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  9. 9 Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.
  10. 10 While rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange zest, orange zest, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat at medium-high speed until very smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  11. 11 Remove rolls from oven and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool 2 minutes, then spread frosting evenly over the rolls. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 536 kcal
  • Carbohydrate 59 g
  • Cholesterol 108 mg
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Protein 14 g
  • Saturated Fat 17 g
  • Sodium 416 mg
  • Fat 28 g


  1. I did make this recipe but realized the milk quantity was incorrect; Reading the two reviews confirmed my suspicion. I decided to adjust the amount of warm milk to 3/4 cup (not gallon). It turned out very well and I am pleased with the results. I will definitely make this again. The four stars instead - Read more ...