Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls
Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

These Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls are heavenly.  Fluffy, sweet and bursting with bright orange flavor.   Make a batch of these and see how fast they go.

Growing up, I loved the store-bough variety, but I knew if I could make them from scratch…they would be through-the-roof good.   Boy howdy, I was right about that.  And the Loon?  Forget about it.  140% Loon Approved. 

And if you love these, you’ll probably also love our Cranberry Bread Pudding with Orange Sauce!

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls
Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls
Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

These Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls are everything you think they should be...and more. Heavenly and delicious.
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Course: Breakfast / Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 398kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH

  • 3 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 oz package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cubed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten

FOR THE SWEET ROLLS

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs orange zest

FOR THE ICING

  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tbsp fresh orange juice

Instructions

MAKE THE DOUGH

  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour and yeast.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sour cream, butter, sugar and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reads 120 F on a candy thermometer.
  • With mixer on low speed, carefully add milk mixture to flour mixture.
  • Add egg and beat until dough forms. Turn off mixer.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment and beat at medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes (Dough should pull away from sides of bowl, but still stick to bottom).
  • Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place dough in prepared bowl, turning to coat top.
  • Cover, and let rise in a warm draft-free place until dough has about doubled in size, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

PREPARE THE SWEET ROLLS

  • Spray a 9-inch round pan (2 inches in height works well) with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Lightly punch down the prepared dough and on a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14"x10" rectangle.
  • Spread butter (6 tablespoons) evenly over dough.
  • In a small bowl, stir together sugar (3/4 cup) and zest (2 tablespoons) then sprinkle over butter.
  • Starting on one long side, roll dough into a log; pinch seam to seal.
  • Slice into 9 to 10 rolls.
  • Place rolls in prepared pan.
  • Cover, and let rise in a warm draft-free place until almost doubled in sized, approximately 45 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  • Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, approximately 35 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 20 minutes.

MAKE THE ICING AND FINISH THE ROLLS

  • In a medium bowl, stir together remaining 1 teaspoon zest, confectioners' sugar, and orange juice until smooth.
  • Drizzle and smear icing over warm rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal
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