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Orange Sweet Rolls

April 11th, 2017
5 from 3 votes
5 from 3 votes

Fresh and flavorful Orange Sweet Rolls take just one hour to make and are perfect for Mother's Day, or any special breakfast or brunch!

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just as the name describes! Bright, sweet, and citrusy.
Texture: For all of the shortcuts taken to make this recipe quick and easy, these rolls are shockingly fluffy and tender.
Ease: Super easy, but a little messy.
Pros: Nostalgic and delicious, but easy enough to make for a special breakfast or brunch.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Have already made these several times!

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Have you seen this article floating around detailing the science behind why baking is good for your mental health?

I think for most of us it just confirms everything we already knew to be true about baking! It’s so much more than the sweet treat you get to enjoy at the end.

I think this Orange Sweet Roll recipe is especially good for your mental health. It’s comfort food with a fresh twist!

Take cinnamon rolls, but replace all of the cinnamon flavor with bright and fresh orange flavor and you’ve got this delightful recipe. It’s absolutely perfect for any spring brunch, like Easter or Mother’s Day.

This recipe takes a lot of shortcuts to save time and energy. It relies on the power of instant yeast to make fluffy rolls with just 10 minutes of “rising” time. You may notice these are slightly less puffy and fluffy than traditional rolls, but they’re still absolutely mouthwatering.

Fresh and flavorful Orange Sweet Rolls take just one hour to make and are perfect for Mother's Day, or any special breakfast or brunch!

Actually, when I shared these rolls with my friend and photographer, Constance, she was taken back to making similar rolls with her grandma as a kid.

That’s the beauty of baking.

Beyond that article showcasing the positive health effects of baking, I think it can go a step deeper. The aroma, the taste, the feeling can all transport you back to special memories, sometimes memories of loved ones who are no longer here.

If you make this recipe for someone special soon, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram and use #handletheheat so I can see!

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5 from 3 votes

How to make
Orange Sweet Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Fresh and flavorful Orange Sweet Rolls take just one hour to make and are perfect for Mother's Day, or any special breakfast or brunch!


For the dough:

  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast*
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups (445 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons (43 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200 grams) orange marmalade
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar

For the icing:

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine all the dough ingredients and stir until combined. Turn the mixer on medium speed and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Remove the dough to a floured work surface, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.

For the filling:

  1. In a small bowl combine the butter, marmalade, and salt.
  2. After the dough has rested, use a floured rolling pin to roll it out into about a 9 by 15-inch rectangle. Spread the butter mixture all over, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the far edge. Sprinkle the sugar all over. Roll the dough up, pinching with your fingers to keep it tightly rolled. Press the seam to seal before positioning the log seam side down.
  3. Use a very sharp knife to cut off the ends then cut the dough into 11 to 12 equal pieces. Place in greased pie pan or 9 by 13-inch baking pan.


  1. At this point you could cover and refrigerate the rolls overnight then let them come back to room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
  2. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.

For the icing:

  1. While the rolls cool, whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle all over the warm rolls and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This recipe works so quickly because of the instant yeast!
Course : Breakfast
Cuisine : American

Photos by Constance Higley.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Amber B — March 14, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    These were heaven on a plate! They turned out absolutely perfect on my first attempt. I will be making them over and over and over again. Hands down best sweet rolls ever!

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      Emily — March 15, 2022 at 8:05 am

      So happy to hear how much you loved them!

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    Marie Czarnecki — April 12, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Yummy, and delicious!!!

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    Marie Czarnecki — March 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I am not having the problem of the jumping on your blog. The rolls look delicious thou… and will try to get to make them in a time I will have.

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    Sheila Cleary — June 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Try using dental floss to cut rolls out of the rolled up dough perfect rolls

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    hình đại diện facebook — July 24, 2017 at 2:18 am

    These were so good! I made them exactly and they came out perfect! The only thing I did was when I made the dough,I used it the next day.It was much easier to work with. I cut the dough in half and will make the other batch this week.Great recipe! Will make again.

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    Hiba — June 6, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Hi Tessa how are you, I want to know what is orange marmalade please help me is it orange juice or, I want to make them

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    Sandy D — April 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I made this last weekend for the first time when we had company. Everyone loved them and have been still talking about them all week. Currently making my second batch. Can’t believe how easy and delicious they are. Might need to make this a weekly tradition. 🙂

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      Tessa — April 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I’m so pleased to hear that, Sandy! Thanks for sharing xo

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    isobel haselberger — April 20, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Nope still mot fixed cant dee video

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    Wendy — April 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I didn’t have any issues with it jumping. I’m watching from a new iPad. Hopefully the problems is fixed. I did however have to watch a commercial in the middle of one of your videos on this page. I understand the need for advertising but should be at the beginning and not in the middle. Thanks for the recipe, I’m make for breakfast this weekend.

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    Deb Plapp — April 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I’m not sure what everyone is talking about regarding the jumping. I was able to view the post without any problem on my phone. I just noticed their posts are dated the 14th, so maybe it’s been fixed.
    Anyway these rolls look yummy!

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    Lisa Young — April 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I’m not able to see the actual video. I saw the advertisement before but with no sound. Now unable to see the video at all. Screen remains blank with know sound either.

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    louise — April 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

    ditto with those ads…soon it’ll be like TV and we won’t be looking!

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    Vicki — April 14, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I’d like to read this, but the constant jumping of the screen is driving me nuts. Sorry – otherwise looks good.

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    Patricia — April 14, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’m having the same jumping screen hard to read , thank so for the great recipe

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    Debbie — April 14, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I’m having the same problem. Impossible tomread

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    Jessica Waters — April 14, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I have the same problem with the jumping it’s impossible to read the post!

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    Maria — April 14, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I have the same screen jumping problem. I give up.

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    Liz — April 14, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Hi! I am trying to read your email and recipe, but it keeps jumping ahead so it makes it impossible! It is almost pulsing as it jumps! Could it have something to do with the photos changing? As I type this , the screen keeps jumping out of sight and I have to scroll back to see what I am writing! There must be a glitch in your new format! This is a new iPad, so it isn’t on my end. Help!

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      Tessa — April 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Hi, Liz! I’m so sorry to hear that! I’m not having this problem on any device or browser myself so I’m really not sure what yiu guys mean when you say “jumping!” I’ll look into this.

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    Jenny from — April 11, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Hi Tessa, they look great! I have also gotten into sweet yeast dough with fruits. You can also heat up sliced up strawberries, raspberries or other fruit with a bit of lemon juice and cornstarch and then place that inside the dough. So great and delicious!
    Just one question, though. Is there no rise at all? Or maybe only one but you didn’t mention it? Thanks for letting me know.

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