Orange Rolls

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

My Thanksgiving break hasn’t quite ended yet and I am loving every minute of it.  This was the first in 5 Thanksgivings that I have had the opportunity to spend it with my extended relatives.  Typically, my extended family gets together every year, but it has always been out of state and my little family can’t make it.  This year we got to go and every second has been wonderful. I love each of my relatives.  They are all such witty and funny people, that literally every second is a riot.

My husband left on travel last Monday and made it home just in time for Thanksgiving, only to have to leave again on travel early this last Monday morning.  He gets back home today and I can’t wait to go pick him up from the airport!  However, him being on travel has given me a little bit of extra time to hang out with my awesome family, so I can’t complain.  My mom is one of my best friends and being at home gives me such a warm and comforting feeling.

A highlight from this past holiday break would have to be Black Friday shopping!  I go every year and I get such a thrill from it! from 9:00 pm Thanksgiving until about 4 of 5 am the day after, I am out on the streets and in stores trying to get my hands on the greatest deals.  This year, I got to go with my one of my best friends growing up and it was SO much fun!  My best purchase of the night that had me smiling from ear to ear would have to be my new Kitchen Aid!  I am seriously so so excited!  I got it for a steal of a deal! Are you a Black Friday Shoppers?  What was your best purchase of the night?!

This recipe comes from my grandma’s cookbook and is a family favorite! My family has made these as far back as I can remember.  They remind me of my mom and grandma.  This is my mom’s favorite bread item.  Even the smell of them reminds me of her.  I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

Orange Rolls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
rise time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 5 cups flour


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest


  • Stir yeast, warm milk, oil, salt and sugar together and let stand 5 minutes to get the yeast activated.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients and add as much flour as needed for soft dough.
  • Knead 10 minutes.
  • Cover and let rise until dough has doubled in size.
  • Mix down.
  • Put on floured board and let rise an additional 10 minutes.
  • Roll 18 in x 10 in rectangle and about 1.5 inches thick.
  • Cut in half (9 in x 10 in).
  • Cut into 1/2 inch strips.
  • Tie each strip into a knot.
  • Rise on greased cookie sheet for about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes.


  • Cream butter in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • You can add more milk or powdered sugar to get it to the consistency you want it.
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  1. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures}

    These look super interesting, the dough looks incredibly soft and I love how the frosting is lathered on. Pinned!

  2. Michele

    Those look delicious! Would love to try this recipe.

  3. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    These look so yum! I'm glad you were able to spend Thanksgiving with your relatives this year, how lovely...being with family makes the holidays even more special doesn't it! and Congrats on your KitchenAid purchase - I am curious what colour did you get? Also, I have tagged you in my post to take part in food bloggers unplugged - to learn more about the person behind the blog! Hope you can join in :)

  4. sabri

    ohhh my..gosh !! they look daughter brought home a cookbook from school for me yesterday....HA!! imagine that...i just new there was something in that book she wanted me to make and i was right ..i finally got my comment page up and working YAY!!! happy holidays to you and your family..

  5. mividaenundulce

    Ok, I have to admit, my firt impression was, oh, another fried thing, but what a great surprise that it was baked. Of course I like fried thing but you know, we are near to Summer so I need to restrict the fat, just to not look so fat in the beach.

  6. Miriam

    I love these! My cousin used to make something similar, but I never got the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  7. Leslie

    These orange rolls look amazing! I've never had anything like them, but may soon change! :)
    Merry Christmas

  8. Jessica

    yum! I could definetly try these :) Visiting from TT&J :)

  9. tammy

    I'm excited to try these today! Growing up , my mom used to make an orange roll but she can't find the recipe anywhere. I'm hoping this is similar and can replace my craving for an orange roll. :) one question u know aprox how long it takes to " double in size?" Couple hours? Overnight? Thanks!

  10. sam

    Oh amazing sounds delicious definately give it a try! Stay happy dear.