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Is there a better way to start the day than with sunny orange rolls? We don’t think so either.

This recipe features tender, buttery spiral rolls with a hint of cinnamon and a perfectly gooey sweet orange marmalade centre. It looks quite complicated to make but if you follow our instructions you will need only 25 minutes hand time to create this decadent dish.


Orange Rolls

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract


Gather your ingredients and bloom the yeast: 

Southern Living Orange Rolls ingredients

Combine the milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup, stirring to dissolve yeast; let stand 5 minutes.

Southern Living Orange Rolls blooming the yeast

Prepare the dough: Combine the flour, 1/4 cup of the butter, salt, orange zest, eggs, and 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar in bowl of heavy-duty electric stand mixer.

Southern Living Orange Rolls adding the flour to the bowl

Add the milk mixture; beat at low speed 1 to 2 minutes or until blended, using the dough hook attachment. Increase speed to medium-low and beat 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth (dough will be soft and slightly sticky).

Southern Living Orange Rolls after adding the milk mixture to the dough

Place the dough in a greased bowl; lightly greased top of dough with cooking spray.

Southern Living Orange Rolls dough before rising

Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 45 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Prepare filling: Combine the marmalade, remaining 1/3 cup butter, cinnamon, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a small bowl.Southern Living Orange Rolls stirring together the filling

Shape the rolls: Punch the dough down. Turn out a light floured surface; roll into a rectangle.

Southern Living Orange Rolls rolling out the dough

Spread the marmalade mixture over the dough, leaving a border.

Southern Living Orange Rolls spreading the filling on the dough

Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side.

Southern Living Orange Rolls rolling up the dough

Cut the dough into 15 slices.

Southern Living Orange Rolls after cutting the dough into pieces

Place in a well-greased a pan with sides touching.

Southern Living Orange Rolls in pan before final rise

Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until almost doubled in bulk.

Southern Living Orange Rolls after final rise before baking

While rolls bake, prepare glaze: Whisk together until blended 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, and ¼ teaspoon orange extract. Makes 2/3 cup.

Southern Living Orange Rolls whisking together the glaze

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Uncover the rolls, and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.

Southern Living Orange Rolls after baking

Remove from the oven, and cool slightly. Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls.

Southern Living Orange Rolls drizzling the glaze over the rolls

Serve warm.

Southern Living Orange Rolls on a plate to serve

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