Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls

My mom made a lot of treats from scratch when I was growing up, but she did occasionally take a break and buy ready made goodies, too. One of my favorites were the orange cinnamon rolls that come in the tube. Pop them open, throw them in the oven, and you’ve got yourself a yummy treat. Now that I know about artificial flavorings and other not so appetizing ingredients in a lot of these convenience foods, I try to make as much as I can from scratch. When I found this recipe for homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls, I knew I had to try it.  This recipe is from the food.com site, but altered with a few tips of my own.

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Orange Cinnamon RollsIngredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 -3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Optional Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixer bowl.
  2. Add orange peel, orange juice, sugar, salt, egg, butter and 1 1/2 c of the flour.
  3. Beat 30 seconds on low, scraping bowl constantly; increase speed to medium, beat 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a dough easy to handle.
  5. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead 5 minutes and dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours (dough is ready if an indentation remains when dough is touched).
  7. Punch dough down and, on a lightly floured surface, roll into a rectangle 15×9″.
  8. Spread w/ 1 TB butter and sprinkle w/ combined 2 Tb sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  9. Roll up, beginning at one of the long sides; pinch edge of dough into roll to seal well; stretch to make roll even.
  10. Cut roll into 15 slices about 1″ wide.
  11. Place slices slightly apart in a greased oblong baking pan, 13x9x2″, or in greased muffin cups.
  12. Cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
  13. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven until rolls are golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes (my oven only took 17 minutes).
  14. Mix together confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese, orange juice, orange peel, and vanilla; frost while warm.

Of course, this recipe takes considerable longer than popping open a tube, but have you looked at the list of ingredients on that tube lately?  Let me know if you try this recipe.  Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.

Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls


About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. All this food is making me drool!!

    Whirlwind of Surprises

  2. Oh my goodness they look so delish! I think I might try this minus the orange juice/zest as my family prefers the good ol’ traditional flavors!

  3. Tiffany Cruz says

    My heart melts for cinnamon buns, these look yummy!

  4. Oh man. Now I’m going to be in trouble. I’d better forget about this recipe (::bookmark::) d’oh.

  5. I haven’t tried making cinnamon rolls ever, but these look great, especially with a twist of orange. I love anything with orange zest!

  6. Oh my goodness….I want you to make me some…NOW!


  7. those look so amazing!

  8. Oh, man you shouldn’t have! *drool* These would have been great this morning. I might have to try them tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Aisha G of Hartlyn Kids says

    It is pretty mean of you to post this!!! Now I am starving!!!
    This is so cool. Thanks. Following from Monday Mingle! I am a new follower


  10. Pebbles Good says

    Hey there! Those look delicious! I’m a new follower from Not so Moody Monday blog hop. I’d love it if you’d stop by and follow me back. http://agigglesaysitall.blogspot.com/

  11. YUM! That looks so good!! nice pics, let follow each other? Found you through a blog hop, you can find me at

    – your new follower.

  12. Wow, this looks totally delicious!!!

  13. Yummy yummy yummy! I am grooling…

  14. Oh. My. Gosh. Those look amazing.

  15. Wow these look delicious. I’ve never tried cinnamon rolls from scratch.

  16. This looks delicious! My mom makes cinnamon rolls from scratch, I cheat and use frozen bread dough! I may have to try this recipe however! Enjoyed your post! Hopping along with Thoughtful Thursday! Follow back @ htttp://www.pargasjunkyard.wordpress.com and/or on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pargas-Junkyard/259287017434763

  17. Wow, I have never tried orange ones before. They look delish!

  18. Love this recipe idea. I look delicious! I am from Mingle Monday and now follow you on Google. Come visit my site when you can. Thanks!

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  20. Oh my……I love orange! I’ll have to try these! Thanks! Stumbled too!

  21. Shopping for Savings says

    Looks yummy!

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  22. Those look really good!

    …and I just stumbled your post 🙂

  23. These look heavenly! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  24. Oh goodness, I ADORE cinnamon rolls, and these look awesome. Gotta get my spouse to bake some 😉 I have stumbled You, pls stumble back: cats with laptops

  25. these look divine! i pinned them as part of the FB pinterest group, and also emailed them to my mom 🙂 happy monday!!

  26. Mommy Pamela says

    I just printed this recipe off for myself and a co-worker. We were both drooling!! How come I have never had these before??? I feel really neglected right now, 😉

  27. YUMMY!!!! These sound so good, I cant wait to try them!! Thanks cuz! 🙂

  28. I’d love to make these for Christmas morning, but don’t want to wait the 1-1 1/2 hrs for the dough to rise. Could you start them the night before, then cover & refrigerate after they rise, then finish off in the morning?


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